Midweek Magic

December 5th - 15th, 2019

The Prelude fun doesn't stop when the weekend ends!

New this year, the Prelude elves have created multiple Midweek Magic events (along with a great new logo, including artwork from Kate Nelligan) sure to keep the Prelude fun rolling all through the week. We're adding events daily, but new events include:

 

Thursday, Dec. 5

Christmas Prelude Outdoor Market

12:00pm - 08:00pm

Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

Location Old Vines Wine Bar
173 Port Rd
Kennebunk

 

Pairing Maine Wine & Maine Chocolate for your Holiday Table

3:00pm - 6:00pm

Maine chocolatier, Dean's Sweets (www.deanssweets.com) will be in the tasting room to lead you through a tasting and pairing of Maine wine with Maine chocolate.

$6 per person.

Location Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery Tasting Room
5 Chase Hill Rd #4
Kennebunk

 

Buck-A-Shuck Oyster Bar

4:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us under the heated tent for $1 oysters and local brews.

Location The Pilot House
2 Harbor Lane
Kennebunk

 

Holiday Wines and Bubbles

5:00pm

Contact 207-967-2621

Learn about pairing wines with holiday entrees, how to select dessert wines and champagne for holiday celebrations. Includes 4 tasting pours.

Cost: $20++ per person
FMI: 207-967-2621

Location The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn
1 Dock Square
Kennebunkport

 

Baking Class with the Sugar Bun Sisters

6:00pm - 7:30pm 

Join the famous Sugar Bun Sisters at Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks.

$30 per person. To reserve your spot, call 207-967-8304.
FMI: Sugar Bun Sisters

Location Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks
163 Port Road
Kennebunk

 

Dueling Pianos Under the Tent

7:00pm - 10:00pm 

Location Old Vines Wine Bar
173 Port Rd
Kennebunk

 

Christmas Reception at White Columns

7:00pm

Contact 207-967-2751

Enjoy the festively decorated White Columns, the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. Presented by the Kennebunkport Historical Society. 

$25 for members, $35 for non-members
Tickets are limited and sell out fast.
For tickets call 207-967-2751

Location White Columns
8 Maine Street
Kennebunkport

 

Monday, Dec. 9 

Christmas House Tours of White Columns

10:00am - 4:00pm

White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

$10 for non-members, free for members

Location White Columns
8 Maine Street
Kennebunkport

Christmas Prelude Outdoor Market

12:00pm - 8:00pm

Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

Location Old Vines Wine Bar
173 Port Rd
Kennebunk

 

Prelude Cookie Crawl

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Visit local shops and Inns to sample a holiday cookie and vote for your favorite.

Tickets are $10 per person, to be purchased at The Nonantum. Proceeds will benefit a local food pantry.
FMI: 207-967-4050

 

Family Friendly Breakfast for Dinner

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Contact 207-967-2621

Breakfast for dinner and bottomless hot chocolate, plus a special visit from Frosty & Friends!

Cost: priced a la carte

Location The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn
1 Dock Square
Kennebunkport

 

Ugly Sweater Party/Industry Night & Live DJ

5:00pm - 11:30pm

Open at 5pm, and enjoy our regular dinner service until 10pm.

At 9pm, southern Maine's own DJ Nate gets the place rocking with old school rock and roll and dance tunes. Enjoy late-night snacks until ... well ... late.

And hospitality industry friends ... to say thanks ... we take 50% off all checks after 6pm. Just bring a pay stub if we don't know you.

Location Old Vines Wine Bar
173 Port Rd
Kennebunk 

 

Paint the Prelude Tree

5:30pm

It's a Prelude Paint Night! You know you love the Dock Square Christmas tree, so paint one to take home, complete with the lobster star topper! Gaze out at the twinkling tree from our upstairs dining room, and let it inspire you as artist Dawn Burns shows you how to create your own masterpiece. Full bar and menu items available for purchase. No tickets available at the door.

To purchase tickets: http://dawnburnsart.com/events/

Location Alisson's Restaurant
11 Dock Square
Kennebunkport

 

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Story Time, Craft & A Trolley Ride!

10:00am - 02:00pm 

$7 per person, children 2 and under free.

Location Seashore Trolley Museum
195 Log Cabin Road
Kennebunkport

 

Christmas House Tours of White Columns

10:00am - 4:00pm

White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

$10 for non-members, free for members

Location White Columns
8 Maine Street
Kennebunkport

 

Santa's Sea Glass Surprise!

11:00am - 04:00pm

First 20 customers get free sea glass jewelry from Santa's gift bag.

Location JAK Designs
25 Dock Square
Kennebunkport

 

Christmas Prelude Outdoor Market

12:00pm - 8:00pm

Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

Location Old Vines Wine Bar
173 Port Rd
Kennebunk

 

Prelude Cookie Crawl

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Visit local shops and Inns to sample a holiday cookie and vote for your favorite.

Tickets are $10 per person, to be purchased at The Nonantum. Proceeds will benefit a local food pantry.
FMI: 207-967-4050

 

Christmas Crepes

3:00pm - 6:00pm 

Join Crepe Elizabeth food truck at Mornings In Paris for a variety of fresh crepes, mulled wine by the glass served from a hot cauldron & a hot chocolate bar, along with a full food and drink menu.

Location Mornings In Paris
21 Western Avenue
Kennebunk

 

Santa Sing-A-Long

3:00pm - 6:00pm 

Contact 207-967-4050

A visit from Jolly Ole St. Nick & Mrs. Claus brings seasonal songs, treat buffet, cookie decorating, and a complimentary photo.

Tickets are only $5 per person at the door. Mutasia Children’s Entertainment artist will be on site for character drawings! 

Location Nonantum Resort
95 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport

 

Candlelight Tours of The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport

4:00pm - 6:00pm 

Contact 207-967-2311

$10 per person, with all proceeds going to a local charity. Start your tour at any of the Inns.
Tickets can be purchased at any of the Inns.

Historic Inns of Kennebunkport:
Captain Lord Mansion - 6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport
Captain Jefferds Inn - 5 Pearl Street, Kennebunkport
Maine Stay Inn - 34 Maine Street, Kennebunkport
1802 House - 15 Locke Street, Kennebunkport
Inn at English Meadows - 141 Port Road, Kennebunk
Waldo Emerson Inn - 108 Summer Street, Kennebunk

Location Historic Inns of Kennebunkport

 

'Twas a Night Before Christmas

4:00pm - 7:00pm

Travel down a tree-lined, snowy road to a clearing, where smoke curls from the chimney of a rustic lodge. Outside, you'll find some of Santa's reindeer to visit with, resting in Kennebunkport before making their big trip on Christmas Eve. Inside, warm yourself by the fire, and enjoy cookies and milk with Santa as he reads "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". Copies of Cider Mill Press' beautifully illustrated book will be available at a reduced cost - perfect gifts for under the tree! 

Sponsored by KBA members Nonantum Resort & Alisson's Restaurant.

Story readings on the hour, with the last reading at 6 p.m.

Free to all. Hosted by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.

Location Kennebunkport Conservation Trust
57 Gravelly Brook Road
Kennebunkport

 

Champagne & Chocolate

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location Old Vines Wine Bar
173 Port Rd
Kennebunk

 

Christmas Caroling with Women of Note

5:00pm - 7:00pm 

Contact 207-967-0857

Join local a cappella signing group Women of Note in the pub at Alisson's from 5-6 p.m. for festive caroling. Arrive early to grab a seat! Following the performance, Women of Note will stroll through Dock Square from 6-7 p.m., stopping in local shops to continue their Christmas cheer.

Women of Note members Nancy McMahon, Sue Yeatts, Danielle Ebbrecht & Lisa Mills have been singing throughout the Greater Seacoast area since 1991.

Sponsored by KBA members Alisson's Restaurant and the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce.

Location Alisson's Restaurant
11 Dock Square
Kennebunkport

 

Family Friendly Breakfast for Dinner

5:00pm - 8:00pm 

Contact 207-967-2621

Breakfast for dinner and bottomless hot chocolate, plus a special visit from Frosty & Friends!

Cost: priced a la carte

Location The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn
1 Dock Square
Kennebunkport

Wednesday, Dec. 11 

Christmas House Tours of White Columns

10:00am - 4:00pm 

White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

$10 for non-members, free for members

Location White Columns
8 Maine Street
Kennebunkport

 

Choose Your Charity

11:00am - 5:00pm 

$10 from each sale goes to Planned Parenthood, ACLU or EarthJustice - you decide!

Location JAK Designs
25 Dock Square
Kennebunkport

 

Christmas Prelude Outdoor Market

12:00pm - 8:00pm

Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

Location Old Vines Wine Bar
173 Port Rd
Kennebunk

 

Prelude Cookie Crawl

12:00pm - 4:00pm 

Visit local shops and Inns to sample a holiday cookie and vote for your favorite.

Tickets are $10 per person, to be purchased at The Nonantum. Proceeds will benefit a local food pantry.
FMI: 207-967-4050

 

Kids' Paint Party

3:00pm - 5:00pm 

Contact 207-967-4050

Children between the ages of 6-16 can enjoy a painting class with snacks presented by Barbara Lisa.

Tickets are $30 per child. Reservations required: 207-967-4050

Location Nonantum Resort
95 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport

 

Christmas Crepes

3:00pm - 6:00pm 

Join Crepe Elizabeth food truck at Mornings In Paris for a variety of fresh crepes, mulled wine by the glass served from a hot cauldron & a hot chocolate bar, along with a full food and drink menu.

Location Mornings In Paris
21 Western Avenue
Kennebunk

 

Pairing Maine Wine & Spirits with Maine Chocolate for the Holidays

3:00pm - 6:00pm 

Contact 207-502-4705

Maine chocolatier, Bixby & Co., will be in the tasting room to lead you through a tasting of Sweetgrass wine and spirits with Maine chocolates.

Cost to participate: $6 per person

Location Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery Tasting Room
5 Chase Hill Rd #4
Kennebunk

 

Candlelight Tours of The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport

4:00pm - 6:00pm 

Contact 207-967-2311

$10 per person, with all proceeds going to a local charity. Start your tour at any of the Inns.
Tickets can be purchased at any of the Inns.

Historic Inns of Kennebunkport:
Captain Lord Mansion - 6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport
Captain Jefferds Inn - 5 Pearl Street, Kennebunkport
Maine Stay Inn - 34 Maine Street, Kennebunkport
1802 House - 15 Locke Street, Kennebunkport
Inn at English Meadows - 141 Port Road, Kennebunk
Waldo Emerson Inn - 108 Summer Street, Kennebunk

Location Historic Inns of Kennebunkport

 

Bubbles and Truffles

4:00pm 

Contact 207-967-0354

Bubbles and four truffles per person, hosted by Earth at Hidden Pond.
Cost: $25++ per person

Location The Grand Hotel
1 Chase Hill Rd.
Kennebunk

 

Craft Cocktail Class

5:00pm - 6:00pm 

Contact 207-967-4050

Learn to make seasonal cocktails from our mixologists that are sure to impress.

Tickets are $35 per person (Adults Only, 21+) Reservations required: 207-967-4050

Location Nonantum Resort
95 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport

 

Reindeer Races Fundraiser

5:00pm - 10:00pm 

This will be a ticketed event.

Location Old Vines Wine Bar
173 Port Rd
Kennebunk

 

Paint Night

6:00pm - 8:00pm 

Contact 207-967-4050

Learn the craft of painting with Barbara Lisa, a local artist who will be sure to show you some neat tricks of the trade.

Tickets are $30 per person (Ages 17+) Reservations required: 207-967-4050

Location Nonantum Resort
95 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport

 

Holiday Trivia

7:00pm - 8:00pm 

Live Trivia from 7 to 8 p.m. in our pub! Teams of 1-6 players. Lots of fun prizes!

Location Alisson's Restaurant
11 Dock Square
Kennebunkport

 

Thursday, Dec. 12 

Story Time, Craft & A Trolley Ride!

10:00am - 02:00pm 

$7 per person, children 2 and under free.

Location Seashore Trolley Museum
195 Log Cabin Road
Kennebunkport

 

Christmas House Tours of White Columns

10:00am - 4:00pm

White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

$10 for non-members, free for members

Location White Columns
8 Maine Street
Kennebunkport

 

Christmas Prelude Outdoor Market

12:00pm - 8:00pm

 

Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

Location Old Vines Wine Bar
173 Port Rd
Kennebunk

 

Prelude Cookie Crawl

12:00pm - 4:00pm 

Visit local shops and Inns to sample a holiday cookie and vote for your favorite.

Tickets are $10 per person, to be purchased at The Nonantum. Proceeds will benefit a local food pantry.
FMI: 207-967-4050

 

Christmas Crepes

3:00pm - 6:00pm

Join Crepe Elizabeth food truck at Mornings In Paris for a variety of fresh crepes, mulled wine by the glass served from a hot cauldron & a hot chocolate bar, along with a full food and drink menu.

Location Mornings In Paris
21 Western Avenue
Kennebunk

 

Pairing Maine Wine & Spirits with Maine Chocolate for the Holidays

3:00pm - 6:00pm 

Contact 207-502-4705

Maine chocolatier, Bixby & Co., will be in the tasting room to lead you through a tasting of Sweetgrass wine and spirits with Maine chocolates.

Cost to participate: $6 per person

Location Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery Tasting Room
5 Chase Hill Rd #4
Kennebunk

 

Candlelight Tours of The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport

4:00pm - 6:00pm 

Contact 207-967-2311

$10 per person, with all proceeds going to a local charity. Start your tour at any of the Inns.
Tickets can be purchased at any of the Inns.

Historic Inns of Kennebunkport:
Captain Lord Mansion - 6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport
Captain Jefferds Inn - 5 Pearl Street, Kennebunkport
Maine Stay Inn - 34 Maine Street, Kennebunkport
1802 House - 15 Locke Street, Kennebunkport
Inn at English Meadows - 141 Port Road, Kennebunk
Waldo Emerson Inn - 108 Summer Street, Kennebunk

Location Historic Inns of Kennebunkport

 

Wool, Wine & Cheese

4:00pm - 7:00pm 

Seacoast cheese maven Marty Mundy is sharing her holiday selection of local artisan cheeses.

Location JAK Designs
25 Dock Square
Kennebunkport

 

The 12 Beers of Prelude Tap Takeover + Live Music

5:00pm - 10:00pm 

Contact 207-967-4841

Kick off the finale weekend of Christmas Prelude™ with a Tap Takeover! Enjoy 12 taps of specially selected rare and seasonal craft beers curated by Alisson's and Vacationland Distributors. Raise a pint and celebrate the season with friends! Check Alisson's Facebook events for the final list of breweries and tap lineup as the date draws near. No cover. No tickets. Portion of proceeds will go to, and donations accepted for, Education Foundation of the Kennebunks & Arundel.

Live Music w/ The Dapper Gents Duo 6-9 p.m.

Location Alisson's Restaurant
11 Dock Square
Kennebunkport

 

Holiday Wines and Bubbles

5:00pm 

Learn about pairing wines with holiday entrees, how to select dessert wines and champagne for holiday celebrations. Includes 4 tasting pours.

Cost: $20++ per person
FMI: 207-967-8223

Location The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
21 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport

 

Dueling Pianos Under the Tent

7:00pm - 10:00pm 

Location Old Vines Wine Bar
173 Port Rd
Kennebunk

 

Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude Awards

Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude was voted the
#2 Christmas Town in America by HGTV!
  Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude was designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 by ABA!

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