The Complete Guide to Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Prelude!

Every year during the first week of December, Kennebunkport kicks-off the holiday season with Christmas Prelude, when the Christmas spirit is high & the festivities are endless!

Although this year has brought some challenges and has left some of the most beloved events, such as Santa arriving by lobster boat and caroling at the monastery, to be enjoyed virtually, Christmas Prelude has been reimagined with a new number of activities to keep you socially distanced and safe, but will still bring the holiday spirit! Follow along as we guide you through Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude 2020 taking place from December 3rd-13th.

Prelude Outdoor Market

What’s the holiday season without some holiday shopping? Whether you are looking for that perfect present for that special someone or searching for an item that speaks just to you, downtown Kennebunkport is full of local businesses, craftspeople, and artists to help you find exactly what you are seeking for Christmas. This year during the Prelude Outdoor Market, market stalls will be smaller, individual tents, side by side, creating a safe, open-air experience for guests.

Need shopping suggestions? For the art enthusiast in your life head to Wendy Webster Good Fine Art, a local gallery offering unique, coastal memories through original watercolors, prints, and crafts. For the one with the sweet tooth, head to Auntie’s House Bakery & Chocolate Shop. And for the person who lives a life of luxury, head to Dannah Gift Shop, which sells small important luxuries and fanciful accessories for all occasions.

Passport to Prelude

Passport to Prelude is a self-guided tour anytime December 3rd to the 12th, featuring “passports”, which will take you away to participating destinations (galleries) to potentially win a prize!

To win, get your “Prelude Passport” stamped at 4 of the 7 participating art galleries: Chris Becker Photo, Maine Art Hill, Mast Cove Gallery, Sue Rioux Kaleidoscopes, and more!

Passports must be returned to the Chamber kiosk by 3 PM December 12th to be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Hot Chocolate Bar

Oh la la! Mornings in Paris will be offering the perfect cup of hot chocolate every Friday and Saturday during Christmas Prelude with their outdoor hot chocolate bar. Whipped cream, sprinkles, and yes, even candy canes will be available. If you’re looking for the real deal, you can head inside for their famous French hot chocolate, which is made in-house with melted real European chocolate and cocoa powder.

Even more, if you visit December 4th-5th and 11th-12th, you’ll catch Crepe Elizabeth, who will be whipping up their infamous fresh, warm crepes.

Prelude Trolley Rides

The halls, the streets, and the trolleys will be decked & waiting for you to make new memories! Take a ride on a heritage railroad with Seashore Trolley Museum through the enchanted woods of Maine in heated, decorated trolleys! Seating will be limited to 35 guests during each time slot to provide a COVID-friendly activity.

At the end of the ride, get your socially distanced photo taken with Santa posed on the “Golden Chariot” trolley! Other activities around campus, include a “reindeer hunt,” photo scavenger hunt, and craft-in-a-bag.

All aboard! Tickets for rides are available on December 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th from 10 AM-12 PM or 1 PM-3 PM.

A Nutty Christmas

A nutty year deserves a “ A Nutty Christmas” Art Show. This yea throughout the town, you’ll find six and four-foot-tall wooden panels, decorated by local artists, featuring whimsical nutcrackers with holiday themes. Taking part, Waldo Emerson Inn will have “a skinny guy with a blue outfit”, created by Innkeeper Hana Pevny’s artist father, Ernest Pevny.

As a way for the community to come together in a socially distanced manner, 60-plus nutcrackers will be displayed in downtown Kennebunkport, Lower Village, Dock Square in Kennebunkport, and in Cape Porpoise. Nutcrackers will be standing “on guard” starting December 3rd and ending December 13th.

A Nutty Christmas Dinner

Join us for a joyous occasion full of holiday fun and delicious food and drink as we host “ A Nutty Christmas Dinner” with Chef Jackson Yordon (of Salt & Honey) & Innkeeper & Chef Hana Pevny. Coinciding with “A Nutty Christmas”, together the chefs will be preparing a 4-course candlelight dinner with wine-pairings featuring a nut component in each course. All proceeds will go towards children’s charities.

Dates available for dinner include:
Saturday, December 5th, 5:30 PM or 8:30 PM
(Tickets must be purchased by November 30th)

Saturday, December 12th, 5:30 PM or 8:30 PM
(Tickets must be purchased by December 7th)

Tickets for dinner are $89 per person/ $119 at the Chef’s Table
For more information or to purchase tickets please call 207-985-4250 or email