Come experience Kennebunkport fully decorated for the holidays with fun events every day and evening including… Cookie Crawls, a “Chocolate Bar”, Late Night Dance Parties, Christmas House Tours of White Columns, Frosty the Snowman, Festive Treats & Fun at the Museum, Candlelight Tours of The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport, Holiday Cocktails with Stroudwater Distillery at Alisson’s, Holiday Wine Pairings with Andrew Menard, Homemade Christmas Cookie Bake-off, Family Skate Party, Prelude Block Party. This is your chance to get your Christmas shopping done without the crowds.
Decked in red bows, green boughs and bright festive bling, our seaside community celebrated 40 years of Christmas Prelude in 2021! It truly is the most wonderful time of year, and we invite you to come kick off your holiday season with us! This quintessential seaside celebration has grown to a 14-day event (Dec. 1-11, 2022) with a tree lighting street party, hat parade, candlelight caroling, craft fairs and Santa arriving by lobster boat, the pooch parade and much more. Since 1982, Kennebunkport conjures up Christmases of the past and celebrates the magic of the season with all the feels.
The weekends are packed with festive events, while midweek nights offer a quiet, more personal experience among the lights and decorations.
This authentic seaside celebration, sponsored by the Kennebunkport Business Association, has gained national recognition having been Recognized as one of the Top 10 Christmas Towns in America by HGTV, featured on the Today Show and written up in countless national publications.
A few of the highlighted traditions and favorite events include:
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square
Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree Lighting
Santa arrives by lobster boat with his “lobster elves” in Dock Square
Candlelight Caroling at the Franciscan Monastery
Fire & Ice at the Nonantum Resort
Holiday shopping at boutiques, shops & galleries with festive holiday refreshments and seasonal sales
Prelude Craft Fairs featuring hand-made Maine products
Blueberry Pancake Breakfast and a Downeast Lobster Bake
Christmas Prelude Dec 3 – 12, 2021 Nightly Room Rates
|Nightly Rates||Non Poolside 2 Queens||Poolside Room
King or 2 Queen
|Mini Suite||Two Room Suite|
|Dec 3 & 4**||$199 – 219**||$219 – 229||$219 – 239**||$378 – 419**|
|Dec 2, 5 – 9||85||99||99||149|
|Dec 10 (Fri Night)||129||149||149||229|
|Dec 11 (Sat Night)||149||169||169||328|
|BEST VALUE: 2-Night Rates for Two – These Rates are for BOTH Nights!|
|Dec 3 – 5||$375||$425||$425||$799|
|Dec 5 – 9||159||219||219||348|
|Dec 10 – 12||225||275||275||398|
*Lodging Only Rates are per night and include Continental Breakfast.
**2-Night minimum will apply
Midweek Prelude – December 5 – 9 – From $159 for 2-Nights!