Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude

November 30 - Dec 10, 2017

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Come to Village by the Sea, just a 10-minute drive from Kennebunkport’s Dock Square – the heart of their annual holiday celebration, “Christmas Prelude”. This charming seaside celebration of the holidays has grown to a two weekend event with Champagne galas and Historic House Tours showing off festive holiday décor. Local inns and sea captain homes are all decorated to the nines in Christmas spirit and finery.

Cookies and cider are served in the boutique and art gallery to shoppers. Horse drawn carriage rides through Kennebunkport and Santa arriving by Lobster boat are a few highlights, as is the red hat parade. There are copious holiday fairs for you to stock up on Maine made crafts and gifts for your shopping list. What makes this Christmas festival so famous is the caroling and the tremendous tree lighting ceremony in the center of town.

Christmas Prelude started in Kennebunkport in 1982, and has since become one of the most popular times of year in this seaside village where Presidents and celebrities vacation, with December visitors topping prime summer weekends.

The postcard perfect village is stunning when it is all decked in bright lights, bows and boughs to welcome the holiday season. Kennebunkport transforms itself into a century old village with the old fashioned spirit of the holidays. Like a Norman Rockwell scene, the town conjures up Christmas’ of the past and the magic of the true holiday spirit. It’s no wonder that Kennebunkport’s Prelude has fetched the media spotlight. In 2009, HGTV featured Prelude as the “#2 Christmas Town in America”. Festivities extend to downtown Kennebunk and to the fishing village of Cape Porpoise where locals construct a Christmas Tree entirely out of Lobster Traps, a sight to behold.

Kick off your holidays with a visit to Village by the Sea in early December; you are a short drive from the bustling town of Kennebunkport. All the excitement of Christmas Prelude takes place the first two weekends in December each year. Come see for yourself why Prelude is so popular; maybe get a Maine Christmas tree to bring home for the holidays too. Stay at the Village by the Sea and celebrate the start of the holiday season without the premium pricing.

Nightly Rates One Bedroom
Two Bath
One Bedroom
One Bath
One Bedroom
Top Floor
2 Bedroom 2 Bedroom
Top Floor
Dec 1 & 2 $164 NA NA $204 $224
Dec 3 - 7 $89-99 $99-119 $119-139 $119-139 $149-179
Dec 8 & 9 $149 NA NA $189 $209
3 Night Rates Three Night Specials (rates below are for THREE (3) nights)
Nov 30 - Dec 3
or Dec 1-4
$347 NA NA $447 $507
Dec 7-10 or 8-11 $307 $357 $417 $417 $477

Christmas Prelude Dates: Nov 30 - Dec 10, 2017
Nov 29 - Dec 9, 2018

Prelude’s Schedule of Events Christmas by the Sea Specials

Christmas Prelude

Kennebunkport's Dock Square - Christmas Prelude