Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude

41st Anniversary | December 1-11, 2022

Kennebunkport is THE place to be during cold weather.

Named the #2 Christmas town in America by HGTV, Kennebunkport truly goes above and beyond for its visitors during the holiday season. With its charming hotels, restaurants, shops, and galleries open, this is a great place for a weekend winter getaway. Miles of nature trails provide the perfect place to snowshoe, x-country ski, or just enjoy the pristine beauty of a beautiful snowfall with a sleigh ride.


Make your visit special with a Maine dining experience you won't forget...

The Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant, "classic Maine” menu focused on fresh seafood and a sprinkling of Asian influences with a full Lobster Bar.

The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn is a cozy gastropub offering shareable small plates, hearty entrees, creative cocktails, local beers & wines. Diners will enjoy a unique takes on classic home-style fare.

Earth at Hidden Pond, “farm to fork” freshness — in addition to local meats and seafood, ingredients are used from onsite organic gardens to deliver simple, innovative fare that highlights the best of each season.

Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, its three-course tasting menu showcases not only Maine-caught seafood, but the best of what is grown, raised and produced locally. Expect the familiar flavors of southern France and the Mediterranean with intriguing new twists.

Via Sophia by the Sea pairs classic Italian dishes and hand-made pastas with fresh Maine seafood and creative cocktails.


Fully embrace the Christmas spirit this season by experiencing the magic of the #2 Christmas Town in America! Join in on any or all of the occasion's special events:

Tree Lightings: Dock Square Tree, Lower Village Tree, and the Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap

Prelude Festival (Friday, Dec 9 | 4-6:30pm)

Annual Hat Parade

Annual Fireworks Display over Kennebunk River basin

Candlelight Caroling at Franciscan Monastery

Santa Arrival's by Lobster Boat

The Burleigh Tinsel Bar & Live Music (sponsored by Boston Beer Co.)

Lone Pine Tap Takeover at The Boathouse (Sat, Dec 3rd from 5-9pm). Expect a variety of beer tastings, with an exclusive winter beer, and giveaways!

Animal Welfare Society Fur Tree Fundraiser at Kennebunkport Inn. Learn More and Donate Here.


Want to help make a child's Christmas special this year? Donate toys for our Toys for Tots drive at Kennebunkport Resort Collection Hotels this holiday season!

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Live Entertainment

Thursday, Dec 1 and Thursday, Dec 8

  • 9pm-midnight, Industry Night at the Rabbit Hole

Friday, Dec 2 and Friday, Dec 9

  • 5-9pm, Dennis Coraccio on the Piano at The Burleigh, inside the restaurant
  • 5-9pm, Amanda Adams at The Burleigh, in the Prelude tent
  • 9pm-midnight, DJ B. Aull at the Rabbit Hole

Saturday, Dec 3 and Saturday, Dec 10

  • 12-4pm, Ross McGinnes at The Burleigh, in the Prelude tent
  • 3-6pm, Beau Dalleo at The Boathouse Restaurant (Dec 3 only)
  • 5-9pm, Jerks of Grass at The Burleigh, in the Prelude tent
  • 5-9pm, Dennis Coraccio on the Piano at The Burleigh, inside the restaurant
  • 6-9pm DJ Andel at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Restaurant (Dec. 3rd only)
  • 9pm-midnight, DJ B. Aull at the Rabbit Hole

Sunday, Dec 4 and Sunday, Dec 11

  • 10am-2pm, Michael Scharff at The Burleigh, in the Prelude tent
Holiday Sip & Script Calligraphy Class

Join us at The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn in Kennebunkport, ME for an evening of craft cocktails, great food and pretty lettering! Whether you’re a stationery nerd, DIY Bride-to-be, or just a crafty individual, in this workshop you’ll be learning an introduction to modern calligraphy with a pointed dip pen and ink. We will cover all the basics and get you ready to add those special lettered details to all your holiday tables, Christmas trees, hostess gifts, gift tags, holiday card mailings and more!

Buy Tickets for Wed, Dec 7th at 4pm
Holiday Mixology Class at Earth Restaurant

Join us for Christmas Prelude and learn how to prepare classic cocktails with our team of skilled bartenders. From infusing liquors with farm fresh ingredients from our gardens to dehydrating fruit wheels for garnish to making delicious shrubs, Earth at Hidden Pond’s cocktails are some of the best around! Includes four (4) cocktail tastings.

Join Waitlist for Sat, Dec 3rd
Upcoming Events

Patio Tent at The Burleigh

Join for light fare and drinks on The Patio at The Burleigh!

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Live Music from Beau Dalleo

Live Music at The Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant

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