Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude

42nd Anniversary | Nov 30 - Dec 10, 2023

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 Street Festival

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.)

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
Industry Night at the Rabbit Hole

DJ & Live Music at The Burleigh

DJ at the Rabbit Hole

DJ at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Restaurant

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!

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.

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