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


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:

Prelude Festival (second weekend)

Annual Hat Parade

Annual Fireworks Display over Kennebunk River basin

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

Candlelight Caroling at Franciscan Monastery

Santa Arrival's by Lobster Boat

Live Music at Kennebunkport Inn


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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