Christmas Prelude (Reimagined)

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The old song ‘We Need a Little Christmas’ is truer than ever.

As one of the most challenging and stressful years in recent memory draws to a close, the Kennebunkport community is excited to present a different kind of Christmas Prelude. Here in town, our streets will be more festive than ever as businesses and residents come together to light up Kennebunkport like never before! Smaller events throughout Kennebunkport include an outdoor Christmas market, Jingle Bell Alley at The Boathouse, Christmas Lane at the Kennebunkport Inn and socially distant shopping and dining all over town. All of the other traditional Christmas Prelude events you know and love will be streamed live on Zoom and social media including the tree lighting ceremony, Santa’s arrival and the holiday parade.

In a year where so much has changed, we’re doing everything we can to ensure the spirit and magic of Christmas Prelude remains the same. It all starts December 3rd!

The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn 

This year, the driveway, patio and deck surrounding Dock Square’s most historic hotel are being transformed into “Christmas Lane”! There’ll be fun activities, socially distant cocktails and private dining options to make your spirits bright!

On the front terrace, enjoy three cozy igloos, firepits, and curling; plus, a trio of custom-built red gondolas on the deck.  Delight in a menu of winter-inspired snacks & sweets, cool cocktails, and hot cocoa when you reserve any of the private dining spaces. Or, gather a few close friends and learn the sport of  Curling ($25 per hour).

  • Hours of Operation:
    • Grand opening: Thursday, December 3rd
    • Thursdays: 3p – 8p | Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12p – 8p
    • Closed: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
    • Last Day: Saturday, December 26th
  • Gondolas & Igloos can host up to 6 guests maximum.
  • Walk-in only, no reservations needed.
  • Email or call 207-967-2621 with questions.

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The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel & Restaurant

To help you and up to three of your friends or family members enjoy a festive, yet socially distant meal, The Boathouse is offering private, heated outdoor dining options on “Jingle Bell Alley”! These adorable structures on the deck will be decorated with Christmas trees out front and icicle lights along the roofline. Inside, a space heater will keep parties of 2-4 warm and cozy as you enjoy The Boathouses signature service and exceptional food.

  • Hours of Operation:
    • Grand Opening: Friday, December 4th
    • Open Wednesday-Monday, 12-8pm (closed Tuesdays)
    • Closed: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
    • Last Day: Sunday, January 3, 2021
  • Gingerbread Houses can be reserved for 1.5 hours with a $250 minimum food and beverage purchase (4 guest maximum); or for the entire evening (4pm-8pm, 4 guest maximum) with a minimum food and beverage purchase of $500.
  • A credit card is required to reserve the private dining spaces; and a $25/person cancellation fee will be applied for cancellations within 24 hours.
  • Available by reservation only: email or call 207-967-8223 with questions.

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Holiday Trail of Lights

A Celebration of Community and Giving  | December 1-28, 2020

New this year, “The Holiday Trail of Lights” celebrates the holiday with a very friendly competition between homes and businesses to “out-decorate” each other, all to benefit our community not-for-profits, all in a socially distant and festive way.

All decorated homes and businesses will be listed on a downloadable map and with signage on the “Trail of Lights” for cars to utilize for their self -guided tour throughout the towns to judge their favorites from December 1-28.

To vote for your favorites, vote online at for those you think created the most festive, over the top, Hallmark-worthy displays for $5 a vote. One hundred percent of the funds raised go to the worthy partner participants and Grand Prize Winners will receive an extra $500 for their selected organization.

Every vote/voter will be entered in to a Grand Prize Holiday Drawing to win hotel stays, dinners and retail swag from our business participants.