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Christmas Prelude

Christmas Prelude Photos  l  Top 10 Christmas Towns in America by HGTV See Video l Cool Yule” as seen in Yankee Magazine

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Packages: Nonantum Resort l Rhumb Line Resort l Seaside Inn l Captain Lord Mansion l Breakwater Inn and Spa

Kennebunkports Christmas PreludeKennebunkport’s “Christmas Prelude” is the ultimate seaside holiday celebration and a great way to kick off the Christmas season. Prelude will remind you of Christmas’ of the past, when the whole town is transformed with bright lights, bows and boughs and everyone comes together to celebrate this festive time.

The Christmas Prelude celebration began in 1982 and has since become one of the most popular annual events in Kennebunkport. Visitors come from all over the world to take part in festive activities for all ages. The celebrations start off with the Dock Square tree lighting, where everyone gathers around as carolers take the stage to sing our favorite Christmas tunes. Other events include historic house tours, sleigh rides, concerts and more. Kids will love watching Santa arrive in town on a real Maine Lobster Boat!

Kennebunkports Christmas PreludeShoppers will delight in the steals and deals around town, with stores offering great seasonal discounts for those looking to get a jump on their Christmas shopping! Many shop owners and art galleries will even serve up cookies and fresh cider to warm up visitors as they browse. There are also several local craft fairs that offer unique and hand made gifts from local artisans.

With so many festive ways to celebrate the holiday season, it is no wonder that Christmas Prelude has gained a large amount of media attention. HGTV recently featured the annual Kennebunkport celebration as the “#2 Christmas Town in America.” Prelude celebrations have even begun spreading to nearby towns Kennebunk and Cape Porpoise, which constructs a Christmas tree made out of lobster traps!

Kennebunkport is the perfect place to kick off the holiday season, with many local lodging properties offering great specials and package deals for an affordable getaway. Read on to view the schedule of events and plan your Christmas Prelude celebration today!

2014 Christmas Prelude Schedule
December 4 - 14, 2014
(a KBA Event - Below is actually the 2013 schedule. The schedule does not change too much from year to year. Schedule subject to change without notice)
Christmas Prelude Photos

Thursday, December 04, 2014
10am - 6pm - Presents & Paintings. Under $200 Holiday Show - Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares and art work, created by fine local artists and priced for gift-giving. Refreshments served. Admission: Free. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village.

4–7 pm - Prelude Ale Release Party - Come to Fed's to kick off the Prelude festivities by welcoming its namesake: PRELUDE ALE! Live music, give-aways and snacks. Federal Jack's Brew Pub, 8 Western Ave., Lower Village.

First Family Exhibit White Columns5 - 7 pm - Maine Women in the Arts Pre-Prelude Show Opening. Fine arts and crafts by MWA. Refreshments will be served. Masonic Lodge, corner of Temple and North streets.

5:00pm - 07:00pm - Christmas at White Columns - - Champagne gala with preview of the fourth annual Treescapes at the festively decorated White Columns. Reservations limited. Presented by The Kennebunkport Historical Society. 207-967-2751.

7:30pm - 08:30pm - "Visions of Sugar Plums" Performance by Mosaic - This festive concert by local group Mosaic features a memorable musical version of Clement Moore's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Donations accepted. Sponsored by Flaherty Imports & the Whimsy Shop. The Village Baptist Church, 6 Maine St.

TreeFriday, December 05, 2014
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.: Winter Warmers Open House. KBA Member, Cape Porpoise Kitchen will be serving samples of all your winter favorites - mulled cider, cookies, and hot chocolate. Cape Porpoise Square. For more information: 207-967-1150.

10am - 6pm - Presents & Paintings. Under $200 Holiday Show - Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares and art work, created by fine local artists and priced for gift-giving. Refreshments served. Admission: Free. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village.

10 a.m.-7 p.m.: Prelude Show of Fine Arts and Crafts by Maine Women in the Arts. Featuring original works of art, fine crafts and prints. The Masonic Lodge, corner of Temple and North streets.

10 a.m.-9 p.m.: Holiday Shopping. Sponsoring shops and galleries offer festive holiday refreshments throughout the weekend.

11:00am - 4:00pm - SmallAxe Food Truck - This popular Portland staple will be at River Tree Arts for one day only! SmallAxe is known for hand-crafted street food made from locally sourced ingredients. That is what they love to do. Special Prelude menu will be available.
River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village.

12:00pm - 4:00pm - First Families Museum - Currently featuring the Bush Family photographs and personal mementos of President George H.W. Bush. Sponsored by the Historical Society. White Columns at 8 Maine Street, Kennebunkport. The Kennebunkport Historical Society, White Columns

1-3:30 p.m.: Historic Trolley Ride. Ride an historic electric streetcar through the Maine woods. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks available. Unique gifts found only in the museum store, open from noon to 4 p.m. $6 pp for trolley rides. The Seashore Trolley Museum , 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square ). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org.

1 - 3 p.m.: Historic Village Walking Tour. Journey through downtown Kennebunkport and hear stories of its historic past while enjoying the holiday decorations. Tours begin at White Columns, 8 Maine St. Admission: $10. Presented by The Kennebunkport Historical Society.

4 - 8pm - Prelude Beer Garden and Food Court, David's KPT - Step into the warmth of our beer garden, offering food from several restaurants, refreshments and football on the big screen! Enjoy holiday festivities with the family at a new spot this Prelude. David's - The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel 21 Ocean Ave

Christmas Prelude Kennebunkport4 - 6:30 p.m.: Fish Chowder Supper. Homemade fish chowder with all the "fixins," American chop suey, biscuits, and hot fudge sundaes at the Wildwood Fire Station, Wildes District Road. Presented by Wildwood Ladies Auxiliary.

5 - 7pm - Candle Light Tour of The White Columns - Enjoy this Greek Revival home as it was during the 1800s. 8 Maine St. Sponsored by The Kennebunkport Historical Society.

5:30 p.m.: Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square officially begins the season. Join in Christmas caroling with the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir, directed by Nathan Menifield. Sponsored by KBA member Kennebunk Savings.

6 p.m.: Live Nativity. Right after the tree lighting, join the South Church Youth as they present a Nativity Tableau complete with live animals. Front steps of South Congregational Church, Temple Street .

6:30-7:30 p.m.: "Light Up the Tree." Before, during and after the Lobster Trap Tree lighting in Cape Porpoise, enjoy hot chocolate and mulled cider at KBA member Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Cape Porpoise Square, 207-967-1150.

6:30pm - Dinner and Concert - Enjoy a delightful dinner with a Don Campbell Christmas Concert to follow at 7:30. $55 per person. Reservations appreciated. The
Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave.

Christmas Prelude Kennebunkport7 p.m.: Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree Lighting. Kennebunkport 's most original holiday decoration will be officially lit in Cape Porpoise Square. Join in the caroling with the Church on the Cape Choir. Refreshments served at Cape Porpoise Fire Station compliments of KBA member Bradbury Bros. Market. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Business Association.

7 p.m.: Bonfire. Warm yourself by the fire while singing Christmas carols and sipping hot chocolate behind Washington Hose Fire Company Station, Route 35, Lower Village. Presented by the Washington Hose Fire Co.

7:00pm - RMS FIVE - “Gospelized” Christmas carols and doo wop arrangements of popular holiday favorites. Village Baptist Church, 6 Main St. Donations appreciated. Sponsored by KBA member Dock Square Clothiers and Friend of Prelude (anon.).

7:00pm - 10:30pm - Music in the Pub, One Dock at the Kennebunkport Inn. Kick off Prelude with live music and Michelle Currie! Sing along to your favorite carols while sipping your favorite holiday libation. One Dock Square - Kennebunkport Inn

First Family Exhibit White Columns9 p.m: Christmas Karaoke & DJ. Sing along to your favorites at Alisson's Restaurant, Dock Square.

10:30: Live Music at Federal Jack's Brew Pub, 8 Western Ave., Lower Village.

Festive holiday fare and entertainment throughout the evening at sponsoring inns and restaurants

SATURDAY, DEC. 6
7 - 10 a.m.: Blueberry Pancake Breakfast. Start the day with a full breakfast of blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes at the Washington Hose Fire Company, Route 35, Lower Village.

7 a.m.- 2 p.m.: Mothers Club Prelude Fair. Christmas decorations, handmade articles, animal gifts, and more. Washington Hose Fire Station (upstairs), Route 35, Lower Village. Presented by the Kennebunk Lower Village Mothers Club.

7:45 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.: Atlantic Hall Prelude Fair has a wide variety of crafts and collectibles by local artists, including photography, jewelry, quilts, antiques and oriental rugs PLUS a silent auction. Atlantic Hall, in the heart of historic Cape Porpoise Square.

8 a.m.-3 p.m.: American Legion Christmas Crafts Fair at the Legion Hall, 102 Main St., across from the Kennebunkport Police Station. Featuring a wide variety of crafts by Maine artisans, gift baskets, baked goods, raffles, silent auction, and more. Presented by the American Legion Kennebunkport Memorial Post #159.

8:30am - 10:00am - Coffee Roasting - Experience the process of roasting coffee on our antique German roaster, circa 1900. Enjoy the aroma and have a taste of freshly roasted coffees. Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks, 163 Port Road, Lower Village.

8:30am - 1:00pm - Cape Porpoise Christmas Fair - You'll want to see these handcrafted holiday items, a full assortment of goods from our Cargo Shop, bake sale, and much more. Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford Road, Cape Porpoise Square.

9 a.m.-2 p.m.: 23rd Annual Christmas Fair featuring balsam wreaths, swags, and sprays with hand-tied bows, boxwood trees, decorative centerpieces, and an array of Christmas items at the Senior Center at Lower Village, 175 Port Road.

9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Holiday Crafts Fair at the Consolidated School, a tradition for almost 30 years. This fair features a wide variety of crafts by local artisans. School Street, Route 9 east. Presented by Kennebunkport Parks and Recreation. $1 donation to benefit area children.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: "Mainely Unique" Annual Craft Fair at the Community House, Temple Street (opposite the Post Office). Presented by the Women's Association of South Congregational Church.

9am - 4pm - Presents & Paintings. Under $200 Holiday Show - Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares and art work, created by fine local artists and priced for gift-giving. Refreshments served. Admission: Free. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village.

9 a.m.-9 p.m.: Holiday Shopping. Sponsoring shops and galleries offer festive refreshments throughout the day.

10 am - 12 pm (Noon) - Visit with Trace - Kids can read stories to Trace, a licensed Therapy Dog, in the Visitor Center. The Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org. The Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport

10 a.m.- 2pm - Handmade Christmas Card Workshop - Bring the entire family to this fun hands-on event. Admission: Free, donations accepted: River Tree Arts Performance Hall, 35 Western Avenue, Lower Village.

10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Christmas Fair and Chowder Luncheon. Lobster roll and chowder luncheon with homemade desserts. Take out or eat in. Cookie walk, bake sale, and greens. Luncheon begins at 11 a.m. First Congregational Church, corner of Arundel Road, North Street, and Log Cabin Road. Presented by the Ladies Society.

10am - 2 pm - Bandaloop's 4th Annual Artisan's Market - Enjoy some soup and a cocktail while strolling through unique handcrafted goods created by local artisans. 2 Dock Square.

10am - 3 pm - Historical Society Craft Fair - Local crafters and antique sellers plus a delicious bake sale. Join us at The Pasco Center, 125 North St. Plenty of parking. Sponsored by The Kennebunkport Historical Society.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Deck the Hall! Tour White Columns, the 1853 Nott House, with holiday decorations, historic costumes, trees, and wreaths while learning about 19th century Kennebunkport. Tours leave every 15 minutes. $10 pp. 8 Maine St. Presented by the Kennebunkport Historical Society.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Holiday Crafts Fair. A variety of offerings for gift giving. Village Baptist Church, 6 Maine St.

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Historic Trolley Ride. Ride an historic electric streetcar through the Maine woods. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks available. Unique gifts found only in the museum store, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6 pp for trolley rides. The Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Winter Warmers Open House. KBA Member, Cape Porpoise Kitchen will be serving samples of all your winter favorites - mulled cider, cookies, and hot chocolate. Cape Porpoise Square. For more information: 207-967-1150.

10am - 4pm - Prelude Show of Fine Arts and Crafts - will feature original works of art, fine crafts and prints by members of Maine Women in the Arts. The Masonic Lodge on corner of Temple and North streets. 1 North St. Kennebunkport

10am - 5pm - Christmas Tree Tour - Experience the holiday season in the homes of six local families, all featuring uniquely decorated trees by local artists and designers. Kick-off is at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Shack, Lower Village, where maps will be available until 3. $20 in advance, $25 on day of event. Houses will stay open until 5 p.m. for tours. Call 207-967-9988 or email treetourofthekennebunks@gmail.com. Presented by Kennebunk High School Class of 2016. The Sugar Shack, 17 Western Ave. Kennebunk

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Prelude Show of Fine Arts and Crafts will feature original works of art, fine crafts and prints by the artists of Maine Women in the Arts. The Masonic Lodge at the corner of Temple and North streets.

11 am - 1 pm - Prelude Parade Hat-Making Workshop - Don't get left out of the festivities! Choose from a variety of materials and possibilities to get noticed at the annual Prelude Hat Parade. Refreshments served. Location: Children's Art Studio. Admission: $5pp, to benefit River Tree Arts program, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village

11 am - 2 pm - Christmas Carolers perform at River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village. Refreshments served.

11 am - 1 pm - Historic Village Walking Tour. Journey through downtown Kennebunkport and hear stories of its historic past while enjoying the holiday decorations. Tours begin at White Columns, 8 Maine St. Admission: $10. Presented by The Kennebunkport Historical Society.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: The Wandering Christmas Minstrel. Dave Peloquin, with top hat, guitar, and a clear tenor voice will stroll through Dock Square and Lower Village shopping areas for your holiday entertainment. Sponsored by KBA and Port Watch.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Gingerbread House Making. Children and adults alike can build their own gingerbread house.
Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave. Admission $2, free for children under 2. For reservations, call 207-967-4050. Sponsored by KBA member York County Coast Star.

11 am - 2 pm - Prelude Caricatures. Have a personalized caricature drawn by award-winning artist Steve Hrehovcik (a great gift idea), beer samplings by Maine's Allagash Brewing Co., and shop at eight individual, cottage-style galleries featuring photography, paintings, hand-crafted items, floral designs and more. The Galleries at Morning Walk, Rt. 35. Trolley service available from Dock Square.

11 am - 2:30 p.m.: Holiday Luncheon. Holiday entertainment and comfort food amongst all the holiday décor. Free Trolley service from Dock Square. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave.

11 am - 3 pm - Visit with a Mustang - Visit with an Ambassador Horse from Ever After Mustang Rescue (he may be wearing reindeer antlers!). The Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org.

11 am - 4 pm - Local's Lobster Stew & Flatbread Pizzas - Wood-fired outdoor pizza oven. Desserts, snacks and drinks, too. Warm up with these local favorites at River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village.

11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Meet the Artist. Nationally known calendar artist Dana Heacock will sign 2014 Abacus Calendars. A selection of his artwork will be displayed in the gallery. Abacus Gallery, 2 Ocean Ave.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Public Chili and Chowder Luncheon and light fare served downstairs at Community Center, across from South Congregational Church, Temple Street. Presented by the South Congregational Church.

Noon - 3 pm - Lobster Buoy Workshop - Paint and decorate your own authentic lobster buoy as a Christmas decoration or Prelude souvenir. Admission: $20pp, to benefit River Tree Arts program, Performance Hall, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village.


12:00pm - 4:00pm - First Families Museum - Currently featuring the Bush Family photographs and personal mementos of President George H.W. Bush. Sponsored by the Historical Society. White Columns at 8 Maine Street, Kennebunkport. The Kennebunkport Historical Society, White Columns

Noon - 7 pm - Prelude Beer Garden and Food Court, David's KPT - Step into the warmth of our beer garden, offering food from several restaurants, refreshments and football on the big screen! Enjoy holiday festivities with the family at a new spot this Prelude. David's - The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel 21 Ocean Ave

12:30 - 4 pm - Christmas Karaoke in the Visitor Center - Sing along to some of your favorite holiday tunes. The Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org

1 - 4 pm - Pin the Nose on Rudolph - Fun for the whole family at Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks, 163 Port Road, Lower Village.

2 - 4 pm - Mrs. Claus's Children's Hour - Join Mrs. Claus at The White Columns while she reads to all the little children who visit with her. 8 Maine St. Sponsored by The Kennebunkport Historical Society.

2 - 7 pm - Prelude on the Patio - One Dock at the Kennebunkport Inn. Watch the festivities from your seat under the tent in Dock Square! Sandwiches, chowders, and refreshments will be served, seasoned with live entertainment. Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square.

3 p.m.: Eighth Annual Hat Parade, a parade of holiday hats for children and adults led by the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo. Show off your handmade or store bought creations. All hat wearers welcome! Gather at the town parking lot behind Dock Square by 2:45. Parade through Dock Square and over the bridge to The Best of Everything where prizes will be awarded for various creative categories. Sponsored by KBA member The Best of Everything.

3:30 - 5 p.m.: The Patriot Fife and Drum Duo will stroll through the Dock Square and Lower Village shopping areas for your holiday entertainment. Sponsored by KBA members H.B. Provisions and Federal Jack's Restaurant and Brew Pub.

3:30 - 5:30 pm - The Living Nativity and Holiday Music - An outdoor Living Nativity including live animals, actors, and narrator. Refreshments will be served inside the Church on the Cape and guests can proceed to the Sanctuary to sing carols and listen to the choirs of the church perform Christmas selections. Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford Road, Cape Porpoise Square

4:30 - 5:30 pm - Fire Pit Event - The Ball and Skein, Abode of the Kennebunks, and Lower Village Pizza will be inviting guests to join them in the Village Marketplace to warm up around a blazing fire pit on comfortable Adirondack chairs, enjoy hot apple cider, pizza and sweets while listening to live music by area musicians. Location : Village Marketplace, 169 Port Rd # 44, Kennebunk

4:30- 9 p.m.: Firehouse Lobster Bake. Enjoy your choice of lobsters, steamers, hamburgers and hotdogs with the crew of the Washington Hose Fire Station, Route 35, Lower Village.

5 - 7 pm - Book Signing - Wade Zahares - nationally acclaimed children's' book illustrator will be at the
Nonantum Resort showcasing his new release, Frosty, and the artwork used to create the book. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Books will be signed and available for sale. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave.

5:30 p.m.: Tree Lighting & Christmas Stroll at Lower Village. Join us at the corner of Christensen Lane and Route 35 for the lighting of the Lower Village Tree with carols by the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir, directed by Nathan Menifield. Following the lighting, enjoy the traditional stroll to the Franciscan Monastery. Sponsored by KBA member People's United Bank.

6 - 8pm - Candle Light Tour of The White Columns - Enjoy this Greek Revival home as it was during the 1800s. 8 Maine St. Sponsored by The Kennebunkport Historical Society.

6:30 p.m.: Candlelight Caroling hosted by the Franciscan Monastery, Beach Avenue, Lower Village. Enjoy chestnuts roasted on an open fire at the gate of the Monastery. Sponsored by KBA member The White Barn Inn.

7 pm - Music for a Winter Wonderland - A musical celebration of the season by Seaglass Performing Arts. Highlights from Handel's "Messiah" and other holiday selections. $15 Adults; $12 Seniors. South Congregational Church, Temple Street. (next to Post Office).

9 p.m.-midnight: Christmas Karaoke & DJ. Sing along to your favorites at Alisson's Restaurant, Dock Square .

10:30 pm - Live Music at Federal Jack's Brew Pub, 8 Western Ave., Lower Village.

Festive holiday fare and entertainment throughout the evening at sponsoring inns and restaurants


SUNDAY, DEC. 7
Sunday Morning - Religious services at local churches.

8-11 a.m.: Breakfast with Mrs. Claus and Elves at the Nonantum Resort. Bring your child for a special holiday breakfast hosted by our visitors from the North Pole. Souvenir photo included. Enjoy the extensive buffet with hot and cold items. Adults - $19, under 12 - $9. Reservations requested. The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., 207-967-4050.

8:30am - 10:00am - Coffee Roasting - Experience the process of roasting coffee on our antique German roaster, circa 1900. Enjoy the aroma and have a taste of freshly roasted coffees. Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks, 163 Port Road, Lower Village.

9 am - 2 pm - American Legion Christmas Crafts Fair at the Legion Hall, 102 Main St., across from the Kennebunkport Police Station. Featuring a wide variety of crafts by Maine artisans, gift baskets, baked goods, raffles, silent auction, and more. Presented by the American Legion Kennebunkport Memorial Post #159.

10am - 2pm - Presents & Paintings. Under $200 Holiday Show - Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares and art work, created by fine local artists and priced for gift-giving. Refreshments served. Admission: Free. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Winter Warmers Open House. KBA Member, Cape Porpoise Kitchen will be serving samples of all your winter favorites - mulled cider, cookies, and hot chocolate. Cape Porpoise Square. For more information: 207-967-1150.

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Holiday Shopping. Sponsoring shops and galleries offer festive refreshments throughout the day.

10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Historic Trolley Ride. Ride an historic electric streetcar through the Maine woods. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks available. Unique gifts found only in the museum store, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6 pp for trolley rides. The Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org.

12:30 - 4 pm - Christmas Karaoke in the Visitor Center - Sing along to some of your favorite holiday tunes. The Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org

1 - 3 pm - Take a Sleigh Ride - Enjoy the out of doors by sleigh. Fun for the whole family. Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks, 163 Port Road, Lower Village.

Christmas Prelude Kennebunkport1:30 p.m.: Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir. Enjoy the songs of the season sung by our own very talented KHS Chamber Choir while awaiting the "Big Guy's" arrival. Union Square, Ocean Avenue .

2 p.m.: Santa Arrives by Lobster Boat at David's. After docking, follow Santa and his Lobster Elves through Dock Square to the Community House on Temple Street for photos courtesy of KBA member C. A. Smith Photography. (There may be a wait while all children and families have their special time with Santa.) Sponsored by KBA members Alano, Ltd. and Carrots & Company.

4 - 6 pm - Christmas Prelude Organ and Piano Concert - Nelda D. Clelland, expert keyboardist, will provide a medley of classical Christmas arrangements with guest musicians. The church's 1850 hook organ will be a featured instrument. Donation accepted. First Congregational Church, 141 North St. (corner of Arundel Road and North Street).

Festive holiday fare and entertainment throughout the evening at sponsoring inns and restaurants

Under the tent events: Look for our Christmas tent right over the bridge in Lower Village for ongoing entertainment, festivities, and refreshments throughout the weekend from carolers to quartets, donuts and coffee, chili, and chowder.


Christmas Prelude KennebunkportFRIDAY, DEC. 12th
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Winter Warmers Open House. KBA Member, Cape Porpoise Kitchen will be serving samples of all your winter favorites - mulled cider, cookies, and hot chocolate. Cape Porpoise Square. For more information: 207-967-1150.

10 am - 8pm - Presents & Paintings. Under $200 Holiday Show - Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares and art work, created by fine local artists and priced for gift-giving. Refreshments served. Admission: Free. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village.

12:00pm - 4:00pm - First Families Museum - Currently featuring the Bush Family photographs and personal mementos of President George H.W. Bush. Sponsored by the Historical Society. White Columns at 8 Maine Street, Kennebunkport. The Kennebunkport Historical Society, White Columns

Noon - 4p.m.: Deck the Hall! Tour White Columns, the 1853 Nott House, with holiday decorations, historic costumes, trees, and wreaths while learning about 19th century Kennebunkport. Tours leave every 15 minutes. $10 pp. 8 Maine St. Presented by the Kennebunkport Historical Society.

1- 3:30 p.m.: Historic Trolley Ride. Ride an historic electric streetcar through the Maine woods. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks available. Unique gifts found only in the museum store, open noon to 4 p.m. $6 pp for trolley rides. The Seashore Trolley Museum , 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org.

1 - 3 p.m.: Historic Village Walking Tours. Journey through downtown Kennebunkport and hear stories of its historic past while enjoying the holiday decorations. Tours begin at White Columns, 8 Maine St. Admission: $10. Presented by The Kennebunkport Historical Society.

5 - 7pm - Candle Light Tour of The White Columns - Enjoy this Greek Revival home as it was during the 1800s. 8 Maine St. Sponsored by The Kennebunkport Historical Society.

5 - 10 p.m.: Fire and Ice Bar. Join us both inside and out at the
Nonantum Resort for our annual Fire and Ice gala complete with ice bars and ice sculptures, a variety of foods by local restaurants, live entertainment, fireside seating and more. $25pp. Purchase in advance online. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation and the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel. 21 and over please. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., www.nonantumresort.com. (Complimentary trolley service).

5:30 - 7 p.m.: Fireworks Party. Come watch the "works" from the best seat in the Port. Admission $10, includes snacks and one hot drink from our cider/cocoa buffet! Federal Jack's Brew Pub, 8 Western Ave., Lower Village.

5:30 p.m.: Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square. Join in Christmas caroling with local talent Amy Allen who will be nestled on the porch of Port Shoes in Dock Square to begin the second weekend of festivities as our Christmas Prelude 2013 continues. Sponsored by KBA member Port Shoes. After the tree lighting, gather in the municipal parking lot behind Alisson's, huddle on the causeway, or the surrounding area to view the second annual Prelude fireworks display.

6:15 p.m.: Christmas Fireworks Display. Enjoy our Prelude extravaganza that will take place in the cove and can be viewed from the bridge and surrounding areas. Hats off to Steve Pelkey, Atlas Pyrotechnics of Jaffrey, N.H. and all the KBA members who contributed to make this event possible.

7 - 8 pm - "Visions of Sugar Plums" Performance by Mosaic - This festive concert by local group Mosaic features a memorable musical version of Clement Moore's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Donations accepted. Sponsored by Flaherty Imports & the Whimsy Shop. The Village Baptist Church, 6 Maine St.

7:30 p.m.: Christmas in Medieval and Baroque Song. St. Mary Schola, a professional early music ensemble from Falmouth, Maine, will present an evening of vocal, instrumental, and readings of the season. South Congregational Church, Temple St. Tickets available at the door.

9 p.m.-midnight: Christmas Karaoke & DJ. Sing along to your favorites at Alisson's Restaurant, Dock Square .

10:30 pm - Live Music at Federal Jack's Brew Pub, 8 Western Ave., Lower Village.

Festive holiday fare and entertainment throughout the evening at sponsoring inns and restaurants


SATURDAY, DEC. 13
8 - 10 am - Under the tent event - Begin your day with coffee and Well's famous Congdon's donuts. Stop and say hi to Betsy and the gang. 8 Union Street.

8:30am - 10:00am - Coffee Roasting - Experience the process of roasting coffee on our antique German roaster, circa 1900. Enjoy the aroma and have a taste of freshly roasted coffees. Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks, 163 Port Road, Lower Village.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: The School Around Us Craft Fair. This juried fair includes the finest local artisans and craftsmen. Quality products from handmade landing nets and homemade jam to fine jewelry and decorative pottery. www.schoolaroundus.org. At the American Legion Hall, Kennebunkport Memorial Post #159, Rt. 9, opposite Kennebunkport Police and Communication Center.

9 am - 4 p.m.: "Mainely Unique" Annual Craft Fair by The Women's Assoc. of South Congregational Church. Handcrafted items for Christmas gift giving. Community House, Temple Street, across from the Kennebunkport Post Office.

10 am - 2 pm - Holiday Photo Booth Under the Prelude Tent - A unique, old fashioned picture booth, complete with an array of hats and boas to make your photos more interesting. Union Street. Sponsored by KBA members The Nonantum Resort and Cape Porpoise Kitchen. 5 Union St

10 a.m.-noon: Visit with Trace - Kids can read stories to Trace, a licensed Therapy Dog, in the Visitor Center. The Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org. The Seashore Trolley Museum

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Deck the Hall! Tour White Columns, the 1853 Nott House, with holiday decorations, historic costumes, trees, and wreaths while learning about 19th century Kennebunkport. Tours leave every 15 minutes. $10 pp. 8 Maine St. Presented by the Kennebunkport Historical Society.

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Historic Trolley Ride. Ride an historic electric streetcar through the Maine woods. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks available. Unique gifts found only in the museum store, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6 pp for trolley rides. The Seashore Trolley Museum , 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Winter Warmers Open House. KBA Member, Cape Porpoise Kitchen will be serving samples of all your winter favorites - mulled cider, cookies, and hot chocolate. Cape Porpoise Square. For more information: 207-967-1150.

10am - 6pm - Presents & Paintings. Under $200 Holiday Show - Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares and art work, created by fine local artists and priced for gift-giving. Refreshments served. Admission: Free. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village.


10 a.m.-close: Holiday Shopping all day.

Christmas Prelude Kennebunkport11 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Historic Village Walking Tours. Journey through downtown Kennebunkport and hear stories of its historic past while enjoying the holiday decorations. Tours begin at White Columns, 8 Maine St. Admission: $10. Presented by The Kennebunkport Historical Society.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: The Wandering Christmas Minstrel. Dave Peloquin, with top hat, guitar, and clear tenor voice will stroll through Dock Square and Lower Village shopping areas for your holiday entertainment. Sponsors: the KBA and member Port Watch.

11 am - 2 pm - Torch Fired Glass Jewelry - Fish House Designs Gallery at The Galleries at Morning Walk, welcome Nancy Bariluk-Smith of Spinning Glass Studio who will be showcasing her torch fired glass jewelry. She will be on hand to discuss her inspiration and creative process of this unique craft. The Galleries at Morning Walk, 139 Port Road, Lower Village.

11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Holiday  Craft Fair. Enjoy holiday entertainment amongst all the holiday décor. Peruse items from over 30 crafters offering jewelry, clothing, and holiday must-haves. Plenty of free parking.
Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave.

Christmas Prelude Kennebunkport11 am - 2 pm - Music Under the Tent Event - Stop by to taste the fire department's famous "Five Alarm Chili" and hot dogs. Fund raiser to benefit local assistance programs. Kim from The Sandart Factory will be showing, in just a few easy steps, how you can become an instant sand artist. 5 Union Street

12:00pm - 4:00pm - First Families Museum - Currently featuring the Bush Family photographs and personal mementos of President George H.W. Bush. Sponsored by the Historical Society. White Columns at 8 Maine Street, Kennebunkport. The Kennebunkport Historical Society, White Columns

12:30 - 4 pm - Christmas Karaoke in the Visitor Center - Sing along to some of your favorite holiday tunes. The Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org

1 - 3 pm - Pin the Nose on Rudolph - Fun for the whole family at Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks, 163 Port Road, Lower Village.

1 - 3 p.m.: The Patriot Fife and Drum Duo will stroll through Dock Square and Lower Village shopping areas for your holiday entertainment. Sponsored by KBA members H. B. Provisions and Federal Jack's Restaurant and Brew Pub.

1 - 3:30 p.m.: Historic Inns Open House. Four Historic Inns of Kennebunkport will display their splendid holiday decorations and serve refreshments. $5 donation. Tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce or the respective inns. Proceeds to benefit the Village Baptist Church Steeple Fund. For more information call KBA member Captain Jefferds Inn, 207-967-2311.

2 pm - Book Signing - Wade Zahares - nationally acclaimed children's' book illustrator will be at the Nonantum Resort showcasing his new release, Frosty, and the artwork used to create the book. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Books will be signed and available for sale. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave.

2 - 4 pm - Mrs. Claus's Children's Hour - Join Mrs. Claus at The White Columns while she reads to all the little children who visit with her. 8 Maine St. Sponsored by The Kennebunkport Historical Society.

4:30 p.m.: The Walk to Bethlehem . Be part of the procession that follows Mary and Joseph as they look for shelter at our historic inns: hymns, carols, candles, readings. Procession begins at the Top of the Village Green by the Captain Lord Mansion. . Sponsored by KBA members The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport.

5 - 10 p.m.: Fire and Ice Bar. Join us both inside and out at the Nonantum Resort for our annual Fire and Ice gala complete with ice bars and ice sculptures, a variety of foods by local restaurants, live entertainment, fireside seating and more. $25pp. Purchase in advance online. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation and the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel. 21 and over please. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., www.nonantumresort.com. (Complimentary trolley service).

7:30 p.m.: Holiday Concert. An evening of season carols and choral music performed by the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir, directed by Nathan Menifield, at the Village Baptist Church, Maine Street. Sponsored by Kennebunkport Business Association.

7:30 pm - Christmas in Medieval and Baroque Song - St. Mary Schola, from Falmouth, Maine, presents an evening of vocal, instrumental, and readings of the Christmas season. Tickets available at the door. South Congregational Church, Temple Street (next to Post Office).

9 p.m.-midnight: Christmas Karaoke & DJ. Sing along to your favorites at Alisson's Restaurant, Dock Square.

10:30 pm - Live Music at Federal Jack's Brew Pub, 8 Western Ave., Lower Village.


SUNDAY, DEC. 14
Sunday morning: religious services at local churches.

White Columns8 - 11 a.m.: Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your child for a special holiday feast hosted by the jolly old man himself. Souvenir photo included. Extensive buffet with specialty treats. Adults: $22, under 12: $10.
Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave.

8:30am - 10:00am - Coffee Roasting - Experience the process of roasting coffee on our antique German roaster, circa 1900. Enjoy the aroma and have a taste of freshly roasted coffees. Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks, 163 Port Road, Lower Village.

10 a.m.-noon: Under the Christmas Prelude Tent Event. The Animal Welfare Society and Lucky Pup Rescue will be offering hot chocolate and some homemade treats for humans and hounds alike. Also check out their variety of gifts for your favorite pet.

10am - 6pm - Presents & Paintings. Under $200 Holiday Show - Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares and art work, created by fine local artists and priced for gift-giving. Refreshments served. Admission: Free. River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Lower Village.

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Historic Trolley Ride. Ride an historic electric streetcar through the Maine woods. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks available. Unique gifts found only in the museum store, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6 pp for trolley rides. The Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Winter Warmers Open House. KBA Member, Cape Porpoise Kitchen will be serving samples of all your winter favorites - mulled cider, cookies, and hot chocolate. Cape Porpoise Square. For more information: 207-967-1150.

10 a.m.-closing: Holiday Shopping at participating shops and galleries all day.

11 a.m.: Third Annual Pooch Parade. Bring your pooches wearing their favorite holiday attire and join in or simply enjoy watching. Parade begins at Consolidated School, School Street, Rt. 9 east. Strut toward Dock Square to Ocean Avenue and finish at Union Street. Bob Dennis will be available to take photographs. Sponsored by KBA member The Kennebunkport Inn.

11 am - 2:30 pm - Holiday Luncheon - Holiday entertainment and comfort food amongst all the holiday décor. Free trolley service from Dock Square.
Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave.

12:00pm - 4:00pm - First Families Museum - Currently featuring the Bush Family photographs and personal mementos of President George H.W. Bush. Sponsored by the Historical Society. White Columns at 8 Maine Street, Kennebunkport. The Kennebunkport Historical Society, White Columns

12:30 - 4 pm - Christmas Karaoke in the Visitor Center - Sing along to some of your favorite holiday tunes. The Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (three miles north of Dock Square). For more information: 207-967-2712, www.trolleymuseum.org

1 - 3 pm - Take a Sleigh Ride - Enjoy the out of doors by sleigh. Fun for the whole family. Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks, 163 Port Road, Lower Village.

2 pm - Santa Arrives by Fire Engine in Cape Porpoise Square - Meet him at Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Cape Porpoise Square. Photos for children of all ages. Hot chocolate and candy canes aplenty. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Business Association and KBA member Cape Porpoise Kitchen.

Festive holiday fare and entertainment throughout the evening at sponsoring inns and restaurants

Most shops remain open for Holiday Shopping through Christmas!

Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude is a KBA - Kennebunkport Business Association Event. All programs and events subject to change without notice.

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