A Merry Seaside Christmas in Kennebunkport, Maine

Author: Lauren Ross

Image: Balsam Wreaths

Kennebunkport is a small fishing town located near the southern tip of Maine nestled on the Atlantic Ocean. Founded in 1653, Kennebunkport has been a popular summer haven for tourists because of its warm weather and gorgeous seaside landscapes.  However, the winter time is no exception. The Christmas Prelude festival makes Kennebunkport one of the best places to be to celebrate the holiday season. After all, it was named #2 “Most Christmas Town in America” by HGTV. The Christmas Prelude festival has drawn thousands of visitors each year since its beginning in 1982, and continues to be a beloved seaside tradition. Christmas in Kennebunkport is a winter wonderland this time of year with lots of holiday cheer.

The first stop on your Christmas countdown itinerary is the official Dock Square tree lighting ceremony. You and your family can enjoy the sounds of Christmas music sung by the Kennebunk High School choir and view the illumination of the town tree. The perfectly placed lights, a cup of hot cider, carolers, and the famous lobster tree topper is a fabulous way to ring in the season. The beautiful Nonantum Resort will spread some holiday cheer from ear-to-ear with their 12 Days of Christmas spectacular. During the holidays, The Nonatum Resort offers guests and locals holiday workshops such as cookie decorating and the how-to’s on the best holiday cocktails. Other events include live entertainment, afternoon tea, craft making, and a visit from St. Nick! From December 4-13, the resort will show a classic Christmas movie each evening and guests can snack on some freshly popped popcorn.  If you’re down for a little outdoor fun, explore the snow covered forests of Maine with a ride on the golden trolleys provided by the Seashore Trolley Museum.  Friends and family can gather on the cable cars to enjoy the wintry scenery and end the night with a hot beverage at the museum’s visitor center.  Don’t worry about the cold – the trolleys are heated! The Cape Porpoise Kitchen is a popular bakery among residents in Kennebunkport and host of an adult-favored celebration. The Winter Warmers Open House is an event where guests can watch culinary demos by renowned chefs all while tasting a variety of different wines.

Image: Wikipedia

Image: Wikipedia

If wine is not your thing, hot chocolate and mulled cider is also served!  If you plan on doing a little shopping, make sure you check out the Christmas fair. The 24th Annual Christmas Fair is the place to find handmade decorations such as balsam wreaths, boxwood trees, and decorative centerpieces to rock your holiday tablescape. To see the official Christmas Prelude schedule of events, you can click here.

 Featured Image: Robert Dennis via Yankee Magazine