Come experience the ultimate seaside holiday celebration at the 2017 Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude! November 30th through December 10th, 2017.

The annual Christmas Prelude has been a Kennebunkport tradition since 1982. Visitors come from all over the country and the world to experience the fun and festivities. The event was designated one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 by ABA and Kennebunkport was voted the #2 Christmas Town in America on HGTV.

Shoppers always find great steals and deals in the shops during Christmas Prelude. Art galleries and holiday craft fairs alike offer one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items you’ll find nowhere else. Many come away from Christmas Prelude with all of their holiday shopping done. Wouldn’t that be fantastic?

Of course, while the shopping opportunities are endless, the real reason to attend is the warm, Kennebunkport holiday atmosphere.

Tree lightings, historic house tours, sleigh rides, concerts, parades, fireworks, dinners, and more make up Christmas Prelude. The Kennebunks come to life with bright celebrations. It all kicks off with the annual Dock Square tree lighting on Saturday, December 1st and doesn’t let up for nearly two weeks. In fact, the 11-day event is so jam-packed, there is no way to fit it all in this post!

Sun. Dec. 3rd Prelude Open House at the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport – 1-3pm
Tues., Weds., Thurs. Dec. 5,6 & 7 – Candlelight Tours of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport – 4-6pm

2017 Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Schedule Highlights
Friday, December 1st
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square – 5:30pm
Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree Lighting – 7:00pm

Saturday, December 2nd
12th Annual Hat Parade – 3:00pm
Lower Village Tree Lighting and Christmas Stroll – 5:30pm
Christmas Candlelight Caroling at the Franciscan Monastery – 6:30pm

Sunday, December 3rd
Santa Arrives by Lobster Boat – 2:00pm
Prelude Open House at the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Tuesday-Thursday, December 5th, 6th, & 7th
Candlelight Tours of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Friday, December 8th
Fire + Ice 2017 – 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square – 5:30pm
7th Annual Christmas Fireworks Display – 6:15pm

Saturday, December 9th
The Walk to Bethlehem – 4:30pm
Fire + Ice 2017 – 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Sunday, December 10th
7th Annual Pooch Parade – 11:00am
Santa Arrives by Fire Engine – 2:00pm

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude 2017

December 2nd through the 13th, 2017
Visit the Christmas Prelude website for more details.

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Lodging
Captain Jefferds Inn is proud to be part of the Kennebunks community and a sponsor of the annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude. Our Kennebunkport B&B is one of the properties toured during the Candlelight Tours of The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport. We’re also listed as official Christmas Prelude lodging. So go ahead: kick off your end of the year holidays with the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude and a stay at Captain Jefferds Inn!