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Christmas Prelude Accommodations near Kennebunkport

We happen to think there aren’t too many better places to get in the yuletide spirit than the coast of Southern Maine. And here at, we’re ready to supply your postcard-perfect holiday accommodations while you take advantage of all the festive goings-on!

Those goings-on include the nationally renowned Christmas Prelude in nearby Kennebunkport, the 37th annual edition of which takes place November 29th through December 9th this year. Come join us at the Gorges Grant Hotel or Juniper Hill Inn and enjoy convenient proximity—and the utmost in Ogunquit hospitality—to this cherished tradition!

The 37th Annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude

The Christmas Prelude converts Kennebunkport into a holiday wonderland: so sumptuously that HGTV has ranked the seaside hamlet the No. 2 Christmas Town in America.

The 11-day span of Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude comes far too packed with festivities to fully describe in this blogpost; we recommend studying the complete schedule right here to plan out your visit. But we can gesture at the magic of the event by singling out some highlights, that’s for sure.

The Christmas Prelude gets underway on Thursday the 29th with the “Holidays on Ice Kickoff Party” at Old Vines Wine Bar, a soiree that’ll feature an outdoor BBQ and—get this—some live dueling pianos.

Kennebunkport lights not one but two Christmas trees on Friday, Nov. 30th: one in Dock Square at 5:30 PM and then the one-of-a-kind Lobster Trap Tree in Cape Porpoise Square. Caroling accompanies both these ceremonies, courtesy of the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir (Dock Square) and the Church on the Cape Choir (Cape Porpoise Square). There’s another Dock Square tree-lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 7th as well, that one soundtracked by the Middle School of the Kennebunks Choir.

On Sunday, Dec. 2nd, one of the Christmas Prelude’s signature events takes place at 2 PM when Santa Claus and his “Lobster Elves” roll up at the waterfront and make their way over to Dock Square for pictures. The following Sunday­—the last day of the festival—Santa hits up Cape Porpoise Square after an arrival (also at 2 PM) by fire engine.

Other classic Christmas Prelude happenings include a parade of holiday hats (accompanied by the Patriot Fife & Drum Duo) on Saturday, Dec. 1st at 3 PM; the Christmas Fireworks Display on the evening of Friday, Dec. 7th; and the Pooch Parade on Sunday the 9th at 11 AM, which’ll feature some four-legged friends merrily costumed in holiday garb.

Make Your Reservations Today for Kennebunkport’s 2018 Christmas Prelude

Don’t wait another moment: Reserve your lovely lodgings with so you’re all set to take in this year’s version of Kennebunkport’s famous Christmas Prelude! We wish you a very happy holiday season—and hope you’ll spend part of it with us here in the Beautiful Place by the Sea!