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Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude

Dock Square Christmas Tree

Dock Square Christmas Tree

2011 marked the 30th anniversary of Christmas Prelude, and as always Kennebunkport’s holiday festival was brimming with cheer.  To say Christmas Prelude is a big deal is no hyperbole; it helped K’port earn the #2 spot on HGTV’s list “Top 10 Christmas Towns.” During the first two weekends in December, residents and visitors mingle at tree lightings, caroling, open houses, craft fairs, public luncheons and suppers, and Santa’s arrival via lobster boat.  Most of the events are inspired simply by the season and are offered for free or for a donation to a local charity.  Set in this picturesque seaside village, Prelude is truly a Normal Rockwellian holiday festival.

Our Kennebunkport inn is located just a short walk to many Prelude events, and our guests soaked up the holiday spirit at many of them.  Here are a few of their highlights:

  • Candlelit caroling at the Franciscan Monastery, where everyone received not only a candle but warm chestnuts as well
  • Firehouse lobster bake at the Washington Hose Fire Station
  • The Dock Square Christmas tree, decorated with lobster pots and topped with a red wooden lobster
  • Tour of the 1853 Nott House, elegantly decked to the nines
  • Historic trolley rides on an electric streetcar through the Maine woods
  • Fireworks over the cove, right in the center of Kennebunkport
Christmas Prelude Fireworks

Prelude Fireworks (photo by Robert Dennis)

At Captain Fairfield, we want our guests to have a Prelude weekend that is as full and festive as possible.  Our halls are decked in a chic boutique take on traditional holiday decor.  Guests are welcomed with a wine and cheese reception and a roaring fire in the Lounge fireplace.  Before the tree lighting, a Prosecco pour is offered.  Later on, a port pour and chocolate bite might encourage some conspiring.

Whenever you stay at Captain Fairfield, whether during the holidays or another time of year, we believe your stay should evoke a warm sense of nostalgia.  While you’re here, we hope you’ll have the feeling that you’ll be looking back on this getaway for years to come.

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