December 3rd - 13th, 2020

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Christmas Prelude From Your Couch

A reimagined Christmas Prelude places emphasis on pre-recorded, virtual events

KENNEBUNKPORT - It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Prelude in town, but the 39th year has been reimagined for the times.

“Christmas Prelude will be very different this year, with an emphasis on keeping everyone safe,” said Kennebunkport Business Association President Paul Humphrey of Mornings in Paris. “There will still be wonderful activities for the whole family via marvelous, pre-recorded virtual programming to really take people behind the scenes here in Kennebunkport.”

That virtual programming will include the ever-popular Hat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 5, with people able to sign up now online, and participate in the “parade” through the wonders of Zoom. Prizes will be sent to the winners.

All of Prelude’s signature events - the Dock Square and Cape Porpoise tree lightings, caroling at the monastery, Santa arriving by lobster boat - will be pre-recorded and virtual this year, along with cooking and cocktail classes, shopping nights, a tour of White Columns and Dock Square, the story of the history of Prelude, a tree and wreath festival and Santa reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in front of a fire each evening.

“I think people will really be surprised by the many offerings online, all of which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own couch,” Humphrey said.
The town will still be decked out and stores and restaurants open, with some activities in place that will meet very stringent CDC guidelines to keep people safe. 
"We really want people to shop and spend locally, Humphrey said, noting that both in-person and virtual shopping will be available to help boost Kennebunkport merchants. "Masks and social distancing are required for all, as we work to keep Kennebunkport a safe place to live, work and visit."

The schedule is being updated daily, so be sure to check christmasprelude.com and follow Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude on Facebook and Instagram.


Christmas Prelude has been brought to you for 39 magical years by the Kennebunkport Business Association, an all-volunteer group that works to plan the events all year long.