One of our very favorite parts of Christmas Prelude is A Walk to Bethlehem – a recreation of the iconic search for an inn – and given the close proximity of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport, we have the perfect setting for a great Christmas event! Each year on the second Saturday of Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude, you’ll find hundreds of visitors (and locals) gathered on the Town Green. Led by a local pastor, visitors will carol their way from inn to inn and enjoy a short reading from the Christmas story.
Led by candle light, Mary and Joseph reach the Captain Jefferds Inn and the Maine Stay Inn, but find no vacant rooms. Eventually they find “room” in the barn at the Captain Lord Mansion and visitors will find a live nativity surrounding the manger. Then we celebrate with steaming cups of cocoa and loads of freshly baked Christmas cookies. For many years, the Walk to Bethlehem has persisted – through snow, rain, ice, and sub-zero temperatures. Unfortunately the copious cold rains (causing areas of flooding in Kennebunkport Maine) this year nearly cancelled the whole event, but we still enjoyed caroling at the manger, with cookies and cocoa.
While it wasn’t our traditional Walk to Bethlehem, it was so much fun to see the cheerful faces of carolers and enjoy all of the Christmas Spirit! We’re hoping that next year Mother Nature decides to bring some light snow to the scene instead of rain for Christmas Prelude, because the first weekend of Prelude was greeted with a festive dusting of snow and was perfect for those Instagram ready photo ops!