When it comes to preparing for the holiday season, one thing that tops everyone’s “to-do list” is shopping, and fortunately, Kennebunkport Maine abounds with incredible opportunities. The selection of fine shops, boutiques and galleries are favorites for warmer weather travelers, but there is no question – the local shops truly come to life during the holiday season – especially when they are decked out to the nines for Christmas Prelude!
Visitors can’t help but get into the holiday spirit with the stunning decorations that grace all of Kennebunkport and adjacent Kennebunk – the lights, garlands, and miles of red velvet ribbons adorn every inch of town, transforming it into a winter wonderland. There’s no question – Kennebunkport is the perfect place for a holiday getaway! Fortunately, a visit to the Maine Coast doesn’t have to mean getting behind on your holiday shopping, because there’s something for everyone on your list right here in town. You might not find a Banana Republic or Nordstrom Rack in Kennebunkport, but you will ind incredible art galleries, chic boutiques, and fine crafts with products from many local craftsmen.
Now, if big box stores are what you’re searching for, don’t stress! There are two world-class outlet centers not far from our Kennebunkport boutique hotel. Head about 20 minutes to the south, and you’ll find the Kittery Outlets by Tanger, with more stores and brands than I could even imagine! Unfortunately, the “strip mall” layout isn’t the most conducive for a relaxing shopping day, but easy parking and large lots means that you never have to carry your packages far. That said, whatever Christmas shopping you can’t get done in Kennebunkport you can definitely find here. Or head north (about 35 minutes) to the Freeport Outlets, with L.L.Bean as the crown jewel of this shopping area. Plus, you’ll enjoy a full outlet experience in a charming town feel. But no matter whether you shop in town or head to nearby shopping attractions, you’re sure to enjoy a relaxing holiday shopping experience during a getaway to Kennebunkport Maine!
It’s hard to believe that the closing weekend of Christmas Prelude is already here, but the last 10 days of festivities have been incredible! From tree lightings and candle lit caroling to fireworks and chestnut roasting, the 36th year of festivities literally lit up Kennebunkport Maine. Fortunately, though, the beautiful lights will grace the area for a while to come, so it’s not too late to miss out on New England’s best Christmas town.
Now in its 36th year, Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude has grown to span a whole 12
days. 12 days of Christmas (festival)? I think that seems appropriate! This Christmas celebration brings the holidays to life with multiple tree lightings around town (think the lobster trap tree in Cape Porpoise and the lobster-topped stunner in the heart of Dock Square). But my favorite is the second weekend’s incredible fireworks show just after the lighting of the Dock Square tree! Many feature musical performances, and there are plenty of opportunities for folks to get their caroling on with wandering minstrels, candle lit caroling tours, and of course musical events all around town. Shoppers delight in the dozens of craft fairs and fun holiday events at local art galleries and boutiques. Need to rest your legs? Hop aboard the holiday trolley or enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
And yesterday’s Walk to Bethlehem (a re-enaction of Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn, complete with costumes, live animals, and lots of cocoa and cookies to celebrate the “birth”) was graced with a special surprise – a fresh dusting of snow! This was Mother Nature’s perfect touch to really transform Kennebunkport Maine into an idyllic winter wonderland.
But no matter how you choose to celebrate Christmas Prelude, you are sure to find yourself filled with holiday spirit wherever you turn in Kennebunkport.