29th Annual Wells Christmas Parade Sat. Dec. 14th, 2014

This is the 29th year of the parade in Wells, Maine. Our theme for this year’s parade is “A Storybook Christmas.” The parade will take place on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2 pm. View the parade route. If you need directions to get to the parade, please click here.

The Grand Marshals are Ruth Farnsworth & Clayton Boston.Would you like to help Sponsor the parade? Please visit our SPONSORSHIP page for more information about sponsorship options.

Would you like to be in the parade? Please visit our PARTICIPANT page for more information. Participating in the Southern Maine Christmas parade is FREE! It’s not too late!

The parade will begin at the Wells Plaza parking lot and continue north on U.S. Route 1 to the Wells Junior High School. To download a copy of our event flyer to post at your place of business, please look for a link that will appear here in the near future.

The Grand Marshals are Ruth Farnsworth & Clayton Boston.Would you like to help Sponsor the parade? Please visit our SPONSORSHIP page for more information about sponsorship options.

Would you like to be in the parade? Please visit our PARTICIPANT page for more information. Participating in the Southern Maine Christmas parade is FREE! It’s not too late!

The parade will begin at the Wells Plaza parking lot and continue north on U.S. Route 1 to the Wells Junior High School. To download a copy of our event flyer to post at your place of business, please look for a link that will appear here in the near future.

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TV Air Dates for 2014 Parade TBA After The Parade

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The parade is hosted by the Wells Chamber Of Commerce. Last year’s parade was a great success. Thank you, to everyone who sponsored and participated. ‘Tis The Season!

Holiday House Tour Newburyport, MA Dec. 13th, 2014

The 2014

Holiday House Tour

12/13/14

Saturday

December 13th

from

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Advance Sale Tickets are discounted!

Advance tickets are now available at the

Custom House Maritime Museum Gift Shop

Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4pm

or by calling 978-462-8681

Or through the mail – just click below for a mail-order form

2014 Holiday House Tour - click to download

Purchase your 2014 Holiday House Tour
tickets in advance and receive a discount!
Click HERE to download the
2014 Holiday House Tour Brochure and
Advance Ticket Order Form.
2014 Ticket prices:
$25.00 – General Public
$22.00 – Museum Members
All tickets sold Day-Of-The-Tour: $30.00

Tickets are now available at the Custom House Maritime Museum Gift Shop from Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm, and on Sunday 12-4pm — or by calling 978-462-8681.

Come and experience the

21st Anniversary Holiday House Tour

a Newburyport tradition!

As seen in Coast Home Magazine – click for detailsCoastal Home Magazine

Experience this year’s holiday excursion through greater Newburyport’s finest private residences and unique spaces. This year’s tour celebrates the the 250th anniversary of Newburyport’s prominent place in Colonial America and its Maritime heritage. The tour begins at the Custom House Maritime Museum and takes you through spectacular homes representing four centuries of Newburyport’s history and culture reflecting each homeowner’s individual holiday style. Come and experience a day full of holiday magic and surprise!

Silent Wreath Auction begins Black Friday, Nov. 28th – Newburyport, MA

November 28, 2014 @ 6:00pm – December 13, 2014 4:00pm
The Silent Wreath Auction -- A Gallery of One-of-a-Kind Wreaths!

A Cherished Newburyport Holiday Tradition Continues

The 2014 Silent Wreath Auction begins with a kick-off reception on Black Friday, November 28th from 6:00 to 8:00pm — and continues through Saturday, December 13th when bidding ends at 4:00 pm sharp!

The auction features an impressive collection of one-of-a-kind hand-crafted wreaths created by local artisans and businesses to benefit the Custom House Maritime Museum. Wreaths are on display and open to the public daily (except Mondays!) through December 13th on the museum’s first floor foyer. Come and enjoy the spectacle of a gallery full of amazing holiday wreaths and see the splendor of the Custom House Maritime Museum decorated for the holidays!

2012 Wreath Auction

Stop by the museum to participate in the Silent Wreath Auction anytime during regular museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm.

Bidding ends Saturday, December 13th, at 4:00 pm sharp. All winning bids will be announced immediately following.

Don’t forget — museum members receive a 10% discount in the gift shop which is open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sundays 12:00-4:00pm, plus during evening functions and Invitation Nights, December 5th and 12th, from 6 to 9 pm!

Newburyport’s Santa Parade & Tree Lighting November 30, 2014

Name: Newburyport’s Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
Date: November 30, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Sunday, November 30th
Santa arrives around 3:30pm
Tree Lighting at approximately 4:00pm

Event Description:
A Newburyport tradition!

As the holiday season approaches, Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive in the most fitting way for this seaport town… by US Coast Guard boat! Welcome Santa on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as he and Mrs. Claus dock at the boardwalk and begin to parade through downtown Newburyport, then gather in Market Square for the annual Christmas tree lighting and carols.

Visti http://business.newburyportchamber.org for more information.

Ogunquit’s Christmas by the Sea Festival Dec. 12th-14th, 2014

Ogunquit’s Christmas by the Sea

Annual Christmas by the Sea Celebration

Location:36 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME 03907 (Map)

December 12-14, 2014.

ALL WEEKEND!

FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT AND TOUR OF THE TREES: Go to the map page in the brochure for a list of participants. Drop off your completed card at Ogunquit Camera, or Perkins & Perkins and be entered to win Gift of Ogunquit gift certificates.

LOVE FOUR PAWS: “The best things in Life” necklace is available for sale at Junebug’s Beach House (16 Shore Road, Ogunquit). 100% of the proceeds benefit local rescues. Support animals in need while holiday shopping. It’s a win-win! Treats(cookies) served to people and dogs! Anyone who makes a purchase will beentered to win the custom “Maine Love” Holiday ornament. The ornamentis handcrafted by a ceramic artist exclusively for us with a red heart over Ogunquit.

FROZEN/LEGO RAFFLES: Stop by Animal Instinct (232 Main Street) and enter to win a Frozen Doll Set (Anna & Elsa) or a Star Wars Lego Set. No purchase necessary. Also,take advantage of our Storewide Sale: 20% Off Everything!

END OF SEASON SALE: Need some really nice gifts at really great prices?Look no farther than The Sea Bell Gallery (53 Shore Road). ALL art, jewelry and gifts will be 40 to 70% OFF. This will take place the first two weekends in December.

THE REVELATIONS GIFT SHOP GIVEAWAY: Enjoy free cookies while you shop at Revelations (59 Shore Road), but that’s not all we’re giving away! Draw a card upon checkout, with the possibility of winning prizes, discounts and instant giveaways.

CHARITY BOOK DRIVE: Mim on aWhim (18 Shore Road) will be holding a Book Drive. 100% of the proceeds benefit The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Come browse the selections and enjoy a snack. (Donated books gladly accepted).

OPEN HOUSE: Check out the Treasure Chest Eclectic Shop (661 Main Street) during their open house, 10-4 on Saturday and Sunday. 20% off all items $10 or more. Raffles, Refreshments and great company.

YEAR END SALE: C & S Toy Chest (at the end of Perkins Cove) is offering a blowout sale. 20% off if you pay with cash. 30% off if you pay with credit card. 50% off all summer-specific merchandise. Open 10-4 all weekend.

OPEN HOUSE AND MEET THE ARTIST: The Barrel Stave (15A Shore Road) invites you to stop by and enjoy hot cider,cheese and crackers and enter our drawing for a folk art print, signed by artist Kathy Kelleher. Kathy will be on hand to sign some of her other items. Take advantage of our 25% off jewelry sale. 207-646-8298 www.barrelstave.com.

TOYS FOR TOTS DROP-OFF: Can’t make it to the Polar Plunge on Saturday?Bring new toys to Bessie’s (8 Shore Road) any time throughout the weekend for Toys For Tots. RE/MAX Realty One (84 School Street) is another drop-off location,open weekdays, 9-5, and Saturday, 11-3.

OPEN HOUSE: Hutchins Antiques(166 Main Street) will host an open house on Saturday and Sunday. Refreshments including apple cider will be available, and Santa will visit occasionally throughout the weekend.

Friday, December 12, 2014

7pm: TOWN TREE LIGHTING at Veteran’s Park (center of town).Join us in caroling and enjoy some warm drinks and cookies. Weather permitting.

7:30-8:30pm: CONCERT at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 Shore Road). Back by popular demand,youth group Encore is getting back together for this special concert just for Christmas by the Sea. Support our local youth as they support their community! Free admission.

7:30-9:30pm: DINNER WITH DICKENS at Clay Hill Farm (220 Clay Hill Road, Ogunquit/York line). A Musical Theatrical Dining Experience at its best! “Dinner with Dickens: A New Musical Tale” stars Kirk Simpson and Nancy Day in an original musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are $20 with an a la carte dinner menu. FMI or for reservations: 207-361-2272.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

9:30-11am: VISIT WITH SANTA upstairs at the Fire Station(School Street). Get there a little early to see Santa arrive by fire engine. Then enjoy a treat and have your photo taken with Santa and pick it up later at Ogunquit Camera Shop.

10am-4pm: HAY RIDES at Veteran’s Park. $5 per person.Weather permitting.

10am-3pm: BASEMENT BAZAAR downstairs at the Dunaway Center(23 School Street). Can’t figure out what to get for that hard-to-buy-for person? Find a little bit of everything and something for everyone at this bazaar.

10am-3pm: ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW at the Fire Station on School Street). Proceeds benefit Ogunquit Fire Rescue.

10:30am-1pm: THE “GIVING TREE” SILENT AUCTION downstairs at the Dunaway Center (23 School Street). Theme-decorated artificial trees have been donated by local businesses and individuals, to be silent auctioned. Be sure to bid on the popular lottery tree! Proceeds go to Hospice of York.

11am-1:30pm: TASTE THE SEASON (previously known as Chowderfest) upstairs at the Dunaway Center (23 School Street). Taste a variety of foods (including chowder) from local dining establishments. Beer and wine tastings, too! Bring a donation for our local food pantry or animal shelter.VIP early admission at 11am: $15. Regular admission beginning at 11:45am: $10.Check visitogunquit.org for updates on participants!

11am- 3pm: MEET THE ARTIST at Abacus Gallery, 213 Main Street. Nationally known calendar artist Dana Heacock will be signing 2015 Abacus calendars. A selection of his artwork will be displayed in the gallery. 207-646-0399

11:30am-3:30pm: MIXED CARGO at Gypsy Sweethearts, 30 Shore Road. Local art by Claire Bigbee, Phyllis Baisen, Colleen Ford, Madeline Hopkins, Susan Levenson. Fine jewelry by Michelle Stivaletta, Lauren Pollara. Metalwork by Max Clayton. Leavitt Theatre Earrings, Ogunquit Soaps, Hand-knit Items, Edibles, Gypsy Sweatshirts and Gift Certificates. Hot Spiced Sangria.

12:30-1:30pm: KIDS’ ORNAMENT AND CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING downstairs at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 Shore Road). We’ll bring the supplies; kids bring the creativity! Drop in to make an ornament or card to take home or send to Grandma.

1-5pm: OPEN HOUSE at Ogunquit Heritage Museum (Obed’s Lane).Holiday decorations, winter paintings, creches and menorahs, plus refreshments.

1pm: GINGERBREAD GARLAND DECORATING CLASS at the Beachmere Inn’s Blue Bistro. Create your own personalized Gingerbread Garland with yourfamily members’ names on each one. Each cookie is hand decorated and tied with a decorative ribbon and then attached to the garland. Gingerbread Garland Kit…..(5 cookies)…..$15…each additional cookie $3; Individual Gingerbread Men for decorating $5; Decorated Gingerbread Men $5. Please contact the Beachmere Inn at 800-336-3983 or 207-646-2021 to reserve your class and Garland Kit.

1:45-2:45pm: HOLIDAY STORY HOUR (location to be determined).Seasonal stories read to the little ones! Check visitogunquit.org for more details on the location.

2pm: OGUNQUIT OCEAN RESCUE POLAR PLUNGE at the Main Beach. Come support Toys for Tots and cheer on our Ogunquit Ocean Rescue Service as they brave the wintry elements. Members will plunge into the ocean in Polar Bear fashion with the hopes of ensuring a Merry Christmas for all. Please bring unwrapped toys, donations, and plenty of good cheer! Please note — due to property safety concerns, parking will not be available in the Main Beach Parking Lot after noon on Saturday. Parking will be available at the Lower Lot, on River Road.

2-5pm: WINE TASTING Village Food Market (230 Main Street).Featuring great wines for the holidays, with cheese and crackers.

3-4pm: CHRISTMAS PARADE Entrance of Perkins Cove to Main Beach. Presented by the Village Spirit Committee. Weather permitting.

3-6pm: WINE TASTING Perkins & Perkins Wine & Cheese Shop (478 Main Street). Featuring wines from France that are great for holiday gifts.

4:30pm: SING-A-LONG End of Beach Street. Caroling leading up to the fireworks display! Please note — due to property safety concerns,parking will not be available in the Main Beach Parking Lot after noon on Saturday. Parking will be available at the Lower Lot, on River Road.

5pm: FIREWORKS! A magnificent fireworks display will be shot from the Main Beach Parking Lot. Please note — due to property safety concerns, parking will not be available in the Main Beach Parking Lot afternoon on Saturday. Parking will be available at the Lower Lot, on River Road.

6:30pm: LIVING MANGER at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 ShoreRoad). Beautifully performed by members of Ogunquit Baptist Church, this livingnativity reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. Weather permitting.

7-8pm: CONCERT The Wandering Minstrel at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 Shore Road). The Wandering Minstrel is a Christmas by the Sea staple, but you may not have come across him in your own wanderings in previous years. Cole in out of the cold to enjoy some traditional Christmas songs. Free admission.

7:30-9:30pm: DINNER WITH DICKENS at Clay Hill Farm (220 Clay Hill Road, Ogunquit/York line). A Musical Theatrical Dining Experience at its best! “Dinner with Dickens: A New Musical Tale” stars Kirk Simpson and Nancy Day in an original musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are $20 with an a la carte dinner menu. FMI or for reservations: 207-361-2272.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

8-11am: BREAKFAST WITH SANTA at Post Road Tavern Restaurant(705 Main Street, Ogunquit). Reservations recommended. FMI: 207-641-0640.

10am-4pm: HAY RIDES at Veteran’s Park. $5 per person.Weather permitting.

1-3pm: DINNER WITH DICKENS at Clay Hill Farm (220 Clay Hill Road, Ogunquit/York line). A Musical Theatrical Dining Experience at its best!”Dinner with Dickens: A New Musical Tale” stars Kirk Simpson and Nancy Day in an original musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are$20 with an a la carte dinner menu. FMI or for reservations: 207-361-2272.

1-5pm: OPEN HOUSE at Ogunquit Heritage Museum (Obed’s Lane).Holiday decorations, winter paintings, creches and menorahs, plus refreshments.

2pm: SOUTHERN MAINE CHRISTMAS PARADE in Wells. Wells Plaza to Wells Junior High School.

8pm: RUSTED ROOT CONCERT at Jonathan’s Restaurant (Bourne Lane). Six piece acoustic, rock, world, and percussion band from Pittsburgh has sold over three million albums worldwide and is coming to Jonathan’s Ogunquit for their second time this year! Reservations required: 207-646-4777.

Visit http://www.visitogunquit.org/ for more information.

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10th Annual Festival of Trees Saco, ME – Saco Museum

All programs and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. If you would like to schedule a tour or special program for your school group please contact zoebthomas.

Featured Events

10th Annual Festival of Trees
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
November 29th – December 31, 2014
Closed December 24th and 25th

Join us for holiday cheer and decorations at the Saco Museum. Purchase raffle tickets to win trees, wreaths, gifts certificates and more. Bring the whole family and everyone you know to support the Dyer Library Saco Museum during our biggest fundraiser of the year. Festival of Trees is a free event/ exhibit with raffle opportunities and events throughout December. For details click more.

If you’d like to participate in the planning process for the festival, sponsor a tree or wreath, or help with the decorating, email zoebthomas
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Visit http://www.sacomuseum.org for more information on all programs and events.

Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude-2 Weeks of Holiday Festivities For Everyone

Christmas Prelude Photos l Top 10 Christmas Towns in America by HGTV See Video l Cool Yule” as seen in Yankee Magazine

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Packages: Nonantum Resort l Rhumb Line Resort l Seaside Inn l Captain Lord Mansion l Breakwater Inn and Spa l The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

Kennebunkport’s “Christmas Prelude” is the ultimate seaside holiday celebration and a great way to kick off the Christmas season. Prelude will remind you of Christmas’ of the past, when the whole town is transformed with bright lights, bows and boughs and everyone comes together to celebrate this festive time.

The Christmas Prelude celebration began in 1982 and has since become one of the most popular annual events in Kennebunkport. Visitors come from all over the world to take part in festive activities for all ages. The celebrations start off with the Dock Square tree lighting, where everyone gathers around as carolers take the stage to sing our favorite Christmas tunes. Other events include historic house tours, sleigh rides, concerts and more. Kids will love watching Santa arrive in town on a real Maine Lobster Boat!

Shoppers will delight in the steals and deals around town, with stores offering great seasonal discounts for those looking to get a jump on their Christmas shopping! Many shop owners and art galleries will even serve up cookies and fresh cider to warm up visitors as they browse. There are also several local craft fairs that offer unique and hand made gifts from local artisans.

With so many festive ways to celebrate the holiday season, it is no wonder that Christmas Prelude has gained a large amount of media attention. HGTV recently featured the annual Kennebunkport celebration as the “#2 Christmas Town in America.” Prelude celebrations have even begun spreading to nearby towns Kennebunk and Cape Porpoise, which constructs a Christmas tree made out of lobster traps!

Kennebunkport is the perfect place to kick off the holiday season, with many local lodging properties offering great specials and package deals for an affordable getaway. Read on to view the schedule of events and plan your Christmas Prelude celebration today!

2014 Christmas Prelude Schedule
December 2 – 14, 2014

(a KBA Event – Below is actually the 2014 schedule. Schedule subject to change without notice)
Christmas Prelude Photos

Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Snowflake Ornament Workshop – DIY Handcrafted Beaded Snowflake Ornaments Jewelry Party, with Emma Alexander. Use wire & dazzling beads to create your own custom ornament. Additional kits will be available for purchase. $30

Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 – Sunday, December 14, 2014 07:30 am – 09:00 pm
The Nonantum Resort’s12 Days of Christmas!

Thursday, December 04, 2014
Thursday, December 04, 2014 – Monday, December 15, 2014 07:30 am – 09:00 pm
The Nonantum Resort’s12 Days of Christmas!

Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
Prelude Presents & Paintings: Under $200 Art Work & Artisan Gallery – River Tree Arts

Thursday, December 04, 2014 04:00 pm – 07:00 pm
Prelude Kick-Off & Shopping Event – River Tree Arts – Free gift-wrapping with any gift gallery purchase. Beer tasting, light refeshments, RTA tree lighting & cheer.

Thursday, December 04, 2014 05:00 pm – 07:00 pm
Maine Women in the Arts Pre-Prelude Show Opening – Masonic Lodge – Fine arts and crafts by MWA. Refreshments will be served. Masonic Lodge, corner of Temple and North streets.

Thursday, December 04, 2014 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Bah Humbug Painting Party - Alissons – Join us for our Paint Nite Party in our upstairs dining room overlooking Dock Square. Create a take-home “Grinch” canvas while enjoying a cocktail with friends! Visit www.paintnite.com to get your tickets today! Space is limited.

Friday, December 05, 2014
Friday, December 05, 2014 06:30 am – 05:00 pm
“Chocolate Chaud” French Hot Chocolate Service - Mornings in Paris – Come sip and savor the season the way Parisians do! Chocolat Chaud will be served up throughout Prelude. Come learn its history and how it gets its signature richness.

Friday, December 05, 2014 – Tuesday, December 16, 2014 07:30 am – 09:00 pm
The Nonantum Resort’s12 Days of Christmas!

Friday, December 05, 2014 – Sunday, December 07, 2014 10:00 am – 09:00 pm
Holiday Shopping

Friday, December 05, 2014 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Prelude Presents & Paintings: Under $200 Art Work & Artisan Gallery – River Tree Arts – Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares, accessories & artwork created by fine local artisans & priced for gift-giving. Refreshments served.

Friday, December 05, 2014 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Winter Warmers Open House – Cape Porpoise Kitchen – Hot Chocolate, Mulled Cider, Cookies, Gourmet Food tastings, Wine Pairings & Chef Demos.

Friday, December 05, 2014 – Sunday, December 07, 2014 12:00 pm
Festive holiday fare and entertainment throughout the evening at sponsoring inns and restaurants

Friday, December 05, 2014 04:00 pm – 06:30 pm
Fish Chowder Supper – Homemade fish chowder with all the “fixins,” American chop suey, biscuits, and hot fudge sundaes at the Wildwood Fire Station, Wildes District Road. Presented by Wildwood Ladies Auxiliary.

Friday, December 05, 2014 05:00 pm
Seashore Trolley Golden Chariot Ride – The Seashore Trolley Museum – After-dark ride in the Museum’s most beautiful open car through the wintry Maine woods, followed by a hot toddy or other beverage back at the Visitor Center. Bundle up for a nostalgic and unique experience. This sight-seeing car operated in Montreal from 1906 to 1963. Weather permitting.

Friday, December 05, 2014 05:30 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square – officially begins the season. Join in Christmas caroling with the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir, directed by Nathan Menifield. Sponsored by KBA member Kennebunk Savings.

Friday, December 05, 2014 06:00 pm
Live Nativity – Right after the tree lighting, join the South Church Youth as they present a Nativity Tableau complete with live animals. Location : South Congregational Church

Friday, December 05, 2014 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
OceanView Properties Open House – Please join us to enjoy the Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree Lighting at the OceanView Properties Annual Open House. Festive beverages and hors d’oeuvres, great company and good cheer!

Friday, December 05, 2014 06:30 pm – 07:30 pm
Cape Porpoise Kitchen – Light Up the Tree in Cape Porpoise – Before, during and after the Lobster Trap Tree lighting in Cape Porpoise, enjoy hot chocolate and mulled cider at KBA member Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Cape Porpoise Square, 207-967-1150.

Friday, December 05, 2014 07:00 pm
Washington Hose Fire Station Bonfire – Warm yourself by the fire while singing Christmas carols and sipping hot chocolate behind Washington Hose Fire Company Station, Route 35, Lower Village. Presented by the Washington Hose Fire Co.

Friday, December 05, 2014 07:00 pm
Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree Lighting – Kennebunkport ‘s most original holiday decoration will be officially lit in Cape Porpoise Square. Join in the caroling with the Church on the Cape Choir. Refreshments served at Cape Porpoise Fire Station compliments of KBA member Bradbury Bros. Market. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Business Association.

Friday, December 05, 2014 09:00 pm
Christmas Karaoke & DJ – Sing along to your favorites at Alisson’s Restaurant, Dock Square

Saturday, December 06, 2014
Saturday, December 06, 2014 06:30 am – 05:00 pm
“Chocolate Chaud” French Hot Chocolate Service - Mornings in Paris – Come sip and savor the season the way Parisians do! Chocolat Chaud will be served up throughout Prelude. Come learn its history and how it gets its signature richness.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 07:00 am – 10:00 am
Blueberry Pancake Breakfast - Washington Hose Fire Station – Start the day with a full breakfast of blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes at the Washington Hose Fire Company.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 07:00 am – 02:00 pm
Mothers Club Prelude Fair – Washington Hose Fire Station – Christmas decorations, handmade articles, animal gifts, and more. Washington Hose Fire Station (upstairs), Route 35, Lower Village. Presented by the Kennebunk Lower Village Mothers Club.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 – Wednesday, December 17, 2014 07:30 am – 09:00 pm
The Nonantum Resort’s12 Days of Christmas!

Saturday, December 06, 2014 07:45 am – 02:30 pm
Atlantic Hall Prelude Fair – Atlantic Hall Prelude Fair has a wide variety of crafts and collectibles by local artists, including photography, jewelry, quilts, antiques and oriental rugs PLUS a silent auction. Atlantic Hall, in the heart of historic Cape Porpoise Square.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 08:00 am – 03:00 pm
American Legion Christmas Crafts Fair – American Legion Christmas Crafts Fair at the Legion Hall, 102 Main St., across from the Kennebunkport Police Station. Featuring a wide variety of crafts by Maine artisans, gift baskets, baked goods, raffles, silent auction, and more. Presented by the American Legion Kennebunkport Memorial Post #159.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 08:30 am – 01:00 pm
Cape Porpoise Christmas Fair – Church on the Cape – You’ll want to see these handcrafted holiday items, a full assortment of goods from our Cargo Shop, bake sale, and much more. Church on the Cape, 3 Langsford Road, Cape Porpoise Square.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 09:00 am – 02:00 pm
24th Annual Christmas Fair – Senior Center at Lower Village – featuring balsam wreaths, swags, and sprays with hand-tied bows, boxwood trees, decorative centerpieces, and an array of Christmas items at the Senior Center at Lower Village, 175 Port Road. For more information, call 207-967-8514.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 09:00 am – 04:00 pm
“Mainely Unique” Annual Craft Fair – Community House Kennebunkport

Saturday, December 06, 2014 09:00 am – 03:00 pm
Holiday Crafts Fair at the Consolidated School –Holiday Crafts Fair at the Consolidated School, a tradition for almost 30 years. This fair features a wide variety of crafts by local artisans. School Street, Route 9 east. Presented by Kennebunkport Parks and Recreation. $1 donation to benefit area children.

Saturday, December 6th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
4th Annual Prelude Christmas Tree Tour – Visit six stunning homes and participating businesses featuring Christmas trees decorated by area artists and designers. Advance tickets are $20 at area businesses or $25 the day of at the Sugar Shack and tour homes. www.facebook.com/christmastreetour 207-967-9988. Benefitting the Kennebunk High School Class of 2016.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Prelude Show of Fine Arts and Crafts – Masonic Lodge

Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Lobster Buoy Workshop – River Tree Arts – Decorate your own authentic full-size lobster buoy to keep or give as a Maine-inspired gift.
$20 per buoy, to benefit River Tree Arts nonprofit programs

Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:00 am – 03:00 pm
Holiday Crafts Fair – Village Baptist Church – 6 Maine St. Kennebunkport

Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Seashore Trolley Holiday Rides - Ride the rails on heated streetcars festooned with fresh greenery, through the wintry Maine Woods!

Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:00 am – 02:00 pm
5th annual Artisan’s Market – Enjoy a Bandaloop-crafted Prelude cocktail while exploring the goods for sale by local artists and artisans.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Handmade Holiday Cards – River Tree Arts

Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:00 am – 01:00 pm
Antique Appraisals by Richard Oliver – Hurlbutt Designs – Items appraised by renowned appraiser Richard Oliver for a $10 donation per item. All proceeds to benefit the Hospice of Southern Maine.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Christmas Tree Tour – The Sugar Shack – Experience the holiday season in the homes of local families and businesses, featuring uniquely decorated trees by local artists and designers. Kick-off is at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Shack, Lower Village, where maps will be available until 3 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 on day of events. Houses will stay open until 5 p.m. for tours. Benefit for KHS Class of 2016.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Free Trolley Shuttle - Sponsored by local businesses and Intown Trolley Company. Enjoy a festive trolley ride through town, with stops at North Street parking lot, Dock Square and sponsoring businesses.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
Meet the Artist! Dana Heacock of the Abacus Calendar – Abacaus Gallery

Saturday, December 06, 2014 11:00 am – 03:00 pm
Outdoor Grill & Whoopie Pies – River Tree Arts – All your favorites, grilled outdoors to order: hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages & more. Warm cider & drinks, snacks. Fresh homemade Whoopie Pies too!

Saturday, December 06, 2014 11:00 am – 01:00 pm
Gingerbread House Making – Children and adults alike will love making their own gingerbread houses with plenty of frosting, sprinkles and festive holiday decorations! Sponsored by the York County Coast Star.
$2 per person; ages 2 and under free. Reservations requested. At the Nonantum Resort

Saturday, December 06, 2014 11:00 am – 02:30 pm
Prelude Luncheon- Comfort food lovingly prepared by our own Maine Chef of the Year, plus live holiday entertainment by pianist Matt Fogg. Free trolley service from Dock Square! At the Nonantum Resort

Saturday, December 06, 2014 11:30 am – 01:30 pm
Public Chili Luncheon – Public Chili Luncheon downstairs at South Church Community House, 8 Temple St. Warm up with a warm lunch across from the Post Office. South Congregational Church.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 12:00 pm – 02:00 pm
Pin the Nose on Rudolph – Every child will get a prize! Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

Saturday, December 06, 2014 12:00 pm
Festive holiday fare and entertainment throughout the evening at sponsoring inns and restaurants

Saturday, December 06, 2014 12:00 pm – 02:00 pm
Wooden Sled Ornament Workshop – River Tree Arts – Decorate your own wooden sled ornament as a keepsake of Prelude 2014, or to give as a holiday gift. $3 per ornament, to benefit River Tree Arts nonprofit programming.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 01:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Prelude Wine Tasting. Down East Wine Imports – $5 for a commemorative Kennebunkport Prelude Wine Glass, and we will have 16 wines to sample at two different stations inside.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 03:00 pm
Ninth Annual Hat Parade – a parade of holiday hats for children and adults led by the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo. Show off your handmade or store bought creations. All hat wearers welcome! Gather at the town parking lot behind Dock Square by 2:45. Parade through Dock Square and over the bridge to The Best of Everything where prizes will be awarded for various creative categories. Sponsored by KBA member The Best of Everything.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 04:30 pm – 09:00 pm
Firehouse Lobster Bake – Washington Hose Fire Station – Enjoy your choice of lobsters, steamers, hamburgers or hotdogs with the crew of the Washington Hose Fire Station.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 06:30 pm
Christmas Candlelight Caroling at the Franciscan Monastery - Join the Franciscans at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto on the grounds of St. Anthony’s Monastery for the story of the birth of Jesus interspersed with Christmas songs by candlelight. Sponsored by KBA Member The White Barn Inn.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 07:00 pm
Live Music Benefit for Special Surfers – Join us for an evening of live music and dancing at the church of the rising waters! Aquaholics Surf Shop

Saturday, December 06, 2014 09:00 pm
Christmas Karaoke & DJ – Alisson’s – Sing along to your favorites at Alisson’s Restaurant, Dock Square

Sunday, December 07, 2014
Sunday, December 07, 2014 07:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday morning: religious services at local churches.

Sunday, December 07, 2014 – Thursday, December 18, 2014 07:30 am – 09:00 pm
The Nonantum Resort’s12 Days of Christmas!

Sunday, December 07, 2014 08:00 am – 11:00 am
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus and the Elves at the Nonantum Resort – A special holiday breakfast buffet hosted by our visitors from the North Pole. Entertainment and souvenir photo provided. Adults $20, Children under 12 $10. Reservations appreciated for parties of 6 or more.

Sunday, December 07, 2014 09:00 am – 02:00 pm
American Legion Christmas Crafts Fair – at the Legion Hall, 102 Main St., across from the Kennebunkport Police Station. Featuring a wide variety of crafts by Maine artisans, gift baskets, baked goods, raffles, silent auction, and more. Presented by the American Legion Kennebunkport Memorial Post #159.

Sunday, December 07, 2014 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Seashore Trolley Holiday Rides – The Seashore Trolley Museum – Ride the rails on heated streetcars festooned with fresh greenery, through the wintry Maine Woods!

Sunday, December 07, 2014 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Prelude Presents & Paintings: Under $200 Art Work & Artisan Gallery – River Tree Arts – Featuring pottery, jewelry, housewares, accessories & artwork, created by fine local artisans and proceed for gift-giving.

Sunday, December 07, 2014 11:00 am – 02:00 am
Canine Bliss Calendar Signing with Photographer, Chris Becker – Experience the blissful expressions of dogs as they travel with their head out of the car window as only Chris Becker can capture them. Meet Chris and see his 2015 calendar of canine bliss photographs – Scalawags Pet Boutique

Sunday, December 07, 2014 12:00 pm
Festive holiday fare and entertainment throughout the evening at sponsoring inns and restaurants

Sunday, December 07, 2014 01:30 pm
Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir – Union Square

Sunday, December 07, 2014 02:00 pm
Santa Arrives by Lobster Boat at David’s KPT/Boathouse – After docking, follow Santa and his Lobster Elves through Dock Square to the Community House on Temple Street for photo opportunities(There may be a wait while all children and families have their special time with Santa.) Sponsored by KBA members Alano Ltd and Kennebunkport Resort Collection.

Sunday, December 07, 2014 05:30 pm
Progressive Dinner - Join in a festive holiday progressive dinner starting at The Nonantum’s 95 Ocean restaurant, then head via Trolley to Striper’s, the Edgewater Inn and various area restaurants! Stay tuned for more details… Starting at the Nonantum Resort

Monday, December 08, 2014
Monday, December 08, 2014 – Friday, December 19, 2014 07:30 am – 09:00 pm
The Nonantum Resort’s12 Days of Christmas!

Monday, December 08, 2014 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
Cookie Crawl – Take a sweet stroll down Ocean Avenue, from The Nonantum Resort to The Breakwater Inn, The Yachtsman, Capt. Fairfield Inn and beyond to taste various holiday cookies – then vote on your favorite! $10 per person. Half of the proceeds will go to charity. The winning property will choose the local non-profit. Tickets can be purchased at The Nonantum Resort.

Monday, December 08, 2014 – Wednesday, December 10, 2014 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Christmas by Candlelight – Maine Stay Inn and Cottages – Take a Candlelight Christmas tour of the four Historic Inns of Kennebunkport from 4-6pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 4-6pm. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 – Saturday, December 20, 2014 07:30 am – 09:00 pm
The Nonantum Resort’s12 Days of Christmas!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Prelude Presents & Paintings: Under $200 Art Work & Artisan Gallery - River Tree Arts – Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares, accessories & artwork, created by fine local artisans and proceed for gift-giving.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
Cookie Crawl – The Nonantum Resort Resort – Take a sweet stroll down Ocean Avenue, from The Nonantum Resort to the Breakwater, the Yachtsman, Capt. Fairfield Inn and beyond. Taste a variety of holiday cookies & vote for your favorite!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 – Thursday, December 11, 2014 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Christmas by Candlelight – Maine Stay Inn and Cottages – Take a Candlelight Christmas tour of the four Historic Inns of Kennebunkport from 4-6pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 4-6pm. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – Sunday, December 21, 2014 07:30 am – 09:00 pm
The Nonantum Resort’s12 Days of Christmas!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Prelude Presents & Paintings: Under $200 Art Work & Artisan Gallery - River Tree Arts – Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares, accessories & artwork, created by fine local artisans and proceed for gift-giving.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
Cookie Crawl – Take a sweet stroll down Ocean Avenue, from The Nonantum Resort to The Breakwater Inn, The Yachtsman, Capt. Fairfield Inn and beyond to taste various holiday cookies – then vote on your favorite! $10 per person. Half of the proceeds will go to charity. The winning property will choose the local non-profit. Tickets can be purchased at The Nonantum Resort.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – Friday, December 12, 2014 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Christmas by Candlelight – Maine Stay Inn and Cottages – Take a Candlelight Christmas tour of the four Historic Inns of Kennebunkport from 4-6pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 4-6pm. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
DIY Flared Ring Jewelry Party – River Tree Arts – Learn to hammer & forge as you design & create this one of a kind gift for yourself & a loved one. BYOB if desired. $30 or $50 for 2 people.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014 – Monday, December 22, 2014 07:30 am – 09:00 pm
The Nonantum Resort’s12 Days of Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2014 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Prelude Presents & Paintings: Under $200 Art Work & Artisan Gallery - River Tree Arts – Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares, accessories & artwork, created by fine local artisans and proceed for gift-giving.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
Cookie Crawl – Take a sweet stroll down Ocean Avenue, from The Nonantum Resort to The Breakwater Inn, The Yachtsman, Capt. Fairfield Inn and beyond to taste various holiday cookies – then vote on your favorite! $10 per person. Half of the proceeds will go to charity. The winning property will choose the local non-profit. Tickets can be purchased at The Nonantum Resort.

Friday, December 12, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014 – Tuesday, December 23, 2014 07:30 am – 09:00 pm
The Nonantum Resort’s12 Days of Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2014 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
Prelude Presents & Paintings: Under $200 Art Work & Artisan Gallery - River Tree Arts – Featuring pottery, jewelry, house wares, accessories & artwork, created by fine local artisans and proceed for gift-giving.

Friday, December 12, 2014 12:00 pm
Festive holiday fare and entertainment throughout the evening at sponsoring inns and restaurants

Friday, December 12, 2014 05:00 pm
Seashore Trolley Golden Chariot Ride – After-dark ride in the Museum’s most beautiful open car through the wintry Maine woods, followed by a hot toddy or other beverage back at the Visitor Center. Bundle up for a nostalgic and unique experience. This sight-seeing car operated in Montreal from 1906 to 1963. Weather permitting.

Friday, December 12, 2014 05:00 pm – 10:00 pm
5th Annual Fire + IceNonantum Resort. Blazing Bonfires, Ice Bars & Sculptures, Local Food, Live Music
The Hottest Ticket in Town! Featuring the Tona Boffa Band. $25 pp (Adults only 21+)

Friday, December 12, 2014 05:30 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square - Join in Christmas caroling with local talent to begin the finale weekend of festivities as our Christmas Prelude 2014 continues. After the tree lighting, gather in the municipal parking lot behind Alisson’s Restaurant, huddle on the causeway, or the surrounding area to view the fourth annual Prelude fireworks display.

Friday, December 12, 2014 06:15 pm
Fourth Annual Christmas Fireworks Display - Enjoy our Prelude extravaganza that will take place in the cove and can be viewed from the bridge and surrounding areas. Hats off to Steve Pelkey, Atlas Pyrotechnics of Jaffrey, N.H. and all the KBA members who contributed to make this event possible.

Friday, December 12, 2014 07:00 pm – 08:30 pm
Holiday Concert with MOSAIC Quartet – River Tree Arts – MOSAIC returns to perform an eclectic mix of Christmas pieces featuring voice, mandolin, guitar, $8. Quartet: Karen Stathoplos, Vicki Adams, David O’Brien, Carl Mabee.

Friday, December 12, 2014 09:00 pm
Christmas Karaoke & DJ – Sing along to your favorites at Alisson’s Restaurant, Dock Square.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014 – Wednesday, December 24, 2014 07:30 am – 09:00 pm
The Nonantum Resort’s12 Days of Christmas!

Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:00 am
Holiday Shopping all day

Saturday, December 13, 2014 11:00 am – 02:30 pm
Holiday Craft Fair at The Nonantum Resort – Featuring over 30 local crafters, artists and specialty food vendors.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 11:00 am – 02:30 pm
Prelude LuncheonNonantum Resort – Our Maine Chef of the Year serves up comfort food to complement the live holiday entertainment provided by pianist Matt Fogg.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 12:00 pm
Festive holiday fare and entertainment throughout the evening at sponsoring inns and restaurants

Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Prelude Wine Tasting – Prelude Wine Tasting. Complimentary wine tasting, with 16 holiday wines to sample at two different stations inside – Down East Wine Imports

Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:30 pm – 03:30 pm
Historic Inns of kennebunkport Open House – Maine Stay Inn and Cottages- Four Historic Inns of Kennebunkport will be splendidly arrayed with holiday decorations. Each will be conducting tours as well as serving seasonal beverages and cookies.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 03:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Artist Talk & Demo with Wine Reception – River Tree Arts – Join us in the River Tree Arts Gallery for an interactive artist talk & demo with an RTA exhibiting artist. Wine & refreshments served. Free.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 04:30 pm
The Walk to Bethlehem – River Green – Be part of the candlelight procession that follows Mary and Joseph as they seek shelter at three historic inns only to be turned away and finally shown to a manger; hymns, carols, and scripture readings followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Procession begins at the top of the River Green in front of the Captain Lord Mansion off Ocean Avenue. Sponsored by KBA members The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 05:00 pm – 10:00 pm
5th Annual Fire + IceNonantum Resort. Blazing Bonfires, Ice Bars & Sculptures, Local Food, Live Music
The Hottest Ticket in Town! Featuring the Tona Boffa Band. $25 pp (Adults only 21+)

Saturday, December 13, 2014 09:00 pm
Christmas Karaoke & DJ – Sing along to your favorites at Alisson’s Restaurant, Dock Square.

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014 08:00 am – 11:00 am
Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. ClausNonantum Resort – Bring your child for a special holiday feast hosted by Santa! Enjoy an extensive buffet with specialty treats, plus entertainment and souvenir photo provided. Adults $22, Children under 12 $10. Reservations appreciated for parties of 6 or more.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 11:00 am
Fourth Annual Pooch Parade - Follow your pooches wearing their favorite holiday attire and join in or simply enjoy watching. Parade begins at Consolidated School, School Street/Route 9 east. Strut toward Dock Square to Ocean Avenue and finish at the tent on Union Street. Sponsored by Scalawags Pet Boutique.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 12:00 pm – 02:00 pm
Pin the Nose on Rudolph – Every child will win a prize! Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

Sunday, December 14, 2014 12:00 pm – 02:00 pm
Pooch Parade After-Pawty at Scalawags Pet Boutique

Sunday, December 14, 2014 02:00 pm
Santa Arrives by Fire Engine in Cape Porpoise Square - Meet him at Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Cape Porpoise Square. Photos for children of all ages. Hot chocolate and candy canes aplenty. Sponsored by the Kennebunkport Business Association and KBA member Cape Porpoise Kitchen.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 02:00 pm
Santa Visits Cape Porpoise Kitchen – Cape Porpoise Kitchen – Santa Claus visits with Children of all ages to share hot chocolate & cookies. Chocolate Lollipops for children

Most shops remain open for Holiday Shopping through Christmas!

Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude is a KBA – Kennebunkport Business Association Event.
All programs and events subject to change without notice.

Christmas Prelude: December 2 – 14th 2014 – Christmas Prelude Photos