The cottages may be closed, but there’s still things going on in and around Wells. Beginning December 1st, Kennebunkport will begin its 26th annual Christmas Prelude. Two days later, Ogunquit starts its 25th annual Christmas by the Sea Celebration and on December 11th, the Southern Maine Christmas Parade takes place in Wells.
Each year the business community and local residents recreate the spirit and joy of the holiday season for the Annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude. This year, the events take place on December 1-4 and December 9-11. This is an ideal time to visit Kennebunkport and warm up to the spirit of the holidays–crisp fresh snow (maybe), warm log fires, and a nip in the air.
The events include:
• Tree lighting ceremonies in Kennebunk, Dock Square, and Cape Porpoise (lobster trap tree)
• Santa arrives by lobster boat escorted by two very special “lobster elves” in Dock Square
• Candlelight caroling at the Franciscan Monastery
• Prelude champagne reception at The Nott House
• Holiday shopping at boutiques, shops, and galleries with festive holiday refreshments and seasonal sales
• Bonfire and Christmas carols
• Prelude craft fairs featuring hand-made Maine products
• Blueberry pancake breakfast
• Down East lobster bake
For more information about this event, go to Christmas Prelude website.
Christmas by the Sea Celebration
The festivities begin on December 3rd with a Santa’s Workshop, ice skating, and a holiday tea party and continue through Sunday the 4th. The celebrations start up again on Friday the 9th and end on the 11th with the Southern Maine Christmas Parade in Wells. The Christmas by the Sea Celebration is very family-oriented, so bring the whole family and enjoy this very special time together.
Among the many events planned are:
• Gingerbread decorating class
• Spirit of Giving holiday party
• “The gift of the Magi” musical
• Chowder and Chocolatefest
• Marginal Way Preservation Fund meatloaf competition
• Christmas caroling by the local Daisy and Brownie troops
• Town tree lighting ceremony
• Ornament making and cookie decorating
For more information about this event go to the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce website.