Prelude is (still) Coming to Town!

 Kick off the Christmas season in style this year, Prelude is still coming to town!

We don’t have to tell you that the holidays look a bit different in 2020. Are there enough people round the table to justify buying a Turkey? Our daughter will be joining us through an iPad this Christmas from the other side of the Atlantic.  It all feels a bit…..lackluster. But, look under the surface and you can find all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished in this strange year. 

Tree lightingHere at the inn, we used our time to get some big projects done. As the world shifts back to its normal routine we want everything to be perfect for our guests. We’ve learned more about video calling than we ever thought we would and we are grateful.

With new traditions being created, old traditions are being kept alive. One special tradition is the annual Prelude festival in Kennebunkport. Altered slightly for safety but still the most magical time of the year. We’ve been planning, watching and reviewing the changes that have had to be made. We have a schedule of amazing events available for people everywhere and some truly wonderful in person events. It is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Gift from Santa


Prelude 2020

Prelude this year runs from Dec 3rd to Dec 13th and you can find a full calendar of events on . As always we’ve handpicked some special events that are not to be missed!

Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Scavenger Hunt

First up is our own Historic Inns of Kennebunkport Scavenger Hunt! Starting on the 3rd and going right the way through the 13th. Check in and snap a photo of yourselves at a number of different locations to win some amazing prizes from your favorite inns in town. Like us on our Facebook page for more information. 

Christmas on the Porch

We also have the Christmas Prelude Cottage Crawl, which takes place across the week and includes scenic tours of the town, hot chocolate, and shopping. On each Saturday, head over to the 1802 House for our Christmas on the Porch event with mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, and great company. 

Santa, Christmas trees and treats.

Our tree lighting and Santa’s arrival on a lobster boat will be virtual this year, and streamable from anywhere through the Prelude website. We have our annual Candlelit tours of the Historic Inns available digitally for those who are interested in learning more about our wonderful properties. 

Midweek Magic

There are a variety of wonderful virtual and in person events midweek. These include Passport to Prelude and the North Pole held at the Nonantum Resort. There are many other events and online challenges to get you in the spirit, no matter where you are in the world. Old Vines will still host its outdoor market, with gifts for everyone on your nice list. Before you leave town, make sure to mail your letter to Santa. This curbside event is at the Cape Porpoise Kitchen, so be sure Santa gets everything right this year, after all, you deserve to treat yourself now more than ever.

So get to Kennebunkport to kick off the Christmas season in style and help us celebrate the wonderful things that have happened this year! As always, we’ll put the kettle on.


For more information on any of these events, and the hundreds of others offered throughout the week, please visit