COVID-19 Requires a Re-Worked Prelude

The Kennebunks are known for a lot of things: scenic views, seafood, the Bush family, and maybe the most extravagant of all… the annual Christmas Prelude. 38 years of Prelude has led to some pretty spectacular things. Frigid temperatures have never stopped thousands from gathering in Dock Square for the annual tree lighting, and Kennebunkport has even received national recognition for their festivities. For many, looking back on Christmas Preludes provides fond memories, and yet it seems that (as with many things this year) COVID-19 is proving to be an issue. Luckily, these Mainers are determined to keep the cheer of the holiday season present here in the Kennebunks. 

The holiday season wouldn’t be the same without Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude, and many have shown concern over what this season will bring. Granted, the current pandemic definitely complicates things. Due to restrictions, group events like the tree lighting and the Franciscan Monastery caroling just aren’t possible. That being said, favorite events like these can’t be canceled that easily. A majority of Prelude traditions will be held virtually this year, using both social media and Zoom. Not only does this allow for locals to continue celebrating, but it also allows those from around the world to experience the magic of the Kennebunks from the safety of their own homes. Virtual events lined up so far will include the tree lighting, caroling, best holiday hats/best-dressed dogs showcases, and stories from Santa. 

Christmas Prelude won’t just be virtual this year! Still adhering to Maine CDC guidelines, the Kennebunkport Business Association (KBA) has scheduled socially-distanced chances to experience the food, decorations, and shopping of the Kennebunks during this magical time of the year. Because of the more virtual nature of this year’s Prelude, the KBA is offering more exclusive events than in years’ past, allowing people to get a behind the scenes look at the magic behind the Prelude season. The 39th annual Christmas Prelude will be from December 2-12. For more info, possible Zoom links, and eventually a finalized schedule, you can visit this link