Photo Gallery: Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude

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Maine Coast Town Celebrates Christmas with Unique Traditions

Kennebunkport's annual Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can, with Santa arriving via lobster boat, the lighting of the lobster trap tree, a hat parade and many other festive events... not to mention fabulous holiday shopping at end-of-year sales.

In these photos from their December 2010 visit to Kennebunkport, teen photographers Anastasia and Sophia Dzikas capture the traditions that make this holiday celebration on the coast of Maine one-of-a-kind.

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

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Tree Shines Bright in Dock Square

Christmas Tree in Dock Square Kennebunkport Maine - Photo
© 2010 Sophia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

The Colonial Pharmacy is located behind the tree, with the coffee shop and The Candy Man located on the cul-de-sac to the left. Alisson's Restaurant overlooks the center to the right, in addition to Route 9 and the bridge leading to the Lower Village in Kennebunk.

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Waiting for Santa

Kennebunkport Christmas - Waiting for Santa on the Dock
© 2010 Sophia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

Santa is accompanied on the lobster boat by elves and, of course, giant lobsters! Children can visit Santa after he lands and make their Christmas wishes.

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Santa Arrives Via Lobster Boat

Santa Arrives Via Lobster Boat at Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude - Picture
© 2010 Anastasia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

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Lobster Trap Tree

Lobster Trap Tree - Photo of Lobster Trap Christmas Tree in Cape Porpoise Maine
© 2010 Anastasia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

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Parade Time

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Picture - Hat Parade
© 2010 Sophia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

At the end of the parade, prizes and awards are given for creativity. The roads are closed for the parade's duration to assure safety.

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A Festive Hat Parade

Hat Parade Photo - Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Events
© 2010 Anastasia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

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Christmas Shopping in Kennebunkport

Christmas Shopping in Kennebunkport
© 2010 Sophia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

Many stores, such as The Saxony, have 50-percent-off sales throughout the two weekends of the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude.

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Find Great Sales

Holiday Sales at Kennebunkport Maine Stores - Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude
© 2010 Anastasia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

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Kennebunkport Christmas Lights

Kennebunkport Christmas Lights - Photo
© 2010 Sophia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

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Caroling by Candlelight

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude - Traditional Carol Singing at Franciscan Guest House
© 2010 Sophia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

A group from the local high school leads the carols at the outdoor sanctuary. Before the singing begins, "chestnuts roasted on an open fire" are provided as a welcoming treat. This heartwarming event is a must!

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Hundreds of Voices

Christmas Caroling in Kennebunkport Maine - Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Picture
© 2010 Anastasia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

The annual Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude ushers in the holidays as only Maine can. These pictures capture the town's unique holiday traditions.

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