Photo Gallery: Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude

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    Lobster Christmas Tree

    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude - Photo of Christmas Tree in Dock Square Kennebunkport Maine
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery This picture was taken in Kennebunkport at Dock Square. During Christmas Prelude, the streets and sidewalks are crowded with townspeople and tourists viewing the Lobster Christmas Tree. © 2010 Anastasia Dzikas, licensed to About.com

    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.

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    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
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery The famous Christmas Tree is presented at the center of Kennebunkport's Dock Square, creating easy access for pictures and glances. © 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
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery Citizens and visitors wait on the bridge connecting Kennebunk and Kennebunkport for the arrival of Santa on his lobster boat. Locals can simply walk on the docks for a closer look. © 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
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery The best part about Christmas Prelude for the children is seeing Santa coming in on the lobster boat up the Kennebunk River. You can even get pictures and sit with him after he arrives!. © 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
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery This Christmas tree in Cape Porpoise, Maine, outside a fire station isn't one that you would see anywhere but Maine! It's made completely out of lobster traps, wrapped with buoys and wreaths. © 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
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery The Hat Parade is a fairly new Christmas Prelude tradition in which the people of the Kennebunks and tourists buy or create a hat, gather behind Alisson's Restaurant (the blue building to the left) and proceed across the bridge to The Best Of Everything. © 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
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery The Hat Parade (2010's was the fifth annual) is a fun event to watch, or even join in for free! The parade starts from the Alisson's Restaurant parking lot in Dock Square and ends at The Best of Everything. Whoever has the best hat may even win a prize!. © 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
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery Christmas Prelude in the Kennebunks isn't just events held at several stores and churches in early December. Stores have sales, free drinks and munchies, and the streets are lined with lights and decorations. © 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
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery You will almost never see a Kennebunkport, Maine, store not decorated for Christmas. Many stores have huge sales during 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
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery The streets of the Kennebunks are bordered with stunning Christmas lights, illuminating the sidewalks at night. Mountain Tops, one of the busy shops in Dock Square, sits next to Bandaloop and Digs Divots & Dogs, a store for gardeners, golfers and dogs. © 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
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery After the lighting of the Lower Village Christmas Tree, carol singing is held at the Franciscan Monastery and Guest House. Hundreds gather to sing traditional songs such as Silent Night, We Three Kings and Away in a Manger while holding candles. © 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
    Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Photo Gallery The carol singing is located at the Franciscan Guest House on Beach Avenue. Hundreds of people gather on the field with candles and sing along with a band. © 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.