Get a dose of holiday spirit and get your shopping done during seasonal festivities in K’port, Camden, and Eastport, Maine


Not every seaside community in Maine rolls up the sidewalks after Columbus Day. These three Maine summer resort towns light up for the holidays.

Christmas Prelude, Kennebunkport, Dec. 1-4/9-11, 2011

Santa arrives by lobster boat, of course, for this Christmas spectacular on the southern Maine coast. Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport dates back to 1982. It now comprises two jam-packed weekends of holiday-themed events and activities: crafts shows, art exhibitions, theatrical productions, concerts, tours, open houses, tree lightings, special luncheons and suppers, and on and on. Go for a day or make a weekend or two out of it. While there, get your holiday shopping done in Dock Square’s boutiques.

Eastport Historic Homes Christmas Tour, Dec. 3-4, 2011

Ogle holiday decorations and nibble on festive foods while touring seven historic homes and a museum, in Eastport. Featured on the 2011 tour are: The Milliken House, 29 Washington St.; The Wentworth House, 27 Washington S.t; The Wheeler House, 13 Washington St.; The Smith House, 32 Washington St.; The Todd House, 1 Capen Ave.; The Boon House, 137 High St., The Tides Institute & Museum of Art, 43 Water St.; and the Shackford House, 9 Shackford St. While you tour, enjoy decorations by the Eastport Garden Club and refreshments from local bakers and cooks. The tour, sponsored by the Eastport Chamber of Commerce, benefits public restrooms. Tix are $15 and available at various downtown businesses.

Christmas by the Sea: Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Dec. 2-4, 2011

Christmas by the Sea celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2011, with a spectacular fireworks show over Camden Harbor opening on Friday evening and the lighting of the tree on the library lawn. Of course Santa will be cruising the towns and overseeing the lighting of the Christmas trees in on the harbor in Rockport, on library lawn in Camden, and in Lincolnville Beach. Expect holiday parades, fairs, caroling, refreshments, and plentiful shopping opps.