• artfullyalissa

Day trip to New England's Christmas storybook, Kennebunkport Maine

Maine has always been one of my favorite places to visit. My grandparents used to live in Kennebunk, so growing up we created so many fond memories together exploring the quaint and peaceful picturesque town. There's something so magical about this area of Maine and my Nana used to capture it's mystique in the gorgeous watercolor paints she brought to life.


One of the stunning scenes she painted was the Kennebunkport Christmas tree and lobster trap tree, which became something I had always wanted to see in person. Luckily, Maine is only about an hour and a half drive for us, so it was truly worth a mini day adventure to walk around the town, visit adorable shops and enjoy a delicious lunch together.

Be transported with nautical vibes

All the stunning details in Kennebunkport really transport you to a nautical winter wonderland. All their Christmas trees pay homage to the town's oceanside roots and include items like buoy ornaments, lobsters on top of the trees, seashells, or miniature boats. Walking around with a cup of hot chocolate is almost like a Hallmark movie, everything is just truly stunning! Each shop also had adorable nautical vibes and decor adorning their storefronts.

Christmas sights to see

There are so many beautiful sights to see especially during Christmas time! Kennebunkport is known for their Christmas prelude which includes the tree lighting, a Santa appearance, caroling, and events throughout the duration of prelude. While we just missed the celebrations, it's definitely something worth checking out if you are visiting the area.


Whether you're staying for a few days or visiting for the afternoon, here's some must see sights:

  • The Kennebunkport Inn

  • Dock Square Christmas Tree

  • Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree

  • Clam Shack with Santa

  • Batson River present truck

  • Farm + Table

Not to mention the majority of the stunning houses are adorned with Christmas decorations which really makes this place feel like a storybook.

Eat in a gondola

For years, I've always wanted to eat in an igloo or gondola and I was thrilled to finally secure a reservation at The Boathouse Hotel + Restaurant. There was a minimum requirement for enjoying the gondola, but the food and drinks alone make the experience worth it. They have four gondolas that can be reserved on Open Table and you have an hour and a half to enjoy your time. Each gondola was heated, had plush cushions, and adorable little decor elements like bottle brush trees and candles.


There was a wonderful array of delicious appetizers, bites and main courses to choose from inspired by the sea. We particularly loved the lobster roll and lobster wontons - they were truly amazing!