KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — One of southern Maine’s signature holiday events will be scaled back this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The “Christmas Prelude” event often draws visitors from around the country to Kennebunkport for Yuletide merriment. Organizers said in a statement the event’s 39th year has been “reimagined” with an eye toward safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s Prelude will focus on pre-recorded virtual programming, said Kennebunkport Business Association President Paul Humphrey. That includes all of the Prelude’s beloved events, such as the Dock Square and Cape Porpoise tree lightings, caroling at the monastery and Santa Claus arriving by lobster boat, organizers said.
Organizers said some activities will take place in person and those will need to follow the guidelines set by state public health authorities.
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah said it’s important for residents to be selective and cautious about group events this holiday season because of the recent growth of coronavirus cases in the state.