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Throughout history, Kennebunk was home to many different cultures as immigrants arrived. During the holiday season, Kennebunk embraced a variety of traditional celebrations. Many will be featured during this month-long Festival of Traditions at the Museum.


Candlelight Stroll: A Festival of Traditions  |  Friday, December 1—Friday, December 22


Tuesday—Sundays in December (closed only Monday). Programming is included with Museum admission ($5 per person, free under 16; or FREE if you’re a Member!)

All funds raised during this month’s programming will support the Museum’s educational mission in our community. A portion of these proceeds will be contributed to other regional nonprofits supporting cultural heritage in Maine (see more information below).


Offerings Schedule:


  • Explore a pop-up exhibit featuring the stories of historic Kennebunk immigrants and their traditions
  • Visit the locally-sourced Christmas Market at the Museum
  • Make a paper star
  • Play the dreidel game
  • Hot chocolate served!
  • Share Your Story Boards
  • Map Your Heritage
  • Download the Local Holiday History Tour + GO! >>CLICK HERE>> to access it!
  • Watch our Facebook page for daily activities and tastes that you’ll find when you visit!


Tastes of Traditions (taste foods from various cultures) on the following days:

  • Friday, December 8 (4pm—6pm)
  • Saturday, December 9 (11am—1pm)
  • Saturday, December 16 (11am—1pm)
  • Friday, December 22 (3pm—5pm) – as part of the Solstice Event (see below)

Gift-wrapping (by donation) in the Christmas Market:

  • Friday, December 8 (4pm—6pm)
  • Saturday, December 9 (11am—1pm)
  • Friday, December 15 (4pm—6pm)
  • Saturday, December 16 (11am—1pm)


Special Events:

Saturday, December 2: Scandinavian Woven Hearts & Stars Workshop (more…)

Wednesday, December 6: Scandinavian History in Kennebunk, Lecture (Virtual), 2:00PM – 3:00PM (more…)

Friday, December 8: Museum Open Late, 4:00PM—6:00PM (more…)

Saturday, December 9: Candlelight Stroll Storytellers, 11:00AM-1:00PM. (more…)

Sunday, December 10: A Visit from St. Nicholas at the Museum, 1:00PM – 3:00PM (more…)

Wednesday, December 13: Jewish History in Maine, Lecture (Virtual), 2:00PM – 3:00PM (more…)

Thursday, December 14: Kids Holiday Craft Workshop, 3:30PM – 5:00PM (more…)

Thursday, December 14: Wine Dinner featuring the Museum, 5:30PM—7:30PM (more…)

Friday, December 15: Museum Open House, 4:00PM – 7:00PM (more…)

Saturday, December 16: Candlelight Stroll Storytellers, 11:00AM-1:00PM (more…)

Tuesday, December 19: Early American Painting: Poinsettia Workshop, 3:00PM – 4:30PM (more…)

Friday, December 22: Candlelight Stroll: A Festival of Traditions Solstice Event, 3:00PM – 5:00PM (more…)




Supporting cultural heritage in southern Maine!

Proceeds from admission and donations this December will support the Museum’s educational mission in our community. In addition, a portion of those proceeds will be shared with area nonprofits supporting the cultural traditions and experiences of the many immigrant populations of Maine. The Museum has selected the following organizations for 2023:

  • Maine Jewish Museum
  • Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center
  • New England Arab American Coalition
  • Maine Immigrant Community Center

Interested in joining us or suggesting another organization to support? Please email us at