Impulcity.com, a three-year-old website which bills itself as something of a lifestyle publication, is very much in the listicle business.
And their latest offering is timely: “The 17 Most Amazing Christmas Towns in America.”
As you could probably imagine, a town in Maine — where Christmas trees grow naturally and we routinely get fresh coverings of picturesque snow — made the list.
Sandwiched between No. 12 Mackinac Island, Michigan, and No. 14 Georgetown, Colorado, is our very own Kennebunkport.
Here’s what Impulcity wrote about Kennebunkport:
“Yep, that’s a lobster holding a star at the top of that tree. There’s something you don’t see every day. Something else you won’t see often is Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude. As you’d imagine, things are a little different in the way they bring in the holidays, but in the absolute best way possible. Instead of chowing down on a ton of gingerbread (although you can do that too), you’ll be chowing on chowder.
That’s not all you’ll be doing, though, as this town bolsters one of the most impressive lists of events and activities we’ve ever seen in regards to the holidays. Whether you choose to enjoy wine by a bonfire or take a trolley along the shores is completely up to you, but you definitely need to partake in this little town’s activities at least once in your life. There are way more reasons to visit Maine than you could ever imagine.”
Let me help flesh that out a bit. The Christmas Prelude festival Impulcity referenced began this year on Dec. 2 with a snowflake ornament workshop and will continue with events all the way through next Sunday.
Some highlights still to come include Friday night fireworks, a tree lighting and live music playing deep into the night. Don’t have too much egg nog Friday night, though, because Saturday morning brings a series of craft fairs, the Seaside Santa Dash 5K road race and more live music, followed by an afternoon wine tasting, children’s craft workshops and story time with Mrs. Claus.
Sunday boasts the fourth annual pooch parade, as well as the arrival of Santa Claus on a fire engine in Cape Porpoise Square.
And that’s a fairly limited list of what’s going on in Kennebunkport this week. Which brings me to my next point: I’m not sure No. 13 is a high enough spot on the Impulcity list.
It’s hard to argue with Impulcity’s top choice of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which even goes by “Christmas City, U.S.A.” or No. 7 Santa Claus, Indiana, or No. 10 North Pole, Alaska, for obvious reasons.
But even with that competition, HGTV managed to rank Kennebunkport No. 2 on its top Christmas towns list (see the video at the top of this post). Surely, our Maine representative on the Impulcity list could be slid up into the top 10 somewhere, right?