Kennebunkport New Years Eve 2018Hard as it may be to believe, the end of the year is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a fun way to see in 2019 come out to the Kennebunks for a Kennebunkport New Year’s Eve and watch the Wild Blueberry Drop!

Kennebunkport New Year’s Eve 2018 sees the annual return of the Wild Blueberry Drop. That’s right: New York City drops the Times Square Ball, others cities drop Moon Pies, bologna, a duck decoy, even a dead carp. Here in the Kennebunks, we’ve settled, quite appropriately, I might add, on a giant wild blueberry.

Wild Blueberry Drop 2018/2019

The giant, glittering blueberry descends from the First Parish UU Church steeple, located in downtown Kennebunk, at the beginning of every year. In fact, the Kennebunk Wild Blueberry isn’t dropped just once but TWICE on New Year’s Eve. The first drop, for those of us who just can’t quite make it to that midnight hour, occurs at 9pm. The final and official drop, of course, happens with a countdown at midnight.

Prior to the drop, downtown Kennebunk will be filled with celebrants readying for the new year. There will be ice skating at the Waterhouse Center Ice Skating Rink until 11:30, along with games, live music, hot chocolate, and fire pits.

2018 also sees the first annual New Year’s Eve Kennebunk Indoor Cornhole Tournament. The Indoor Cornhole Tournament starts at 7pm in the First Parish UU Church. It will be a double-elimination format with over $600 in prizes. Time to limber up that beanbag-chucking arm!

The historic Brick Store Museum will get in on the fun with free late-night tours and sweets offered from 9pm to 11pm. They’re also hosting an evening of improv and live music, starting at 7pm. The Coast2Coast Food Truck will also be on hand with their scrumptious offerings.

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