The Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights will take place December 10-12 with a “Fiesta Holiday” theme. The parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. on December 10 and 11 and at 6:30 p.m. on December 12. Boaters will decorate their vessels to the theme of the parade, for a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes across several award categories. It is a fantastic family fun event.
Additionally, starting November 17th, Dana Point Harbor Partners (DPHP) is spreading holiday cheer, hosting their annual holiday light display, during Holidays at the annual Holidays at the Harbor event. Each night throughout the holiday season, the Harbor’s magnificent light display will illuminate the evening sky for all to enjoy. The area will be lit up with giant whale sculptures, lighted palm trees, Christmas trees, a giant Adirondack chair, and the popular “Merry Kiss Me” arch.
During the Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade evenings, enjoy strolling carolers, holiday-themed photo ops, visits with Santa, waterfront restaurant offerings, boutique holiday shopping and more. Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy Holiday carolers as they stroll through the Harbor dressed in “Ugly Sweater” attire on Thursdays, December 9, 16 and 23 from 4 – 7 p.m.
Santa’s coming to the Harbor on December 10 and 11 and taking residence in the Clock Courtyard from 3-5 p.m. Families will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa in front of a holiday-themed photo op, which will remain up throughout the month of December for all to enjoy.
Let the season of sharing begin! Join in on the Dana Point Harbor’s “Holidays at the Harbor” social media contest on Instagram from November 17 – December 22 for the opportunity to win a Dana Point Harbor package. Take a photo in front of one of the many light installations throughout the Harbor, tag @danapoint_harbor on Instagram and use the hashtag #HolidaysattheHarbor to enter.
Additional Holiday Festivities:
DPHP in partnership with the Chabad Jewish Center of Dana Point will host a Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the Fishing Pier at Baby Beach at 4 p.m. on November 28th. Guests can enjoy hot latkes, music, coffee, dreidels, crafts for kids and more. The 12-foot Menorah will remain at the pier for the duration of Hanukkah until December 6.
Don’t forget your furry family member. Pet Project Foundation will host the 10th Annual Santa Paws on December 4 & 5 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Clock Courtyard. Pet photos will be offered for a small donation with all proceeds supporting the Pet Project Foundation.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching will also host the annual Boat Rides with Santa on Saturday, December 4th and 5th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take photos with Santa and his holiday helpers on this adventure at sea for a $5 donation with proceeds supporting Soroptimist of Capistrano Bay. Reservations will be required. Visit danawharf.com for more information and to purchase tickets.