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Holidays At The Harbor


Dana Point Harbor Partners is spreading seasonal cheer with the annual holiday light display that will illuminate the Harbor November 17 – early January. Each night throughout the holiday season, the Harbor’s magnificent light display will illuminate the evening sky for guests of all ages to enjoy. Themed light exhibits throughout the Harbor will include Candy Cane Lane, a “Merry Kiss Me” arch, lighted trees, and much more.

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Boat Parade of Lights

The Harbor’s much anticipated annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place December 10-12 with a “Fiesta Holiday” theme. Boaters decorate their vessels to the theme of the parade, for a chance to win cash prizes across several award categories. The Boat Parade kicks off at 7:30 pm on December 10 and 11 and at 6 pm on December 12.

The City of Dana Point’s Jolly Trolley will run from 5:30 – 11 pm on Dec. 10 & 11 and from 4-9 pm on Dec. 12. Click here to view the trolley routes throughout the Boat Parade of Lights.

Boat Rides with Santa

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching will host Boat Rides with Santa on Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5 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. Please visit for more information.

"Sit" for a Photo with Santa

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.

Live Music

Enjoy strolling holiday carolers at the Harbor on December 9, 16, and 23 from 4-7 pm.

Harbor Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season, shop locally at Dana Point Harbor with an array of unique retailers, outdoor excursions and delicious waterfront dining options for everyone on your list.

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Menorah Gathering

DPHP in partnership with the Chabad Jewish Center of Dana Point will host a Menorah gathering on the fishing pier at Baby Beach from 4:30- 5:30 pm on December 5th. The 12-foot Menorah will remain at the pier from November 29 – December 6. 

© Happy Harbor Days photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG

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