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Holidays At The Harbor


Dana Point Harbor Partners (DPHP) is spreading holiday cheer by hosting the annual holiday light display, consisting of over 700,000 LED lights, set to illuminate the Harbor beginning November 15. Themed light exhibits throughout the Harbor include a giant whale sculpture, lighted palm trees, giant beach-ball-like ornaments, the popular “Merry Kiss Me” arch and much more. 

Boat Parade of Lights

The Harbor’s much anticipated 48th annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place December 8 – 10 with a “Candyland” theme, with the parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. 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, courtesy of Dana Point Harbor Partners. Award categories include Best Use of Theme, People’s Choice, Supervisor’s Cup, Mayor’s Cup and more. Boaters can sign up at The Marina at Dana Point office

Throughout the Boat Parade of Lights, the City of Dana Point’s Jolly Trolley will run from 5 – 10:30 p.m. on December 8 – 10. Click here to view the trolley routes.

Santa Photos

Santa’s coming to the Harbor on December 8 & 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. and taking residence in the Clock Courtyard. Visitors can also book professional photos with Santa in front of a holiday-themed photo op on November 18, created by Style My Holiday. The holiday display will remain up throughout the month of December for all to enjoy. Click here to make a reservation.

"Sit" for a Photo with Santa

Pet Project Foundation will host the 10th Annual Santa Paws on December 9 & 10 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.

Boat Rides with Santa

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching will host Boat Rides with Santa on December 2 & 3 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.

Menorah Gathering

DPHP in partnership with the Chabad Jewish Center of Dana Point will place a 12-foot Menorah in the Harbor for the duration of Hanukkah from December 7 – 15.

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

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