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Brighten Up The Holiday Season With Dana Point Harbor Partners

Join in on Festivities With the Return of Highly-Anticipated Holiday Happenings, Including

Happy Harbor Days and the Annual Boat Parade of Lights.


Dana Point Harbor Partners (DPHP) is spreading cheer and brightening this merry season by hosting the annual holiday light display, consisting of over 700,000 LED lights. Set to illuminate the Harbor November 15 through mid-January, Happy Harbor Days offers themed light exhibits including a giant whale sculpture, lit-up palm trees, a giant beach ball ornament stack, and the popular “Merry Kiss Me” arch. Throughout the holiday season, visitors and locals can enjoy live music, visits with Santa, waterfront restaurant offerings, boutique holiday shopping and more.

The highly anticipated Boat Parade of Lights returns this holiday season for its 48th celebration from December 8 – 10. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and is sure to be sweet with this year’s “Candyland” theme. Boaters will decorate their vessels for a chance to win $10,000 in cash prizes across different 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.

Santa Claus will visit the Harbor on December 8 & 15 from 3 – 5 p.m. and take residence in front of the classic Dana Point Harbor VW bus in the Clock Courtyard. On November 18 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. visitors can book professional photos with Santa in front of the holiday-themed photo op created by Style My Holidays. The holiday display will remain up throughout the month of December for all to enjoy.

Additional Holiday Happenings:

Little Folk Club returns December 15 and invites children of all ages to bring their favorite instrument for a special Christmas sing-along. To spread the holiday cheer, face painting and crafts for little ones will also be available. Little Folk Club takes place in the Clock Courtyard from 10 – 11 a.m.

The Pet Project Foundation will host its annual Santa Paws on December 9 & 10 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Clock Courtyard. Pet photos will be offered for small donations with all proceeds supporting the Pet Project Foundation.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching will also host the annual Boat Rides with Santa on December 2 and 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. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.


  • Holiday display lights up the Harbor November 15 – mid-January

  • 48th annual Boat Parade of Lights takes place 6:30 p.m. December 8 – 10

  • Visit the Harbor events calendar on the website for additional holiday happenings.


Dana Point Harbor, 34555 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA 92629


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