It's a Western Wonderland! The 44th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights will sail into the Harbor on Friday & Saturday, December 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2018.

When: December 7,8,14 & 15

Festivities Begin at 4:30pm, Boat Parade Starts at 7:30pm


Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for the awards of Judges Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the Perpetual Trophy for the Yacht Club with the Most Entries. They light up the evening with their amazing boats as they parade throughout the Harbor.

In celebration of our 44 years of lighting the holiday season up, this year’s theme will power up with “A WESTERN WONDERLAND”. Join us as boats parade into the Harbor showing off their country western themed decorations, animation, color and lights. We can’t wait to see what these creative boaters will come up with. We invite you to come down and be a part of our Western Wonderland!

You can view the parade FREE from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of the surrounding restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.


Join Santa and Dana Wharf Sportfishing on a twenty-minute cruise around Dana Point Harbor to take pictures with Santa and his holiday helpers! During your holiday adventure at sea, a $5 donation benefiting the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is welcome and appreciated.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 & Sunday, Dec. 2 * 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Dana Wharf Sportfishing


The Pet Project Foundation is excited to host the 7th Annual Santa Paws event.  Bring down your pet and have their picture taken with Santa for a small fee.  All proceeds go to support the Pet Project Foundation which supports the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. For more information visit

When: Saturday Dec. 1 * 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: El Torito Courtyard

Bring your cameras and snap a selfie with Santa – FREE!

When: Friday & Saturday * Dec. 7, 8, 14 & 15 * 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Family Fun Festivities- Restaurants & Shops Area


Parking available at Doheny State Beach for $3 per hour. Enjoy a jolly trolley ride to
the Boat Parade! Free Trolleys will be running from 3:30-10:30 p.m. and will be dropping
off and picking up along Dana Point Harbor Drive




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