Decorated boats will light up the night at the Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights. The festive event is held every year to celebrate the holiday season and participants put on elaborate light displays for the opportunity to win cash prizes. Watch from the shoreline or cruise the harbor to take in the merry magic with Captain Dave’s, Dana Wharf, and the Ocean Institute.
Dana Point Boat Parade Details
December 10 & 11, 2021 at 7:30PM
December 12, 2021 at 6:00PM
2021 Theme: Fiesta Holiday!
For additional parking, park at Doheny State Beach and ride the Dana Point Trolley for free to the Harbor. The trolley will be running from 5:30PM until 11PM on Friday and Saturday, and 4PM until 9PM on Sunday.
Guests are invited to enjoy a holiday cruise on board one of the decorated boats. The 90 minute cruise includes holiday music, cash bar, and close-up views of the decorated boats while parading the harbor. Adults $46, children ages 3-12 $29, and toddlers 2 and under $10. Seating is limited. Two-hour private charters are also available.
While you’re at the harbor, take the opportunity to enjoy the holiday light displays complete with a Candy Cane Lane, a Merry Kiss Me arch, and twinkling trees. These festive photo ops are perfect for capturing holiday memories.
Also, visit the harbor on December 16th and 23rd from 4PM to 7PM to hear holiday tunes sung by strolling carolers. Plus Dana Point Harbor has many unique shops to find Christmas gifts for the special people on your list.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.