Celebrate the holiday season at the spectacular 43rd annual Boat Parade of Lights at Dana Point Harbor! Enjoy four nights of holiday cheer as boaters light up their harbor with decorations based on the theme “A Superhero Holiday.” Enjoy a holiday extravaganza throughout the harbor each night of the Boat Parade that features carolers, superheroes, games, crafts, and FREE photos with Santa, and culminates with the Boat Parade.

Join in on the fun of the boat parade! Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers boat rides on each night of the boat parade. Call and make your reservations at (949) 496-5794 or visit Tickets are $29 for Adults/$19 for Children. Kids will be able to participate in the judging of the Dana Wharf Kid’s Cup Trophy.

Friday & Saturday * Dec. 8, 9, 15 & 16
Family-Fun Festivities * 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Restaurants & Shops Area Boat Parade * 7:30 p.m.
Water’s Edge Trolley Service * 3:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Gather the family for Merry Movie Night! Jolly festivities including crafts, games, and a visit from a live elf start the night off and after the movie enjoy the ceremonial lighting of the Ocean Institutes’ tall ship, the Pilgrim. Bring your beach chairs and blankets, sip hot cocoa, and watch Buddy the elf in this holiday classic. Event is free, food and drink available for purchase.

Saturday, Dec. 2 * Festivities begin at 3 p.m. 
Movie begins at 5 p.m. 
Baby Beach

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 $3 donation benefiting the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is welcome and appreciated.

Voyagers can take the Boat Ride with Santa at Dana Wharf Sportfishing, located on the east end of the Harbor near Waterman’s Harbor and Wind & Sea. For more information call (949) 496-5794 or (949) 923-2255 or online at

Saturday, Dec. 2 & Sunday, Dec. 3 * 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing

Bring your furry friends to have their picture taken with Santa, photos are $15 and benefit the animals at The San Clemente-Dana Point Animals Shelter. For more information visit

Saturday Dec. 2 * 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
El Torito Courtyard

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

Friday & Saturday * Dec. 8, 9, 15 & 16 * 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
Restaurants & Shops Area