November 2007

Arizonans Invited

Dana Point Harbor, Calif. Joins In Seasonís Festivities

Holiday In The Harbor
Friday, Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m.
Mariner’s Village & Dana Wharf

Join us to celebrate the holiday season.  Santa will hear your Christmas wishes and is available for photos (bring your camera).  The three areas of the harbor — Dana Wharf, Mariners Village and Mariner’s Alley — will all host holiday activities geared to families and children.

There are many fun activities planned, including photos with Santa, performances by The Jackstraws, Abbit the Average, Heebie & Jeebie, and the Zany Shoppers as well as carolers, holiday crafts, people painting, and a caricature artist.

Bring friends and family down to enjoy the harbor’s holiday spirit. The Dana Point Fine Arts Association will host an Art Show & Sale dockside. Activities start on the grass in front of Harpoon Henry’s at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor (and Dana Point Harbor Drive). 

The parking and events are free. Info (949)923-2255

Boat Rides With Santa
Saturday Dec.1, Sunday, Dec.2, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing Docks

Come aboard Sum Fun for a 20-minute harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers.  Santa will be hearing those Christmas wishes as you cruise the harbor.

The El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club will be on hand to take your photo for a $1 donation.  What a unique and fun way for kids of all ages to visit with Santa; dress warmly.

The last boat leaves at 2:40 p.m.  Location:  East end of Dana Point Harbor at Dana Wharf Sportfishing docks, 34675 Golden Lantern, between the Jolly Roger and the Wind & Sea.  Boats are donated by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and partially sponsored by The Penny Saver and Weekender publications. Info: (949) 923-2255

33rd Annual Boat Parade Of Lights: “A Merry Mardi Gras”
Friday, Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30pm
Friday, Dec. 14, Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.

This year marks our 33rd Annual Boat Parade of Lights with this year’s theme, “A Merry Mardi Gras.” 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. 

This year we are excited to present additional new awards with cash prizes: the Mayor’s Cup ($1,000), Hennessey’s Cup ($500), The Fish Bucket Cup ($500), the Wind & Sea Cup ($500), The Harbor Grill Restaurant Dinghy Cup ($500 and second and third prizes), as well as the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa Cup ($500 value), The PennySaver Cup ($500 cash prize), the DP Chamber of Commerce Cup ($250), Gemmell’s Cup ($250), the Chocolate Soldier Cup ($250), and the Chick’s Plumbing Flush Cup ($250)

You can view the parade free from anywhere in the harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Costumed carolers will be singing throughout the area.

Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Free valet parking. Dana Point Harbor, 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, Calif.

Landlubbers can also participate in the parade!  Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers boat rides so you too can experience the fun of actually riding on a boat and joining in the parade. 

Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children.  They are also having a “Best Dressed Crew” contest for passengers, which ties into this year’s theme.

Prizes will be awarded to passengers who have the best themed costume. Call and make your reservations at (949) 496-5794.  For more information or a boat or sponsor entry form call our Harbor Info line at (949) 923-2255 or visit