Sent:                               Thursday, July 25, 2013 8:01 PM

Subject:                          DPH Boat Parade of Lights - For Newsletter



Kim Tilly, Public Relations, Dana Point Harbor

(949) 923-2255 Info Line


DANA POINT HARBOR, California –JULY 2013 – Holidays in the Harbor

The Dana Point Harbor Association is excited to announce the theme of the upcoming 39th ANNUAL DANA POINT HARBOR BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS, “HERE WE COME A-CAROLING”.


Boaters from all over Orange County are invited to join in the fun and get creative with the theme for another fun and fantastic boat parade of lights!  The Voice and American Idol better watch out because this year our theme is “HERE WE COME A-CAROLING”.  Yes, it is the boaters opportunity to put their voices to work singing their favorite Holiday songs on their festively decorated and lighted boats.    We can’t wait to see what these creative boaters will come up with. We invite you to come on down and see our Stars as they Go Caroling by. Join us for this terrific community event on DECEMBER 6 & 7, 34 & 14 at 7:30pm in the Harbor.



Friday, Dec 6 & Saturday Dec 7 - 7:30pm

Friday, Dec 13 & Saturday Dec 14 - 7:30pm

This year marks our 39th Annual Boat Parade of Lights with this year’s theme HERE WE COME A-CAROLING. 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. New Awards and Cash Prizes will help to inspire participants. Be part of the parade and enter your own boat, contact us at or pick up an entry form at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching or go online at  starting October 1.


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. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Dana Point Harbor is at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA.  Landlubbers can also participate in the parade! Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching offers boat rides so you too can experience the fun of actually riding on a boat and joining in the parade. The boat is located at Dana Wharf docks, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. Tickets are $25 for Adults and $15 for Children. Kids will be able to participate in the judging of the Dana Wharf Kid’s Cup Trophy.  Call and make your reservations at (949) 496-5794. For more information call the Harbor Info line at (949) 923-2255, email us at  or visit our website at Images available.


HOLIDAY IN THE HARBOR – Fri., December 6 - 4:00pm-8pm - Mariner’s Village/Alley & Dana Wharf

Join us to celebrate the holiday season. The three areas of the Harbor, Dana Wharf, Mariners Village and Mariner’s Alley will all host holiday activities geared to families and children.  Santa is anxious to hear your Holiday wishes and is available for photos (bring your camera).  There are many fun family activities planned, including photos with Santa, performances by various characters, holiday crafts, people painting, carolers and other activities.  Activities start on the grass in front of Harpoon Henrys at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor (at Dana Pointy Harbor Drive).  The parking and events are FREE!  For info call 496-2979 or (949) 923-2255 or log on to


BOAT RIDES WITH SANTA- Sat. Dec 7th  & Sun., Dec 8th , 10am-2pm - Dana Wharf Docks

Come aboard the “Sum Fun” for a twenty-minute Harbor cruise with Santa and his helpers. Santa will be hearing those holiday wishes as you cruise the Harbor. The El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club will be on hand to take your photo for a $3 donation. What a unique and fun way for kids of all ages to visit with Santa, so dress warm. Location: East end of Dana Point Harbor at Dana Wharf Sportfishing docks, 34675 Golden Lantern, between the Jolly Roger and the Wind & Sea. Boats donated by Dana Wharf Sportfishing.    


Images available upon request.




Kim Tilly
Dana Point Harbor Association

Public Relations & Marketing