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When your city has the luxury of crowning the spectacular “California Riviera” coastline, you know that the city’s holiday events are going to be as equally stunning. This holiday season, explore innovative events, boundless ocean experiences and a collection of magnificent resorts here on the spectacular Orange County coastline. Visit Dana Point!

Dana Point in South Orange County offers up holiday cheer in a most unique way, from its 42nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights to The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s annual Surfing Santa Competition on Nov. 19th at Salt Creek Beach for the Surfers Healing charity 

Harbor Ho-Ho-Ho
With an Under the Sea theme this year, the Dana Point Harbor comes alight in merry holiday colors on Thanksgiving week. It’s a flurry of seasonal fun from that point forward, with a Harbor Holiday Open House on Dec. 2nd, Free Boat Rides with Santa with Dana Wharf on Dec. 3rd and 4th, and Santa photos with the jolly old elf himself on Dec. 2nd, Dec. 8th, and Dec. 15th.

The original innovation of the founders of Dana Wharf four decades ago, the 42nd Annual Boat Parade adds to the decadent array of holiday colors with its Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights on the weekend of Dec. 9th and 10th, and again on Dec. 16th and 17th.

Classic Holidays From Dana Point’s Classic Resorts
Meanwhile, the four beautiful resorts of Dana Point are providing seasonal brilliance of their own, with holiday events designed for resort guests and the public as well.

Dana Point cliffside beauty, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, has long been recognized as the “the official kickoff point” for the Dana Point holidays with its annual Holiday Tree Lighting event. This year, the festive event begins on Sunday, Nov. 20th at 4:00 p.m., with treats, live music from the Jeeps, and a pre-season rare showing of Santa Claus, himself.

With Thanksgiving Day’s famous Dana Point Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 24th, you will find each of the resorts offering packages for individuals and families who want to participate in the race or simply watch as bystanders before tucking into Thanksgiving dinner splendor at each Dana Point resort. See complete Thanksgiving Day details here …

The holiday dining and festive food events take off at a reindeer’s gallop from there, with each resort bringing unique offerings to the table. Lift your holiday spirits at …

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel for Holiday Tea events from Nov 21st through Dec. 22nd.

Monarch Beach Resort’s Culinary Creations, cooking classes with the Resort’s own Executive Chefs.

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa for Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 11th (because we know the man is seriously busy from there).

Doubletree Suites by Hilton, Doheny Beach for three different Holiday Menu choices on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, from $29 to $42!

Gather the kids for Monarch Beach Resort’s Storytelling and Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus each Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving through Christmas. Bring the kids and the dogs for The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s famed Yappy Howl-iday Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 4th,  and be sure to stop in for Pet Photos with Santa at the Monarch Beach Resort on weekends, too, for one of the most memorable nights before Christmas, overnight guests at the Marriott Cliffs Resort & Spa receive a special turn-down service from Mr. & Mrs. Claus themselves!

This year, it’s a great year of holiday bustle and warming cheer throughout our City of Dana Point! Be sure to check out our entire Events Calendar and take advantage of our holiday resort package specials with many added bonuses, too!




Dana Point, Southern California

Dana Point, Southern California