Christmas Boat Parade and Santa Boat Rides


Saturday, Dec 7 and Sunday, Dec 8

SANTA and his helpers listen to Christmas wishes during this 20-minute harbor cruise. Bring your camera and enjoy the tradition Dana Wharf has offered families for generations.


$39 Adults | $19 Kids 12 & under | $10 Toddlers 2 & under
December 6, 7, 13 and 14 ~ 7:30 – 9pm

Get up close and personal with all the ships at the Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights. Come aboard one of our fine vessels to actually get out on the water and into the competition.

On these 90 minute “Holiday” cruises, you will enjoy:

  • Holiday music
  • A cash bar
  • Up-close views of all the boats participating in the parade
  • Beautiful harbor scenery
  • Our decorated fleet will join private boaters from all over Orange County while competing for awards and prizes

Please note: Seating is limited so you may be standing during the duration of the cruise. The standing areas offer the best views of the boat parade.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind holiday experience.

Want to charter or rent a private boat for the Boat Parade?
We make it easy for you!

Charter times are from 7pm-9pm

  • Dana Pride $2000++
    (up to 149 guests) Our flagship, 95-foot parade leader. Past recipient: Best Commercial Entry Award. Full liquor license and will serve beer, wine and cocktails at your request!
  • OCean Adventures catamaran $1500++
    (up to 59 guests) 63-foot luxury catamaran, full bar available.
  • Clemente & Sum Fun $1200++ 
    (up to 80 guests) Dana Wharf’s Classic 65-foot fishing boats
  • Lot’a Fun $1,500++
    (up to 45 guests) Dana Wharf’s new 50-foot catamaran

Catered appetizers, dinner and beverages available. Enhance your trip with live music too!

Two hour charter time is 7-9PM. Additional time is $500 per hour. The parade takes place from

7:30PM to approximately 9PM.

** Charter Rates are ++ plus crew gratuity, food, beverage and entertainment

If you are interested in a private charter please contact us at (949) 496-5794 x 2 or email us at [email protected].

About Dana Wharf

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching is dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline. The warm waters right out of Dana Point Harbor are flourishing with sea life including whales, dolphins, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Our thriving coastal waters provide bountiful fishing of sand bass, calico bass, halibut, bonito, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and dorado. Whether you’re looking for boat rentals in Dana Point to enjoy a private boat charter, sailboat or catamaran, coming for an awe-inspiring whale watching cruise or wanting to create memories onboard our sportfishing charters, one thing is for certain: your trip through the beautiful and scenic Orange County coast will be unforgettable. Dana Wharf is conveniently located in Dana Point, Orange County, just south of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach – about 30 minutes south of Disneyland, an hour south of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego.

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