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Letters to Santa Program

Ho Ho Ho!

Santa will be writing special letters to all the good little boys and girls, so send your special letter to Santa, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope by December 14th to: "Letters to Santa" c/o City of Dana Point, 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, CA 92629. Letters can also be dropped off during normal business hours at the Community Center (same address as above) in Santa's special mail box. For more information call (949) 248-3536.

Santa mailboxes



Active Lifestyle (50+) 'Arabian Nights' New Year's Eve Dinner Dance

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo

Ring in the New Year at 9:00 pm New York Time. This Arabian Nights themed evening includes a delicious catered dinner from Brio restaurant from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and dancing from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm to your favorite music, provided by a professional DJ, free raffle prizes and alcoholic beverages available to purchase. Doors open at 5:45 pm. Pre-register by Dec. 21st. $20 per person or $35 per couple. Register in person at the Community Center or online at danapoint.org/recreation.




Festival of Whales Magical Migration Parade

Date: Saturday, March 2nd

Time: 10 am - 11:30 am

Location: Parade begins at PCH and Selva and runs down to Golden Lantern

The Festival of Whales Parade kicks off the two weekend celebration of the California Grey Whale migration. The parade embraces the Festival’s theme of Magical Migration with parade floats and entries decorating in an ocean/whale theme and costumes. Giant helium parade balloons of a Blue Whale, Orca and many other sea life creatures fill the air over head during the parade. The parade promptly begins at 10 AM with a route along Pacific Coast Highway beginning at Selva Road and ending at Golden Lantern in Dana Point, approximately 1 mile. FREE shuttle service to and from Harbor parking lots to the parade viewing area will be available beginning one hour (9 AM) from the parade start time. Come early and enjoy breakfast in the harbor before catching a shuttle to the parade viewing area. If you are interested in having an entry in the parade, please contact Sherry Murphy, Recreation Manager at  smurphy@danapoint.org.


Whale of a Concert & BBQ

Date: Sunday, March 10th

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Baby Beach, 34451 Ensenada Place

In honor of the whales migrating by Dana Point Headlands “singing their song” the Festival of Whales festivities will include a FREE outdoor concert at Baby Beach with bands performing on the water atop a specially designed floating stage. The concert will feature three bands, with music starting at noon and going until 5 p.m.

2019 Lineup:

Noon-1 PM                        Neon Nation – The Ultimate Live ’80s Experience

1:30 PM-3 PM                   Keston & The Rhythm Killers

3:30 PM-5 PM                   DSB – The Next Best Thing To Journey

Bring your low back beach chairs or blankets and enjoy an afternoon of great music! Delicious BBQ favorites will be available along with a Spirits Garden for adults 21+, with valid driver’s license.

Baby Beach is located adjacent to the OC Sailing & Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point. For more information call the City of Dana Point Community Services & Parks Department at  949-248-3530.





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