Enjoy 40 nights of holiday lights in Ocean County, California, with the new IlluminOcean attraction, premiering in Dana Point, California, tonight through Jan. 4, 2015. The harbor becomes the hub for the new holiday event, with thousands of twinkling lights sculpted into the wonders of the sea, including a 50-foot GlowMotion tree and 100-plus-foot lighted tunnels.
Debuting tonight, the nightly event illuminates Dana Point Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m., and until 11 p.m. on weekends. Resorts in Dana Point are also participating in the illumination, with their own IlluminOcean lights, such as a surfboard at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and an entranceway of lighted palm trees leading up to the resort’s oversized Christmas tree.
Throughout the event, Dana Point will be hosting a number of holiday-themed events, including Winter Wine Cruises from the harbor on a catamaran; boat rides with Santa on Dec. 6 and 7; and the FantaSEA Holiday Boat Parade of Lights from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13, where hundreds of boats show their holiday flair in a parade visible from anywhere along the harbor.
Resorts also host holiday events, including the 7th annual Holiday Surfboard Display and Auction, with dozens of surfboards on display throughout the Ritz-Carlton lobby and an auction benefitting Surfers Healing. At the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, families can enjoy S’mores and Stories Under the Stars on Friday and Saturday nights. The St. Regis, Monarch Beach is hosting a Gingerbread Academy, Dec. 6 to 21, where families can decorate holiday houses with the pastry chef and team.
– Lissa Poirot