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The 42nd annual Boat Parade of Lights will be returning to the Dana Point Harbor for two weekends, starting Friday, Dec. 9.

Boaters from around Orange County will decorate their boats for this year’s theme “Under the Sea.” Awards for Judges Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and more will be given to those who enter.

The parade can be viewed from anywhere in the Harbor, including on a boat. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Captain Dave’s Whale Watching and the Ocean Institute are all offering rides.

The Ocean Institute will also have a watch party on Friday, Dec. 9.

Parking will be available at the Doheny State Beach lot for $2 per hour each night of the parade. Free trolleys will be running from 4:30-10:30 p.m. and will be dropping off and picking up passengers along Dana Point Harbor Drive.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on each night of the parade. The parade runs Dec. 9 and 10 and again Dec. 16 and 17.

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