Harbor Cruise of Lights

On Sunday, December 18th, I invited the au pairs to join my family on a cruise of the harbor on my aunt and uncle’s duffy (electric boat) to see the fabulously lit up and decorated houses and boats along the water of Huntington Harbor. It was a lovely evening, filled with great company, great snacks, and great sights, which made us all the more excited for the Christmas season. A little history about the cruise of lights follows:

HHPC Cruise of Lights®

In 1962 a handful of kid watching, coffee clutching mothers began talking about what they could do to make the holidays more exciting in their sparsely developed new community. Pooling their ideas and philanthropic intentions, they decided take advantage of the few decorated homes on the water and to charge for boat rides through the marine channels near PCH and Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach.   Boats as small as Boston Whalers were recruited to carry paying passengers.  The riders loved the lights reflected on the calm waters of Huntington Harbour.   Ticket sales were lively and from those humble beginnings the Cruise of Lights became Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee’s major fundraiser.

All these years later the five groups in the Harbour (Admiralty, Islander, Marina-Windjammer, Sandpiper and Trinidad) work together to make Cruise of Lights a successful fund raiser for Philharmonic year after year.

Funds raised from the Cruise of Lights®, brought to you by the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Committee, support these highly-regarded educational youth programs of Orange County.

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful families and au pairs. I look forward to catching up with you all on the New Year.



Thursday, 22 December 2011 10:48 PM


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