#MerryKissMe grand prize winner: @carolinelucky19

Congratulations @carolinelucky19 – you’ve won a free 1-night stay @ritzlagunaniguel!!! Thanks to you & your husband for your patriotism & service to this great nation and thanks to all of our entrants for helping make this contest a success! If you didn’t win this time, please continue to follow @shineillumination & stay tuned, because in addition to our current cash prize photo/video contest, another contest is COMING SOON!!!
  • Step 2

    Get to Dana Point Harbor, specifically over/under/around the Merry Kiss Me sign, and snap a classic. Find one you consider worthy, and post it using #MerryKissMe – you can also include #HappyHarborDays and #DanaPointHarbor.

  • Step 3

    Do what comes naturally – SHARE YOURSELF SILLY! Tag friends, family, neighbors and strangers, and start racking up views, likes and reposts. Winners will be chosen randomly by our in-house staff, and at the discretion of Shine Illumination.

  • Step 4

    Check in each friday to see if you’re a winner (I should say ‘A’ winner – we’re all winners, aren’t we?). You’ll also be able to see all the other fun pics, yours included.


    On January 1, we’ll announce who’s won the GRAND PRIZE: A FREE night stay at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. I know, right?

December 1 Prize (Week 1)

December 8 Prize (Week 2)

December 15 Prize (Week 3)

December 22 Prize (Week 4)

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Harbor wine cruise for 2, valued at $98. Gratuity not included.

WINNER: kellylnickell

A $100 value for one of the best places for coffee in all of Dana Point. The hot chocolate itself is amazing, and the view only enhances the experience. But you’re not jus limited to java products – you can get breakfast and lunch, snacks, smoothies, drinks, and it’s open daily from 8am to 5pm. Stop by anytime, and be sure to grab some peppermint hot chocolate after you snap your #MerryKissMe photo and post it!

34531 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629

With its reasonably priced menu, premium cocktails, and extensive wine list, The Harbor Grill has become a favorite with locals and a popular destination for visitors who are made to feel like “regulars” on their first visit. Whether enjoying the cozy dining room or the colorful garden terrace, the view of harbor sails encourages a leisurely meal while a pianist adds the perfect background music each evening.

34499 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629

$100 Gift Certificate to Harpoon Henry’s, offering the latest in California Beach Cuisine. On the water in the Dana Point Harbor, we offer a spectacular waterfront view from both our dining room and our harborside outdoor patio.

34555 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629

Wine Cruise for Two – valued at $98, gratuity not included. Join us for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard our luxury catamaran. In the spring and summer enjoy a evening of sunshine, cool ocean breezes and romantic views. In winter, take in stunning views of the beautifully lighted Dana Point Harbor.

34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629

A FREE night at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, overlooking the Pacific Ocean from atop a seaside bluff. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel invites hotel guests to experience Laguna Beach fully, embracing its Southern California roots at every opportunity, from sea-inspired treatments at the spa and locally sourced restaurant menus to ocean-view accommodations and family-friendly eco-adventures.

One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629