The holidays are fast approaching, and to usher in the season many casinos across the U.S. have stuffed those stockings with special entertainment to help players embrace the spirit of the season—and have a lot of fun, too. Here’s a list of some of the best holiday shows, concerts, ballet and more this season.
THE HOLIDAY TRADITION CONTINUES WITH CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR AT BEAU RIVAGE
Back by popular demand, Christmas in the Air returns to Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS, Dec. 12–26. The Broadway-style holiday spectacular depicts a “snow globe come to life” through classic holiday songs and modern favorites performed by world-class singers and high-kicking, Rockette-style dancers.
Families are invited to share the joy of the holidays with a feel-good story line told by Santa’s elves, with appearances by veteran television and film actors, several well-known Christmas characters, and even Santa himself. Dazzling precision dancers, powerful vocalists, exquisite costuming, scenic elements, and numbers that encourage audience participation bring Christmas to life. Accentuated by a fresh snowfall at each performance, the 75-minute Christmas in the Air transforms Beau Rivage Theatre into an immersive, magical wonderland.
“We are proud to bring this wonderful family holiday tradition back to Beau Rivage after missing last season due to the pandemic,” said Rand Enterprises & Productions President and Executive Producer Jeb K. Rand. “Our dancers and singers are thrilled to take the stage again at Beau Rivage to deliver a real-life holiday greeting card to the audience. Christmas in the Air has something for everyone; it is a show that truly illustrates why this is the most wonderful time of the year.”
The show is created, produced and directed by internationally known Las Vegas producer Jeb K. Rand, whose entertainment career spans more than 30 years. Rand took to the spotlight first as a U.S. figure skating team member, then as a lead performer with renowned productions around the globe. He spent eight years in New York City at Radio City Music Hall with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes. Veteran Radio City Rockette, director and choreographer Ann Cooley returns as the show’s lead choreographer.
Tickets for Christmas in the Air are $12.95, $16.95, $22.95 and $29.95 plus tax and service charge and may be purchased at www.beaurivage.com or by calling (888) 566-7469.
Christmas in the Air packages of four tickets start at $40, plus tax and facility fee, by using code CHRISTMAS; and hotel packages start at $129 and include accommodations for one night and two show tickets using code HOLIDAY21. Military members can receive four tickets for $30 when presenting a military I.D.
BRIAN MCKNIGHT TO PERFORM AT RIVERS CASINO PHILADELPHIA
Have a holly jolly holiday and enjoy the soothing sounds of Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer and musician, Brian McKnight, when he brings his holiday show to The Event Center at Rivers Casino Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m.
With 19 albums, 30 million copies sold worldwide, numerous chart-topping hits and 16 Grammy Award nominations, McKnight is one of the most iconic names in contemporary music. Over the past 25 years, McKnight has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Billboard Songwriter of the Year award, Soul Train Awards and American Music Awards.
“We’re thrilled to have Brian McKnight light up The Event Center this December with his amazing show,” said Justin Moore, general manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia. “His incredible vocals and soulful sounds will be sure to get guests in the holiday spirit this December.”
McKnight’s most notable album, “Back At One,” sold over three million copies, launching him to international stardom. Since then, he has been releasing new music and performing nonstop all over the world. McKnight’s unique sound and strong falsetto are featured throughout his music and in hits that fans know and love like “Anytime,” “Forever,” “I Want You,” “Bedtime Stories,” “42 (Grown Up Tipsy),” “When I’m Gone” and more.
In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight found success outside of his thriving music career. He starred in the Broadway production of Chicago and was also a red-carpet host for Extra! TV. With over two decades in the music industry, McKnight has pioneered the contemporary genre and continues to perform his classic songs.
Tickets start at $40 and are on sale now at RiversCasino.com/Philadelphia.
Marie Osmond – A Symphonic Christmas
A Symphonic Christmas launches Dec. 1 at Southern Utah State University, continues along the West and East coasts, and wraps on Dec. 20 in Detroit, MI, at MotorCity Casino.
Osmond will also enchant audiences with songs off her upcoming “Unexpected” album, which covers a multitude of styles from opera to Broadway to timeless classics. “Unexpected” is slated for release on Dec. 10. “Unexpected” features songs like “Unexpected Song” (Song and Dance), “Children Will Listen” (Into the Woods), “Somewhere” (West Side Story), “On My Own” (Les Miserables), “Climb Every Mountain” (Sound of Music), “If I Loved You” (Carousel), and “A Symphonic Christmas.”
Tour Dates include:
Dec. 2 – Casino Del Sol, Tucson, AZ
Dec. 8 – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Dec. 10 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
Dec. 11 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
Dec. 17 – North Star Mohican Casino Resort, Bowler, WI
Dec. 18 – Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MN
Dec. 20 – Motor City Casino, Detroit, MI
Atlantic City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Caesars Atlantic City • Dec. 19
The Nutcracker, one of ballet’s treasured classics, tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. Embarking on a wondrous journey through the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of Sweets, Clara encounters many unforgettable and timeless characters. Young and old alike will experience the many magical moments of this beloved holiday ballet. There’s no better way to spend the holidays with family and friends.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, announced the group will once again bring their annual holiday concert tour to fans throughout the country this holiday season.
“2020 was the first time in 35 years we did not perform our Christmas tour. And we couldn’t be more excited to know that we will reunite with our many fans, sharing the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas experience,” he said.
A Grammy Award winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 41 million albums, 30 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year.
This year’s show will feature all your favorite original classic Christmas hits from the first “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” album, along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting.
Show dates include:
Nov. 24 – Hard Rock Live, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Dec. 3 – Circus Maximus, Caesars Atlantic City, Atlantic City, NJ
Dec. 5 – Foxwoods Theater, Foxwoods Casino Resort, Mashantucket, CT
Dec. 11 – Wind Creek Event Center, Wind Creek Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA
Dec. 19 – Paradise Cove, River Spirit Casino, Tulsa, OK
Dec. 26 – Orleans Arena, The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Santa’s Christmas Wonderland at Eldorado Reno
Santa’s Christmas Wonderland will be coming to Reno inside the Eldorado Showroom from Nov. 23 to Dec. 26.
This beloved Christmas show features glittering costumes, sensational sets, and the highest kicking chorus dancers this side of the North Pole.
Start Christmas in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable nostalgic Christmas journey. Songs include “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “All I Want for Christmas is You” and many more.
Santa’s Christmas Wonderland is pure Christmas magic. It’s perfect for all the family and radiates so much fun and festive cheer, it could turn on all the Christmas lights in town!
Spectacular winter cirque show “Holiday Dreams” returns to Grand Sierra Resort
‘Tis the season! Starting Saturday, Dec. 18, the Grand Theatre inside Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV, will be home to Holiday Dreams: A Spectacular Holiday Cirque! for a very festive and fun limited engagement. Holiday Dreams is a unique holiday-themed Cirque show with a fresh approach. The show features projections, holograms and an award-winning cast of acrobats, specialty acts and daredevils. The result is an exciting, high-energy production that is fun for the whole family.
In Holiday Dreams, the magic of the holiday season is represented and staged in spectacular fashion with the use of computer animation and projection mapping, a technique that uses projected computer images to trick the eye, as well as show-stopping numbers using holographic techniques.
Holiday Dreams combines the time-honored elements of the holidays including festive visuals, music and colors that capture the spirit of Christmas, with a modern, state-of-the-art spin. The winter spectacular sheds the tired format of traditional holiday shows for a fresh and bold new take.
The show’s cast is comprised of world-class artists ranging from Cirque acrobats, acts featured on America’s Got Talent, comedians from the famous Ringling Brothers Circus and Broadway-style singers. The production harnesses the magic of Christmas to create an awesome holiday spectacle that tells a story that is elegant in its simplicity and designed to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
Holiday Dreams will perform daily at 7 p.m. from Saturday, Dec. 18 to Saturday, Jan. 1, with an additional 3 p.m. performance on Dec. 25. On Jan. 1, the show will perform at 3 p.m. only. Tickets start at $19.95, plus additional taxes and fees. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit grandsierraresort.com or call 1-800-648-3568.