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Holiday Happenings

Casinos across the country revel in the Holiday Spirit with special events, giveaways and more!


Holiday Spirit Takes Over Pechanga

holiday-happeningsGetting in to the holiday spirit and celebrating New Year’s Eve is made easy at Pechanga Resort & Casino where options for outings and parties are plentiful. Now through January 8, visitors to Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA, can meander around the casino and 2nd floors to take in the dazzling, 500,000 holiday light display.

Dozens of giant trees, topiaries, giant wreaths and an entire holiday village made out of edible sugar and gingerbread creations get hundreds of guests into the holiday spirit every day. Visitors enjoy taking photos in front of any of the 24 holiday trees and the 10 nine-foot topiaries. The tallest is the 35-foot tree placed at the hotel valet entrance. It takes 28 people five days to install all the décor. Guests’ favorite décor pieces include the hotel & main casino trees, as well as the exterior 35-foot tree.

Santa also makes several stops at Pechanga Resort & Casino before December 25. Kids and kids at heart can tell Santa their wish list and get photos taken Dec. 12 and 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 14 and 15 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom foyer. Santa’s visits and the holiday display are tied into the greater Temecula Chilled month-long promotion.

The New Year’s Eve parties at Pechanga Resort & Casino are known by hundreds of thousands of people across Southern California and beyond for their unforgettable experiences. This year, those 21 and older are invited to live up the fun and joviality of dueling pianos on New Year’s Eve, live music and dancing at the Cabaret Lounge, and a true nightclub experience complete with champagne toast at the Eagle’s Nest. Each party starts at 8 p.m.

Ring in 2016 with a Dueling Pianos night in the Pechanga Comedy Club with a $35 cover charge. The party at the Cabaret Lounge heats upwith the band Common Ground performing old school and Top 40s for $25. At the Eagle’s Nest nightclub, guests can celebrate ‘16 with a live DJ spinning the best in Top 40 and old school favorites, plus a champagne toast at midnight. Advance tickets for NYE at the Eagle’s Nest are $40. Cover at the door will be $50. For tickets or more information, please or call (877) 711-2946. Guests can also gather at the Round Bar for an unforgettable—and free—NYE countdown to midnight and balloon drop.

Whimsical Winter Wonderland at Sam’s Town Las Vegas

Sam’s Town Las Vegas has once again transformed its indoor atrium, Mystic Falls Park, into a whimsical winter wonderland through Jan. 1.

The transformation begins in Sam’s Town’s porte-cochère with festive lighting and decorative snowflakes leading to Mystic Falls Park with garland streams, wreath-adorned lampposts, and snow-covered trees filling the atrium. Watch as Mystic Falls Park comes to life each day on the hour from 5 to 10 p.m. with a 15-minute laser light show, complete with animatronics and artificial snowfall. Cowboy Santa returns to Mystic Falls Park to greet visitors through Wednesday, Dec. 23 and will be available on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8:30 p.m. For more information visit

Family Entertainment At Gold Strike

Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, MS, will host Celebration on Ice! Dec.8-20. Families and guests of all ages will be treated to an original theatrical ice production that combines the beauty and athleticism of figure skating with the excitement of live singers with a little soul for the holidays. Santa will also send one of his special elves to host this exclusive holiday celebration.

Gold Strike’s Millennium Theatre stage will be transformed into a miniature ice skating rink utilizing a state-of-the-art synthetic ice product that will create the perfect setting for the show’s world-class cast. “We wanted to bring a family show that all ages can enjoy. Celebration On Ice! is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit,” said Gold Strike Executive Director of Entertainment Anthony Gibson. “We’ve added some modern elements to the production that we know crowds will enjoy.”

The show is created, produced and directed by Jeb K. Rand. Rand’s entertainment career spans more than 30 years—first as a nationally-ranked professional figure skater, and now as the creative force behind international productions world-wide. Mr. Rand’s shows feature top-tier talent from the elite worlds of both skating and entertainment. “Think of the show as cross between a Christmas card come to life and an interactive holiday celebration. It’s performed on ice, which gives it a special thrilling edge,” said Rand.

Show times are Tuesday-Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3p.m. and 7 p.m. The show is dark Monday, Dec. 14. Tickets for Celebration on Ice! are $7.95, $14.95 & $19.95 plus tax and service charge. A family four pack of tickets can also be purchased for $25 using the code ICE. Tickets are available by calling 1-888-747-7711, or by visiting Hotel packages including one night and two show tickets are also available: mid-week starts at $69 and weekends start at $129 plus tax.

In addition to Celebration On Ice!, families will have the opportunity to have their picture taken for free with Santa on Sunday Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 from noon to 6p.m. in the hotel lobby while enjoying complimentary eggnog and hot cocoa. Photos will be ready for pick-up in an hour. In addition, special holiday offers will be available at two of the resort’s restaurants throughout the show’s run with proof of ticket purchase. Guests can show their ticket stubs to take advantage of the following food offers:

  • Buffet Americana: Children 12 and under eat free with adult buffet purchase.
  • Atrium: Free appetizer with the purchase of an entrée – valid with cash purchases only.

For reservations or more information, visit or call 1-888-245-7529.

Fifth Avenue Holiday Shopping Comes to Morongo Casino

From a private boutique with the season’s hottest holiday gifts to direct shipping services, the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa near Palm Springs, CA, is helping guests avoid the hustle and bustle of crowded malls this season at the Morongo Rewards Holiday Gift Shop.

Throughout December, members of Morongo’s free Rewards Club can earn points that can be redeemed for beautiful gifts in Morongo’s specially-designed holiday gift shop.

Not only can guests choose from an exclusive selection of hand-selected, in-stock gifts, but an eager team of Santa’s helpers will be on hand to introduce them to Morongo’s online shopping experience—

Points can be used on thousands of presents for door-to-door delivery to family and friends anywhere in the nation including a wide array of jewelry, electronics, toys, sporting goods, cameras, fashion clothing, and much, much more.

“We are taking the humbug out of the hectic holidays by bringing the ease and luxury of New York’s Fifth Avenue shopping to Morongo,” said John James, Morongo’s Chief Operating Officer. “We have a beautiful boutique where our Rewards Club members can relax as they exchange their points for the hottest holiday gifts. We take care of all the details so our guests can get back to enjoying the season.”

The gift shop is open until Dec. 27, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The holiday gift shop is just part of the holiday celebration at Morongo where guests will be greeted by an array of festive decorations including dazzling glass ornaments, scarlet poinsettias, oversized holiday presents, red and green garlands and our towering trademark Christmas tree twinkling in the lobby.

Morongo’s ambiance will be paired with special holiday dining menus at their award-winning restaurants, including Morongo’s critically-acclaimed four-diamond restaurant, Cielo, a recent winner of a coveted Wine Spectator award for its selection of premium wines.


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