Custom-decorated holiday trees, sponsored by local businesses, organizations, arena partners, and individuals will be on view at Boardwalk Hall Dec. 7 to 31.
In addition, the Historic Organ Restoration Committee (HORC) will present its Second Annual Christmas Spectacular Dec. 1 in Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Theater. Performers include Dorothy Benham, Miss America 1977; Harry Hurley, host of WPGG’s Hurley in the Morning; the Atlantic City Ballet; Scott Breiner, director of the Cape Shore Chorale; Rudy Lucente, assistant organist at Wannamaker’s Grand Court Organ; The Boys of Boardwalk Hall Male Quartet; and the Barnegat High School Choir. The program is part of the Yearly Recital Series presented by HORC to increase the community’s awareness of the pipe organs at Boardwalk Hall and raise funds for the restoration to bring them back to full functionality. For tickets and more information call (609) 402-9584, ext. 700.
‘Don we now our gay apparel’
See My Big Gay Italian Christmas Dec. 3 and 4 at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. Visit EventBrite.com for more information. Speaking of Christmas and Italians, the Chart House at Golden Nugget will host the Feast Of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian holiday dinner on Dec. 24. Call 609-340-5030 for information and to make a reservation. Chart House also will be open Christmas from 4 to 9:30 p.m.
‘Don we now our ugliest apparel’
Join the “Ugly Sweater Celebration.” Wear your worst cringe-worthy, shudder-inducing sweater between 5 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at Resort Casino Hotel’s Bar One and get a free raffle ticket. Ten winners will be called at 8 p.m. to receive a Resorts jacket.
‘Troll the ancient Yuletide carol’
Join your fellow carolers for a holiday sing-along at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 on the Boardwalk at Tropicana Atlantic City.
Blueberry [pancake] fields forever
Atlantic City’s newest casino restaurant opened last month at Tropicana’s Chelsea Tower. The former Teplitzky’s is now Gilchrist Restaurant. Try their signature blueberry pancakes. This is Gilchrist’s first casino venture and fourth location. You also can find Gilchrist restaurants in Margate, Galloway and Gardner’s Basin.
On Dec. 31 Tropicana will sponsor fireworks at 9 p.m. and its annual Balloon Drop at midnight in the Palm Walk.
Two By Two
The Couples Session (Dec. 1 – 3). For tickets visit Ticketmaster.com.
Here are other “insider” tips about what’s happening in Atlantic City’s casinos during December:
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Throughout the week M life Rewards cardholders can choose the teams they think will win the Sunday and Monday games. Stop by any $1 Million Pro Football Challenge kiosk located next to the M life Rewards Desk or near the Gypsy Bar. Players can enter daily for up to seven entries per week, but only one entry per day. Entry deadlines vary, so visit TheBorgata.com for complete rules. Each week $10,000 in prize money will be awarded, with a minimum $5,000 guaranteed top prize each week. In addition, for the games in the regular season ending Dec. 31, 2,000 entrants each will win 20 Bonus Slot Dollars in weekly random drawings. For the playoffs that amount increases to 30. For the 2018 “big game” Feb. 4 Borgata will give away a total of $100,000 in cash and Bonus Slot Dollars.
Every seven minutes from noon to 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 Borgata will award 777 Bonus Slot Dollars. Players need to insert their M life Rewards card into any slot machine or open any table games rating from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a chance to win.
Earn 5X Slot Dollars Dec. 22 to 24. Details at the M life Rewards Center.
Win a Lexus ES each day Dec. 27 to 30 at 8 p.m. Insert your M life Rewards card into any slot machine or table games rating from noon to 7:30 p.m. each day for a chance to win.
Every 17 minutes from noon to 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 Borgata will award 1,717 Bonus Slot Dollars. Players need to insert their M life Rewards card into any slot machine or open any table games rating from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a chance to win.
Borgata Comedy Club (check for dates in December), Gin Blossoms (Dec. 1), Christmas Queens (Dec. 2), Steve Martin and Martin Short – An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest Of Your Lives, featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko (Dec. 15), CFFC 70 – Cage Fury Fighting Championships (Dec. 16), The Burlesque Show – Holiday Edition (Dec. 26 to 31), Gov’t Mule (Dec. 29). For tickets visit TheBorgata.com or call (866) 900-4TIX (4849).
Caesars Atlantic City
Claim your share of $100,000 in the Gladiator Challenge. Receive one free entry daily starting Oct. 1 and earn 5X entries on Tuesdays. If you haven’t done so already, download the play by Total Reward app to accept the $100,000 Gladiator Challenge 100 bonus entries offer on Dec. 29. For the finale, hourly drawings will take place from 1 to 9 p.m. in the hotel lobby. Activate entries between 11 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. at any promotional kiosk.
Tyler Henry (Dec. 2). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City
In the $1 Million Golden Gridiron through Dec. 31, starting every Tuesday at noon through noon on Sunday, 24K Select Club cardholders can choose the teams they think will win the Sunday and Monday games. Enter at the Fan Zone in the Main Atrium, one entry per day, for a total of six entries per week, excluding Mondays. Best scored entry for the week will be counted. Participants can win two ways each week: The player or players with the most correct picks will win a share of $5,000. Second and third place winners receive $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. In addition, there will be a drawing where 150 participants randomly will be selected to win $50 in free play. Correctly pick the winner of 192 or more games during the season and win $1 million.
$10,000 Bingo Bonanza Dec. 11 and 18 at 2 and 7 p.m. in The Grand. Free entry for all Elite and Chairman cardholders. All others must earn at least 20 tier credits that day for the player and one guest
For details on all promotions, visit the 24K Select Club.
Free self-parking continues.
Flashback Fridays, free entertainment in the Showroom [Glass Houses – The Music Of Billy Joel (Dec. 1), Wanted DOA – Bon Jovi (Dec. 8), Riders On the Storm – The Doors (Dec. 15), Countdown To Ecstasy – Steely Dan (Dec. 29)].
Kenny Rogers (Dec. 9). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.
Win one of three Lexus RX 450 Luxury SUVs or $45,000 in cash in a drawing Dec. 30. Earn entries paying your favorite slot machines and table games from Oct. 1 through Dec. 30. Receive one entry for every 25 tier credits you earn at Harrah’s; 5X entries on Tuesdays.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas By Chip Davis (Dec. 9). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster or call (800) 736-1420.
Resorts Casino Hotel
2018 Mercedes CLA 250 Guaranteed Sweepstakes. Play daily through Jan. 1. One tier point equals 1 entry, with 10X entries every Tuesday and Friday in December.
$35,000 Jackpot Sweepstakes. Earn 1 entry for every taxable hand-paid jackpot through Jan. 31. Finale is Feb. 24.
Irish Tenors (Dec. 9), Pointer Sisters (Dec. 31). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com or the Resorts Box Office, or call (800) 745-3000.
Tropicana Atlantic City
Tropicana’s free light show features a 35-foot tree synchronized to festive music with daily shows starting at noon, every hour on the hour, through Jan. 2. This not-to-be-missed experience combines interactive lights with an inspiring array of holiday musical selections. Adding to the festive décor is Tropicana’s famed 25-foot poinsettia tree located in Palm Walk.
Holiday Jubilee continues with performances on select dates through Dec. 22. This spectacular holiday revue is designed to captivate audiences of all ages. Starring two specialty acts, nine dancers and two vocalists, Holiday Jubilee takes a fresh approach to presenting the music, characters and stories of the season. After a festive opening number, the audience finds itself inside a magical toy shop where tap dancing soldiers, music box ballerinas and rag dolls spring to life. Tickets – subject to taxes and fees – are $10 for children (16 and younger) and $25 for adults, and can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by call (800) 745-3000.
Primal Men – Male Revue (every Saturday at Boogie Nights), Sister Sledge (Dec. 31). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, call (800) 745-3000 or check with the Tropicana Box Office.
Another entertainment option at Tropicana is Atlantic City’s only IMAX® Theatre. The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience runs Dec. 1 through Dec. 14, Stars Wars: The Last Jedi: An IMAX 3D Experience runs Dec. 14 through Jan. 25, and Great White Shark 3D runs through Dec. 31. For show times and tickets, visit Tropicana.net/Entertainment/IMAX-Theatre/. Tickets can be purchased at the IMAX Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen is publisher of the Seven Stars Insider – both the website (www.SevenStarsInsider.com) and the monthly newsletter. For a free subscription to the newsletter, join the mailing list at Seven Stars Insider and tell him how you heard about it. You also can download the newsletter from the website where he frequently updates news about Caesars Entertainment and Total Rewards under “Latest News” on the home page. In addition, be sure to follow @7StarsInsider on Twitter.
Darryl also writes a bi-weekly column, Mr. AC Casino, for the Atlantic City Weekly. A former professional journalist, based in Wilmington, Delaware, Darryl is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations.