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Tinseltown Holiday Experience


All roads lead to Atlantic City for the holidays 🌟 ❄️ Get ready to eat, drink & be merry as it’s the most wonderful time of the year to be in town! Join with family and friends for pop-up experiences, holiday events including the Atlantic City Christmas Parade and AC Ballet’s The Nutcracker, tree lightings, a cocktail & mocktail trail, and New Year's Eve events to ring in 2024! 🍾 🎉

Keep reading for great entertainment and fun things to do as part of the Atlantic City Tinseltown Holiday Experience and find out for yourself why Atlantic City was named one of the 25 Best Christmas Towns in the USA by Travel + Leisure!

 
Cocktail Mocktail Trail Brochure

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Atlantic City Tinseltown Holiday Experience Map

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Party people dressed up at a New Year's Eve Party in Atlantic City.

New Year's Eve

Time to put your party pants on & ring in the New Year with us in Atlantic City! From live music and shows with some of the best names in entertainment, to wild parties with the hottest DJ's around, open bars, champagne toasts, festive cocktails and so much more, get ready to bring on the bubbly!

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The top of the Absecon Lighthouse with lit up Wreath surrounding the walkway.

Absecon Lighthouse

228 Steps to Amazing Views

The Absecon Lighthouse is open from September - June, Thursdays - Mondays from 11 am to 4 pm and is closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Take an amazing journey back in time as you ascend the 228 steps of the Absecon Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country. 

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Atlantic City Country Club Tap Room Bar and Grill Interior Dining and Bar Area.

Atlantic City Country Club

Taproom Bar & Grille

With a neighborhood tavern atmosphere and breathtaking views of the Atlantic City skyline, The Taproom Bar & Grille at the Atlantic City Country Club offers an upscale dinner menu with succulent steaks, chops, fresh seafood and nightly Chef specials. Plus enjoy a casual lunch menu featuring fresh salads, overstuffed pub sandwiches, juicy gourmet burgers and more. The bar also features an extensive wine list, plus many imported and domestic draft and bottled beers. From Wednesday - Sunday enjoy lunch and dinner. Or a Sunday Brunch from 10am - 3pm.

Cocktail:
Apple Cinnamon Mule - Stateside Vodka, Lime, House-made Apple & Cinnamon Syrup and Ginger Beer

Coconut Snow Ball - Bacardi Rum, Blue Curacao, Coconut Cream, Honey Syrup

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Winter Wonderland at The Yard

Bally's

Winter Wonderland at the Yard

Bally's is decking the halls this holiday season!

The Yard debuts its second annual indoor/outdoor holiday Winter Wonderland featuring holiday décor, firepits, cornhole and more! With live entertainment on the weekends, including holiday $10 shots and beers on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm to 2am and Pre-Game Happy Hour featuring $3 beers, $4 shots and $5 cocktails plus beer specials starting at $5, Winter Wonderland will get you into the holiday spirit in no time. Enjoy the cover-free events and entertainment every weekend in December.

Cocktails:
Christmas Margarita - Teremana Tequila, Triple Sec, Cranberry Juice Pomegranate Juice, Lime Juice Frozen Cranberries and Rosemary Sprig

Sugar Cookie Martini - Tito’s Handmade Vanilla Vodka, Amaretto Bailey’s Irish Cream, Milk, Vanilla Frosting Rim and Sprinkles

Cranberry Mimosa - Mionetto Prosecco, Cranberry Juice Pomegranate Liqueur, Fresh Cranberries Rosemary Sprig

Don’t Hog The Nog - Angel’s Envy, Amaretto, Egg Nog Nutmeg, Cinnamon

Santa Smash - Cranberry Infused Bombay Gin, Rosemary Lemon, Demerara

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Borgata grand entrance with glass sculptures.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Holiday Season

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Borgata!  Escape to a place where joy fills the air and unforgettable moments are waiting to be unwrapped. Try your luck with the $777,000 Winter Wonderland Giveaway with hourly drawings EVERY Saturday in December! With the Grand Prize drawing Saturday, December 30! Or stir up some merriment with Borgata’s specialty holiday cocktails available throughout the property all season long. 

Cocktails: (Available at Borgata B Bar)
Christmas Cookie - Amaretto, Frangelico, Pineapple Juice

Peppermint Patty - White Crème de Cocoa, White Crème de Menthe, Rum Chata, Mozart White Chocolate

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Caesars Atlantic City tower with lit up sign and beach and boardwalk at night.

Caesars Atlantic City

Holiday Entertainment

Experience The Hook Live Show a riotously funny, seductively beautiful show that completely lures you in. Only for adults and only in Atlantic City. Shows run Wednesday to Sunday, 7 pm & 9 pm.

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Cardinal Restaurant cutting boards and logo on wall with greenery

Cardinal

Ugly Sweater Reverse Happy Hour

Twas' the night before Saturday, and all through Cardinal, ugly sweaters were donned, it was time for a festival. Join Cardinal, Atlantic City's newest addition to the Orange Loop, Friday nights, for a happy hour so bright, with drinks, laughter, and sweaters, it's a festive delight! Best ugly sweater of the night gets a $25 gift card to Cardinal! Free admission from 9-11pm in the lounge. 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29.

Cocktail:
The Smokey Rose - dry gin, cranberry, lemon, black pepper shrub, and pomegranate, served in a rosemary smoked glass

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The Claridge Hotel Grand Ballroom

The Claridge Hotel

Holiday Fun at The Claridge

The Claridge Hotel and the The VUE Rooftop Bar and Lounge will be hosting fun Holiday events. 

Come and party with Santa at The VUE Rooftop Bar and Lounge sing along with the big guy and show off your best ugly sweater for the chance to win prizes! 12/16 and 12/23 from 6 pm - 12 am.

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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at The Quarter

Gift Cards Available

Purchase a Gift Card for the holidays from November 15 - December 31 and receive a bonus $10 gift certificate for every $50 gift card purchased.

An escape to Old Havana. Visit Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar for award-winning Latin cuisine, dancing, floorshows and not-to-be-missed tropical cocktails!

Cocktails:
Coquito - Spiced Rum, Rum Cream, Coco Lopez Coconut Cream, Half & Half topped with Ground Nutmeg

Manzana Daiquiri - Bacardi 8 year Rum, Lime Juice, Apple Simple Syrup, with Muddled Granny Smith Apple and Dash of Sugar - Cinnamon and Sugar Rimmed Glass

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Freddy J's Bar & Kitchen Front Entrance

Freddy J's Bar & Kitchen

Unforgettable Food and Drinks

Pay a visit to Freddy J's Bar & Kitchen over the holiday's for a memorable meal! They are committed to providing the highest quality of food with a barbeque flare. The menu is a combination of 20% barbeque and 80% memorable food that culminates in unique flavors. And their fine spirits menu, draft beer selection, and wine list appeals to all palates and is always paired to their menu.

Cocktail:
It's Turbo Noggin' Time - Misunderstood Ginger Whiskey, Misunderstood Oat Nog and Cold Foam

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Golden Nugget Holidays - Atrium

Golden Nugget Atlantic City

Free NYE Party

Check out Golden Nugget for a free New Year's Eve Party December 31, 2023 to ring in the New Year. The party will be in the Main Atrium with live entertainment! Hear the sounds of Bar None at 6 pm and No Pressure at 10 pm, must be 21 or older.

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Harrah's Resort Atlantic City Bay view with tower and bridge to Brigantine in view.

Harrah's Resort

Pop Up Experience

Come out & sleigh at Harrah’s newest holiday pop-up bar, The Tipsy Elf! Located at The Eden Lounge, get ready to cozy up with festive drinks and nostalgic Yuletide décor. Open 7 days a week from 7 PM-9 PM until January 1. It’s 100% Elf approved!

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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Grand Staircase with guitar shaped chandelier.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

Holiday Entertainment

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City welcomes all to enjoy holiday meals at its award-winning dining destinations. Special holiday menus will be coming soon for Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, Kuro, Il Mulino, Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City, and Fresh Harvest Buffet. Reservations for are encouraged!

Enjoy December specials at Rock Spa & Salon. There’s snow place like Rock Spa & Salon to experience the holidays. Schedule a December Body Treatment, Facial, or Pedicure with specials available December 4 - 28, Mon - Thurs only.

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Irish Pub and Inn Atlantic City decorated for the Holidays.

Irish Pub and Inn

Holiday Décor

Make a new holiday tradition to visit the Irish Pub and Inn! The OVER the top holiday décor will take your breath away. While you're there enjoy a pint of black & tan, an Irish coffee, or something yummy from their extensive menu of bar classics and traditional Irish dishes. Watch this video to view the magic of the Irish Pub during the holidays, an AC Tinseltown must see!

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Holiday Tree lit up in Boardwalk Hall Lobby as part of the Deck the Halls Festival of Trees month long event.

Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall

Festival of Trees

The 2023 Deck The Hall - Festival of Trees is a season-long charitable event intended to generate funds for Court Appointed Special Advocates - CASA For Children of Atlantic, Cape May, and Camden Counties. Local businesses, organizations, arena partners, and individuals are invited to Deck The Hall by sponsoring a custom-decorated holiday tree. The many creative, festive, and wonderfully decorated trees will be on display. Admission is free and open for the public to walk through during all hours which the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall lobby is open. The lobby is also home to the Atlantic City Experience Museum and the Atlantic City Labor Museum which are a must see when in AC!

All proceeds will be donated directly to CASA For Children of Atlantic, Cape May, and Camden Counties.

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Noyes Holiday Market & Gingerbread Village

Noyes Arts Garage

Noyes Museum and Gift Shop

An immersive art experience and unique gifts await at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University. The current exhibit is the 2023 Noyes Artist Members Exhibition running through January 4, 2024. Also, enjoy 20% off gift shop items through December 23! The Noyes Museum and Gift Shop will be closed from December 24 - January 2.

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The top of Ocean Casino Resort with sign and iconic ball pictured just before sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.

Ocean Casino Resort

Get In The Holiday Spirit at Ocean

Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City is the perfect place to spend the holiday season. From their festive pop-up experience, Jingle Bell Bar, to the new holiday activation, Santa's Hideaway Adventure, there's something merry and bright around every corner at Ocean. Sip on seasonal cocktails, wear your best ugly sweater, and join in the holiday cheer!

Don't miss these fun holiday events happening all season long.

Cocktails:
Ocean Chocolate Salted Caramel Martini - 48 Blocks Chocolate, Half & Half, Caramel Syrup and Sea Salt

Top Shelf Elf - Grey Goose La Poire, Bitter Truth Pimento Dram, Apple Cider, Ginger Beer, Lemon

Grinch - Malibu, Melon Ligueur, Pineapple, Sour Mix, Red Candy Heart (Three Sizes Too Small)

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Resorts Casino Hotel with Steel Pier and ocean in view.

Resorts Hotel & Casino

Pop Up Experiences & Holiday Events

Resorts Casino Hotel presents their Pop-Up Holiday Bar experience the Candy Cane Lounge with newly "minted" holiday cocktails!

Dive into the magic of Christmas Eve with a cherished tradition – the Feast of the 7 Fishes at Dougherty’s Steakhouse & Raw Bar!
Enjoy a festive 5 Course Prix Fixe menu featuring delights like Broiled Oysters, rich Lobster Bisque, delectable Seafood Pasta, and more!
Check out all the fun holiday events happening at Resorts!

Cocktails:
Sleigh-Ride - Cranberry Juice, Lemon X, Fireball Whiskey, Margaritaville Passionfruit Tequila (Available at Margaritaville & Landshark)

Resorts Holiday Mochatini - 48 Blocks Chocolate Martini, 48 Blocks Expresso Martini, and peppermint syrup topped with whipped cream and candy cane

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People wearing santa hats raising glasses to toast.

Showboat Resort Hotel

Showboat AC's Holiday Extravaganza

Showboat Atlantic City is lighting up the city's iconic boardwalk with a 50-ft Christmas tree for the holiday season. The spruce is the first ever decorated tree in the history of the boardwalk and is adorned with 8,000 lights that will set the boardwalk aglow during a special Tree Lighting Ceremony November 28 at 6pm hosted by Showboat Owner Bart Blatstein. The evening will be filled with free and festive family fun including live holiday music, games and rides, and giveaways from Santa in a lifeguard boat! The ceremony marks the beginning of Showboat AC's Holiday Extravaganza on the Boardwalk and the merriment will continue every Saturday and Sunday throughout the holiday season.

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Holiday Light Show on the Lake at Historic Smithville. Photo by Jonathon Peter Photography

Historic Smithville & The Village Greene

Holiday Shopping, Family Entertainment, and Light Show

Smithville is a Tinseltown must see with their annual Holiday Light Show starting November 24 - January 5. Watch in wonderment as over 100 Christmas trees magically float on our very own Lake Meone and light up to the music around you. It is an orchestrated show of lights and music played out across the lake.

Holiday events include The Magical Talking Tree - November 23 - January 5 on select dates. The Christmas Train - November 23 - January 5 The Christmas Train will take you on a ride to see the whimsical decorated Village. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and weekdays when weather permitting. Bonfire and S'mores - Fridays and Saturdays - Stay warm with our Bonfire while you enjoy making a yummy S'mores. Hospitality Night - December 2 The village will be overflowing with hospitable merchants! Each store will have a special event going on from 6-8pm, from music to food tastings. Girls Night Out - Dec 7 - Grab your girls and head to the Village for some shopping from 6-8pm. Each store will be running its own promotion, from discounts to food tastings! Enjoy the fun!

Historic Smithville offers 50 Shoppes, 7 eateries, carousel ride, train ride, on site lodging at the Colonial Inn!

Mocktail:
Caramel Hot Chocolate - a favorite of visitors to Smithville. Rich and flavorful.

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Steel Pier Santa and The Wheel - Bring the Camera - Bring your Pets - Discounted Wheel Tickets

Steel Pier

Take a Ride On The Wheel

Steel Pier is celebrating 125 years of fun! For the holidays enjoy a ride on The Wheel, an Atlantic City landmark. The Wheel is 227 feet of thrilling fun for the whole family. It features 40 temperature-controlled gondolas and can comfortably hold 6 passengers, with a total capacity of 240 passengers! Visitors can marvel at The Wheel as it lights up the night sky and reflects off the ocean waves! The Wheel is now open weekends in November and December Saturday from 1pm - 9pm and Sunday from 1pm - 6pm.

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Tropicana Holidays in The Quarter

Tropicana Atlantic City

Get in the Holiday Spirit at Tropicana

Check out The Quarter all decked out for the holiday season with a light show every hour starting at noon! Whether you want to shop for that special someone, enjoy a fantastic dinner or lunch, or party the night away it's the place to be this December.

Don't miss the Polar Express in IMAX at The Quarter, the holiday classic is a holiday treat for all ages. Show dates are December 16,17, 23 & 24.

Get into the spirits at the Holidaze Pop-Up Bar at Tango's Lounge this December! Open Thursday- Sunday, come and enjoy holiday themed cocktails and décor.

Cirque Musica: Holiday "Wonderland" is coming to Tropicana's Showroom in Atlantic City for two nights December 9 & 10 to take the audience on a holiday musical journey to a magical land. The audience will be amazed by the talented acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding athleticism of acrobats and aerialists with a mix of timeless holiday music.

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Wild Honey BBQ Ice Cream Dessert on tray with candy

Wild Honey BBQ at Tropicana Atlantic City

Holiday Goodies

Get to Wild Honey BBQ at Tropicana Atlantic City where they will be serving turkey, meatloaf, and honey roast prime rib with festive sides during the holidays. Try a featured dessert like, a decorated Yule Log or Holiday Sundae Tree w/stacked donuts. While you are there, pick up some baked goods at their holiday bake sale!

Cocktail:
Hot Buttered Rum and Peppermint Mocha Martini

Mocktail:
Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa served with marshmallows and gingerbread cookies on the side

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Escape AC at Tropicana Atlantic City

Escape AC at Tropicana Atlantic City

Escape AC During the Holidays

Your epic escape room adventure awaits! You and your friends are locked in a room and all you have are your wits and teammates to help you solve clues to escape. After you escape say you "Sleigh-ed It!" with an assortment of "Holiday Props" for you and your teams photo. 

Escape AC is a one-stop entertainment destination! Located safely inside the Tropicana Casino and Resort where you can eat, drink and escape all under one roof. Park once in AC and never have to leave!

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Tennessee Avenue Restaurants, Rhythm & Spirits, Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, Bar 32 Chocolate and Cuzzies Pizzeria, on the Orange Loop Resorts Casino and Hard Rock Casino in view.

Tennessee Avenue

Holiday Parties and Craft Beer Pairing Dinner

Tennessee Avenue is a prime location for your onsite parties and all of your catering needs. Custom menus and drink packages are available. Each property including Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, Rhythm & Spirits, Cuzzie's Pizzeria Kitchen, and Bar 32 will be decorated and highlight different food and cocktail specials throughout November and December!

The famous monthly Tennessee Avenue Beer Dinner will be holiday-inspired this December at Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall. Beers selected by Scott Cronick, with food by Executive Chef Charles Soreth. 

Don't miss it, December 17 Rhythm & Spirits will host a Feast of the Seven Fishes and Wine Dinner!

Cocktail:
(Available at Rhythm & Spirits)

Local G & Tinseltown - Little Water Distillery Rusted Revolver Gin, house made cranberry, lemon and rosemary spiced simple syrup and Fevertree Indian Tonic served on the rocks finished with toasted rosemary

Winter White Cosmo - (Available at Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall)

(Available at BAR|32)
Swifties Tinseltown Martini - Little Water 48 Blocks Vodka infused with fresh mint and vanilla from Madagascar, shaken vigorously with BAR|32 signature Yasgur's milk pint. Layered with a candy cane infused cream and finished with shaved chocolate

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Anchor Rock Club show with people in audience, stage POV.

Anchor Rock Club

Independent Live Music 

Discover the energy of Atlantic City’s vibrant music scene this holiday season at Anchor Rock Club. Nestled in the heart of the city, Anchor Rock Club is AC’s independent live music venue that promises an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts and holiday revelers alike. Here are the Holiday Happenings at Anchor Rock Club:

12/18 MOVIE NIGHT – Silent Night Deadly Night 2 - No Cover. Blood & Gutts Radio presents a live screening of the 1987 cult Christmas horror classic: Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2! Don’t miss a special DJ set by Sarah of Molly Ringworm, raffles, and prizes! Doors @ 7pm, movie at 8pm.

12/22 Ornamental - Get ready for a night of music and fun at Anchor Rock Club! An incredible lineup of Ornamental, Zoe Lemon, Kate Dressed Up, and King Puzzle will promise a night full of diverse sounds, energetic performances, and unforgettable moments.

12/23 Gutter Drunk - Dive into an unforgettable night of raw energy and rock revelry as Gutter Drunk takes the stage at Anchor Rock Club. Let their insane riffs and electrifying songs transport you to a whole new level!

12/29 The Customers - The Customers from Ocean City, New Jersey is bringing their indie-surf-rock style music to Anchor Rock Club. They will leave you dancing and singing all night long!

12/30 Mums The Word - Mums The Word is a funky, psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll band from the Philly/South Jerz area that’s coming to Anchor Rock Club for their new album release show! They’ll having you moving and grooving all night long, get your dancing shoes ready!

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Johnny's Cafe Ventnor - Interior dining room with elegant contemporary feel large windows and fireplace.

Johnny's Café

Holiday Offerings

Johnny’s Café is an elegant space for friends and families to gather around delicious food and good company. The menu is a play on home cooking with a fine dinning twist. Incorporating dishes the Liccios have been cooking in their home kitchens for decades. 

Enjoy Holiday Cookie Trays and give the sweetest gift this holiday season. Call today and order a 1lb. tray for $15 and up to 5lb tray's for $60. Johnny's Café will be offering a 3-Course Pre-Fix Dinner available M-F for $35. Get your reservations in early for their Seven Fishes Dinner featuring four courses for $46.95.

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People in bathing suits run along the shoreline of the Atlantic City Beach into the cold waters on New Year's Day. Steel Pier and Casinos in background.

2024 Atlantic City Polar Bear Plunge

New Year’s Day

Join in on the fun New Year’s Day on the Beach in front of Landshark Bar & Grill as Cancer Support Community New Jersey at Gilda’s Club (CSCNJ) is thrilled to announce the 32nd Anniversary for the Atlantic City Polar Bear Plunge. The cost to plunge is $25 per person and includes a commemorative t-shirt. All proceeds from the event go directly to CSCNJ’s mission to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

The plunge will take place at noon on the beach. Participants can begin to register in person at 10:00am inside of the Landshark Bar & Grill and are invited back inside for the after party immediately following the plunge. DJs from WZXL will be on the heated deck playing music and handing out prizes for the First In, Last Out, and Best Costume. To register in advance visit www.cscnj.org or call (609) 926-2699.

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*Please drink responsibly.