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Holiday Happenings

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Tis' the season to celebrate holiday inspired happenings in Atlantic City and the surrounding area. Join with family and friends for Pop-Up holiday themed experiences, music, spectacular lighting displays and New Year's Eve events to bid farewell to 2021!

Celebrate the Holiday Season In AC!

Frost Pop Up Bar at Bally's Atlantic City

Bally's is turning up the fun for the Holidays!

Enjoy holiday shows, a winter-themed bar, beautiful decor, holiday dinners, beverages, and more! Don’t miss the 7 Fishes at Jerry Longo’s Meatballs and Martini or a 3-course Lamb Chop dinner at Guy Fieri’s Chophouse Christmas Day.  Ring in the new year with Jerry Blavat featuring The Legendary Blue Notes. Then enjoy a New Year's Day Brunch at Water Dog.

New to Bally’s this holiday season is the Frost Bar which features festive holiday cocktails, live holiday music, sing-alongs, movies, and more. When visiting Bally’s bring a new unwrapped toy for their Toys for Tots drive and park for free when dining in or with a show ticket purchase.

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Jingle Bell Pop Up Holiday Experience

Celebrate the Holidays at Ocean

‘Tis the season for amazing entertainment, festive cocktails, and over-the-top Christmas décor. Ocean will celebrate the Festival of Lights at Makai by indulging in traditional dishes with an island twist for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Check out the Jingle Bell Bar, a Holiday themed Pop-up Experience featuring festive cocktails, nostalgic décor, and themed entertainment every weekend throughout the season.

Friday, December 17 join “My Big Gay Italian Christmas” three-time Daytime Emmy Winner, writer and star, Anthony Wilkinson for Ocean Pride Happy Hour at Blush Bar & Lounge. Sip on “The Anthony” Aperol Spritz cocktail with Rainbow Candy garnish and enjoy special drag appearances by Asbury Park’s Jolina Jasmine and Lola Celings!

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Santas photo decor at Showboat

Showboat is decked out for the season and ready for Santa!

The Jolly Mr. Claus will be at Showboat Friday, December 3, 10, and 17 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on Saturday, December 4, 11, and 18 between noon and 2 p.m.  A photographer will be on hand to take photos, which will be available through a link provided to parents at the time of photos.  Parents are also encouraged to take photos with their own personal devices. 

In the spirit of giving, Showboat is donating $5 to The Sunshine Foundation for every letter dropped in Santa’s magic mailbox, located at the Lucky Snake Arcade entrance.  Each child who participates will receive a $5 play card to the arcade.  Kids of all ages can enjoy everything from the Virtual Reality Roller Coaster Storm to playing vintage and modern day Pinball in the largest arcade on the East Coast!

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Storybook Land Holiday Decor

Storybook Land

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Storybook Land November 13 thru December 23. See Santa Claus wave his magic wand and light Storybook Land with over one million lights for the holiday season. Storybook Land's Christmas Fantasy with Lights is a South Jersey Christmas tradition as seen on ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight." For tickets, hours and park information click below.

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Find the Magic at Tanger today! Elf on the Shelf

Tanger Outlets Scavenger Hunt

Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt thru Dec. 24

Did someone say Elf on the Shelf? Santa’s very own Scout Elves are making their way through Tanger Outlets The Walk in Atlantic City. We need your help to find them and bring them home! Bring your little explorer for a day filled with fun, adventure and surprises. For all the details and to reserve your Scavenger Hunt Booklet today! 

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Brick Oven visible with table seating at Girasole in Atlantic City


December 30-31

Girasole is bringing a traditional Italian culinary experience to Atlantic City this Christmas season. The restaurant, which puts a modern twist on classic Italian cuisine, will be hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve and will serve a specially curated four-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Day. Dinners are $75 pp for Christmas Eve and $65 pp for Christmas Day, the regular menu will also be available.

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Santa's Wonderland Bass Pro Shops Santa holding gifts.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

Santa’s Wonderland, the ultimate free family Christmas event, at Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s plans to deliver free photos with Santa to more than two million kids and families this holiday season with a “Contactless Claus” experience. Photos with Santa can be reserved with FREE advance reservations at the following link below.

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Light Show on the Lake - Light up trees in a winter scene on the Lake

Light Show on the Lake

Historic Smithville & The Village Greene
Daily 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Head over to Historic Smithville for a beautiful display of over 120 Christmas trees made from over 50,000 Christmas lights, magically floating on Lake Meone. Witness an orchestrated show of lights and music as the lights seem to dance and chase each other to the music while reflecting off the water's surface.

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Lucy the Elephant

Lucy The Elephant Tours

December 15 - January 2

Lucy is currently wrapped like a present (undergoing some construction/repairs), but due to construction material delivery delays Lucy The Elephant will be open every day from December 15th thru January 2nd, 2022 for tours! Tours will run from 11am to 4pm on weekdays and 10am to 5pm on weekends (11 to 4 on Jan. 2nd). Lucy will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. In January, February, and March, Lucy's gift shop will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm. The gift shop will also be open on President's Day, Monday, February 21st from 11am to 4pm.

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Ring In The New Year in AC!

2022 NYE Atlantic City's Largest NYE Party

Showboat New Year's Eve Bash

December 31

The New Year's Eve Extravaganza, the largest party in Atlantic City, will have live music, multiple DJs, Karaoke, five different party venues, an open bar, a live balloon drop, a champagne toast, dueling pianos, and much more. Dance the night away from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. at this Atlantic City hotspot. General admission starts at $79 per person and includes top-shelf liquor during a five-hour open bar, a champagne toast at midnight, snacks, and access for all five party rooms with live music, DJs, and Karaoke.

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Cheers to the  New Year at Margaritaville and Landshark Bar & Grill

New Year's Celebrations at Resorts

December 31 & January 1

Resorts Casino Hotel is ready to ring in 2022 with multiple promotions, entertainment, live music, and more on New Years Eve and New Years Day. Celebrate New Year's Eve at Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville and LandShark Bar & Grill with their Cheers to the New Year party, free to all guests starting at 8:00 p.m. Parties include no cover charge, drink specials, and a margarita toast at midnight! Tony Orlando, will also be performing in the Superstar Theater for a special NYE performance kicking off at 10:30 p.m. Start the new year at the 30th annual Polar Bear Plunge January 1st at 12:00 p.m. on the Atlantic City Beach in front of Resorts Casino Hotel.

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Jerry Blavat

Chicago at Hard Rock

December 31

Legendary rock band Chicago takes to the Hard Rock stage on New Year's Eve, December 31st. With such hits as "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "Make Me Smile," Hard Habit to Break," and "25 or 6 to 4" just to name a few, this is the perfect way to start the new year!!

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Happy New Year 2022

Rhythm & Spirits and BAR 32 Chocolate NYE Dinner and Party

December 31

Rhythm & Spirits and BAR 32 Chocolate join forces to produce a New Year's Eve you will never forget. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner, a four-course meal with optional wine pairings for an additional charge. At 10pm the lights go down and the music goes up as Hollywood Jay hosts a night you will not want to miss. Two rooms of entertainment, dueling countdowns and a chill outdoor environment complete with a champagne bar. Enjoy a 4 course dinner, dinner and the party, or just the party! Tickets available at &

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New Year's Eve Party at the Wave

New Year's Eve Party at Golden Nugget

December 31

Ring in the New Year with Golden Nugget at The Wave! Enjoy a 3 hour open bar, New Year's Eve party favors complimentary toast at midnight live entertainment by the exceptions purchase tickets to The Wave New Year's Eve Party for just $75! Looking for somewhere to be at midnight? Look no further! Purchase an 11th Hour Package and have access to The Wave New Year's Party starting at 11 p.m. for $25 includes complimentary toast at midnight.

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Ring in 2022 at Claridge Hotel rooftop bar, the Vue

Ring in 2022 at The VÜE

December 31

Ring in 2022 in historic elegance atop of the Claridge Hotel at Atlantic City's only rooftop bar, the VÜE. Enjoy a 3 hour Open Bar (9pm-12am), 2 hours of butlered hors d' oeuvres (9pm-11pm), champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. And of course party favors! Darin MacDonald on the piano from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and DJ Brandyn from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Room packages available.

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Jerry Blavat

New Year's Eve with Jerry Blavat at Bally's

December 31

Ring in 2022 at Bally's with a dinner show hosted by legendary Hall of Fame DJ, "The Geator with the Heater" - Jerry Blavat and featured performances by Soul and R & B icons, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Tickets are $150 per person and includes a Surf & Turf dinner, dancing, open bar and champagne toast at midnight.

Also hosting NYE is the VIP Lounge where from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. you can enjoy desserts, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight for $50 per person! And Guy Fieri's Chophouse will be serving a special Flounder Francaise dinner for $40 per person or choose from their regular menu that will be sure to take you to flavortown!

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