Atlantic City is decking the halls to make sure your holidays are merry, but even before the switch turns on the lights for Black Friday and Santa begins his rounds, there are some great ways to get into the holiday spirit throughout the area.
Here’s a not-so-short sampling from our to-DO AC list (we checked it twice), but for full details and periodic updates be sure to check out the events calendar at www.doatlanticcity.com.
In Atlantic City
Now through December 29:
Resorts Casino Hotel presents a magical journey through Broadway and the holidays with the Broadway Holiday Showwith a seasonal turn on holiday and Broadway classics. https://resortsac.com/entertainment-and-shows/revue-shows/
Elf the Musical at Caesars Atlantic City, based on the motion picture of the same name, is sure to give be a “little” holiday fun. https://www.caesars.com/caesars-ac/shows
Santa arrives at Bass Pro Shops parking lot after a parade through The Walk, along with his entourage, followed by a magical tree lighting and opening of Santa’s Wonderland. Festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. The Wonderland remains open through Christmas Eve. There are daily activities and crafts for the family, too. http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageBasicC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&appID=86915&template=page-preview.cfm&storeID=65&cm_sp=StWdldNov2015_CFM.
Indulge your creative side and learn to paint a holiday berries design onto your wine glass at Wine & Design: Paint a Wine Glass at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University at the Wave Garage. Bring your favorite wine, too, for some added holiday spirit. www.artsgarageac.com.
November 15-December 18:
Tropicana’s Holiday Magic features a Broadway-style song-and-dance ensemble, a holiday-themed set, hundreds of costumes and, of course, your favorite holiday tunes. http://tropicana.net/entertainment/
It’s a holiday tradition for music lovers when the Brian Setzer Orchestra 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour rolls into Caesars Atlantic City. https://www.caesars.com/caesars-ac/shows
November 23-January 3:
Tropicana’s Holiday Musical Light Show in The Quarter dazzles with interactive lights timed to an array of musical selections, with shows presented every hour on the hour from noon until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon until midnight Friday-Sunday. It all kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony November 23 at 1:00 p.m. http://tropicana.net/entertainment/
Gift certificates go on sale for Atlantic City Restaurant Week. Everybody’s favorite stocking stuffer will go on sale on Black Friday, available online at www.acrestaurantweek.com or in person at the Atlantic City Visitor Welcome Centers located on the Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue (Boardwalk Hall) and on the Atlantic City Expressway at mile marker 3.5. The gift of good taste will be accepted at dozens of fine area restaurants during Restaurant Week, scheduled for March 6-12, 2016, when value-priced special menus will be served for $15.16 for lunch and $33.16 for dinner (tax, beverage and gratuity not included).
CRDA lights up your (Atlantic City) life. Nothing says “holidays” more than decorated light poles, trees and garlands. Atlantic City turns on the holiday charm on Black Friday with festive décor at Center City Park on Atlantic Avenue between North and South Carolina Avenues, along Atlantic Avenue, at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway and along Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard, courtesy of the Casino Reinvestment development Authority.
AC Craft Market – Holiday Edition: Small Business Saturday at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University at the Wave Garage. Resident shops and artists as well as additional local artisans present their goods for sale along with DIY Kids Crafts, gift wrapping, holiday sales and more. www.artsgarageac.com
November 28 & 29:
Atlantic City Ballet presents It’s a Shore Holiday at the Claridge Hotel-Celebrity Theater. This Radio City-style review features contemporary and classical dance set to holiday tunes, along with singers and a live band, creating a unique celebration. www.acballet.org.
December 3 through the holiday season:
“Deck the Hall” at Boardwalk Hall will put you in a giving mood. Businesses, organizations, arena partners and individuals are invited to sponsor a custom-decorated holiday tree, which will be displayed at a private reception with individuals and agencies that help local children and families. Presented by Spectra by Comcast Spectacor and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Information: 609-348-7021.
Holiday Sing Along on the Boardwalk with Tropicana’s Multimedia Light & Sound Show. Sing along with festive carolers, see Santa, and enjoy treats from Mrs. Fields and Starbucks. Bring a new unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots and you could win a $50 or $100 Macy’s gift card. http://tropicana.net/events/holiday-sing-along-on-the-boardwalk/
December 4 & 5:
Human Nature: Christmas Motown at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. The Australian pop vocal group takes time out from their Las Vegas residency to usher in the holidays in Atlantic City with their own special touch. https://www.theborgata.com/shows/events/concerts
Open House Plaid and Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest at Absecon Lighthouse. Help light up the season as you rock around the tree, dance and sing to carols, get some shopping done in the Lighthouse’s charming gift shop, sip some holiday cheer of wine and beer, and enjoy light refreshments by Tony Boloney’s. You can also view the spectacular Atlantic City skyline with a night climb to the top of the lighthouse, help light the tree and have a chance to win prizes in the Ugly Holiday Sweater and Most Plaid Possible contest. http://www.abseconlighthouse.org/Main/holidays.asp
Dante Hall Theater presents a Jazzy Holiday Concert with Eddie Morgan and REK’D 4 JAZZ. These jazzy, funky, swingin’ renditions of your favorites will help put you in the holiday mood. http://intraweb.stockton.edu/eyos/page.cfm?siteID=256&pageID=1
Enjoy Holiday Jazz by Tony Day’s Across the Globe while you browse, shop and take advantage of special discounts on artwork during the monthly Second Friday at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University at the Wave Garage. Celebrate the opening reception for The Art of Jackie Brutchey along with light refreshments and wine tasting provided by The Iron Room. www.artsgarageac.com
Internationally renowned Michael Bolton performs Greatest Hits and Holiday Favorites at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. The Grammy Award winner has recorded and performed with international music icons and tunes into the holiday season in this concert. http://www.goldennugget.com/AtlanticCity/show_performers.asp?/_vsrefdom=gnac-ppc&utm_source=cendyn&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=brand&gclid=CK3dho7ghskCFZQ6gQoda2sMeQ
December 13 and 20:
Atlantic City Palm Restaurant presents A Dickens of a Murder. The Palm’s annual murder mystery dinner offers a fun twist on the classic Christmas story, accompanied by a special three-course dinner including traditional Palm favorites. http://www.thepalm.com/Atlantic-City/DinnerTheater
Atlantic City Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Claridge Hotel Celebrity Theater. When it comes to Christmas traditions, it doesn’t get much more traditional than this classical ballet. Experience the joy, magic and sharing with Atlantic City Ballet. http://www.acballet.org/news_detail.php?The-Nutcracker-126
Atlantic City Library Kwanzaa Celebration. Join the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s 28th annual Kwanzaa celebration for all ages featuring a performance by Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre, combining song and traditional and contemporary dance while providing a history of the observance. www.acfpl.org or 609-345-2269 ext. 3112.
Holiday Cookie Decorating at the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Children ages 12 and underhave tasty fun decorating cookies to give as gifts or enjoy themselves. www.acfpl.org or 609-345-2269 ext. 3050.
Kwanzaa Family Film, “The Black Candle,” at the Atlantic City Free Public Library. The film uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the African-American experience. It traces the holiday’s growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to today’s global holiday. Narrated by Maya Angelou. www.acfpl.org or 609-345-2269 ext. 3050.
Happy Holidays from the Roots at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. The Roots keep the holidays going past Christmas with a holiday show including special guest Common. https://www.theborgata.com/shows/event-details/the-roots-atlantic-city
DO AC on New Years Eve:
Parties abound at local hotels, casinos, bars, nightclubs, restaurants and attractions – check with your favorites or visitwww.doatlanticcity.com for details. We also have these entertaining ways to enjoy Atlantic City on its biggest night of the (new) year:
Kevin Hart “What Now?” Tour at Boardwalk Hall. One of comedy’s biggest stars will help bring 2016 in with big laughs. http://www.boardwalkhall.com/events/detail/kevin-hart
Tony Orlando at Resorts Casino Hotel. The enduring star will offer a bit of nostalgia and all your favorites to send out the old and bring in the new. https://resortsac.com/entertainment-and-shows/headliners/
Midnight Fireworks at Tropicana. Send 2015 out with a bang on the Boardwalk at Tropicana, along with the Multimedia Sound and Light Show. http://tropicana.net/events/fireworks-new-years-eve-at-midnight/
Santa arrives at Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township. www.storybookland.com.
November 21-22 and 27-29:
Balic Winery in Mays Landing offers complimentary musical performances, winery and vineyard tours and food samplings. www.balicwinery.com
November 26-December 24:
Holiday Light Show on the Lake at Smithville runs from 5-8:30 p.m. nightly. http://www.colonialinnsmithville.com/towneevents/index.com/
Sharrott Winery in Hammonton features a Holiday Wine Trail Weekend with tastings and live music. www.sharrottwinery.com
Tuckerton Seaport’s Christkindlmarkt under heated tents. www.tuckertonseaport.org
December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20:
Mrs. Claus reads to children at Smithville. http://www.colonialinnsmithville.com/towneevents/index.com/
December 6, 13 & 20:
Brunch with Santa at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City. www.renaultwinery.com
Irish Rovers Christmas at Stockton Performing Arts Center in Galloway.http://stocktonpac.org/
South Jersey Wind Ensemble presents “Times Remembered” holiday concert at Stockton Performing Arts Center in Galloway. http://stocktonpac.org/
Bay-Atlantic Symphony presents “Holiday Cheer” at Stockton Performing Arts Center in Galloway. http://stocktonpac.org/
Late Show Gospel Choir performsat Stockton Performing Arts Center in Galloway. http://stocktonpac.org/
“Frozen” Holiday Ball with the Snow Queen to benefit the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City. www.littleangelprincessevents.com
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Thanksgiving specials, Christmas meals such as the Feast of the Seven Fishes, holiday themed cocktails and New Years Eve champagne toasts abound in Atlantic City and the surrounding area, and we can’t come close to listing them all. Visit www.doatlanticcity.com to check out the temptations offered at your favorite place. Cheers!
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About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) www.njcrda.com
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, ownership and oversight of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. The former ACCVA, now a division of CRDA, is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.
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