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Harrah's New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve Extravaganzas In The Valley

While holidays spent at resorts have become a bigger trend in recent years, resorts are now going above and beyond to please guests by extending the holiDAY into a weekend of festivities. Champagne toasts, special concerts and events, prix fixe (pronounced pree feeks) holiday menus and “stay and play” packages are only a few of the New Year’s Eve options guests may see available for ringing in 2012.

A few things to keep in mind when making New Year’s Eve plans include:


Be sure to get the best bang for your buck this New Year’s Eve. Many resorts, night clubs and restaurants like to up the ante for special occasions, but believe it or not (in part thanks to the current economy) there are specials available such as complimentary champagne toasts and even free events and concerts.


In this case, resorts offer the best of both worlds — an amazing time on New Year’s Eve without the hassle or worry of how to get home post-midnight.


An intimate dinner, live entertainment, ball drop and champagne toasts are only a few of the options being offered this New Year’s Eve. Compare what venues are offering your “musts” per the best price and location.

What guests of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort can expect to see come the end of the month is three days of New Year’s Eve festivities, featuring a different musical act each night. Better yet, all performances are free for guests and Valley residents alike.

New Year's Eve Events

December 29, 9 p.m.: John Michael Montgomery

Kick off three days of New Year’s celebrations with John Michael Montgomery’s soulful country ballads that have set the standard for love songs in this generation. The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame inductee has had more than 30 singles on the Billboard country charts, including the Number One Country Single of the Year for “I Swear.”

December 30, 9 p.m.: Sammy Kershaw

New Year's Eve Events Harrah's

Sammy Kershaw exploded into the country scene in the early ’90s with top 100 hits “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” and “Cadillac Style.” His latest album, “Better Than I Used To Be,” is reflective of his rocky career, but tells the story of lessons learned, putting him back into the spotlight and into country music lovers’ hearts.

December 31, performances at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight: New Year’s Eve “Denim & Diamonds”

New Year's Eve Events at Harrah'sGuests are invited to ring in 2012 in denim and diamonds as they enjoy the psychedelic hits of The Family Stone Project. The party starts at noon with “hot seats” being chosen every 10 minutes until 7 p.m., where one lucky Total Rewards member could win big. The famous Harrah’s Ak-Chin Buffet will be featuring special holiday selections and the evening will ramp up as Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson of The Family Stone Project (original founding members of Sly & The Family Stone and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees) perform at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight, when a balloon drop will ring in the New Year.

So I ask: why celebrate for only one night, when staying a weekend can offer a myriad of entertainment and guarantee a safe and celebratory New Year’s Eve? Whether it’s in another city, state or even country, the options for New Year’s revelry abound for 2011-2012.

Harrah Ak-Chin Casino Resort

Spend The Holiday At The Harrah's Resorts

A Holiday To Be Waited On, At The Harrah’s

We do it every year; the entire family comes over, we spend all week prepping the house, putting up the lights, followed by a day or two of cooking and a mess of leftovers and holiday wrapping paper strewn across the house. This ultimately leads to the question, why not have someone else do all of this for us?

A growing trend in the hospitality industry is the holidays. Not just for out of town guests or for those who want to get away for the holiday, but also for families who would rather enjoy Christmas dinner at their favorite resort or have a Hanukkah stay-cation.

No matter the rhyme or reason, it’s a time to enjoy the company of those we love, and this year, resorts across the region are inviting guests to celebrate.

Some examples of resorts spreading the holiday cheer, aside from serving up some delicious holiday cocktails, include:

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort

Guests can stay, play and celebrate at this 40,000-square-foot casino, which recently underwent a $20 million expansion with the addition of a 152-room hotel tower.

Holiday dining is available in Agave’s Restaurant, the Copper Cactus Grill, as well as the the famous seafood buffet is available every Friday and Saturday, including Christmas Eve.

For the family that plays and stays together, Harrah’s also boasts the largest selection of reel and video slots, video poker, table games from blackjack to World Series of Poker®, Keno and the Ak-Chin Bingo Hall, which provides the latest in Bingo technology.

Harrah’s Rincon San Diego North

Winner of the AAA Four-Diamond Award, three of the Harrah’s Rincon restaurants will be serving holiday feasts to please any palate. For an upscale dining experience, guests can indulge in a four-course Christmas dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jon Palsson. A four-time winner of the Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence, this fine dining fare will be available for $75 per person on Christmas day.

For a more casual atmosphere, guests are invited to indulge in The Buffet, where holiday traditions meet modern food theatre, or enjoy the Christmas Special for $28 per person at The Café.

A top resort-gaming destination, the casino also offers state-of-the-art amenities and the unparalleled customer service — a sure fire holiday success.

Harrah’s Laughlin

The holidays are a magical time and because of that Harrah’s Laughlin is featuring various Christmas dining specials in addition to featuring a live magic show complete with animals, dancers, escapologists and comedy magicians, called Masters of Illusion, performing every night at 8 p.m., December 26-29 for $25-$35 per person.

In addition, The Fresh Market Square Buffet, voted best in Laughlin for seven years; the Range Steakhouse, which features first-class service and spectacular views; and Harrah’s Beach Café will all be featuring Christmas menus this holiday season.


Whether guests are staying or going, the holidays are trending at resorts across the nation — and Valley-wide. While Scottsdale has only gotten a few sprinkles of snow this year, resorts are going all out to bring more holiday cheer and less holiday chores.