All Dressed Up and Somewhere to Go – California’s Casinos Puttin’ on the New Year’s Ritz


There’s a sure fire way to celebrate the New Year’s Holiday–California’s casinos! Several of the finest for getting dressed up and partying include Pechanga Casino in Tememcula and Chumash Casino in Buellton. There are well over 20 casinos to check out this New Year’s Season, filled with bands, live entertainment and parties galore.

  • At Pechanga Casino & Resort ( shown in the photos is hosting several New Year’s Eve Parties in 2011, but the main one features a Masquerade Gala in the Grand Ballroom from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A Lavish buffet dinner, high energy dance band, party favors and a Champagne Toast at Midnight make for a complete evening of enjoyment. Though reconfigured from last year’s New Year’s Eve party, there are still expected to be thousands attending, so make plans now. You can spend the night, plays some games, a round of golf, get a spa treatment, sample wines in the surrounding wineries and head home relaxed and upbeat for 2012. Cost is: $299 per couple. While Pechanga’s famous Comedy Club that has featured Jerry Seinfeld and other greats is being used for a Vietnamese New Year’s Party the public can attend on Dec. 31, Rollling Hills Casino is among those offering comedy acts on New Year’s Eve.
  • Rolling Hills Casino ( in Corning is hosting a Comedy Show & Live 80s Dance Music. The Comedy Dinner Show is $75/$140 couple, while the dance party is free.
  • Fantasy Springs Resort Casino ( in Palm Springs, in 2011 offers a special tribute to Rick James. Live Dance Bands perform from 9 pm to 1:30am in the sleek and sexy LIT. With its alluring, deep red, textured velvet wall coverings to the inviting lighting in the new nightspot, LIT is the perfect place party like never before.
  • Chumash Casino (, another four diamond resort, is offering a free shindig for the New Year. Ring in the New Year with a fun and funky New Year's Eve Dance Party! Boogie down and count down to 2012 during a fun-filled flashback concert, featuring 70's disco tribute band Boogie Knights and totally awesome 80's band The Spazmatics. It’s free with a Club Chumash Card.
  • River Rock Casino ( in Geyserville, is featuring band, Hotel California, the Eagles tribute band. They perform two shows at 9 & 11 p.m. Faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles, songs such as Take it Easy, Heartache Tonight and Hotel California, as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh, bring fond memories and good times.

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