Santa Ana Star Casino, New Mexico's Best Bet, is traveling full steam ahead toward 2018 and is set to ring in the New Year with three days of fun and festivities. Guests will have the opportunity to celebrate the extra-long holiday weekend beginning on Saturday, Dec. 30, but the excitement extends through Monday, Jan. 1, with special stops along the way including the "$10,000 Passport to Adventure" drawing and "New Year's Day Car Giveaway," live entertainment, "Noon Year's Eve" and midnight casino-wide countdown celebrations, "Wanderlust: The Ultimate New Year's Eve Party" at The Stage, special promotions, delicious dining at Feast Buffet and Cantina Rio and much more.
"We are inviting our guests on a first-class journey this New Year's as we say 'bon voyage' to 2017 and launch into the new adventures that await in 2018," said Santa Ana Star Casino Director of Marketing Tammy Neil. "We're on track for some serious fun as we kick off our New Year's celebration a day early and give our guests even more chances to get in on the action and excitement of this special time of year."
Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017
Santa Ana Star Casino's New Year's celebration will begin on Saturday, Dec. 30, with the "$10,000 Passport to Adventure" drawing at 8 p.m. Nine guests will win free play prizes and one will win $10,000 to travel in the New Year. Guests earn entries for every 500 points.
Feast Buffet will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. serving a prime rib buffet for $19.95. The spread will feature all-you-can-eat prime rib, as well as other carving station selections, fresh salads, home-style favorites and a decadent array of desserts.
For UFC fans, The Stage will host a special viewing party for UFC 219 featuring hometown hero Holly Holm's highly-anticipated Women's Featherweight Title Championship against Cris Cyborg. The main card also includes Albuquerque-based fighter Carlos Condit's return to the octagon in a welterweight bought against Neil Magny. Admission to the viewing party is $10 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m. Guests must be 21 and over to attend.
Lounge 54 will host David & Co. beginning at 9 p.m. The duo will entertain with its signature R&B sound and good-natured banter until midnight.
Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 (New Year's Eve)
New Year's Eve will officially begin at noon on Sunday, Dec. 31, with a casino-wide "Noon Year's Eve" countdown. Guests can pick up complimentary party favors at designated stations throughout the casino while supplies last.
Starlight Bowling, Bar & Grill will also kick off its New Year's Eve festivities early. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can purchase a "Family Fun Package" that includes two hours of bowling, up to six pairs of shoes, a large, one-topping pizza and a pitcher of soda for $70. There will be hourly giveaways from noon to 10 p.m. with one winner per hour. Then at 6 p.m., cosmic bowling begins and continues until midnight. Complimentary party favors will be available for guests in Starlight Bowling, Bar & Grill during both the "Noon Year's Eve" and midnight countdowns. A selfie station will also be available for guests to use with wacky accessories, props and décor.
On the casino floor, hourly free play drawings will begin at 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve. One guest will win $100 in free play every hour until midnight.
Feast Buffet will be open on New Year's Eve from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy a special New Year's Eve spread featuring beef wellington, "peel and eat" shrimp, oysters, a live-action bananas foster station and much more for $23.95 per person. Additionally, two can dine for $30 at Cantina Rio with its New Year's Eve three-course special. The special includes tenderloin steak, jumbo shrimp and chocolate cake, but the party doesn't stop there. Guests can continue their party at Cantina Rio during "Late Night Happy Hour" beginning at 10 p.m. The late night specials include appetizers like shrimp cocktail, sliders and wings, as well as a wide selection of drink specials.
Santa Ana Star Casino's New Year's Eve live music begins inside Lounge 54 at 9 p.m. with David & Co., but Cantina Rio will also host special entertainment as the Texas-based Billy Townes Group brings its soulful brand of jazz to the Land of Enchantment beginning at 10 p.m. Both David & Co. and the Billy Townes Group will play until 1 a.m.
As midnight draws nearer, The Stage will tap into the wonder-filled thrills of an extraordinary adventure abroad as it presents "Wanderlust: The Ultimate New Year's Eve Party." Transforming New Mexico's premier nightclub into an over-the-top bash, this New Year's Eve party will transport partygoers on an unforgettable first-class journey of Orient Express grandeur. Las Vegas's DJ Derrick Anthony will keep the dance floor hot all night as everyone enjoys specialty cocktails, complimentary souvenir party favors and VIP amenities. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at www.thestageatthestar.com.
Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 (New Year's Day)
Following a casino-wide countdown at midnight with complimentary party favors for guests, Santa Ana Star Casino's New Year's celebration continues on New Year's Day beginning at 10 a.m. with a free slot tournament. The tournament will run until 2 p.m. and 10 guests will win up to $500 in cash. Drawings for $100 in free play will also be held hourly from noon to 6 p.m. with one winner per hour.
Concluding the festivities, the drawing for the "New Year's Day Car Giveaway" will be held at 8 p.m. where nine guests will win cash prizes and one will drive away with a brand new 2017 Lexus RC Turbo F-Sport.
On New Year's Day, Cantina Rio will offer a breakfast menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can take advantage of Bloody Mary specials and dine on Football Sampler Platters in addition to the cantina's expansive breakfast menu. Feast Buffet will also host a special prime rib buffet for $19.95. The buffet will be open from noon to 9 p.m. and offer juicy prime rib and carving station selections in addition to favorites from its Brazilian-style rotisserie grill, stone hearth pizza oven, Manchurian grill and more.
For more information on any of Santa Ana Star Casino's New Year's events, please call (505) 867-0000.
About Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel
Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, located off Highway 550 at the Jemez Dam Road, is just minutes north of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. It was the first Indian casino to operate in New Mexico, opening its doors in 1993. Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel is “New Mexico’s Best Bet!” The Star offers a Vegas-style casino experience with an infusion of New Mexican charm. Reflecting the cultural authenticity and timelessness of the great southwest, it is an easily accessible regional destination for entertainment, excitement and good, old-fashioned value.