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There’s No Place like Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel for New Year’s Fun
The Pueblo of Santa Ana, N.M. – Dec. 27, 2018

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, New Mexico's Best Bet, is set to ring in the New Year during the extra-long holiday weekend with four fun-filled days of entertainment. The festivities begin on Saturday, Dec. 29 and will continue through the weekend to Tuesday, Jan. 1.

"There's no place like The Star to celebrate New Year's Eve weekend and this year we are starting two days early with great promotions, exciting entertainment and delicious dining specials for our guests to enjoy as they usher in 2019," said Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel Director of Marketing Tammy Neil. "From our '$100,000 Twister of Cash,' drawings, free play drawings, and the New Year's Day Car Giveaway to the ultimate New Year's Eve party at The Stage, we can guarantee The Star is the only place you'll want to be."

Saturday, Dec. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 30 2018
Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel's New Year's weekend celebration begins on Saturday, Dec. 29 and continues on Sunday, Dec. 30 with the "100,000 Twister of Cash" drawings which will both be held at 8 p.m. Three winners will have the chance at winning $100,000. Guests earn entries for every 500 points.

Lounge 54 will host David & Co. on Saturday, Dec. 29 beginning at 9 p.m. The duo will entertain with its signature R&B sound and good-natured banter until midnight.

Monday, Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve)
New Year's Eve celebrations begin at noon on Monday, Dec. 31 with a casino-wide "Noon Year's Eve" countdown. Complimentary party favors at designated stations throughout the casino will be available while supplies last. Following the countdown, hourly free play drawings begin at 2 p.m. Two guests will win $100 in free play every hour until midnight.

Starlight Bowling Bar & Grill also gets in on the action at noon with their "Noon Year's Eve" countdown along with hourly giveaways that will be held from noon to 10 p.m. with one winner per hour. Cosmic bowling will be available from 6 p.m. until midnight and will be followed by the midnight countdown to officially ring in the New Year. Complimentary party favors will be available for guests in Starlight Bowling Bar & Grill during both countdowns and while supplies last.

Feast Buffet will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight with the seafood and prime rib buffet available for $29.95 per person. The buffet includes crab legs, lobster bisque, clams, oysters, BBQ ribs, crepes and much more. For a fine dining three-course meal experience, Juniper Steakhouse will be open from noon to midnight and offer beef tenderloin and foie gras or Alaskan king crab legs for $65 per person. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Additionally, Cantina Rio will have a prime rib dinner available from 11 a.m. to midnight for $19.95 per person.

A special New Year's Eve performance from local-area band Felix y Los Gatos will begin at 9 p.m. inside Lounge 54. The band will perform their signature sound to guests as they bring 2018 to a close. The performance will go through the midnight countdown and end at 1 a.m.

Partygoers will experience all the glitz and glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood as The Stage transforms into an epic night of entertainment with "A Red Carpet Affair: The Ultimate New Year's Eve Party" which will be hosted by New Mexico radio legend Dana Cortez. New Mexico's own DJ Automatic will provide the hottest tracks of today's hip hop and EDM sounds as attendees enjoy complimentary souvenir party favors and VIP amenities. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at

Tuesday, Jan. 1 (New Year's Day)
Plenty of entertainment will continue as the New Year's Day Slot Tournament begins at 10 a.m. The tournament will run until 2 p.m. and 10 guests will win up to $500 in cash. Free play drawings begin at noon with two guests winning every hour until 6 p.m. Concluding the weekend festivities will be the drawing for the New Year's Day Car Giveaway held at 8 p.m. where nine guests will win cash prizes and one will drive away with a brand new 2019 Cadillac ATS.

The Feast Buffet will offer a brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $15.95 per person. The brunch will contain a delicious omelet station, French toast, bacon, sausage, fresh pastries and much more. Juniper Steakhouse and Cantina Rio will be open regular hours with their full menus available.

For more information on any of Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel'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.

For more information contact: Paula Cronic at (505) 681-2949 or

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