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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year in Atlantic City

originally published: 11/16/2023


(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Atlantic City, voted one of the "25 Best Christmas Towns in the USA" by Travel + Leisure, is the ultimate destination this holiday season with the return of the spectacular Atlantic City Tinseltown Holiday Experience. The citywide celebration, now in its second year, offers visitors an array of festive events throughout the resort during the month of December.

“We are thrilled to once again present this experiential holiday celebration to our visitors," said Karen Martin, Director of Communications & Marketing for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). "From the exciting entertainment at our casinos to festive events throughout the resort for all ages, we welcome everyone to come and embrace the spirit of the holiday season.”

Following an assortment of holiday shows scheduled over Thanksgiving weekend, the grand kick off of the Atlantic City Tinseltown Holiday Experience takes place on Friday, December 1, 2023, with a tree-lighting ceremony just off the world-famous Boardwalk at The Yard at Bally's Atlantic City Casino Resort, which will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland all month long.


Amidst the resort’s world-class dining, vibrant nightlife, and exciting attractions, throughout the month of December visitors can enjoy an array of joyful events and celebrations, including a spectacular lineup of holiday entertainment at the casinos, holiday-themed pop-up lounges, and a Tinseltown Holiday Cocktail and Mocktail Trail.

Listed below are some of the happenings taking place across Atlantic City. More events will be announced soon – including Atlantic City’s various New Year’s Eve celebrations – and will be included in the comprehensive holiday event listings at

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Deck the Hall - Festival of Trees (Boardwalk Hall, Dec. 1-31)

Tinseltown Holiday Cocktail & Mocktail Trail (Throughout December)

Noyes Holiday Market & Gingerbread Village (Noyes Arts Garage, Dec. 2 & 3; ongoing gingerbread display during December)

Winter Wonderland Holiday Parade (with grand marshal Kelsey Grammer, Dec. 2, rain date Dec. 9)

Luminary Light Festival (Dec. 9, Absecon Lighthouse)

Steel Pier Holiday Wheel (Dec. 9, Steel Pier) 

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Pastry Series with Chef Thaddeus: Holiday Edition (Dec. 9, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)

Mistletoe Market (Dec. 16, Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall)



Christmas in the Air (Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa, Nov. 24-Dec. 24)

Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony (Ocean Casino Resort, Nov. 25)

Atlantic City Ballet: It’s a Shore Holiday (Caesars Atlantic City, Nov. 25)

The Sharpe Family Singers (Resorts Casino Hotel, Nov. 25)

Doo Wop Christmas (Tropicana Resort & Casino, Nov. 30) 

Santa’s Christmas Wonderland (Harrah’s Atlantic City, Dec. 7-10) 

Il Divo: A New Holiday Tour (Ocean Casino Resort, Dec. 9)

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Holiday Dreams: A Spectacular Holiday Cirque (Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Dec. 9)

A Dickens of a Murder: A Holiday Murder Mystery (Resorts Casino Hotel, Dec. 9)

Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland (Tropicana Resort & Casino, Dec. 9 & 10) 

Swing into Christmas - Benefiting Toys for Toys (Resorts Casino Hotel, Dec. 10)

Lindsey Stirling: Snow Waltz Tour (Caesars Atlantic City, Dec. 15)

Engelbert Humperdinck (Hard Rock, Dec. 15) 

Atlantic City Ballet: The Nutcracker (Caesars Atlantic City, Dec. 16)

Matteo Bocelli (Hard Rock, Dec. 16)

The Modern Gentlemen: You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Resorts Casino Hotel, Dec. 16)

My Big Gay Italian Christmas (Ocean Casino Resort, Dec. 16)



Storybook Land: Just 10 miles outside of Atlantic City, this beloved family attraction transforms into a “Christmas Fantasy with Lights” through Friday, December 30. 

Historic Smithville transforms into a winter wonderland, including the return of its floating Holiday Light Show, Magical Talking Tree, and Christmas Train (Nov. 23-Jan. 5) and Dickens Festival (Nov. 26-27). 

Additionally, now through Dec. 24, visitors have a chance to win an Atlantic City holiday getaway package, including overnight stays, food & beverage credits, spa treatments, and concert tickets. To enter the giveaway, visit

The only agency of its kind nationwide, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process



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