[toc]Pennsylvania casinos know how to party and hand out gifts, so the December calendar is filled with events.
Giveaways range from a Land Rover and BMW to a built-to-order tiny house to Yeti travel mugs. New Year’s Eve blowouts with open bars and live entertainment are common, and players can win flat-screen TVs, game systems, and – as always – free play or cash.
Here’s a look at some of the best casino promotions and attractions for December:
777 Harrah’s Blvd.
Chester, PA 19013
New Year’s Eve at The Block
A three-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a live performance by Triple Rail Turn highlight festivities in The Block, the event center at Harrah’s. The party starts at 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Attendees may park for free in the casino garage. General admission is $75 per person, or $175 per person for the party and a hotel room. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.
Mohegan Sun Pocono
1280 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Free Slot Play for a Year
Starting Dec. 1, Mohegan Sun players can earn entries for a Dec. 30 drawing that awards five prizes of $2,500 in free slot play every month for a year. Players get one entry for every status point earned through 9:45 p.m. Dec. 30, with 5X entries on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
From 2 to 9:45 p.m. Dec. 30, five winners will be selected every 15 minutes to pick an envelope good for either $500 cash or $500 in free play. At 10 p.m., the five grand prize winners will be selected. A second-chance drawing at 10:45 p.m. will award all unclaimed prizes.
Win $2,500 in Free Slot Play every month for a year!
From 2 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23, 10 players will be selected every 30 minutes to spin the Winter Wonders prize wheel for a prize ranging from $250 in free slot play to $5,000 cash. Players using their Momentum card at any slot machine or table game are eligible.
Mount Airy Casino Resort
312 Woodland Rd.
Mount Pocono, PA 18344
Players who earn 2,000 points between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 29 or 30 get a free Yeti travel mug. A different model is offered each day.
The two players who earn the most Mount Airy players club points during three five-hour periods on New Year’s Eve will receive a 50-inch TV. Awards will be based on play from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., from 4 to 9 p.m., and from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried brings his unique voice and point of view to Mount Airy at 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets are $35 and $55. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.
2999 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Pop the Cork sweepstakes
Drawings from 4 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1 will award as much as $100,000 in slot free play, with a top prize of $2,018 in free play. Earn entries based on play at Parx from Dec. 17 through 31.
New Year’s Eve Silver Screen Soiree
iHeartRadio personalities Rocco, Amber Miller, and Chio are hosts for the New Year’s Eve Party spotlighting the glitz of old Hollywood.
Bigg Romeo, Fish Out of Water, and DJ Eric Vanderslice will provide music. Doors to the 360 Club open at 6 p.m., with live music at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 each; admission at the door will be $30 if tickets remain.
77 Sands Blvd.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
A 2018 Volvo XC90 and four prizes of $1,000 in slot free play are some of the prizes up for grabs in a Sands drawing at 7 p.m. Dec. 31.
The first entry is free; additional entries are based on play from Nov. 27 through 6:45 p.m. Dec. 31, with 10X entries on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Dec. 1 through 10
There are also 25X entries on Dec. 15, 16, 19, 26, 29, and 30. As Christmas draws closer, there is a perioud to earn 50X entries Dec. 20 through 25. Additionally, there is a second-chance drawing at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 will award five prizes of $1,000 in slot free play.
Holiday Cheer for a Year
Slot players can win monthly free play throughout 2018 in drawings on Dec. 22. From 1 to 7 p.m., two people will be chosen every hour for $100 a month in free play throughout next year.
At 8 p.m., two winners will receive $1,000 a month in free play. The first entry is free; additional entries are based on rated slot play from Nov. 27 through 7:45 p.m. Dec. 22.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
DJ Jerry Blavat, “The Geator with the Heater,” and DJ Joel will help party-goers welcome the new year with music, food, and dancing. The festivities start with a cocktail reception from 9 to 10 p.m., followed by a three-course dinner and dancing from 10 p.m. to 12:30am. The evening features an open bar as well. Cost is $135 per person.
1001 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
$50K Holly Jolly Jeep giveaway
From 5 to 7 p.m. Christmas Day, SugarHouse is hosting drawings every 15 minutes, awarding shares of $20,000 in slot free play and a 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude.
Entries are based on play starting Dec. 1, with 3X entries on Wednesdays and 2X entries on Thursdays. Drawing winners who have an email address on file will receive an extra $100 in free play.
The acclaimed singer will perform at 9 p.m. Dec. 15 at SugarHouse’s Events Center. Bolton, who has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, became widely popular in the 1970s and ’80s with acclaimed versions of “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” and “When a Man Loves a Woman.”
SugarHouse Sweetie Calendar Release Party
The first “SugarHouse Sweetie” calendar debuts at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 with a fashion show and the crowning of Miss SugarHouse 2018 in the Events Center. Attendees will receive a free calendar, and the calendar girls will have an autograph session. Admission is free, but attendees must be at least 21 years old.
New Year’s Eve Bash
Live performances by The Rockets and DJ N9NE will help welcome the new year at the Events Center. The party includes hors d’oeuvres a three-hour open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $100 each, and the party starts at 10 p.m.
Valley Forge Resort Casino
1160 First Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
($10 resort purchase requirement has been eliminated)
Tiny House on the house
One player will win a built-to-order tiny house in a drawing at 9 p.m. Dec. 30. Players earn five entries for every point accumulated for play from Dec. 1 to 30, with 10X entries on Wednesdays.
Six finalists will be selected in the drawing; one will win the house and the others will each get $1,000 in free slot play or table-game match play.
Dueling Pianos at the Vault
An open bar, a bar bites buffet, and a pair of pianists will help revelers welcome the New Year on Dec. 31 at Valley Forge’s Vault. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the hors d’oeuvres buffet operating from 8 to 10 p.m. and the bar from 8 p.m. to midnight.
General admission of $72 per person includes taxes, gratuity, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Tickets that include a hotel room at the Radisson Valley Forge start at $329, plus sales and occupancy taxes.
Hollywood at Penn National
777 Hollywood Blvd.
Grantville, PA 17028
Santa’s Gadget Giveaway
From noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 10, five players will be chosen every 20 minutes to win a TV, Amazon Echo, Nintendo Switch, or XBox One. Each winner also will receive $100 in slot free play. Hollywood Casino Marquee Club members with a card in a slot machine or an open table rating at the time of the drawing are eligible. Limit of one prize per club account.
$25,000 Holiday Hoopla
Each Wednesday in December, ten Marquee Rewards members will be selected every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 in slot free play. Club members with a card in a machine are eligible for the prizes. Limit of one prize per account.
Lady Luck Nemacolin
4067 National Pike
Farmington, PA, 15437
($10 resort purchase required to enter casino)
Holiday Point Multipliers
Fan Club members earn 12X points for their Lady Luck casino play on Christmas Day and 17X points for play between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Sign up at the Fan Club before playing to earn the bonus. Maximum award is 50,000 points each day, including tier multiplier.
Play, Pull, Win
After one hour a rated table-game play between 4 and 8 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays in December, Fan Club members can receive a pull tab awarding up to $200 in cash. Limit: one pull tab per person per promotional day.
210 Racetrack Road
Washington, PA 15301
Meadows Lanes New Year’s Eve parties
Revelers can choose between two New Year’s Eve celebrations at Meadows: a family-oriented event from 6 to 9 p.m. or an adult party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Unlimited Glow Bowling
- Music videos
- Shoe rental
- Two-hour buffet set-up and snacks
Family party admission is $45 per person for adults and $35 per person for children 12 and younger. Admission to the adult party is $50 per person. Prices include tax and gratuity. In addition, a $75–per-lane deposit must be paid before arrival; deposits made after Dec. 15 are non-refundable. Reservations are required; call 724-503-1550. At least four people per lane must attend.
New Year’s Eve Celebration Blowout
Drawings every 15 minutes from 12:30 to 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1 will award one prize of $1,000 cash and five prizes of $100 in free slot play. Players earn entries with play from 6 a.m. Dec. 31 to 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1.
Players Club changing to MyChoice
In January, the Meadows Advantage players club will switch to the MyChoice players club used at all Pinnacle Entertainment properties. Pinnacle took over operation of Meadows in September 2016.
A player’s tier in the MyChoice program will be based on 2017 play at The Meadows. MyChoice has five levels:
- Owner’s Club
Pinnacle operates 15 casinos in other states, including Ameristar casinos in Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, and Mississippi; Boomtown casinos in Louisiana; and L’Auberge casinos in Louisiana. It also owns the Heartland Poker Tour.
Presque Isle Downs
8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
Santa’s Naughty or Nice Giveaway
From 4 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 15, 22, and 29, Presque Isle Downs will choose 10 winners every hour to receive up to $1,000 in free play and cash prizes. Players get one free entry each promotional day, with a bonus entry for every 20 tier points earned that day.
$10,000 Table Games Cash Giveaway
Sixteen winners will be chosen at random times between 6 and 10 p.m. Dec. 30 to win cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000. Players earn one entry for every hour of carded table-game play throughout the month.
Ring in 2018
Dinner and dancing are on the bill for New Year’s Eve, starting in the afternoon. A three-course land and sea menu at Brew Brothers is available at two seating times. The early-bird special, starting at 4:30 p.m., is $80 per person. The price goes to $95 per person for seating starting at 7:30 p.m.
Dinner price includes tickets to see The Man’s Room Band and a champagne toast at midnight with a live feed to the celebration at New York City’s Times Square. Seating is limited, with tickets available at Mutuels.
The Brew Brothers dance party will be from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., with The Man’s Room Band performing at 10 p.m. Standing-room-only tickets cost $20 and are available in person at the mutuels area or through www.ticketweb.com
Also on New Year’s Eve, the downstairs mutuels area will be transformed into a dance club from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., with free admission and music by DJ Butch Knight. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.
777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
New Year’s Eve Countdown to Cash
Sixty people will win shares of $100,000 in cash and slot free play in drawings starting at 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Entries are based on play from Jan. 1, 2017, to 12:59 a.m. Jan. 1, 2018. Every 25 points earned during that time gives Rivers Casino players one entry. Drawings will be at 7, 9, and 11 p.m. Dec. 31 and at 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Road to Luxury drawings
Rivers will give away two luxury vehicles this month: a 2018 Land Rover on Dec. 3 and a 2018 BMW on Dec. 30. Entries for each are based on play from July 1 to the drawing date, with one entry for every 25 points earned. Drawings will be at 1, 4, and 7 p.m. on each day, with one guaranteed winner of the vehicle and 29 winners of $250 in slot free play.
Overtime on the River Party
Rivers’ New Year’s Eve party will start at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 in the casino banquet area. Tickets cost $50 each and include a drink ticket, party favors, and $10 in free slot play or table game match play. Drinks include Wiggle Whiskey and Southern Tier Brewing Company, and VDJ Rambo will provide dance music.