Despite threatening winter snow and ice, New Year’s Eve at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel is always an exciting, fun experience, and this year’s was no different. The festivities started in The Gathering at noon, with our “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration. Sedona entertainers Tom & Shondra hosted the event, with musical support from Steve Sandner. Guests celebrated the coming of the “Noon Year” with a champagne toast. Johnny Cash tribute act “Cash’d Out” played a stellar set, doing the “Man in Black” proud.
The kids were not left out during the end-of-year festivities; starting at 7p, Shake, Rattle & Bowl hosted their Kids’ Drawing Raffle and Party, during which prizes such as a Mac Pro and a PS4 “Call of Duty” edition game system were given away.
Then the evening parties began. Mike Reeves Band at the Dragonfly. Grupo Latido at The Gathering. Each band played lively, entertaining sets, to good-sized (despite the weather), dancing crowds. The alcohol flowed, the music pumped and the slot machine bells rang. One of the delights for the Casino revelers was the trio of Samba-dancing showgirls, who would perform throughout the evening at various places in the casino. They took pictures with guests and really helped enliven the festivities, despite having to rent a Jeep at the last minute to drive through the snow to make their gig.
As midnight approached, champagne glasses were filled and, as the clock struck midnight, everyone toasted the end of 2018, exchanged hugs and kisses and welcomed 2019. Every 30 minutes during the evening there was a “wheel spin” where a Guest could win up to $1,900 cash. At 12:30, the total rose to $119,000 cash, and a Guest narrowly missed taking that jackpot home by one space on the wheel!
The bands played on until 2a, selfies were taken, and large and small jackpots were won. We hope 2019 is your best year ever!