There is no way around it; this time of year is just depressing. The good cheer and magical glow of the holiday season is behind us and, unfortunately, all that replaces it is several months of stunningly frigid temperatures, snow-related plan cancellations and skies that get dark at the entirely unacceptable time of 4:30 p.m. Why anyone picked January to be the kick-off month to each year is a real head-scratcher indeed.

Clearly we need something to look forward to.

Luckily, Atlantic City continues to give us much to be excited about in 2019. Everything from A-list comics and musical acts to exciting new bars, restaurants and nightlife options are rolling towards America’s Playground in the New Year. So lose the frown, because here are 10 things headed to Atlantic City this year that we can’t wait for.

1 Rasslin’ The WWE has something of a history in Atlantic City, with WrestleManias IV and V both taking place at the now shuttered Trump Plaza in the late ’80s. On Saturday, March 2, that history continues as the WWE heads back to the boardwalk for a night of pro wrestling at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City’s Etess Arena. This will be the second WWE event to be held at Hard Rock since the casino opened its doors in June. Hard Rock is located at 1000 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. For more info, go to HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com

2 A Diva. March is a big month at Hard Rock. In addition to the WWE stopping by, legendary pop diva Mariah Carey is scheduled to perform at the Etess Arena Saturday, March 30. Of course you may want to keep your fingers crossed on this one, because Carey has been known to cancel a show or two in A.C. on a whim. Hopefully this one will go through without a hitch. For tickets go to Ticketmaster.com. Hard Rock is located at 1000 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. For more info, go to HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com

3 A bit of rhythm. The Tennessee Avenue Project which in 2018 saw the opening of Hayday Coffee, MaDE Chocolate and Tennessee Ave. Beer Hall continues to expand into 2019. Coming sometime in late spring will be Rhythm and Spirits, a bar devoted to live music and craft cocktails. The project is a partnership between entrepreneur Mark Callazzo and Lee Sanchez of STW Hospitality. In addition to the indoor bar and entertainment area the space will also contain an outdoor area complete with a food truck and more. 2019 will also be the first year for Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall’s outdoor space which will feature grills, a bar and special events such as seafood bakes. Go to TennesseeAvenueBeerHall.com

4 A comic legend. Steven Wright is easily one of the most influential comedians of the last century. Rolling Stone ranked him No. 15 in their list of the 50 Greatest Stand Up Comics and it’s easy to see why as he has slayed audiences for decades with his deadpan delivery and army of one-liners. This year he heads to Harrah’s Resort Friday, Feb. 1. Harrahs is located at 777 Harrah’s Blvd in Atlantic City. Go to Caesars.com.

5 More land for Landshark. Resorts Casino Hotel’s year-round beach bar Landshark Bar & Grill has announced plans to expand its space. Outdoor seating is likely to become far more plentiful in the summer of 2019 as the bar expands its outdoor section with an all new 2300 square foot outdoor deck and large capacity bar. Plans still need final approval, but in all likelihood this project will come to fruition by summer. Resorts is located at 1133 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Go to ResortsAC.com.

6 A trip back in time. Is there anything better than reliving your youth? We think not, and it seems the folks at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa are in agreement, as they will bring in a night of nostalgia on Friday, July 5, the likes of which we have never seen before. So who’s on the star-studded bill? Try New Kids on The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. This mix of pop and hip-hop acts from decades past is sure to bring you back to your electric youth. Borgata is located at 1 Borgata Way in Atlantic City. Go to TheBorgata.com for more info.

7 More country. Though we are in the heart of the Northeast, country music continues to make its head scratching presence known in Atlantic City. On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2, Grammy winning country superstar Tim McGraw comes to Hard Rock’s Etess Arena for a double dose of beer swillin’ steer ropin’ good times. With a 25 No. 1 singles under his belt and over 75 million albums sold, McGraw is sure to be a big McDraw. For tickets go to Ticketmaster.com. Hard Rock is located at 1000 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. For more info, go to HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com

8 A new kind of hotel. Thanks to recent tax incentives offered to business owners, developers are continuing to make Atlantic City ground zero for new development. Asbury Park developer Pat Fasano has announced plans to erect a hotel that utilizes shipping containers as rooms for guests. The hotel would offer guests a minimalist experience while tapping into the tiny house trend. In addition to the hotel, plans for the area include an outdoor food court and a summerstage for live acts.

9 Ocean Resort goes live. Since its opening, Ocean Resort Casino has laid low when it comes to live concerts from big name acts, instead opting to offer a different variety of experiences to guests. But that is all about to change as they have officially thrown their proverbial hat into the ring of live entertainment. The resort has recently announced upcoming shows from Kenny Loggins, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Brooks & Dunn, The Monkees and The Isley Brothers. Ocean Resort is located at 500 Boardwalk. Go to The OceanAC.com.

10 Trop’s revamped restaurants. Tropicana Atlantic City has been hard at work improving several of their most popular restaurants. Both Il Verdi and Golden Dynasty have been given complete renovations along with entirely new menus and are ready to wow a whole new round of customers in 2019. Tropicana is located at 2831 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Go to Tropicana.net for more info.

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