Casinos aren’t all about gambling — especially around the holidays. Check out what Atlantic City’s casinos are doing this month to celebrate the season.

Give my regards — Resorts Casino Hotel presents a Broadway Holiday Show on select dates, along with Frankie Z’s Rocking Holiday Spectacular Saturday, Dec. 15.

Cool it — “Dean Martin” is throwing Dino’s Cool Christmas Party, Dec. 6 to 9, in Ovation Hall at Ocean Resort Casino. Tribute artists will perform Christmas songs, accompanied by a band and dancers.

Swing shift — Resorts will host “a festive evening of holiday merriment featuring music, comedy and magic,” Dec. 7, to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys For Tots program. “Swing Into Christmas” – a holiday show for all ages — is free to attend with the donation of a new unwrapped toy.

Many happy returns — On Dec. 8 and 9 My Big Gay Italian Christmas returns for additional performances at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City.

‘Sing out, Louise’ — Saturday, Dec. 8 on the Boardwalk outside Tropicana Atlantic City join the cast of Jingle: A Magical Holiday Spectacular for a special holiday sing-along, and other entertainment. Guests will enjoy complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn. Bring a new unwrapped gift for Tropicana’s toy drive to be entered for a chance to win a $250 Macy’s gift card. Later that evening at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Tony Orlando and Dawn present their holiday show.

Hip Hip Hooray — Caesars Atlantic City will present Under The Streetlamp’s Hip To The Holidays, Dec. 11.

Murder, They Wrote — The Riddlesbrood Touring Theater Company will present a murder mystery dinner, A Christmas Carol, Thursday, Dec. 13, at Chart House at Golden Nugget.

On their toes — The Atlantic City Ballet presents its annual production of The Nutcracker, Dec. 15 and 16, in the Circus Maximus at Caesars.

Magic tonight — Saturday, Dec. 15, Harrah’s Resort will present A Magical Cirque Christmas and Borgata will host 98 degrees.

Don we now our ugly apparel — Celebrate the season – and win free slot cash — by wearing your most cringe-worthy, shudder-inducing holiday sweater Saturday, Dec. 15, at Bar One in Resorts.

Pianoman — Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas begins takes place Sunday, Dec. 16, at Ovation Hall at Ocean Resort Casino. Brickman — a Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist – will perform carols, classics and original songs.

Something fishy — Monday, Dec. 24, Chart House at Golden Nugget will serve a Feast of Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian holiday dinner celebration.

Less is more — Borgata presents its annual Holiday Burlesque Show, Dec. 26 to 31.

Continuing. . .

Jingle: A Magical Holiday Spectacular continues at the Tropicana with performances on select dates through Dec. 21.

Tropicana’s Holiday Musical Light Show continues daily through Dec. 27.

Count the candy canes in the container at Resorts — one guess each day through 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30. At 6:15 p.m. the 10 players closest to the actual number without going over will win $500 in slot cash. Guess the exact number win and $1,000 in slot cash.

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Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen, a former professional journalist, is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations. Have a comment on this or a question specifically related to an Atlantic City casino, players club or other promotion? Email Darryl at and he’ll try to respond to you personally. Your question – without your name – may appear in a future column. Visit his website,, and follow him on Twitter @MrACCasino.

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