What do you do when it’s almost 2024 and you are at an Atlantic City casino?
Put on your party hat, of course.
There is plenty to do on New Year’s Eve at Atlantic City casino lounges, theaters, restaurants and, of course, the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
A few tastes of what to do in Atlantic City on New Year’s Eve
For anyone who plans to make it an Atlantic City overnight stay, New Year’s Day means the 2024 Atlantic City Polar Bear Plunge on the beach in front of the Landshark Bar & Grill.
The 32nd annual event is a fundraiser for the Cancer Support Community New Jersey at Gilda’s Club. Cost is $25 per person to take the plunge in the 30- to 40-degree water off Atlantic City.
On top of that, Tropicana Atlantic City sponsors an annual fireworks display to ring in the new year.
The fireworks are shot off 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 from the AC beach in front of Tropicana, also the main sponsor of the July 4 Atlantic City fireworks display.
Trop’s Boogie Nights dance club hosts a New Year’s Eve dance party, champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. The Anthem Lounge inside The Quarter hosts a New Year’s Eve “Musical Masquerade” with a DJ, carnival dancers, party favors, noise makers, beads and a champagne toast at midnight. Ticket purchases must be made before Dec. 26.
Island Water Park, which Showboat owner Bart Blatstein opened during the summer, will host a New Year’s Celebration from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event package includes a DJ, a 2-hour open bar, a buffet and champagne toast at midnight with a complimentary breakfast.
Top 5 things to in Atlantic City to ring in the new year
So much to do and so little time as the clock ticks down to the final 24 hours of 2023 in Atlantic City.
Fortunately, we’ve narrowed down five things you want to do to ring in the new year, since you might not be able to get to every event.
Bally’s Atlantic City
The Yard on New Year’s Eve turns into one big party.
The venue at Bally’s Atlantic City offers a countdown to 2024 with an open bar and hor d’oeuvres from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. followed by a cash bar and live music.
The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Bash features a buffet, live entertainment, an open bar and a sparkling champagne toast at midnight.
The package includes a party jumper pass to the VUE time warp event. Special room package rates are available. Reservations required.
Tropicana Atlantic City
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at The Quarter boasts a five-course New Year’s Eve meal with three settings.
The event includes dinner, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Drink packages remain available at the bar with set rate pricing.
Over at Ocean Casino Resort, Nola’s Bar & Lounge plans live music from New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day with a bar and complimentary glass of champagne for a midnight toast.
The 25-foot bar sits just steps from the casino floor.
Harrah’s Atlantic City
The Pool at Harrah’s Atlantic City hosts electronic music producer and DJ Marshmello on New Year’s Eve.
The event includes a three-hour open bar and, of course, a champagne toast at midnight. The party continues until 3 a.m.
Remember: Have fun, but don’t drink and drive
The Hero Campaign in Atlantic County reminds visitors not to drink and drive. The campaign advocates that people have a designated HERO, otherwise known as a designated driver, who won’t drink alcohol during the holiday evening.
The area saw the first all-electric, HERO-wrapped patrol vehicle unveiled in September in front of Tropicana Atlantic City. The Atlantic City Police Department has partnered with the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers.
Bill and Muriel Elliott created the HERO campaign in memory of their son, Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township, who died after his car was hit by a drunk driver in July 2000.
The fatal New Jersey crash happened just two months after Elliott graduated from the United States Naval Academy, where he was named the “Outstanding HERO” of his graduating class.