Rising Star’s Christmas Casino Returns November 3

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves return to the Rising Star Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana this fall for a one-of-a-kind holiday season experience at the “Christmas Casino,” starting Friday, November 3, 2017 through Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

The Rising Star Resort will once again be transformed into a whimsical, winter wonderland, in the midst of popular table games and slots complete with holiday music, animatronic characters complimentary eggnog and even live reindeer nestled along the festively lite driveway.  The casino entrance features a hot air balloon with a Mark Roberts’ fairy tree on the casino grand staircase and an extraordinary 20-foot themed Christmas tree in the pavilion.

New this year is a Christmas Market Village that offers a wide variety of seasonal merchandise with items such as authentic European Heritage Gifts handcrafted candles, wooden nutcrackers, Black Forest heirloom cuckoo clocks, gingerbread houses and more. Also new is Kringle’s Confections, featuring freshly made doughnuts, hot chocolate and other seasonal offerings.

“We have had such an amazing response from our guests over the last two years for the Christmas Casino that it was an easy decision to bring it back this year,” said Dan Lee, CEO of Full House Resorts, Inc., owner of Rising Star Casino Resort. “Our lights, decorations and festive spirit will be brighter than ever to help our guests enjoy the holidays.”

The celebration begins with a visit to Santa’s Stables near the entrance to the resort, where Santa’s eight reindeer will stay to get ready for their round-the-world trip Christmas Eve. Santa will be on hand at Santa’s Special Corner to visit with everyone. Reservations to see Santa can be made at www.theChristmasCasino.com.

The celebration of the season features an imaginative 12 Days of Christmas theme, five distinctive animated scenes with hundreds of props and 50 customized figures. Beautifully decorated trees, sweeping garlands and lush adornments top off what is sure to be the most unique holiday experience anywhere in the Tri-State. This reminder, guests must be 21 years of age to enter the casino.

The resort’s dining areas also reflect the season, with the buffet, now named “Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen,” offering holiday favorites including turkey, ham and roast beef. Next door at the Yuletide Inn, diners have the option of being served family style featuring traditional seasonal specialties such as roasted goose with winter truffles and grilled asparagus or stuffed pork tenderloin with figs and chestnuts, as well as a dry aged NY strip steak with vanilla roasted parsnips among many other entrees.

Holiday entertainment includes:

The Kiefer Sutherland Band on Saturday, November 18

Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar Holiday show on Saturday, December 16

The Oak Ridge Boys on New Year’s Eve, December 31

Guests can make their trip to the Christmas Casino a seasonal getaway by reserving a room at the Rising Star hotels. Reservations can be made at www.risingstarcasino.com, or by calling 1-877-77-SANTA, extension #1. For more information on The Christmas Casino, visit www.thechristmascasino.com

Alex Reilly