Santa Returns to the Christmas Casino at Rising Star Resort today

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves return to the Rising Star Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana this fall for the opening of a one-of-a-kind holiday season experience at the “Christmas Casino” starting today through Wednesday, January 2, 2019. 

The Rising Star Casino 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 and even live reindeer nestled along the festively lit driveway.  

There are several new holiday attractions added this year, including the Christmas Market Village, offering a wide variety of seasonal merchandise, an imaginative animated 12 Days of Christmas Tree that comes to life with the famous theme song in the Pavilion, hundreds of props including a North Pole Display complete with real frost and customized figures, along with an extraordinary Christmas tree in the pavilion with gleaming stars overhead. 

Also, Rising Star Casino Resort, in association with Ghostlight Theatricals, is presenting the season’s only live regional production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” in the Grand Theatre on Thursdays-Sundays from November 15 to December 28. The award-winning Broadway show is based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, which chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes for the holiday gift of his dreams, an official RedRyder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

The role of ‘The Old Man’ is played by John Vessels, a regular on regional stages including Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis and Derby Dinner Playhouse near Louisville. Another Indianapolis performer is Carrie Neal who plays ‘Mother.’ ‘Ralphie’ is played by Finn O'Hara of Youngstown, Ohio. The cast is filled out by Randa Meierhenry, Sarah Willis, Lauren Bass, Crystal Nichols, Hope Pauly, Wendell Hester, Todd Tucker, Jake Smith, Gray Lynn and Gerard Pauwels. The show is directed by Darrin Murrell with music direction by Cincinnati-based Griff Bludworth and choreography by Cincinnati-based Heather Hale. Costumes are by Natalie Cagle with scenic design by Shane Cinal.

Guests can relive this holiday classic tale while enjoying a holiday buffet dinner, which includes seasonal buffet entrees, salads, desserts and sides. Visit for details.

“We have had such an amazing response from our guests over the last three 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 for our guests to 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 getting ready for their round-the-world trip on Christmas Eve. Santa will be on hand at Santa’s Special Corner to visit with everyone. Reservations to see Santa can be made at

To complement the enhanced Christmas Casino, Rising Star is also offering the “POLAR PAYDAY” promotion on Saturdays in December and January with $135,000 in cash and prizes. The top prize is the adventure of a lifetime, an award winning trip for two to the North Pole, with the winner to be drawn on Saturday evening February 2, 2019. 

Polar Explorers has been engaged to provide the trip to the North Pole, which begins with arrival in the arctic village of Longyearbyen, Norway. Next it’s on to the floating ice station of Barneo located roughly 20-60 miles from the North Pole for an overnight stay. From Barneo, the next day begins with the final leg to the top of the world by helicopter, culminating with celebration upon arriving at North Pole. For more trip and promotion details visit

“The Christmas Casino at Rising Star Casino Resort has become a holiday tradition for so many of our guests,” said Ben Douglass, General Manager of the Casino. “Each year, we look for ideas to enhance the experience and this year it’s the animated 12 Days of Christmas Tree that brings to life each of the series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the 12 Days of Christmas in conjunction with the classic Christmas Carol. Also,we are giving away a trip to the North Pole for two which will create excitement during the holiday season.”

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. 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. 

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, or by calling 1-877-77-SANTA, extension #1. For more information on The Christmas Casino, visit

About The Christmas Casino

The Christmas Casino is a seasonal transformation of the Rising Star Casino Resort,which is owned by Full House Resorts. It features approximately 900 of the most popular slot machines plus a variety of table games, all in a highly decorated seasonal setting, with holiday music and free eggnog. Additional guest amenities include 294 hotel rooms, complete with an indoor pool and fitness center, and several restaurants, including Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen Buffet and the Yuletide Inn, which isa fine dining restaurantfeaturing holiday favorites served family-style. While principally designed for adult merriment in the casino, the Christmas Casino also offers lavish Christmas décor throughout the property as well as eight live reindeer which can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. Children are also welcome in the resort’s hotels and restaurants, but visitors to the casino must be at least 21 years of age.  

The Christmas Casino is located at 777 Rising Star Drive, Rising Sun, Indiana 47040. For more information, call the reservation elves at (877)-77-SANTA, Extension #1 or visit