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Rockin’ in a new year: From Copcabana to ‘Wanderlust,’ NM casinos have options

New Mexico casinos are giving you a number of options to ring in 2018.


777 SALOON NYE: Two-step or rock your way into the new year during “Denim & Diamonds” at the 777 Saloon inside Isleta Resort & Casino. Isleta is starting the party with DJ Remainz at 7 p.m. Sunday The fun continues at 9 p.m. with The Daniel Solis Band. There will be drink specials and a champagne toast at midnight. In the middle of the gaming floor, Isleta’s Center Bar is offering drink specials from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., including $6 Basil Hayden, $5 Titos handmade vodka, and $5 Crown Vanilla. Information, call 724-3800 or visit

CLUB COPACABANA: Take the party into 2018 in a Las Vegas tropical paradise setting with a DJ, dancing, party favors, and a midnight balloon drop in the Grand Ballroom at Sandia Resort & Casino. Cash bars will be available. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at the Sandia box office. Information, call 796-7500 or visit

GLOW NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: Dance into 2018 with DJ Shurbeat spinning the hottest tracks and your favorite music of 2017 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday at Envy Nightlife inside Route 66 Casino Hotel. Albuquerque-based radio station 93.3 KOB-FM will also be a part of the fun with prize giveaways. $10 cover at the door. Reservations and VIP packages, call 505-506-8772. Information, visit

NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH: Put on your dancing shoes and get down to live music by Blu Sol beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday at the First Turn Lounge inside The Downs Racetrack & Casino. Cheers with a free champagne toast at the stroke of midnight with a free champagne toast. There is no cover charge for the event. Information, call 767-7171 or visit The Crown Room at The Downs will be offering a special New Year’s Eve menu beginning at 5 p.m. Course offerings include a cucumber salad, a center-cut New York steak and New York cheesecake. Reservations, call 767-7180 or visit


DECADES OF FUN NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH: Wear the clothes that defined your favorite decade, whether it’s the ’90s, ’80s,’70s, or ’60s. Paperback Writer will play ’60s favorites, Disco Inferno will perform music from the ’70s, Spazmatics will cover hits of the ’80s, and The Blockbusters will do the best of the ’90s. It also will feature dinner options, including smoked salmon and oysters, shrimp and red crab claws, a prime rib carving station, sides, soups and desserts. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino. Tickets are $150 a person. Information, visit


SANTA ANA STAR CASINO’S NEW YEAR’S EVE: Live music begins at 9 p.m. Sunday inside Lounge 54 at Santa Ana Star Casino, with David & Co. Cantina Rio will host the Texas-based Billy Townes Group, which will perform its soulful jazz beginning at 10 p.m. Information, call 867-0000 or visit

“WANDERLUST: THE ULTIMATE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY”: Grand global décor and classic locomotive accents will fill The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino. The Stage will be transformed into a first-class realm of Orient Express grandeur. Featuring DJ Derrick Anthony of Las Vegas, Nev., souvenir party favors, and a midnight countdown. Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person, $60 per couple, $100 VIP with access to the Sky Level VIP lounge and VIP bar serving specialty cocktails from 9 to 11 p.m., hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast. Information, call 771-5680 or visit


NEW YEAR’S EVE AT BUFFALO THUNDER: Boogie your way into 2018 with a night of extraordinary music, including Motown, R&B, classic rock, oldies, Latin, salsa, reggae, swing, country, ’80s and ’90s, and Top 40 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday in the Tewa Grand Ballroom at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple at Shadeh nightclub and Turquoise Trail also will be hosting parties. Shadeh will feature DJ Dany starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $20 at the door. Hartless will perform at Turquoise Trail beginning at 9 p.m. There is no cover. Information, call 877-848-6337 or visit