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NM casinos roll out the red carpet to celebrate


Area casinos are helping you ring in the new year with music, sparkling wine toasts and fun this New Year’s Eve. Here are some events for you to enjoy.


The Crown Room inside The Downs Racetrack & Casino, 145 Louisiana NE, is offering a five-course dinner from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Courses are seared scallop and pork belly, caprese salad, intermezzo, a trio surf and turf platter, and eggnog crumble muffin. Follow dinner with some dancing at the First Turn Lounge. Severo y Grupo Fuego and the Black Pearl Band will get you and keep you on the dance floor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is no cover. Search Albuquerque Downs Casino NYE Dance on for more information.

ISLETA RESORT & CASINO: Join Triple Sevens at Isleta Resort and Casino, 11000 Broadway SE, for a special night with Frank Ray from the TV show “Real Country” on the USA Network. The $25 cover will include a sparkling wine or beer toast and $8 Tequila Mockingbirds inspired by Ray’s No. 1 single. Information, visit

ROUTE 66 CASINO HOTEL: Dance into 2019 during the New Year’s Eve Farewell Blast at Envy Nightlife inside Route 66 Casino Hotel, 14500 W. Central. DJ Shurbeat will be spinning the hottest music including Top 40, electronic dance music, rhythm and blues, and hip hop. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $10. VIP packages are available. Call 352-7866 ext. 2504 for reservations. For information, visit

SANDIA RESORT & CASINO: There are three ways to ring in the new year at Sandia Resort & Casino, 30 Rainbow NE. Head to the ballroom for “Fire and Spice” with DJ Cut and Club Caliente featuring Micky Cruz from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Advance tickets are $40 per person or $45 day of event. Groove City take the stage at the newly renovated Tlur Pa Lounge. Cover is $25. Take the elevator upstairs to Bien Shur Lounge for entertainment by the DCN Project from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. There is no cover for this event feauturing a midnight balloon drop. For tickets and information, visit

SANTA ANA STAR CASINO HOTEL : Experience the glitz and glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood as The Stage inside Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, 54 Jemez Canyon Dam Road on Santa Ana Pueblo, transforms into “A Red Carpet Affair: The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party.” New Mexico’s DJ Automatic will provide the hottest tracks of today’s hip hop and electronic dance music sounds. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets and information, visit A special New Year’s Eve performance by Felix y Los Gatos begins at 9 p.m. inside Lounge 54. The performance will go through the midnight countdown and end at 1 a.m. Information, visit

BUFFALO THUNDER RESORT & CASINO: Celebrate the new year with a night of great music in the Tewa Grand Ballroom at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe. Enjoy Motown, rhythm and blues, classic rock, oldies, Latin, salsa, reggae, country and more for $30 per person or $50 per couple. VDJ Danny and DJ Poetics will get the party going at Shadeh Nightclub starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $15. Simpatico will entertain at Turquoise Trail at 9 p.m. There is no cover. Information, visit

TESUQUE CASINO: Spend New Year’s Eve at one of the newest casinos in Northern New Mexico. The Cottonwood Kitchen inside Tesuque Casino, U.S. Highway 84/285 Santa Fe, will feature entertainment by Matthew Andrae from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Daniel Murphy Band from 9:30 to 12:30 a.m. A late night bar menu will be available until 1:30 a.m. Information, visit

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