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Ring in the Holidays with Rising Star's "Christmas Casino"

Wish you could celebrate Christmas like you're in New York without the trip? Then head to Rising Star's Christmas Casino!

The resort's pavilion has been transformed into a whimsical "winter wonderland" complete with holiday music, animatronic characters, a larger-than-life tree, Holiday Christmas Market Village, and even live reindeer nestled along the festively lit driveway. And admission is free!

"The set-up was created and designed by the animatronic genius Lou Nasti, who puts on displays throughout New York City and the world," says Angi Truebner-Webb, Rising Star Casino's General Manager. "The design itself is embedded deep in nostalgia for Rising Star CEO Dan Lee's childhood memories. I mean, where else can you go in the Midwest and see eight live reindeer?"

Some of the highlights this year include: the Christmas Market Village, which offers a wide variety of seasonal merchandise, an imaginative animated 12 Days of Christmas Tree comes to life with the famous theme song in the Pavilion, hundreds of props including a North Pole Display complete with real frost, a mail drop spot for letters to Santa, along with a new 30 foot LED tree courtesy of Boone County Lighting Effects.

"The Christmas Casino at Rising Star Casino Resort has become a holiday tradition for so many of our guests," says Truebner-Webb. "Each year, we look for ideas to enhance the experience, and this year we've invited special guests 'The Forest Tenors', four animatronic reindeer named Danny, Angi, Jonathan, and Greg to greet everyone at the door. They have been practicing all year for this honor."

Several family-friendly Christmas Casino events are going on now through January 3, 2022. In fact, Santa has regular hours at Rising Star. He's live and in person, Friday-Sunday and every day from Dec. 20-24. Other family-friendly events at Rising Star Casino are planned for November 26, and 28 and December 4, 5, 12, and 19.

Rising Star Casino is also hosting 21+ events perfect for date nights or girls nights out, in addition to daily promotions. November 27 from 9pm to midnight, come out for No Fences, A Garth Brooks Tribute Band. The casino will have special drink offers and great music. Perfect for a night out before you officially kick off the holiday rush.

If you decide to turn your trip into a little seasonal staycation, you’ll find a full-service resort complete with hotels, several restaurants including the magnificent Wellington's (book early because reservations go fast), golf course, RV park, and an indoor swimming pool. Spend an afternoon checking out the quaint shops along downtown Rising Sun, or catch the ferry to Rabbit Hash for a great view and easy transportation across the river.

Hotel and restaurant reservations can be made through or by calling 1-800-472-6311. For more information on The Christmas Casino, visit here. And follow them on Facebook for up-to-date events and promotions.