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 DJ Avelon, DJ Blondie and DJ Doc Roc will rock Coast nightclub in Beau Rivage on New Year's Eve.
COURTESY/BEAU RIVAGE DJ Avelon, DJ Blondie and DJ Doc Roc will rock Coast nightclub in Beau Rivage on New Year's Eve.

Merry Christmas!

Now that we've got that out of the way, it's time to start making New Year's Eve plans for Thursday night.

Coast casinos are offering a variety of entertainment and some of the biggest parties around.

Of course, there will be complimentary champagne toasts and party favors at midnight.

Here's a look at what else the casinos will offer as the Coast gives one last hurrah to 2015 and rings in a brand-new year -- 2016.

In Bay Saint Louis, Hollywood Casino:will have football action followed by live music by Stormy until 1:30 a.m.

Silver Slipper Casino:will have live entertainment with Becky Eymard from 6 to 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.with the Jerry Lee Lewis tribute band B.B. Secrist and His Rockin' 88s. Admission is free.

At Beau Rivage, Coast Nightclub: will have DJ Avelon, DJ Blondie and DJ Doc Roc keeping the party lively from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. On the gaming floor, a $50,000 slot tournament will offer a top prize of $10,000 in Freeplay, beginning at noon. The Molly Ringwalds will be at the Beau Rivage Theatre at 11 p.m. Tickets start at $19.95. Among the dining options, BR Prime will have a preset menu for $150 per person and Stalla will have a special brunch menu on New Year's Day.

At Boomtown in Biloxi,:slot fanatics can vie for their share of $20,000 in SlotPlay at 8 p.m. with five $200 winners every 15 minutes and five $1,000 winners at 11:45. Jake Gill will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For added fun, a photo booth will be available.

The Golden Nugget:will celebrate in the Grand Ballroom with music by Groovy7. Admission is $50.

Hard Rock's:party will start at 9 p.m. in Hard Rock Live with DJ Hyphee and Mixed Nuts spinning music until 3 a.m. Admission of $50 includes entry to Boogie Nights. VIP tickets are $150 and include front-of-the-line access and unlimited free drinks. VIP wrist bands will be distributed from the box office starting at 5 p.m. Also, Perkins Road will be playing at Center Bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

At Harrah's Gulf Coast,:get the evening started early in the Magnolia House Bar with music by Coast crooner Jesse Hill. A special three-course meal for $75 will include entrée options of filet of beef, pan-seared snapper or bacon-wrapped pork loin, plus dessert. Seating times are 6, 8 and 10 p.m. For late-night fun, it's on to the Casino Stage Bar for a balloon drop and music by Reno Perez from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For a blast from the past, IP Casino has Arrival from Sweden, The Music of ABBA in Studio A. The music will begin at 10 and carry beyond midnight. Tickets are $15.

At the IP's Chill Ultra Lounge, the party starts at 2 p.m. with football on the big screens and an optional $10 all-you-can-eat football buffet. Chill keeps it going with a New Year's celebration at 9 and music by Whiskey Kiss at 10. Admission is $40, which includes two drinks and party favors. Booths for eight are $500.

At the Palace, 40 people will be awarded $500 each in power play from 8 to 11:30 p.m. New Year's Eve and 10 slot players will each win $2,016 in cash at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

The Palace has lots of dining options. Mignon's will offer a three-course gourmet dinner for $85 per person. The New Year's buffet will be $27, open from 4 to 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Jan. 1. Also, football fans can catch bowl-game action in the CONTACT Lounge & Sport Bar. Following the gridiron action will be music by the Brandon Green Band.

The Coast's newest casino, The Scarlet Pearl, will have things jumping late night in D'Iberville. Papa C & Slammin' Horns will be in The Strand Entertainment Center from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $40 at the door. Also, Karmilla Ali will play the PRL Bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and the buffet will feature seafood and prime.

At Island View in Gulfport, the farewell to 2015 includes live music by STARZ at 11:45 p.m. in the View Showroom.

Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel's New Year's specials include "Winner Wonderland" with $250 in instant credit awarded every 20 minutes between 1 p.m. and 2 a.m.; one person will win $2,016, and champagne and party favors will be offered.

For more information on all the Coast Casinos' amenities and entertainment offerings, see pages 11-14.

Below is a look at bands and entertainment that will be featured at area nightclubs on New Year's Eve.


DJ AD: 10 p.m., Zepplin's Pizzeria & Bar, 709 Howard Ave., Biloxi. 435-5822.

Al Murphy: 6:30 p.m., Darwell's Cafe, 127 E. First St., Long Beach. 868-8946.

Anderson Domingues: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Mosaic Tapas Bar, 1310 27th Ave., Gulfport. 265-8013.

Live jazz: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Almanett, 1514 18th Ave., Gulfport. 865-9901.

Scott MacDonald and Friends: 9 p.m., Blaize Avenue Bar, 124 Blaize Ave., Bay St. Louis. 467-4072.

David Jones: 9 p.m. Thursdays, Sipps, 2218 25th Ave., Gulfport. 206-7717.

DJ Tiffany K: 9 p.m., Boots and Spurs, 1099 Government St., Ocean Springs. 215-0137.