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Your Perfect Trip to A.C. This Holiday Season: Where to Eat, Stay and Play

dinner at Angeline in Atlantic City

Looking forward to a winter getaway makes all the difference when Philly’s forecast appears pretty bleak. Good thing Atlantic City’s signature nightlife, upscale restaurant scene and star-studded shows go on no matter the weather. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is ringing in the holidays this year with a full slate of festive events — plus plenty of seasonal cocktails to sip and gourmet bites to try. Get the lowdown on planning the perfect December visit below and see why the Shore isn’t just for summer.

Where to Stay

Even if you can only sneak away for just one night, Borgata’s new Stay and Dine package makes it worth your while. Take advantage of weekday rates starting at $149 and receive a $100 dining credit now through December 19. Unwind at one of the casino’s spas or indoor pools, break a sweat at the high-tech fitness center or browse designer wares inside the boutique shops on site.

Where to Eat

Cold-weather cravings, meet the red sauce classics at Angeline by Michael Symon. Put that restaurant credit to good use at one of Borgata’s acclaimed fine-dining options. The Sicilian-inspired menu from the James Beard award winner includes all of your favorite Italian dishes, from handmade fettuccine to braised short ribs. For a true family-style meal, go with the Sunday Supper: cavatelli, sausage and peppers, meatballs and rapini for the whole table, plus all the fixings. Don’t miss the chance to order from an inspired list of signature cocktails, either. Gronicello Negroni, anyone?

Where to Play

Besides trying your luck at the casino’s slots, table games, poker room and sportsbook, upgrade your trip with tickets to a live show. Four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Terry Bradshaw brings his act to The Music Box on Friday, December 6. On the following Saturday afternoon, actor and drag superstar Shangela will perform at Pride Bingo — a fabulous event supporting Garden State Equality with chances to win real Borgata prizes, like spa treatments and a $1,000 gift card. Housewives fans won’t want to miss Luann De Lesseps’s Holiday Countess Cabaret that same night. Standup comic Brendan Schaub of the hit podcast “The Fighter and the Kids” will also perform at the casino on December 14.

There’s also plenty of seasonal spirit on the schedule. The Borgata Holiday Show combines the Christmas hits of Sinatra, Streisand, Elvis and Marilyn with live performances from a professional swing band and dancers. Experience a little festive magic for yourself at shows on December 13, 14 and 15. Just after Christmas, things start heating up at the Borgata Holiday Burlesque Show. A rhinestone-studded cast of dancers, comedians and performers will run through this fast-paced, festive revue from December 26 through January 1. And while there’s no place like home for the holidays, Atlantic City might just be the winter trip you need.

Ready to book your A.C. getaway? Make a reservation at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa today and enjoy rates from $89, Sunday through Thursday.