Let the Celebration Begin…

Hello NYE enthusiasts and Future Partygoers, now is the time to get ready for Catalina Island’s 50th New Year’s Eve Gala – an unforgettable night of glamour and celebration at the iconic Casino Ballroom. It’s not just any New Year’s Eve bash; it’s a milestone celebration, and you won’t want to miss it. Hard to believe it has only been 50 years, wow that went by fast, but trust me, this is the biggest event of the year, steeped in history, formal dress and great food.

Event Highlights

Date and Venue
Save the date for the grand celebration on Sunday, December 31, 2023, at the historic Casino Ballroom in Avalon. Steeped in the rich island history of the 1930s, the Avalon Casino was never used for gambling but was purposefully built to host big bands and dance events and a cinematic theater below. This iconic venue, with its architectural splendor, sets the stage for a unique New Year’s Eve experience. The anticipation is heightened by the event’s traditionally sold-out status, making it a must-attend affair, if you can get in. Join us as we bid farewell to 2023 and welcome 2024 in an atmosphere of unparalleled style and historical significance.

Dress Code and Atmosphere
Ladies and gents, it’s time to dust off those suits and evening gowns! We’re not just attending an event; we’re stepping back in time with a dress code that exudes style and sophistication. Some take this era to heart and dress in the 1930-1940s formal styles. Get ready to be a part of something truly extraordinary!

Menu Specifics
Let’s dive into this years feast that awaits you. According to the chef this years buffet will feature: Several main dishes as well as slow roasted tomato soup, roasted vegetable couscous salad, Waldorf salad, spinach artichoke salad, and a basket overflowing with Fresh Baked Breads – your taste buds will be happy and your belly will be full. It’s not just a meal; it’s a well thought out pairing of food and beverage!

The night comes alive with the irresistible beats of Christien Anthony Band and the groovy tunes spun by DJ Izzy. As you dance the night away, a professional photographer will be on hand to capture candid shots, so best to be on your best behavior (look out Instagram). Always a crowd favorite the classic midnight balloon drop, party favors, and a personal champagne split for everyone. It might not be NYC but the entertainment is nothing short of legendary!

The Day Before 
Catalina Sea Spa will be closed on the 31st (Sunday) so make the most of the day before by opting for some well-deserved relaxation with us. If you’re with a partner, consider booking a couples massage. We offer the island’s finest massages and spa services. Allow yourself to unwind and recharge. If Saturday (30th) turns out to be too busy for you circle back on Monday (the 1st) as we start 2024 with doors open and ready to treat you to the ultimate relaxation experience ensuring you’re recovery goes smoothy, if you know what I mean. As always don’t forget, you are actually on a vacay! Catalina Sea Spa

Some Helpful Tips

Doors Open
The Casino doors open at 6:45 pm, marking the beginning of the celebration. To streamline your experience, consider securing dinner reservations at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, or 8:30 pm. Planning ahead ensures a smooth start, allowing you to avoid delays and explore the venue before the main events. A little food for thought: opting for earlier seatings allows time for your meal to digest, making it ideal if you enjoy a long night of dancing.

Seating Details
Strategize your seating based on your group size and preferences. Planning in advance ensures a comfortable and enjoyable experience, whether you prefer a more intimate setting or being in the heart of the action. Careful seating decisions contribute to an overall smoother night, aligning with your vision for the evening.


Frequently Asked Questions


Gents, a coat and tie are a must, and ladies, it’s your time to shine in elegant cocktail wear or dazzling ball gowns. Worried about where to keep your coat? They have you covered with a convenient coat check throughout the night. It’s not just about looking good; it’s about making a statement!

Children and Special Diets

This event is designed for an adult audience, so regrettably, children are not permitted. To fully enjoy the festivities, attendees are encouraged to secure a babysitter in advance. Additionally, for those with special dietary requirements, coordination with the event company ahead of time ensures that individual needs are accommodated, making the celebration enjoyable for all participants.

Bringing Own Beverages

While outside beverages aren’t allowed – a fully stocked bar will be available for purchase. Coffee and tea are included with the buffet dinner, along with a split of champagne per person. Catalina Island’s got booze for days, so you’ll never run dry – it’s a vibe!

Hair and Makeup
For the ladies aiming for a touch of glamour on Catalina Island’s special night, getting hair and makeup professionally done can feel like a must. While Avalon has limited options in this department, strategic planning can secure you a spot at the Avalon Breeze Salon and Catalina Island Hair and Nails. With the island’s limited availability for these types of services, appointments tend to book up quickly. So, it’s crucial to plan ahead before hitting the island to ensure you capture that perfect look for the festivities. INSIDER TIP ALERT: If you cant secure an appt check out the Catalina FB pages and post what you are looking for. All towns have non-working hair and makeup artists. You never know who you might be able to bring out of retirement. 

Transportation and Entry

Getting to the Casino

Getting to the Casino is a breeze – just a quick 10-minute walk from the town center, and taxis are on standby if needed. If you choose to walk you won’t be alone, as many make this choice plus the scenic stroll along Avalon Bay is stunning and also sets the mood for the upcoming festivities. Your unforgettable night begins right now.

Tickets and Entry

Your reservation confirmation is your entry pass and are sent via email, so keep an eye on your inbox for your tickets. Your entire party must be present, so make sure everyone arrives at the same time so you can be seated at your table. Nothing worse than waiting around for Margaret that missed the memo on entry time. Am I right?


To stay in the loop about ticket availability for Catalina Island’s New Year’s Eve Gala, check Love Catalina’s official event page. Tickets go quickly, so it’s a good idea to secure yours early. If tickets are already sold out, no worries – Avalon offers a fantastic New Year’s Eve experience with so many other parties. Let’s face it, black tie affairs are not for everyone, so this is not where your NYE hopes and dreams end. Check out my other blog post titled “Should you come to Catalina Island for New Year’s Eve” for alternative ways to enjoy the island’s festivities. See you there and happy NY!