Catalina Connection

Ring in 2016 on Catalina Island

AVALON — Visitors are invited to ring in the New Year at the 43rd annual New Year’s Eve Gala on Dec. 31 at the Avalon Casino Ballroom.

The gala includes a gourmet buffet dinner, a champagne split, party favors and dancing. Guests can dance all night to live Big Band music provided by The Xceptional Music Company Band from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Hits from the 1960s to today will also be played throughout the night and into the early morning. 

Dinner reservations can be made for the following seating times: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. The buffet will be available until 9:15 p.m.

Regardless of the time of the reservation, tables are reserved for the entire evening. Parties of three to 10 will be seated at individual tables. Parties of 11 or more will be seated at two or more tables next to each other. In order to keep the dance floor as large as possible parties of two will be seated with one or more other parties of two. A limited number of private tables for two are available on a first come, first served basis, at an additional charge of $50 per couple.

Coat and tie are required; black tie is optional. 

Reservations for this year’s gala are $180 per person. Packages include tickets to the gala and overnight accommodations are also available. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets, call 310-510-1520. 

For those heading to Two Harbors, the Harbor Reef Restaurant will hold its annual New Year’s Eve event complete with dinner, music and dancing on the patio. A champagne toast will take place at midnight. Call 310-510-4215 for more information.

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