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Catalina Island New Year's Eve at the Avalon Ballroom December 31

 Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce 310-510-1520


Catalina--Are you looking for a special treat to ring in the New Year?  A truly unique, elegant evening awaits those wishing to make a journey not only forward but also back in time at Catalina Island's Avalon Casino Ballroom. Shown above are images of the ballroom at night, the New Year's Eve party, a tour of the ballroom space, an historic outfit once worn by female workers in the ballroom, and the ornate ceiling lights.

Celebrate New Year's Eve on Catalina Island in the world-famous Casino Ballroom. The Yachtsmen, a 17-piece "big band" will take guests back to the heyday of big bands, performing music from the 30s, 40, 50s & 60s. The Gala includes a buffet dinner, dancing, champagne split, one bottle of wine in a specially engraved bottle (#11 in a series), and party favors. A photographer will be onsite. A trio from the band will play during the dinner hour, and the full band will perform from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am. Coat & Tie are required; Black Tie is optional.

Reservations for this year's Gala are $175.00 per person.

Dinner reservations will be accepted for 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, or 8:30 pm. Guests will be admitted into the Ballroom no more than 15 minutes before their reservation time. Guests arriving early may wait in the Marine Bar on the Mezzanine, where seating and beverages will be available. The buffet dinner will be available until approximately 9:15 pm.

Regardless of the time of the reservation, tables are reserved for the entire evening. Parties of from 3 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 2 will be seated with one or more other parties of two. A limited number of private tables for 2 are available on a first come, first served basis, at an additional charge of $50 per couple.

When requesting reservations, please indicate your 1st and 2nd choices for both dinner time and seating location (see seating chart). Your requests will be honored as long as seating for your requested time and/or location is available. Just as with restaurants, theater and sporting events, reservations must include everyone who is to be seated with you. Reservations will be accepted under one name, for the total number of guests in the party. Should there be a change in the size of your party, please contact the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce to see if the change can be accommodated. The closer to New Year's Eve, the more difficult (or impossible) it will be to accommodate change.

Reservations may be made online, in person at the Chamber office in Avalon, by mail or by phone. Mail and phone requests may be made to the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 217, Avalon, CA 90704; 310-510-1520. All reservation requests must be accompanied with full payment, and reservations will be confirmed by letter. Payment may be made by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, or American Express.

Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be issued on cancelled reservations so long as the event is not sold out and no one has been turned away. Once the event sells out, refunds will only be made if the reservation is resold to another party or parties. No refunds will be made after December 13, 2009 unless the reservation is resold to another party or parties, regardless of whether the event is sold out or not.

Buffet Dinner Menu 2009:
Green Goddess Salad with torn Romaine Hearts, Belgium Endive, Kalmata Olives, Tear Drop Tomatoes and Artichoke Hearts, tossed in a creamy Tarragon Dressing;
Baby Bib Lettuce, Hearts of Palm, Sun-dried Cherries, Crispy Jicama, Fresh Mango and Key Lime Vinaigrette;
Creamy Posto Orzo with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Garlic and Herb Cheese;
Smashed Yams with Vermont Maple Syrup, Nutmeg Brown Sugar Better and Ginger Snap Crust;
Haricots-verts and Pan Roasted Shallots in a Merlot Better Sauce;
Caramelized Savory Winter Root Vegetables - Turnips, Parsnips, Carrots, Beets, Rutabaga and Chipolini Onions;
Horseradish Encrusted Filet Mignon finished with Savory Roasted Leek Cream Sauce;
Pan Roasted Hoisin Glazed Filet of Wild Salmon with Red Curry Coconut Broth;
Assorted Dinner Rolls and Butter;
Chef's selection of Desserts


A special place offers guests a trip back in time, and a journey into the New Year, all in one. Are you hoping to rekindle the romance, getaway to relax, or maybe even propose to someone you love? There's one Southern California event that celebrates the New Year in a big way each December 31.  For 35 years men have put on their finest suits, and ladies have dressed in the prettiest outfits to dance, dine and enjoy the positive vibes that fill the unique domed Casino ballroom in Avalon.


Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce (310) 510-1520, or visit






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