Catalina Island Annual Event to Celebrate its Golden Anniversary

AVALON, CA – October  2023 – The Love Catalina Island Tourism Authority is excited to announce the 50th Anniversary New Year's Eve Gala. A limited number of online reservations are available for this milestone event set to take place on Sunday, December 31, 2023, at the world-famous Catalina Island Casino Ballroom.

Celebrating half a century of elegance, glamour and history, the black-tie affair promises an evening of gourmet dining, champagne and party favors. With a classic midnight balloon drop from the infamous Tiffany and Co. chandelier, guests will welcome the new year with a night of dancing and live entertainment from The Perfect Event's Christien Anthony Band and live DJ. To celebrate the 50-year milestone, the menu has been upgraded to include carving stations and a larger buffet selection.

The Tourism Authority has been hosting the event for five decades to sold-out crowds including repeat revelers, international visitors and those with New Year’s Eve in Catalina on their bucket lists. The 50th Anniversary Gala honors the Casino’s dining and dancing roots in the world’s largest circular ballroom, where for over 94 years guests have been dancing the night away to the sounds of big band music.

New Year’s Gala reservations are available starting at 7:00 p.m. Reservations to the 50th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala are $249 per person. Reservations can be made online, and the event will likely sell out soon.

For more information on the event or visiting the island any time, call the Catalina Island Visitor Center at (310) 510-1520 or visit the website.


About Love Catalina Island Tourism Authority: 

With 230 members, the non-profit organization Love Catalina Island Tourism Authority is the champion of the island’s business community. The organization fosters a successful economy by promoting the island as an attractive destination for travel with a focus on sustainability. For more information, please visit and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and X.

About Catalina Island:

A picture-perfect island paradise just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina is a beautiful, dynamic, eclectic destination with a rich history, wide open spaces, and fresh ocean breezes. Catalina offers 25 lodging properties and 300 vacation rentals, including bed and breakfast inns, seaside condominiums, charming bungalows and hotels. The Island boasts 33 palate-pleasing restaurants, lively seaside bars, and an abundance of on- and off-water activities and amenities. Also, home to eight marine sanctuaries and the Catalina Island Conservancy (with 48,000 acres of pristine protected wilderness), these island treasures offer endless year-round outdoor recreation possibilities. Catalina Island is the perfect getaway all visitors will love. For more information, please visit

Corie Fiebiger, 62ABOVE
408-781-1220 (cell)

Questions: email or call 310-510-1520
Please be advised that reservations must be made online. No phone reservations.