The Christmas Casino & Inn in Cripple Creek is where it is Christmas all year round! If you love the festive season, here you can walk in a winter wonderland every day. Opening in 2018, the casino is decked out in seasonal decorations and your favorite Christmas tunes will be playing to get you in the holiday spirit. The casino is inside Bronco Billy’s Casino and is operated by Full House Resorts, along with Billy’s Casino. It is a slot-only casino home to over 150 different games. Additionally, there is a 12-room hotel attached complete with Christmas character to get you feeling festive.
- Address: 279 E. Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
- Opening Times: 24 hours, seven days per week
- Hotel: Yes
- Loyalty Program: Mile High loyalty program
- Gaming: 150 slots and video machines
- Restaurants and Bars: Rudy’s Diner
The games floor of the Christmas Casino & Inn is a real-life winter wonderland. The place is entirely decked out with festive decorations; think a 15 foot rotating Christmas tree, nine life-size Nutcrackers, a Christmas Ornament Bar, and an authentic German Christmas Pyramid. Even the ceiling is on theme with fiber optic lighting that looks like shooting stars. As if that was not enough, the casino plays holiday music every day of the year, and during the real holiday season, Santa’s reindeer’s visit!
Once you have absorbed your festive surroundings, grab yourself a place at one of the casino’s 150 slot machines. The Christmas Casino is a slot-only property, but you will find games new and old and for a variety of paylines. For table games head next door to Billy’s Casino, another subsection of the Bronco Billy’s complex. If you wish to play poker, instead try the Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino which is known for being Cripple Creek’s top poker destination.
Casino Loyalty Program
The Christmas Casino & Inn has a loyalty program which it shares with Bronco Billy’s Casino and Billy’s Casino called Mile High Rewards. It is free to sign up and once a member you receive offers in the casino, hotel, and restaurants by earning tier points:
- Slots: $1 is equal to 1 tier point
- Video Poker: $5 is equal to 1 tier point
- Table Games: Points earned is dependent on type and number of wagers
Points are then exchanged for free play in the casino, free or discounted food and drink, reduced hotel stays, and more! You can also sign up for mail offers and will receive point multipliers, giveaways, invitations to exclusive events, and special tournaments. The offers available are based on play; the more you spend in the casinos the better your perks. The program has five tiers. These are the points needed over six months for each different level:
- Base Camp: 0 – 10,000 points
- Summit: 10,000 – 75,000 points
- Pinnacle: 75,000 -175,000 points
- Peak: 175,000+ points
- E.I.P: 175,000+ points quarterly
For more information on what benefits are on offer at each level, take a look here. As the rewards program is split across all three Full House Resorts casinos, you can earn and spend points in the Christmas Casino, Bronco Billy’s Casino, and Billy’s Casino.
Sports betting is legal in Colorado as of 1st May 2020. Gradually, casinos have been granted sports betting licenses to allow them to offer onsite sportsbooks. Full House Resorts had its master licenses approved, but there has been no onsite sportsbook rolled out at the Christmas Casino. Bronco However, Bronco Billy’s Casino is now taking sports bets at its retail casino, so head next door to place wagers on football, baseball, soccer, and more!
Online sports gambling is also legal, and Full House Resorts have formed a partnership with several internet sportsbook providers. Their first partnership was with Smarkets and, shortly afterward, they also secured a deal with Churchill Downs Incorporated who will be launching their BetAmerica app in Colorado. Their third and final collaboration was with Wynn Resorts. Both BetAmerica and Wynn Sports have yet to go live with their Colorado sportsbooks, but we will no doubt see these emerging shortly and joining other sportsbook mobile apps such as FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetMGM.
On the other hand, Smarkets launched their SBK app in Colorado on 4th June 2020. The app is downloadable to Android and iOS devices, so start placing sports wagers from anywhere in state today!
There is a small 12-room hotel attached to the Christmas Casino & Inn which is also holiday-themed. Ten of the rooms are for Santa’s Reindeer, and there are two suite rooms belonging to Mr. & Mrs. Claus:
- Santa’s Reindeer Rooms: Christmas décor double rooms
- Mr & Mrs Claus Suites: Christmas décor spacious double rooms complete with in-room jacuzzi
The Christmas Casino & Inn is the perfect destination for a unique holiday getaway. For a less festive stay, there is also a 24-room hotel at Bronco Billy’s Casino. Additionally, a current $70 million expansion in the works to bring a new six-story hotel to the trio of casinos with 200 new rooms later this year
Dining and Bars
Rudy’s Diner is the only restaurant located in the Christmas Casino & Inn and serves made-to-order burgers and hotdogs. The menu and décor are, again, appropriately themed towards the holiday season. Most food items have festive names, with their most popular item being the Blitzen Bacon Burger. On top of the main dishes, they serve a range of milkshakes in Christmas flavors: pumpkin pie, eggnog, and Christmas cake! The restaurant opens at noon every day of the week.
There are four other restaurants located in the Bronco Billy’s Casino complex so can easily be accessed when visiting the Christmas Casino & Inn:
- The Home Café: Open 6am – 12am Monday to Friday and 24 hours Saturday and Sunday serving breakfasts, sandwiches, and burgers.
- Baja Billy’s Cantina: Mexican restaurant open from 12pm from Thursday to Sunday.
- The Steakhouse: Known as one of the favorite steakhouses in Colorado having won Gold in the Best of Teller 2019, The Steakhouse is a fine dining restaurant serving ribeye, prime rib, and lobster tails. Opening times are from 4pm Thursday to Sunday.
- The Crippled Cow: A casual pizzeria offering a variety of wood-fired pizzas from 10am – 8pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and from 9am – 10pm Friday & Saturday.
In Colorado, state laws mean it is illegal to play any internet casino games for real money. The Christmas Casino & Inn, therefore, does not offer any online slots to play. To make the most of their games and festive charm, you will have to visit the casino in person.
On the other hand, sports gambling is now legal in Colorado and several mobile sportsbook apps have gone live in the state. Full House has partnered with three online sports betting operators: Smarkets, BetAmerica, and Wynn. Smarkets has already released its Colorado sportsbook mobile app called SBK. You can download the app today and start making real money on sports from your mobile phone. While BetAmerica and Wynn Sports are not currently live, we should see them hit the market soon and join the other legitimate online sportsbooks that the Centennial State has on offer.