26 November 2019

Entertainment & Venue Listings

December 2019

December Events and Specials

The Ice Rink at MGM Plaza
The Plaza has transformed into The Ice Rink at MGM Plaza, where guests of all ages can enjoy the outdoors with a traditional ice skating rink and pop-up entertainment for the entire family.

Dates: Monday, November 25 – Monday, January 27

Hours of operation:

  • Monday – Thursday, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Noon – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Noon – 9 p.m.

*Hours subject to change, holiday hours may vary

For rates and more information, visit mgmspringfield.com.  

Lewis Black: The Joke’s on US Tour
For one night only, the ARIA Ballroom at MGM Springfield will host The Joke’s on US Tour featuring critically acclaimed “king of the rant” Lewis Black and his trademark style of hot-tempered stand-up comedy.

Date: Saturday, December 7
Location: ARIA Ballroom

Time: 8 p.m.

Price: Starting at $25
For more information, visit mgmspringfield.com

ROAR! Comedy Series
The historic Armory at MGM Springfield is the place to go for laughs with the Roar! Comedy Series. Developed by John Tobin Presents, the series features an exciting mix of popular comedians as well as rising industry stars.

Comedians scheduled to perform in December include:

  • Ryan Niemiller: Thursday – Saturday, December 5 – 7
  • Jade Catta-Preta: Friday – Saturday, December 13 – 14
  • Matt Braunger: Thursday – Saturday, December 19 – 21
  • Jared Freid: Thursday – Saturday, December 26 – 28
  • Jamie Kennedy: Sunday – Tuesday, December 29 – 31

For more information and tickets, visit mgmspringfield.com/roar.


Cal Mare
Award-winning chefs Adam Sobel and Michael Mina have partnered to bring their culinary vision to Massachusetts. Pairing fresh New England seafood with flavors of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Cal Mare’s menu focuses on premium ingredients and simple preparations, ranging from rustic handmade pastas and brick-oven pizzas to whole grilled fish and more. Now serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday guests can indulge in sweet and savory offerings such as Ricotta Pancakes, Cured Salmon Flatbread and Cavatelli. Guests also are invited to grab a slice of Chef Sobel’s signature pies from the pizza counter for lunch or dinner. To make a restaurant reservation, visit OpenTable or call 413-273-5430.

Hours of operation:

  • Restaurant: Sunday – Monday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
                       Thursday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
                       Friday & Saturday, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.  
  • Brunch: Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Pizza Counter: Sunday – Monday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
                             Thursday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
                             Friday & Saturday, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. 

The Chandler Steakhouse
The Chandler Steakhouse invites guests to savor the finest steak and seafood. Guests can watch their food prepared on an open mesquite charcoal broiler through a glass-walled kitchen serving signature dishes such as northwest salmon, whole steamed lobster or a tomahawk ribeye. Before or after a meal, visitors are invited to grab a cocktail in The Chandler’s chic bar and lounge, where a curated mixology program entices revelers with creative libations. To make a restaurant reservation, visit OpenTable or call 413-273-5420.

Hours of operation:

  • Tuesday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.


South End Market
Adding a gourmet twist to the classic food hall, the bustling South End Market features a variety of quick-casual dining spots that deliver big on quality and convenience.

South End Market includes:

  • Wicked Noodles

Wicked Noodles delivers delicious and traditional Thai cuisine, including items such as Pad Thai served with steamed bean sprouts, toasted peanuts, bok choy and more. Guests also can enjoy Steamed Pork Buns, Vegetable Lo Mein and Dan Dan Noodles to satisfy palates.

Hours of operation:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – Midnight
  • Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.


  • Jack’s Lobster Shack

Bringing the authentic flavors of the Atlantic, Jack’s Lobster Shack cooks up enjoyable seaside selections. Inspired by the deep waters of the coast, the layout includes an intricate installation of used fishing buoys. Menu items range from original Lobster Rolls slathered with butter slaw and house pickles, to Clam Chowder, Lobster Grilled Cheese and Fried Clam Cakes.

Hours of operation:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.


  • Bill’s Diner

Mirroring vintage country general stores, this classic lunch counter captures the essence of American cooking with homemade flair. All-day breakfast attracts morning food lovers with Buttermilk Pancakes; an Egg and Kielbasa Sandwich cooked with griddled onions, swiss, mustard; and the American Breakfast featuring two eggs, home fries, toast and choice of bacon, sausage, or kielbasa. Additionally, the menu offers sandwiches, soups, salads and daily blue-plate specials.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Friday – Sunday, 24 hours


  • Hearth Grill

Hearth’s large open cooking grill acts as a “fireplace” and guests can select items displayed on a butcher block counter top, evoking old New England kitchens. The pay-by-the-pound format features soups, salads, rotisserie and vegetables items including Brisket Chili, Curried Cauliflower tossed in golden raisins and almonds, and Quinoa Salad with toasted farro, cucumber, chickpea, arugula and roasted veggies.

Hours of operation:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1:45 a.m.


  • Wine Bar

This contemporary wine bar features an array of wine tasting options including flights and large pours.

Hours of operation:

  • Friday – Saturday, 4 p.m. – Midnight


  • Gelato & Espresso Counter 

Patrons can relax with a cup of coffee by LAMILL Coffee, the award-winning specialty coffee roaster based in Los Angeles and partner of MGM Resorts International. MGM Springfield offers its own custom blend, as well as pastries, sandwiches and gelato made in house.

Hours of operation:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday, 6 a.m. – Midnight


TAP Sports Bar
TAP Sports Bar serves as the ultimate sports hub offering delicious Springfield-inspired menu items ranging from TAP’s Hall of Fame Burger, to signature wings and Reubens.

With the debut of the 100-ounce “Tap Towers,” beer aficionados can discover their new favorite brew from the vast selection on tap including local brewery partners. Offering more than 50 big screen TVs – including one massive video wall – TAP is the ideal place for visitors to cheer on their favorite sport teams all year long. Guests enjoy a lively, open connection between the bar and dining areas with access to the adjoining arcade and bowling alley. 

  • Sunday Funday at TAP Sports Bar
    TAP Sports Bar hosts “Sunday Funday” every Sunday afternoon from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. where guests can indulge in menu items such as 36-inch Big Sandwiches, The Holy Sheet Platter and a Bloody Mary Bar.

Hours of operation:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Bowling: Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 
                   Friday, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
                   Saturday, Noon – 1 a.m.
                   Sunday, Noon – 11 p.m.

For more information, visit mgmspringfield.com.


MassMutual Center
The MassMutual Center features 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space plus an 8,000-seat arena where MGM Springfield delivers celebrated artists and compelling entertainment.  

The 19th Annual Boys and Girls Club Festival of Trees
Springfield Boys & Girls Club will host their 19th annual Festival of Trees with a sparkling display of holiday trees throughout MassMutual Center. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to win prizes including their favorite tree, gift certificates and more.

Dates: Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 15

Time: Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
           Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
           Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
           Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Price: General Admission – $5
          Seniors - $4
          Children 12 & Under – Complimentary Admission                                                        

For more information, please visit sbgc.org


The 3rd Annual Wonderland Workshop
MassMutual Center invites guests of all ages to celebrate the season with holiday shopping and interactive booths featuring cookie decorating, arts and crafts and a station to write and mail letters to Santa. Families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a drive to benefit local charities.

Date: Saturday, December 14

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Price: Complimentary Admission                         

For more information, please visit massmutualcenter.com.              


Breakfast with Santa
Before Wonderland Workshop begins at MassMutual Center, guests can meet Santa while enjoying morning favorites such as pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and fruit. All proceeds from Breakfast with Santa will benefit the Springfield Boys & Girls Club.

Date: Saturday, December 14

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.  

Price: $10 for children, $18 for adults

For more information, please visit massmutualcenter.com.         


Symphony Hall
Symphony Hall is home to a variety of speakers, concerts and performances including the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, The Springfield Public Forum and graduation ceremonies for Springfield schools and surrounding communities.

Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles with the Trudell Orchestra
Since 1996, Classical Mystery Tour has become the #1 symphony pops attraction over the last decade. The group has been performing consistently for over 20 years with more than 100 orchestras in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Playing to packed houses, the group has performed with America’s most prestigious orchestras: The Cleveland Orchestra, The Boston Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony and more.

The stars of Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The show presents more than two dozen Beatles tunes performed live, paying tribute to the original classics.

Date: Sunday, December 29
Time: 7 p.m.
Price: Starting at $25.50

For more information, visit mgmspringfield.com.


Vicki Barbolak and Samuel J. Comroe with Roar! Comedy Series
MGM Springfield is delivering a special comedy show on New Year’s Eve with the return of comedians and Roar! Comedy Series stars Samuel J. Comroe and Vicki Barbolak for a joint performance at Symphony Hall.

Date: Tuesday, December 31 

Time: 8:30 p.m.  

Price: Starting at $25

Samuel J. Comroe
Samuel J. Comroe is a stand-up comedian who performs at over 100 clubs and colleges annually. He made his TV debut on TBS’ Conan and has appeared on BET’s "Real Husbands of Hollywood" with Kevin Hart. He is also the winner of Ricky Gervais’ Comedy Competition, The San Francisco Comedy Competition. His comedy is made up of the trials and tribulations of living with Tourette Syndrome since being diagnosed at age six and observational material based on his life experiences. Most recently, he finished in 4th place on Season 13 of "America’s Got Talent" on NBC.

Vicki Barbolak
With 20 years of experience as a stand-up comedian, Barbolak draws out laughs by sharing stories about her own life – from working in a family carpet business owned by her dad to dueling with ex-husbands and raising two kids while living in California. She is best known as “America’s Funniest Mom” from her 2007 win on the Roseanne Barr hosted Nickelodeon show of the same moniker. In earning this title, Barbolak was hired as one of Barr’s writers and later opened for the popular entertainer’s shows at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Barbolak was a Top 10 finalist on Season 13 of "America’s Got Talent" on NBC.

For more information, visit mgmspringfield.com.


Commonwealth Bar and Lounge
A place to see or be seen at the center of it all. Guests can experience a new state of mind with innovative mixology, live music and the best view of the action.

Hours of operation:

  • 1 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Daily
  • 1 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Daily


Lobby Bar
The place to gather for after-work socializing, a drink before dinner or to kick-start a staycation.  To match the lobby’s library aesthetic, Lobby Bar’s innovative cocktail program offers drinks inspired by literary tales such as Fahrenheit 451, The Polar Express and more.

Hours of operation:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday, 3 p.m. – Midnight
  • Library Hours at Lobby Bar
    Lobby Bar at MGM Springfield transforms into “Study Hall” on Friday nights and “Detention” on Saturday evenings. The evenings feature live music along with beer, wine and literary-themed cocktails such as Peter Cottontail, Romeo and Juniper and Gone with the Gin. Visitors can also ask to try Library Hours’ “secret drink" and learn as Lobby Bar’s skilled bartenders whip up these fun and visual cocktails.

Hours of operation:

  • Fridays, Starting at 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Starting at 8 p.m.

For more information, visit: mgmspringfield.com.


The Knox Bar
Setting the new gold standard for gaming lounges, the mixology destination’s elevated cocktail list is on par with its high-roller gaming offerings. From libations served with real gold coins to modern twists on the classics, The Knox Bar brings a cocktail experience never before seen to downtown Springfield.

Hours of operation:

  • 8 a.m. – 3 a.m., Daily


Casino Bar
Located in the heart of the resort’s gaming floor across from the property’s Main Street entrance, the new 1,450-square-foot Casino Bar features refreshing brews and craft cocktails, six large television screens and 22 video poker machines. The venues exciting atmosphere entertains guests during the biggest sporting events, before and after dining throughout the property.

Hours of operation:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Topgolf® Swing Suite
The first of its kind in the region available to the general public, MGM Springfield’s Topgolf ® Swing Suite features three high-tech golf simulators offering a selection of interactive games, including zombie dodgeball, baseball pitching and a virtual version of the popular Topgolf experience. Up to eight guests can play on a theater-style screen in each luxurious bay while enjoying gourmet bites and inventive cocktails. Topgolf Swing Suite games are fun for all ages and skill levels, including non-golfers. Reservations can be made on OpenTable

Hours of operation:

  • Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – Midnight
  • Friday – Sunday, Noon – Midnight 

Public Art

The public art program at MGM Springfield demonstrates MGM Resort International’s ongoing commitment to local and regional artists and artisans in the Springfield, greater Berkshires and New England areas, while also reflecting the national and international breadth of the company’s fine art catalog. MGM Springfield showcases commissioned and procured works, all on public display, by visionary local and international sculptors, photographers and mixed-media artists, including Mia Pearlman, Jeppe Hein, Springfield native Marlon Seymour and more.


Spa and Salon

The Spa at MGM Springfield
The Spa at MGM Springfield offers seven treatment rooms including one couples room as well as men’s and women’s locker rooms equipped with steam rooms and relaxation areas. Treatments include signature massages, facials and waxing provided in a tranquil space designed to feel like a windswept coastal retreat. The spa can be found on the second floor of the resort.

Hours of operation:

  • Tuesday – Sunday,10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Salon at MGM Springfield
The full-service salon offers haircuts, blowouts, updos, manicures and pedicures using products from global haircare line Goldwell. The Salon is equipped with a barber chair dedicated to Springfield Mayor Sarno’s father Alfonso who was a lifelong barber. The Salon is located on the first level and opens onto Main Street. For reservations, please call: (413) 273-5233.

Hours of operation:

  • Tuesday – Saturday,10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For more information, visit mgmspringfield.com or call (413) 273-5232.


MGM Springfield’s exciting retail line-up creates a vibrant interface with Springfield’s revitalized downtown experience and reflects the company’s commitment to working with regional brands.

Indian Motorcycle
MGM Springfield is home to Indian Motorcycle’s first-ever apparel boutique, just steps from the original Worthington Street factory. The new boutique offers items from Indian’s casual apparel line, the Indian Motorcycle 1901 Fashion Collection. Located on The Plaza.

Hours of operation:

  • Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Kringle Candle Emporium
This unique boutique is housed in the former French Congregational Church on The Plaza and offers the signature all-white, ultra-fragrant, pure-burning candles for which the Kringle brand is known, as well as gifts, keepsakes and a gourmet cafe.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.


Hannoush Jewelers
Founded in Springfield in 1980, Hannoush Jewelers is a family-owned and operated business. The MGM Springfield location is a flagship for the expanding brand that has more than 50 locations throughout Massachusetts. Guests can expect to find pieces from sought-after designers such as Tacori, Breitling, Alex and Ani, Pandora and more. Located next to the hotel lobby.

Hours of operation:

  • Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Carrying everyday needs including resort logo and fashion apparel for men and women, logo souvenirs, sundries, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Essentials has all the necessary items a guest may need. Located adjacent to the hotel lobby.

Hours of operation:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – Midnight


Saverio Mancini / Ellanje Ferguson
MGM Springfield Communications
(413) 237-5580 / (413) 237-5581
smancini@mgmspringfield.com / eferguson@mgmspringfield.com