Dec. 22 (UPI) — President Donald Trump will spend Christmas and ring in the New Year in South Florida at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Before he left the White House, Trump signed the tax reform bill passed by Congress Wednesday.
In Florida, Trump will host a New Year’s Eve party at his resort — which will be more expensive this year. The ticket price for dues-paying members was raised to $600, while guests will have to pay $750.
In 2016, tickets sold for $525 and $575, respectively.
The ritzy event will be held at the Donald J. Trump ballroom and provide a red-carpet entrance, a multi-course meal and an opportunity to meet celebrities.
Entertainment for the event will include a cover-band, Party on the Moon, who performed at several other Mar-a-Lago events.
“I’ve been to a lot of black tie events. This was a different feeling,” Lynn Aronberg, the owner of a Palm Beach public relations firm and a guest at last year’s event, said. “It was the best event I’ve ever been to.”
Bobby Burchfield, the Trump Organization’s outside ethics adviser, said the ticket price-hike wasn’t a problem.
“I personally don’t see any issues that are raised,” Burchfield told Politico. “It’s not a campaign event. It’s a normal business New Year’s Eve party.”
“In this economy, we’re seeing prices for a lot of things go up.”
Since Trump’s presidency began, initiation fees at Mar-a-Lago doubled to $200,000. This season, annual dues also increased $1,000, to $15,000.