When you work in corporate event planning it is never too early to start preparing for corporate holiday parties and conference dinners. The right venue can immediately set the tone for the rest of the event, and help create an immersive experience that party guests will not soon forget. The diverseness of Southern California provides many non-traditional venues for corporate holiday parties, sales meetings, and conference dinners. If you want to plan an over-the-top corporate party event that guests (including your VIP clients) will remember, check out some of our favorite unique SoCal venues:
1. Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center (Santa Barbara, CA)
The Cabrillo Pavilion offers exactly what you are looking for when hosting corporate holiday parties in southern California. Built in the 1920’s the building has the white stucco exterior and terra cotta roof that Spanish-style buildings are known for, and the best part – it sits directly on the beach. Guests can enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the ocean from one of the beachfront patios. And, minimum decorations are needed as the center’s art is displayed on the walls. A few white twinkling lights would stand out nicely draped against the beautiful wood-beamed ceiling and wrought iron chandeliers.
The ballroom holds up to 200 for a seated event and the freedom to choose any caterer you desire. The center does not provide food or drink, but you are able to bring in both, including alcohol. The Cabrillo Pavilion offers you the stunning venue you need to get the party off on the right foot.
2. Maritime Museum of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind venue in southern California for a corporate holiday party the Maritime Museum of San Diego has exactly what you are looking for. Choose one of the four ships that the museum has for rentals, including the Star of India, which is the oldest ship in the world still sailing. The smallest of the ships can seat 30, with the largest seating up to 300.
The museum has a list of approved vendors, assisting you with the selections of everything from catering to photo booth fun. Do you have your own favorite vendors in mind? No problem, with approval from the museum you are welcome to bring in your own vendors and entertainers.
3. Ponte Winery (Temecula, CA)
The Ponte Winery is the perfect place for elegantly rustic corporate holiday parties. Located in the Temecula Wine Country, Ponte Winery sits on around 300 acres, painting a stunning vineyard landscape that party guests will not be able to get enough of. The winery has multiple rooms to choose from while planning and the Restaurant at Ponte are very highly rated and has all the catering options that you could ask for.
There are multiple rooms at the winery to provide you the perfect venue you are looking for. The Barrel Room allows 100 guests to enjoy the evening amongst wood barrels full of aging wine and the Vineyard Pavilion has everything from beautiful views through massive picture windows to a dance floor that guest can use to dance the night away.
4. Andaz San Diego (San Diego, CA)
If you are looking for a trendier and hip venue, than the Andaz San Diego is what you are after. There is 18,000 sq. ft. of event space to choose from, including the largest rooftop event space in the city. It makes for the perfect location for corporate holiday parties in the southern California sunshine, or with the shining lights of the city at night.
You can take advantage of the dedicate catering staff to create a menu that is sure to wow. They will work with your theme and budget to create a customized menu that will help take your corporate event planning to a new level.
5. Santa Anita Park (Arcadia, CA)
What could be better than celebrating an evening with stunning views of the San Gabriel Mountains, lush gardens, and enough room for any size corporate party – large or small? If this sounds like what you are looking for then Santa Anita Park is the venue you’re after. Home of horse racing legend, Seabiscuit, Santa Anita Park is filled with over 100 years of horse racing history that will fascinate and captivate your guests.
Whether you have a party of 6 or a party of 600, Santa Anita Park is the perfect place to host the event. There are rooms to accommodate all size parties along with cuisine to fit any budget. Options for outdoor seating is also available. This is truly a historic event venue that can be found nowhere else.
6. Regency Ranch (Palm Springs, CA)
If you are looking for a truly fun and unique venue, head back to the wild west at Regency Ranch in Palm Springs. This unique outdoor venue is set up as an old western town, with plenty of “Instagramable” photo ops. It has a saloon, church, jail, and hotel among other buildings. It’s the perfect setting to be dressed up with the popular outdoor event trend of pallet signs and burlap centerpieces. Tables can be set up in the town square and there are a dance floor and stage that can feature live music, a DJ, or an after-dinner show.
The Palm Springs location makes Regency Ranch a unique off-site dinner event space for conferences and sales meetings taking place at some of the larger Palm Springs resorts. It gives attendees a chance for a casual evening of “wild west” fun.
While most of these popular venues will have limited availability left for 2017, it is the perfect time to get a headstart on choosing your date for 2018 and beyond. Once you have that perfect venue secured, you will be one step closer to creating a totally memorable company party.
Once you have your amazing Southern Californa venue reserved, contact our office to see how Chris Linn can provide an evening of unforgettable clean comedy magic that will fill that perfect venue with laughter and cheer. We have first-hand experience helping to provide entertainment for dinners and events at the above venues, as well as hundreds of other convention centers, ballrooms, and banquet spaces across California.