Doing the Holidays Right: 5 Venues with the Best Seasonal Decor


The holiday season is an awesome opportunity for venues to showcase their creativity and deviate from their regular rotation of events. Some embrace traditional decor while others really kick up the kitsch factor. The onslaught of social media and especially Instagram gives a whole new stage to promote this magical time of year.

Here’s a look at five Tripleseat customers who are doing holiday decor right:

1. The Dandelion, Philadelphia

British gastropub The Dandelion truly is the most perfect setting for a holiday party, from the fireplace that greets guests when they walk into the holiday greenery to the cozy rooms that each have their own unique personality. Some special holiday touches that The Dandelion offers for their events are: a traditional family style with roast dinner, an afternoon tea package, signature holiday cocktails created by their bartenders, and a signature make at home scone kit as a party favor.

2. The Montage, Beverly Hills

Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve The Montage Beverly Hills offers guests an array of culinary experiences to celebrate the holidays, such as rooftop meals, brunches, four-course prix fixe menu dinners with wine pairings, and a New Year’s Eve gala. The cuisine and decor make it a great destination to celebrate. Plus they have fun promotions like The Mistletoe at Montage social media program which invites guests and locals to step under the mistletoe, snap a photo with friends and family and share on social media using the hashtags #MontageMistletoe and #MontageMemory.

3. The Lodge by STK, New York City

It’s no surprise that STK is known as one of the best rooftops in NYC, but it might come as a surprise to some that the space is open during the winter months – and it’s incredible! STK transforms the rooftop bar into a winter lodge (also pictured at the top of this blog post) that has you questioning whether you are still in heart of the Meatpacking District in Manhattan or if you’ve somehow been transported to Aspen. There is a special menu with seasonal items like Mexican Hot Chocolate, a Hot Ginger Toddy, and the shareable Naughty and Nice Punch Bowl, which includes a seasonal mix of vodka, apple cider, cinnamon, and ginger beer.

4. Brennan’s, New Orleans

Brennan’s loves the holidays and decorating the rooms accordingly in its iconic French Quarter mansion. It is such a sought-after dining spot during the season that the restaurant starts taking holiday reservations two months in advance. While snow might be a rarity in New Orleans, that won’t stop Brennan’s from providing kids with the perfect winter backdrop during their traditional three-course breakfast with Santa … snow guaranteed!

5. McKittrick Hotel, New York City

The McKittrick Hotel’s rooftop bar, Gallow Green, is converted into a magical rooftop ski lodge during the winter months. A fire pit and real pine trees line the outside portion of the venue while the inside is all warmth and coziness. The drinks and snacks reflect the theme aptly with deliciously wintery cocktails like the Smoking Bishop, a holiday punch with Ruby Port, red wine, CioCiaro Amaro, honey liqueur, ginger, and allspice.

Decor is just the start
Creating a fun, festive atmosphere is one way to get guests in the door during the holidays. Your venue should also think about a marketing strategy, a seasonal menu, entertainment, and much more in order to book more business. Visit our blog for more tips on how to increase event revenue during the end of the holidays.