The trick to hosting a lighthearted, joyful holiday party is finding the right location. So whether you got put in charge of planning the family Christmas dinner or end-of-the-year company party, here’s a list of some of the merriest places to host your holiday event this year in Salt Lake City.
1. The Garden Restaurant
15 E. S Temple
Capacity: Up to 138 seated
Gather with flowers and friends or family at The Garden for a holiday party filled with delectable food and panoramic views of downtown SLC, most notably views of twinkling Temple Square (there’s no better views during the holidays). You’ll sit at beautifully decorated tables as you dine on a well-balanced menu prepared for you inside the restaurant’s casual but charming atmosphere. With all that’s included, The Garden Restaurant is an affordably jubilant place to celebrate your upcoming holiday party.
2. Pierpont Place
163 W. Pierpont Ave.
Capacity: Up to 200 seated, 500 cocktail-style
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It doesn’t get much more versatile than this modern downtown event space. Think of Pierpont Place as your very own 54,000 sq. ft. blank canvas that you can transform into a winter wonderland, jingle and mingle, candyland or whatever holiday theme you have in mind. And if you’re wanting to be the brains but not the muscle behind this event, Pierpont Place is a full-service venue, meaning they handle the planning, decorating, catering, cleanup and more. Just like how the space is totally customizable, the pricing is also customized and packaged to meet your individual event needs.
3. McCune Mansion
200 N. Main St.
Capacity: Up to 300 during the winter season
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Built from 1898-1901 as a home, the McCune Mansion provides a uniquely intimate setting for family gatherings and company holiday parties alike. The exotic woods and glowing fireplaces radiate warmth, while the three floors full of elegant rooms, the finest art and antique furnishings ooze classic beauty. The McCune Mansion also provides tables, chairs, linens, wifi and any audio and visual needs to host your party. From the beautiful exterior to the intricate interior details, everything about this hospitable and historic setting is sure to impress each of your guests. And it’s also the place to be if you want to feel like an honored guest, rather than the host, at your own event.
4. Log Haven
6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Rd.
Capacity: Up to 325
Another historic venue, this one a log mansion nestled in the mountains, is Log Haven. Although nestled in the pines, about a 20-minute drive from downtown SLC, the holiday decor and scents that make you feel like you’re at your family cabin on Christmas break are worth the short drive. Decorated with green garlands, crimson poinsettias, handmade stockings and more, everywhere you turn you’re enveloped in the colors and scents of the magical holiday season. If you’re wanting a festive and inviting atmosphere, as well as custom menus, rustic Log Haven ranks at the top of the warm welcoming list.
5. Millcreek Inn
5802 E. Millcreek Canyon Rd.
Seat Capacity: Up to 100
Millcreek Inn is a secluded, charming cabin-like venue located in the heart of Millcreek Canyon that’s joyfully decorated for Christmas with twinkling lights, fresh wreaths and Christmas trees. The festive fun begins on your drive with views of snow-covered mountains and pine trees while driving up and down the winding canyon. You then leave the cold as you enter an entryway with a warm fireplace and comfortable seating. And whether dining in the smaller, indoor dining room area or larger, heated outdoor dining area underneath a tent, you’ll enjoy a delicious plated meal or buffet prepared by the on-site chef.