25 Unique Event Venues To Celebrate Your Atlanta Holiday Party In Style
Atlanta is a vibrant and stunning city, particularly if you’re trying to host an extravagant holiday party. The greater metro area is home to some of the most stunning and unique venues, so there are plenty of options to help spur top-notch holiday party ideas. From a dazzlingly illuminated event space to a venue that puts you next to wildlife, here are the top 25 unique venues in Atlanta to host a world-class holiday.
1. Ali Events at Lakewood
Instead of having a destination holiday party at some far-flung locale, why not bring the unique scenery to your guests? What sets Ali Events at Lakewood apart is how it incorporates projection mapping to make you feel like you’re in another world, all without leaving the convenience of the city. This event space works for smaller holiday parties, although you can fit up to 300 guests comfortably, so there’s a lot of flexibility within the venue.
2. Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden, a gem nestled in historic Piedmont Park, offers a magical setting for holiday festivities. Even in winter, its enchanting landscapes retain their beauty, transforming into a luminous wonderland for the season. Guests can indulge in the delight of strolling through the illuminated gardens, creating a festive and memorable backdrop for your event. Its unique blend of natural beauty and seasonal splendor makes it an exceptional choice for celebrating the holidays in style.
3. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
What better way to add class and elegance to your holiday party than by hosting it at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center? This event space is stunning on its own, but it also allows your guests to browse the exhibitions during the festivities.
With high glass windows and a built-in bar, you have everything you need to create a photogenic event that will leave your guests speechless. Plus, there’s an open-air pavilion, allowing your guests to see the lights of Atlanta as they dine and drink during the night.
4. Atlanta Event Center @ Opera
The Atlanta Event Center @ Opera is one of the most stylish holiday party venues, and it’s conveniently located in Midtown, which is experiencing a revival of art, culture, and entertainment. This venue has three unique sections: the opera stage (and dance floor), the Venetian Room, and the Upper Garden. Your guests will marvel at each space, and they’ll be able to take some incredible photos throughout the night. Boasting multiple spacious areas, Opera can effortlessly accommodate up to 1,050 guests, positioning it as a prime selection for grand corporate events.
5. Battle and Brew
If you’re searching for unique holiday party ideas, why not add some vintage gaming to the mix? Battle and Brew offers an engaging blend of video games and board games that promise to captivate your guests throughout the evening. Pair this with festive holiday decorations, and you’re set for a memorable celebration. With built-in entertainment, it’s also a cost-effective option, ensuring both fun and savings!
6. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Although this is technically a fine arts center, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is actually a historic estate that will infuse a sense of timeless elegance into your holiday party. This is primarily a wedding venue, but with the right creative touch, you can host an exceptional holiday soirée that will stun your guests and provide them with a picturesque backdrop for celebrating. It’s not just the building that’s so elegant, but the entire grounds are incredible, particularly when lit up at night.
7. Dunwoody Nature Center
Imagine hosting your party among the trees at Dunwoody Nature Center. This event space offers a somewhat rustic feel to your holiday party, which is perfect for intimate affairs. This center can host up to 120 people, making it ideal for smaller parties and gatherings. The view from the center is superb and unlike anything you could find in central Atlanta. Although the venue is conveniently located in Dunwoody’s business district, you and your guests will feel like they’re miles away, tucked into a pristine, untouched forest preserve.
8. The Eastern
If you’re looking for holiday party venues that cater to live performances and events, The Eastern is one of the top choices. With space for up to 2,300 people, you can spare no expense on the night’s entertainment. This venue is designed for concerts, but it works well for holiday parties, too. One of the highlights of The Eastern is the rooftop bar, which can accommodate up to 250 guests. So, if you’re having a smaller event, you can simply reserve the rooftop and enjoy the views all night long.
9. Fernbank Museum of Natural History
What if you could host a dinner party next to massive dinosaur skeletons? The image alone is stunning, and it can be a reality if you book your holiday party at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Nothing will delight your guests more than wandering the halls of the museum, learning about natural history with a drink in their hand. Better yet, the museum uses high-tech systems to bring your event to life with state-of-the-art lights and sounds.
10. Fox Theater
As far as historical theater venues go, the Fox Theater is one of the top choices in all of Atlanta. With a stunning event space and stage, you can let your creativity shine when planning your party. Plus, the theater takes care of everything in-house, including catering, security, and banquet services. So, you can just sit back, relax, and have a great time with your guests.
11. Georgia Aquarium
Imagine your guests sitting down and eating dinner when suddenly a whale shark swims by, mere feet away. That’s what you can expect when booking your holiday party at the Georgia Aquarium. This is the largest aquarium in the United States, and it offers some exceptional views of the wildlife on display. In addition to the whale shark, your guests can see beluga whales, stingrays, and tons of different fish species. A one-of-a-kind experience for everyone involved. Plus, you can host up to 3,500 guests, so there’s no limit to the size of your event.
12. The Georgian Terrace
Built in 1911, The Georgian Terrace stands as a timeless and stunning holiday party venue in Atlanta. Hosting your festivity at this hotel presents a convenient advantage: guests can reserve rooms, ensuring they have a comfortable spot to retire without concerns about parking or transportation. The Grand Ballroom, with its refined allure, provides the ideal backdrop for your festive imagination to take flight.
13. Hard Rock Cafe Downtown
The Hard Rock Cafe, renowned for its dining and entertainment, presents an ideal setting for your holiday gathering. With culinary and musical offerings at the ready, this venue provides a comprehensive experience sure to enchant every guest. Additionally, its central location and suitability for intimate gatherings make it a dynamic and festive choice for holiday celebrations
14. High Museum of Art
Art galleries offer an exquisite backdrop for holiday festivities, providing a blend of sophistication, ample space, and a memorable atmosphere. The High Museum of Art, in particular, ensures your guests can comfortably celebrate, even in large numbers, without feeling overwhelmed. As they wander through the museum, they’ll have the chance to immerse themselves in a rich collection of both contemporary and classic art unique to Atlanta. It’s an enriching cultural adventure that promises enjoyment for all attendees!
15. Knock Music House
Sometimes, you need an event space that gives you creative control over the decorations and layout of your party. Knock Music House is such a venue, as it offers wide-open areas that are just begging for your holiday party ideas. With so much square footage available, you can incorporate a lot of different entertainment options, including music, gaming tables, photo booths, and much more. Plus, parking is abundant, which your guests will appreciate.
16. Mutation Brewing Company
When it comes to stylish and contemporary event spaces, Mutation Brewing Company stands out in the Atlanta scene. The establishment boasts seven distinct venues, ensuring a perfect fit for every event scale, budget, and aesthetic preference. And, being a brewery, it promises an array of exceptional beers on tap, guaranteeing that your guests will be entertained and delighted throughout the evening.
17. Peachtree Club
If you’re searching for memorable holiday party ideas, why not host your event at the top of a skyscraper in Atlanta? Nothing beats the views and vibes available at The Peachtree Club. While this isn’t the largest venue available, it’s one of the most visually stunning. Your guests will feel like VIPs as they take in penthouse views as they drink, dine, and listen to music.
18. Piedmont Park Conservancy
Piedmont Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Atlanta, and it offers some incredible green spaces for both your party guests and the public. The Conservancy is an old stone building overlooking a gorgeous pond, and when it’s lit up at night, the entire area feels both historic and magical. With separate dining and entertainment spaces, you have a lot of flexibility when creating your event layout.
19. Swan House Mansion
For a truly unforgettable holiday celebration, why not host your holiday event at a mansion? Swan House Mansion is one of the most impressive venues, although you can’t host your event inside the building. That said, your guests can tour the mansion before the festivities begin, allowing them to get the full experience. The gardens are also breathtaking, and with the right lighting and heating options, you can create a unique event that will captivate your guests all night long.
20. Terminal West
Terminal West artfully blends the past with the present. The venue is housed at the original factory built in the 1930s. However, while the structure has a historic look to it, the space is fully high-tech. Updated audio/visual elements give you greater control over everything your guests see and hear throughout your event. Plus, there’s a massive stage that can work for live music and/or dancing, whatever you prefer. Terminal West is definitely one of the more unique holiday party venues in Atlanta.
21. Terminus 330
Historic venues are relatively common in Atlanta, and Terminus 330 is no exception. This event space is built out of an original 1912 factory building, which used to house the Maddox Coffee Company. As with Terminal West, the outside may look old, but the inside has been updated with modern technology and decor. Be sure to incorporate The Cellar into your event to give it a 1920s speakeasy vibe.
22. Time to Escape
Fully renovated and stunningly gorgeous, this venue is ideal for smaller parties of up to 100 people. Catering and beverages can be included, or you can bring your own. This space has a historic look to it, but it also feels like a swanky upscale bar that your guests may find themselves at on a regular Saturday night.
23. Variety Playhouse
If you’re putting on a show for your holiday party, the Variety Playhouse is one of the best event venues around. With theater seating and a full-service projection system, you can show slides, videos, or live performances to your guests. For example, what about a stirring rendition of A Christmas Carol? Plus, this venue has its own bar and dining area for added convenience.
24. Westside Warehouse
The Westside Warehouse combines industrial elegance with versatile space. Nestled in a historic district, this venue is ideal for those seeking a blend of old-world charm and modern functionality. Its high ceilings and open layout make it a perfect canvas for any holiday event, ensuring a memorable experience in a distinctive setting
25. Zoo Atlanta
Last but not least, Zoo Atlanta is one of the most unique and memorable venues for your holiday event. The main event hall is located next to the elephant enclosure, so if your party starts before the sun goes down, you can have live African elephants as the backdrop for your guests. If you find that you need to rent out more space, you can reserve the entire Zoo and give your guests the experience of a lifetime. There are multiple rental options, and nothing compares to seeing wildlife during a holiday party.
Upgrade Your Holiday Party With Unique Venues
Atlanta is a magnificent city in which to spend the holiday season, and Unique Venues wants your party to be a smashing success. We can help you find a unique venue to suit your budget and your needs. Search our large portfolio today and start planning! The earlier you book, the better.