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Holiday Venues for your Festivities
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by Monique Marez

‘Tis the season for celebration! Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a fabulous fête, Great Performances and our Venue Search System will help you find your perfect place to party. From Uptown to Downtown and everything in between and even beyond, we know the Best of Holiday Venues.

Here are our recommendations… If you see something you like, give us a call at 212.727.2424. Let us take you there!

Harlem for the Holidays

Apollo Theater

No venue knows legend like this 125th Street icon. We invite you to continue the legend by hosting your holiday party here. The bright lights of The Apollo marquee will greet your guests, welcoming them into the plush, velvet-trimmed lobby and theater to sip a cool cocktail (or two) under fabulous crystal chandeliers – all, of course, a warm-up for your own Great Performance of dinner on stage at The Apollo Theater.


Asia Society

As you might have read last month, GP is excited to once again partner with the Asia Society and we have something extra special for you holiday party planners!  Asia Society is a great place to host your office extravaganza.  Chef Elizabeth Bianchi well fuse Asian flavors with party sized favorites for a delectable holiday spread. Perfectly situated on Park Avenue btw 70 and 71st street this sophisticated location is sure to draw guests from all over the city.  Asia Society has several spaces that can accommodate various group sizes all while providing a serene and sophisticated vibe.  Whether you are hosting a sit-down holiday dinner for your investors or a full on corporate party, Asia Society and Chef Bianchi are ready to help you throw magical fete.


Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)

Located just next door to El Museo del Barrio at the top of Museum Mile, Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) is a landmark - on Fifth Avenue and in the hearts of many New Yorkers.  Be a part of it - celebrate the holidays in New York at a venue that celebrates the City unlike any other.  Museum spaces available for rental range from the grand Georgian-style mansion's beautiful marble rotunda to the second-floor reception hall with views overlooking the Central Park Conservatory Garden to a South Rooftop Terrace that can be tented year-round.


Fly South for the Winter

Mae Mae Cafe

Quite possibly the most perfect holiday venue, if you want to host an intimate gathering of 30-60 guests. Nestled into the Hudson Square neighborhood just west of SoHo, Mae Mae Cafe is Great Performances’ restaurant and event space, full of warmth and genuine hospitality, where we welcome your guests as ours. Now that's holiday! Book your party here now as availability is limited.


Metropolitan Pavilion

Combining versatile room configurations and a convenient, historic location, Metropolitan Pavilion can accommodate holiday parties of all shapes and sizes.  Although unique in style and square-footage, each of the spaces - the main Pavilions, Metropolitan Suite,  Gallery, and The Level - exist for hosting events, just like your holiday party.  Now let us help you check their availability! You might also consider The Altman Building next door.


Festival of City Lights

Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Overlooking Columbus Circle with sweeping views of Central Park and the NYC skyline, this versatile and spacious venue is perfect for a jazz-inspired holiday party. The Atrium, notable for its welcoming ambience and openness, can be rented with The Appel Room, whose 50-foot x 90-foot floor-to-ceiling window is one of NYC’s greatest backdrops. Book at Frederick P. Rose Hall for Hot Jazz, Cool Cocktails, and Swingin’ Good Times!


620 Loft & Garden

The Penthouse of 620 Fifth Avenue gives your guests that unique New York experience, overlooking an iconic Midtown location - Rockefeller Plaza.  Whether or not the weather permits cocktails under the stars in the city garden, inside the downtown-style loft space will be lit by the twinkling lights of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (not to mention the holiday spirit).


Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel

Overlooking the vibrant views of Central Park South, The Oak Room at The Plaza is a classic New York City institution.  Your colleagues and clients will be warmed by the rich ambiance of the Oak Room. Boasting fine wood finishes, and that old New York vibe, the Oak Room exudes elegance and charm, creating a tavern chic feel.  Enjoy whiskey gingers as you watch the snow fall.  Situated on one of Manhattan’s most festive holiday intersections, The Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel is the perfect place for your holiday affair. On your way out, pass by Bergdorf’s decorated windows or pick up that last minute gift from FAO Schwartz.  


Over the River Into a Hip 'Hood

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

BAM is, without a doubt, the place to party in Brooklyn. From the sidewalk on Lafayette Avenue, your arriving guests will feel the excitement as they see through the grand windows and into the sparkling Lepercq Space where festivities await them. Guests may ride the escalator up immediately for cocktails, or they may mix and mingle (with Kris Kringle?) in the Lobby until dinner is served. If you wish, your menu may feature Brooklyn artisanal favorites, such as Acme smoked fish, Jacques Torres chocolate, and Brooklyn Brewery beer – another Great Performance in this performing arts space.


Skylight One Hanson

Just around the corner from BAM on Atlantic Avenue is Skylight One Hanson, one of Brooklyn’s most notable Landmarks and a veritable Art Deco masterpiece. Formerly the Williamsburg Savings Bank, the space has been perfectly restored to tell the story of the city’s past while offering unique event spaces for its future. The minimalist, enclosed Vault serves as the perfect contrast to the intricacies of the Main Bank Hall with its spectacular details and soaring 63-foot ceilings while the Mezzanine provides yet another intimate environment for spreading the holiday cheer.


Wintery Gardens

Wave Hill

After a two-year renovation, the Wave Hill House, a historic Hudson River mansion, is a fabulous place for your holiday party. Multiple spaces are available indoors and out at one of the most serene and beautiful locations in New York City.  The ability to rent Wave Hill requires a Corporate Membership. In addition to a host of other benefits, Corporate Members enjoy free, year-round admission to the grounds of Wave Hill for all employees and their families throughout the year of Membership.  Wave Hill is conveniently located just 35 minutes from midtown Manhattan, and shuttles can transport your guests to the Front Gate from Metro-North's Riverdale station or the #1 MTA subway line.  Get your colleagues on the floor for the Electric Slide in the historic Armor Hall.  Armor Hall comfortably accommodates up to 130 guests with room for a small band and dance floor.

Out of State Celebrations

Chelsea Piers Connecticut

We are proud to announce our partnership with Chelsea Piers Connecticut, the highly acclaimed Sports and Entertainment complex. We will also oversee the immense catering services provided at Chelsea Piers. Events at Chelsea Piers can include a multitude of physical activities including baseball, basketball, dodgeball, gymnastics, ice skating, tennis and more. For corporate groups, these activities are positioned as team-building programs. From small birthday parties to large corporate events, our team’s experienced staff of event designers and chefs will be on hand to create memorable experiences for all.

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