With so many fantastic holiday party venues in Milwaukee, making a final decision can be hard. Fortunately, there are expert event planners with decades of experience here to help. Our Milwaukee catering company currently services more than 40 different venues, so we know the area well. And, now, we want to share seven of our favorite locations with you.
Because each venue offers unique features combined with superior service from one of the most trusted catering companies in Milwaukee, you are likely to find a perfect match to your holiday party theme!
The Best Venues for Holiday Parties in Milwaukee
Boerner Botanical Gardens
The Boerner Botanical Gardens never disappoint clients, especially during the holiday season. Invite guests to a winter wonderland holiday party and let them soak up the natural beauty of this magical season. Large windows bring snowcapped views inside as guests enjoy delicious holiday party food.
The Boerner Botanical Gardens is conveniently located just 15 minutes outside of Milwaukee and includes popular indoor/outdoor spaces and free-onsite parking. Open space and a flexible floor plan with gorgeous natural backdrops add beauty and endless possibilities to your winter wonderland holiday party in Milwaukee.
The Boerner Botanical Gardens is the perfect setting for these holiday party themes:
- Winter wonderland: To create a serene winter wonderland holiday party venue, hide snowflakes, snowmen and glass icicles among the flowers and greenery.
- Floral fantasy: To totally immerse guests in a winter blooming with beauty, bring in additional seasonal floral decorations.
You will want to have the finest holiday party food at this modern restaurant overlooking Lake Michigan. Guests can wander the gardens and before they make themselves at home in one of the elegant dining rooms. Coast works closely with the best event planners in Milwaukee to make sure this sophisticated event space perfectly matches your holiday party theme.
These glowing holiday party themes will enhance the natural light that fills this venue. As light reflects upon the pebble walkway and pours onto the hardwood floor, add final touches to complete these themes:
- Snowflake village: Hang snowflakes of all different textures throughout the gardens and dining room to create a magical setting for your Milwaukee holiday party.
- Glisten and glow: For an evening holiday party, bring in decorations and party favors filled with colorful lights. From glow necklaces to string lights, there will be no shortage of beaming colors.
Historic Pritzlaff Building
Customization is the name of the game at this versatile Milwaukee holiday party venue. Victorian windows, raw, cream-colored brick and exposed beams create a vast and striking space. Each of the four rooms offer a unique setting that is easily transformed to embrace your holiday party theme. Room 333 features black and white décor that is sure to host plenty of formal holiday parties for up to 600 lucky guests.
This historic building is perfectly suited to these holiday party themes:
- Traditional: A big aspect of the holiday season is honoring traditions and helping others. So serve nostalgic foods that people look forward to this time of the year. But also treat them to something special by adding an innovative touch to these classics.
- Historical: To make sure guests have a full appreciation for this venue, add historical facts to food menu signage. You may also set up photo ops with historical backdrops.
Milwaukee Public Museum
No event venue in Milwaukee has the power to captivate guests like the Milwaukee Public Museum. With over three floors of cultural and natural history exhibits, guests are sure to gain knowledge and insight. Immerse guests into a planetarium in the six-story Dome Theater, treat them to a 3D or giant screen film adventure or imagine any other unique entertainment for up to 3,500.
For a more relaxed holiday party atmosphere, invite guests to stroll through the reimagined Streets of Old Milwaukee. By entering this beloved Milwaukee exhibit through a life-sized street car, guests will travel back to life at the turn of the 19th century.
To complete your holiday party vision, choose one of these unique themes:
- Streets of Old Milwaukee: Whether you choose to have a “photo stop spot” at the high wheel bicycle or give out vouchers for a sweet treat from Haymarket Candy Store, a holiday party in the Streets of Old Milwaukee will bring plenty of good cheer.
- European Village: Regale your guests with tales of European holiday traditions when you add docents to your event, or plan a menu filled with customary European delicacies.
- Choose Your Own Adventure: Create a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests. Go on safari in our Africa exhibit, visit King Tut in Crossroads of Civilization, or find out where the rattlesnake button is at the Indian Crow Bison Hunt. The possibilities are limitless!
Milwaukee Sailing Center
Let your imagination soar at this lakefront holiday party venue in Milwaukee. Offering 6,000 square feet of event space surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee skyline, this nonprofit organization is the perfect host to holiday parties with a focus on giving back to the community.
Let guests sail away with these themes:
- Good works: Show your company’s dedication to the Milwaukee community by hosting a charitable themed corporate holiday party complete with a raffle and toy drive.
- Nautical: Send out sailboat shaped invitations and get ready to show off your mini anchor centerpieces.
Mitchell Park Domes
The three horticultural domes at Mitchell Park Conservatory become even more exquisite during the holidays. From November 19 to January 1, the Not a Creature was Stirring-Holiday Floral Show invites guests to explore the unique offerings of the Domes during this special season.
The Domes are the perfect inspiration for an eco-themed holiday party. In addition to the always sweet-smelling flower and succulents the Domes house, in guests will love to find the seasonal gingerbread house, poinsettias and decorated tree.
Play off the Gingerbread Land décor with these holiday party themes:
- Candy Land: Fill the Domes with bright colors and candy-themed decorations like lollipop balloons. A festive game station with Candy Land boards and an interactive game of Twister provides entertainment suitable for all ages.
- Chocolate factory: In addition to a dessert station filled with rich chocolate treats, set up a chocolate fountain accompanied by fresh fruit and sweets.
- Gingerbread land: From a gingerbread man decorating station to a giant gingerbread house ready for a candy extravaganza, this is among our favorite holiday party themes for kids.
Oconomowoc Community Center
Invite up to 230 guests to the serene shores of Lac La Belle for an elegant holiday party. They will admire the glistening hardwood floors, breathtaking views and soaring ceilings. Give them one or two signature holiday cocktails, and they will be ready to dance the night away in this stunning venue.
Take advantage of the Oconomowoc Community Center’s flexible floor plan and décor with these holiday party themes:
- Company colors: Boost company pride by decorating this space in corporate colors. Then be sure to treat employees to a delicious meal overlooking the lakeshore, and they are sure to be proud to work for their company!
- International: Make the most of the beautiful dance floor by highlighting holiday dances and music from all over the world. And, of course, you will want to feature cuisine from all over the world.
If you envision an ornate and intimate holiday party, then the Pabst Mansion will surpass all your wildest dreams. Built in 1890, this Flemish Renaissance Revival building holds its own among downtown historic attractions. Filled with turn-of-the-century artwork and elegant décor, the Pabst Mansion sets the scene for a traditional holiday party.
From November 25 through December 23, the Pabst Mansion invites the public to an open house complete with holiday decorations, self-guided tours and light refreshments. And being nationally recognized for its Grand Avenue Christmas display, this is something no local should miss. So take advantage of this festive space by inviting your guests to check it out at your holiday party.
For an intimate holiday party, consider one of these whimsical themes:
- Musical: The Pabst Mansion has set up the “Music Room Display” with instruments dating back to the 1800’s. Play holiday tunes and invite guests to join in some holiday karaoke!
- Victorian: Pabst is already decorated to replicate its 1892 décor, so all you have to do is send out a Victorian-themed holiday party invitation.
- Golden Royalty: Draw attention to the royal atmosphere of the Grand Avenue Christmas display with glorious, golden decorations.
Filled with holiday spirit and plenty of room for customization, we are proud to be the exclusive caterer at several top Milwaukee holiday party venues. These venues put no limits on our creative flair and obsessive attention to detail. You can bring us any holiday party theme and we will bring it to life.
The holiday party exhibits open early and space books quickly, so we encourage you to book now for your holiday party. But we would also love to hear from you so we can share more holiday party ideas specific to your event vision. Either way, you can find us online or give us a call at: 262-547-9447.