This post was guest written by LFA Intern, Annie Munroe. It’s crazy. Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet, but if you want to plan the very best holiday party, now is the time to book the best spots. Whether you are planning a large company gathering or a special celebration with friends and family we have great local solutions for you!
This season, give folks a meaningful event they will remember for years to come. Instead of a drab, boring, corporate, hotel ballroom opt for a more intimate local hotel or venue space. Our locally owned historic hotels like Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch and Hotel Congress offer memorable gathering spaces for any occasion. For a larger parties try something memorable like the Reid Park Zoo, where not only is an event to remember, but your money goes to support the conservation of biologic diversity. How about a public garden, like Tucson Botanical Garden or Tohono Chul? Even our local theatres like the FOX Theatre and the Rialto Theatre are able to host private events!
Don’t overlook smaller venues for a more intimate party. Arizona’s only pinball arcade, D & D Pinball, can also accommodate one of a kind gatherings. And we couldn’t forget our local restaurants - many have plenty of space for you and your guests and everyone loves to celebrate the holidays with great local food! For a rockin’ party, hire a local DJ or Karaoke company. All of these can be decorated with supplies from a local party supply store, a local florist or farmer’s market, and save on clean up time by hiring a professional cleaning service. Most venues have event coordinators and brochures to add to the ease of planning the perfect event.
If you want your holiday party to last the whole weekend, explore all the nooks and crannies this great state has to offer. Sedona, Bisbee, Tombstone and Flagstaff all have great local artisans and bed & breakfasts. Elgin, Sonoita, and Cottonwood boast the best wine in the state, take your entire family for the day and find out for yourself! By spending your hard earned Arizona dollars in Arizona you contribute up to four times more to a sustainable local economy.
Make this holiday season the best yet by giving people a memory they can keep forever, all while supporting local businesses in your community.