By Iliana Storch
Looking for a memorable experience this holiday season? With Christmas only five months away, don’t let the heat deter you – it’s not too early to start planning your holiday party. From downtown dining to a Lady Bird Lake boat tour, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top 10 recommendations for a holiday party designed to appropriately commemorate 2016. And don’t forget to email us at so we can help you start your planning before it’s too late!
Lady Bird Lake Boat Tour
As one of the best cities to incorporate nature into its urban setting, a boat celebration is the perfect way to enjoy all that Mother Nature and Austin have to offer. We’ll plan the perfect route so you can experience the holiday offerings at Zilker and Downtown Austin, sailing by the Trail of Lights and a festive, friendly Austin skyline.
Blanton Museum of Art
Rated as one of the best museums in Austin, this unique setting will have people thinking about the city differently and with an appreciation beyond the usual “must-see” locales. Host your Christmas cocktail party at the center of the museum in the Rapoport Atrium. With 50-foot ceilings and massive skylights, this space is sure to provide an experience that leaves an impression. Let Crosswind plan your best holiday party at this one-of-a-kind venue.
Stick to your Texas roots with some good ol’ Texas barbeque in this rustic setting. After all, barbeque isn’t just for summer. From the upstairs saloon to the outdoor beer garden, you’ll get a true Texas experience at Freedmen’s. Pair their smokehouse barbeque with a selection from the whiskey wall, which hosts whiskey from places like Ireland and Canada, and your guests will leave in awe and wonder why they’ve never put the two together before!
Known as one of the best cities for “foodies,” Austin has a variety of restaurants that make excellent venues. The downtown setting provides the perfect backdrop to any party, and award-winning chefs are cooking up the best food in town. From fresh seafood to prime beef, restaurants like Searsucker and Truluck’s are offering the finest foods with a whole lot of variety. We will plan the perfect private dining experience tailored to your taste.
Warehouse District Rooftops
There’s no better way to take in the Austin skyline than atop buildings in the Warehouse District. Enjoy panoramic views of Lady Bird Lake and the iconic Frost Bank Tower from places like Summit and Hangar Lounge. Once you pick the perfect rooftop venue, we’ve got you covered. We’ll customize your experience with a live band and delicious food. It’s a holiday celebration that will remind people why they love this city, or give newcomers a way to enjoy these views for the first time.
For a truly tailored experience, Copper Tank is a large space that serves as a blank canvas. Want to set up a stage for a live band? Or an art exhibit? We can make that happen. Extra space? Set up some fun, interactive games that are sure to have people moving. The space lets us custom design your holiday experience.
Rock Rose Hall
Rock Rose at the Domain is the hottest, newest area in Austin and booming with a lively social scene. With elegant décor and floor–to–ceiling windows, Rock Rose Hall is the perfect industrial setting for a hip crowd.
A new twist on an old favorite, Top Golf mixes the old and new with a classic sport in a contemporary, modern setting. Enjoy a competitive round of golf and reward yourself with refreshments by the fire pit patio.
ACL Moody Theater
Austin is the “live music capital of the world.” This TV-famous venue provides a one-of-a-kind experience perfect for a large crowd. Enjoy some live music, dancing and drinks at this iconic Austin location.