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The BEST Venues for Big Holiday Bashes

The holiday season is almost here, and feelings of joy, good cheer, and gratitude are always welcome reasons to celebrate! With the anticipation of Fall and Winter festivities right around the corner, it’s time to make the most of your holiday season by thinking BIG and inviting everyone from friends and family to clients and the entire company to join in on the fun.

Industry professionals cheering in a pit of white balloons for a holiday celebration


This year, we say “the more the merrier” when it comes to planning special occasions. Being part of a large group creates inclusivity, cultivates relationships, and ultimately boosts morale, especially in a corporate setting. If you are looking for the perfect place to host your party, we suggest locking in a venue sooner than later, especially when inviting 500+ guests. Whether it’s a corporate event, social gathering, or large get-together, we have fun, unique, and exciting venues in Orange County for any size group that set the stage for a memorable holiday experience!

[AV] Irvine

Unique, customizable, and cool, this is an epic, versatile event space for large groups of up to 1,500 guests.

A collage of images from [AV] Irvine event venue showing the interior and exterior and how it is perfect for holiday celebrations

[AV] Irvine has 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, spanning two floors with countless areas for guests to gather. With its glass-paneled exterior, the venue flows openly from the spacious lobby with cocktail bar and lounge, to the stairs leading up to the mezzanine, with nooks and rest areas for private conversations.

Through the main hallway lies an impressive grand showroom with 24′ ceilings where guests party below or gaze from above in the mezzanine. This blank canvas space has the potential to transform into anything, from a winter wonderland to a festive Halloween bash.

Other venue features include:

  • State-of-the-art sound and lighting systems
  • 30ft LED wall
  • Multiple rooms and lounge areas
  • Tables and chairs for up to 600 guests
  • Complimentary parking for up to 140 guests
  • On-site getting-ready suites
  • Load-in access for oversize décor and vehicles

City Market Social House

Located in Downtown LA’s Fashion District, this chic, contemporary warehouse was built by event professionals to be a versatile event space for up to 1,000 guests.

A collage of images from City Market Social House (interior and exterior) to show the large event space inside and has a holiday feel

City Market Social House has 20,000 square feet of highly configurable and customizable private venue space. There are stunning, vaulted bow truss ceilings, concrete and exposed brick walls, and a free-flowing indoor-outdoor open-air marketplace.

This venue has a spacious, industrial vibe with its blank interior and has the potential to host the perfect holiday party.

Other venue features include:

  • In-house production capabilities: audio, lighting, video, rigging, branding, fabrication and more
  • Onsite Green Room
  • 2,400 square foot commercial kitchen
  • In-Venue automobile access
  • High Speed Wi-Fi
  • One mile from LA Convention Center and easily accessible from several freeways
  • Parking available for large scale events

The Yost Theater

Located center stage in downtown Santa Ana’s Historic District, this unique venue is amazing for live entertainment and turning everyday events into extraordinary experiences for up to 1,000 guests.

Collage of images from the Yost Theater (interior and exterior) that have a holiday feel

Since 1912, The Yost Theater has been considered an iconic landmark in Downtown Santa Ana, known today as the largest, long-standing venue in Orange County. With the built-in bars on both floors, incredible lighting and sound systems, and an expansive main stage for live entertainment, this space has hosted everything from world-class musicians and international DJs to fashion shows and film premieres.

Other venue features include:

  • Customizable marquee to highlight your company
  • Professional AV system, including 12’ x 20’ HD LED Wall and a concert-grade
  • Tables and chairs for up to 150 guests
  • Two on-site green rooms
  • Onsite Production Manager

The Colony House

This modern, craftsman-style event space is centrally located near downtown Anaheim, offering a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces for up to 500 guests to gather.

Collage of images from the Colony House that are holiday themed

The Colony House was originally built in 1948 as a tractor factory, then 24 Carrots renovated the space into a warm, inviting, and eclectically-styled venue in the heart of Orange County.

A centerpiece of the main event space is the Great Room, featuring a bow truss ceiling and vintage wood stage, creating a timeless backdrop for holiday events. Two staircases lead up to The Loft, with a second bar and reception space, which overlooks the Great Room and creates a separate-yet-connected area for guests to mix and mingle.

Other venue features include:

  • Tables and chairs for up 250 guests
  • Lounge vignette and vintage brushed metal cocktail tables and chairs
  • Styled bar backs
  • Local craft beer on tap
  • Foyer with filament bulb light installation and custom entry wall design
  • Beautifully appointed get-ready suite
  • Complimentary on-site parking
  • Built-in speaker system

industry professionals throwing confetti for holiday celebration

Thinking of hosting a large holiday event? More is more! Use the holiday spirit to your advantage by inviting everyone along for a happy holiday celebration at some of our favorite venues for big holiday bashes.

Contact us to start planning a stress-free, fun-filled holiday party!



The Richland – Community Open House

What better way to unveil our new venue, The Richland, than by sharing it with those who patiently awaited our transformation? Our neighbors in Orange have tracked our progress in their regular walks and daily commute, cheering us on from the sidelines as we added every final detail, and it was our honor to welcome that very community in for an exclusive sneak peek of the finished project!

Complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony and photo booth, our Community Open House at The Richland was full of friends, families, and fun bites of food.

Bright and merry balloons could be seen in every direction, complementing The Richland’s front steps in a grand display and being handed out to children and adults alike from the balloon cart stationed inside the ballroom. Live music set the mood as The Moody Crooners filled the space with their sweet and soothing covers of many a familiar song. As guests bustled around, miniature versions of some of The Richland’s menu items – now featured full-size in The Richland Living Room Bar and Lounge – acted as tray-passed hors d’ouevres.

Little hands were kept busy at the adorable kids’ tables where stickers, crayons, and coloring sheets of The Richland were the main attraction. Outside in the porte cochère, guests of all ages were entertained by The Richland-branded cornhole and jumbo Jenga and Connect-4 games.

There were house-made cookies and fresh-squeezed lemonade for all and a specialty cocktail and Chapman Crafted beers for some in this showing of local love. Lemonade was poured and passed by our “baby carrots”, the children of our employees here at 24 Carrots, and all donations from the stand were paid forward to support Orange Home Grown. Guests could also step outside to grab a cup of locally brewed Chapman Crafted Coffee from the coffee counter propped in the courtyard. We are so lucky to have the support and partnership of local businesses as we welcome guests to The Richland.

We are incredibly grateful to be received so warmly by our neighbors in the City of Orange and look forward to greeting many more guests through our (now open) doors!

Creative Partner Credits

Production & Catering: 24 Carrots Catering & Events

Venue: The Richland

Beer & Coffee: Chapman Crafted

Florals: The Bloom of Time

Balloons: Balloon Babes OC

Rentals: Found Rental Co., Signature Party Rentals

Entertainment: The Moody Crooners

Photography: Lovisa Photo

Photobooth: Pixster Photo Booth

24 Carrots in Paris

C’est magnifique! Love was in the air at our Parisian-inspired Chef’s Table dinner at The Richland. Guests were transported to the City of Love with pretty-in-pink details, romantic music, and a four-course fine dining experience prepared by the culinary team at 24 Carrots. Our newest venue in Old Towne Orange was the perfect setting, where guests were welcomed into the cozied-up courtyard which boasts a mature olive tree and complemented with a stylish crushed velvet and marble vignette by Found Rentals.

Suggested attire on the invite was “Parisian Chic”, and guests did not disappoint as they showed up adorned in berets, tulle, lace, pearls, and a variety of texture galore. Their outfits were only made better with a chic champagne flute or coupe in hand, as specialty cocktails prepared by The Richland bar team were tray-passed. A baby blue Vespa dressed in pink florals was the photo-moment star of the show during our chic courtyard cocktail hour.


Lillehammer Vodka, Aperol, Lemon, Honey

Rossini Sparkling Wine, Strawberry Purée

Fraise (NA) Strawberry Purée, Vanilla Syrup, Lemon, Sparkling Water

Bloody Mary Toast Vine-Ripe Tomatoes, Horseradish Cream, Worcestershire, Celery Salt, Grilled French Baguette Crostini

Steak Tartare Beef Tenderloin Tartare, Grainy Mustard, Italian Parsley, Capers, Brioche Crouton

Crispy Fingerling Potato Fondant Golden Osetra Caviar

Ballroom doors opened to reveal a breathtaking table for 25, framed by The Richland’s 40’ tall windows. The king’s table was fit for any royalty, decked with dramatic candles and stunning floral arrangements, accented by personalized menus and oversized black and white gingham bow napkins. Once seated, the 24 Carrots chefs welcomed the diners with an amuse-bouche paired with a tale of inspiration behind the dinner menu. Each course was slightly reminiscent of a Parisian breakfast for dinner. From the salad course which felt like a crudité of freshly picked farmer’s market veggies to the main course entrée which had the flavors of a croque madame and the elevated presentation of a classic French dish, all playful courses were presented elegantly and paired with a beverage.


Winter in Paris Market Salad

Flageolet Coulis, Pickled Baby Beets, Shaved Radish, Asparagus, Balsamic Pearls, Mandarin Orange Supremes, Citrus Vinaigrette, Charcoal Brioche with Salted Butter

Pâtes du Chez Gabriel

House-made Ravioli Bergese, Spinach, Ricotta, Egg Yolk, Beurre Monté, Pancetta


Prosciutto and Swiss Chard-Wrapped Whole-Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Crispy Brioche, Blackberry Jam, Rainbow-Colored Baby Carrots, Lavender Honey, Gruyere Mornay

Pardon my French (Toast)

Crème Brûlée Panko Cake, Yogurt Semifreddo, Meringue, Seasonal Pâte De Fruit, Seasonal Fruit Coulis, Maple Caramel


Prior to leaving, guests were gifted bundles of floral bouquets from the fleuriste, another design touch imagined and executed by Leproux Collective.



We were overjoyed to host our first Chef’s Table dinner at The Richland and look forward to many more to come. Tchin-Tchin!


Creative Partner Credits

Production & Catering: 24 Carrots Catering & Events

Venue: The Richland

Florals & Design: Leproux Collective

Photography: Jackie Culmer

Videography: Balerina Films

Entertainment: N-Effect DJs

Rentals: Found Rental Co, Adore Folklore, Catalog Atelier, Signature Party Rentals, BBJ La Tavola

Found Rentals 10 Year Anniversary

Found Rentals has been a creative partner and a source of inspiration for us at 24 Carrots from the very beginning! Built upon Jeni Maus’ vision for bringing distinct character and warmth to any setting, Found has grown into an exemplary industry leader, not only in the rental market, but through the events industry as a whole.

This last February, they celebrated 10 years of elevating events throughout California (and beyond!). When sweet owners Jeni and Joel called us to throw an anniversary party in their epic new warehouse to celebrate this momentous occasion, we could not be more honored to say yes! Found family, happy 10 years!

Our menu was inspired by iconic Found Pieces, while also highlighting new inventory (hello multiples!), and most of all, honoring the team that builds each thoughtfully-designed experience.


Mini Sourdough English Muffin, Crushed Avocado, Rainbow Micro Flower

sitting on a miniature engraved Morris Chair or hand-dipped Huxton Chair



Pork Char Siu Bao, Gold Leaf, Black Garlic Molasses

inspired by the Jocelyn pouf and Jeni’s love for pillows



Little Gem Lettuce, Shaved Radish, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Queso Fresco, Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

served on a Griffin Pergola plank


Chilean Seabass, Yellow Bell Pepper Emulsion, Yellow Squash Relish, Rice Puff Cracker, Squash Blossom Tempura

Emphasizing the Yellow Arlo Chair, a vibrant small dish full of flavor and character



Zucchini Tempura, Cilantro, Tajin, Cilantro Kogi Aioli

These light flavors serve as a nod to the setup teams making each piece look “light as air”











Food Fight: Vendor Meals

The age-old vendor meal policy is an industry-wide hot topic that our Leadership Team has grappled with, and revisited time and time again. For most of our 15+ years of business, 24 Carrots proudly paved the way, feeding our wedding vendors hot meals, with flexible timing. At a time when the wedding industry wasn’t prioritizing vendors, this was a welcomed change. We found some of our best clients and industry cheerleaders in this process – who are still with us today!

A few years ago, we changed our policy to align with the traditional catering approach: feeding vendors after guests. We did so with much reluctance, but out of necessity, as the timing of vendor meals, coupled with an overwhelming lack of communication, were negatively affecting our client experience.

If you’ve experienced our team in any capacity, we believe you should know this about us: that we work together to fix problems. That we communicate respectfully, learn from each other, and grow together. And that service excellence comes standard at 24 Carrots. So when the challenges of our revised policy were brought to our attention, we listened to those partners who respectfully engaged and communicated directly. While our catering service contract is with the client and not our vendors, our vendor teams are very important to us and we value the hard work a team puts into a wedding day. When faced with this issue once more, our decision boiled down to the heart of 24 Carrots: hospitality.

We are proud to go back to our 24 Carrots roots, to offer the following options to accommodate timeline requests:

Plated Vendor Meal: The same entree meal as the guests. Our favorite option! We are happy to accommodate requested timing with the following guidelines (see below for important notes).

Vendor Buffet: Allows for flexibility with varying vendor schedules. Perfect for larger teams. 10 person minimum and rental of table and linen are required.

Deluxe Boxed Meal: The perfect grab and go. Great for entertainers or those who have to eat before hot meals are ready.

Important Notes: While we’ve always offered these three options, timely communication of the following information allows us to serve you best:

    • Number of vendor meals and meal service request time must be submitted to the designated 24 Carrots representative (either directly or through a planner / coordinator) 10 business days in advance. This will allow for requests to be worked into the timeline and service order and for our chefs to prepare accordingly.
    • All dietary meals should be requested to the designated 24 Carrots representative (either directly or through a planner / coordinator) 10 business days in advance.
    • If this information is not received, vendor meals default to a plated vendor meal after guest service is completed.

Just like any other wedding details, communication and planning ahead are the keys to success! One of our 24 Carrots core values is service excellence: our commitment to proactively identifying and meeting the needs of our clients, colleagues, and communities. You can expect this from us and in return, we thank you in advance for your proactive communication.

We are grateful for every opportunity to do what we love, and we look forward to serving you!