Every year it seems prepping for the holiday season sneaks up earlier and earlier. The highlight of the season for many offices is the annual holiday party, as it allows the team an opportunity to unwind and celebrate the year’s hard work. The Woodlands in the winter is the perfect backdrop for your next holiday celebration, and below are just a few of our favorite holiday party spots. Keep an eye out for some insider’s tips and tricks as you start navigating the planning details!

1) In late Fall of 2018, The Westin at the Woodlands is introducing two new elevated experiences, Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen and Como Social Club Poolside Terrace + Bar. Guests will leave feeling happy and smiling – from both the food they ate and the company they shared.

Sorriso Modern Italian restaurant was designed as a gathering place in the tradition of a neighborhood trattoria, a place that honors the past while feeling distinctly of the moment. Here, dining is a shared experience with plates of authentic countryside Italian cooking, from house made pastas to piping-hot Neapolitan-style pizzas to Tuscan Tomahawk steaks, antipasti and Salumi artisan cured meats, all prepared with the freshest ingredients. The warm, comfortable setting and rich, traditional flavors combine to create an atmosphere like no other.

Como Social Club Poolside Terrace + Bar is hip and stylish with a fun vibe and high-energy, capturing the ambiance of an upscale beach club on Lake Como where the party never ends. This lively, indoor/outdoor bar and cocktail lounge venue overlooks the stunning Woodlands Waterway and Town Center, and is certain to be a new hot spot for visitors and locals alike.

Tip: Book your Holiday Party by September 30, and receive a $150 Gift Certificate to the new Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen! Offer valid for events held November 1, 2018 through January 10, 2019. Special offer expires October 1, 2018, call 832-839-5400 go to WestintheWoodlands.com and book your event today.

2) Who says you can't mix business with pleasure? Main Event is the premier location for an all-inclusive experience for your next holiday group event and their motto is one word- FUN! Main Event is a 60,000 square foot facility offering two private meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi and A/V, chef-inspired catering menus and a full bar to help you host an incredible holiday group event.

With 28 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, multi-level laser tag, over 100 games and karaoke all under one roof, Main Event will offer the perfect package for your group of 10 or up to 1,919. Explore their easy event menu options from light snacks to full meal packages with options that include backyard barbecue, total tailgate and the taste of Italy. Purchase corporate All-Access Passes for bowling, laser tag, and billiards for just $20.95 per person.

Tip: Book your holiday party by September 30th and pick your present! Choose between $100 FUN cards for every $500 spent or double FUNcard value for all your guests! Booking requires a minimum of 20 guests and purchase of a Strike Zone, FUN Zone, Triple Play, Championship, The Main Event or RTE corporate package. FUNcard is valid starting January 2, 2019. Call 281-355-5511 or book at mainevent.com/book/group-events.

3) Del Frisco's Grille in The Woodlands takes the classic bar and grill to new heights, with a menu that draws inspiration from bold flavors and market-fresh ingredients. Their special connection to the Double Eagle Steakhouse means all of their signature steaks are prepared with simplicity in mind, using premium hand-cut beef and only butter and a dash of salt & pepper. Their dry-aged steaks are tenderized to perfection up to 45 days before hitting your palette. This age-old technique intensifies the flavor in meat, bringing out sophisticated notes, such as hazelnut and blue cheese.

From celebrations to board sessions, their private and semi-private dining rooms are the perfect place for your next gathering. The venue offers chic decor, plenty of seating options, and views of Hughes Landing that are certain to delight your guests. Their Executive Room is an intimate private space with audio-visual capabilities that can accommodate 30 guests seated and up to 50 guests for cocktail receptions. Their partially covered patio offers a beautiful view of Lake Woodlands and is equipped with heaters, fans and multiple seating arrangement options. The patio is perfect for hosting an intimate VIP cocktail reception for 50 guests or a huge party for up to 150 guests.  Del Frisco’s collection of customized banquet menus offer wine pairing recommendations and their Group Dining Managers will assist you in planning the perfect event from start to finish.   

Tip: Book your holiday party before October 1st and receive a $100 Bonus Card valid between January 1 and March 31, 2019. Some restrictions apply. Call 281-465-0300 to go online at delfriscosgrille.com to book your event today.

Your final tip! Call Visit The Woodlands to turn your office night out into a holiday getaway for your staff by setting up a hotel room block. Contact Josie.Lewis@visitthewoodlands.com or Mariana.Almanza@visitthewoodlands.com to help make the process as cheerful as possible!  We can help with personalized suggestions, help gather proposals and streamline the planning process so you have more time to focus on the fun stuff. Did we mention all our services are complimentary?