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Holiday Party Planning Suggestions

With the crisp, cool days that fall brings, your thoughts may now be turning to the upcoming 2012 holiday season - and the need to plan that annual holiday get-together, whether it's for your office staff or visiting friends and family.

Well, here in Newport News, your options are endless!

Of course, when you think of holiday celebrations, the first thing that comes to mind is FOOD - sharing a meal with family, friends or colleagues at one of the many fine restaurants in Newport News. With more than 200 dining establishments located in the city, finding just the right place shouldn't be a problem!


To start, try contacting any one of these restaurants, all members of the Newport News Hospitality Association: Bailey Pub & Grille, Cheeseburger in Paradise, TGI Fridays, Rockefeller's, The Great American Grill, Schlesinger's Chop House, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Fiorello's, Mitty's Ristorante or Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant - Jefferson Avenue.

For larger groups, the city's full-service hotels - like the Marriott, Omni, and Point Plaza Suites - offer ballrooms big enough for both dining and dancing the night away! For smaller and more intimate get-togethers, consider booking of the city's limited service hotels, all of which have meeting rooms that can be used for private banquets and receptions.


If you're looking for something out of the ordinary try The Boxwood Inn, a property that dates back to 1896. The inn, which can seat as many as 100, specializes in themed events. How fun it would be to have an "Ugly Holiday Sweater" party there or a cookie-decorating table, complete with icing, sprinkles and other toppings!

And did you know that the city's numerous attractions are also available for after-hours rental? For a holiday party like no other, check out what's available at The Mariners' Museum, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, the Virginia Living Museum and Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, to name just a few!

Call the Newport News Visitor Center at 888-493-7386 or visit www.newport-news.org for additional venue ideas for your next holiday party.