There is something about Victorian castles, decked out in holiday fare, that adds a touch of magic to the festive season. With their cathedral ceilings, chandeliers, candelabras, and period furniture, these venues are guaranteed to delight even the most discerning guests. Keep this in mind as summer draws to a close and plans for holiday events unfold.
Beautifully decorated for the Christmas a season, Victorian castles are an event planner's dream. Fortunately, one doesn't have to travel to the other side of the Atlantic to discover these perfect venues for holiday events.
Casa Loma (Toronto)
Built between 1911 and 1914 by Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Casa Loma is set on a 5-acre estate just North of the downtown core. Casa Loma's 5 function rooms include The Great Hall, The Conservatory, and the Billiard Room. The capacity for function rooms ranges from 60 - 220 for dining and 100 - 250 for receptions. When the entire venue is privatized, the total capacity is 1,500.
Craigdarroch Castle (Victoria, British Columbia)
Designated as a National Historical Site, Craigdarroch Castle, an elegant, 4-story Victorian mansion built between 1887 and 1890, features 33 exquisitely designed stained glass windows, antique Victorian furniture, and detailed woodwork fashioned from walnut, rosewood, maple, holly, and oak .
In the Main Hall, Library, Dining Room, and Drawing Room on the main floor, guests can be served holiday treats. The Dance Hall is on the 4th floor. From the tower, guests can enjoy stunning views of Victoria.
The gardens and grounds, which are available for tented dinners, can be rented separately for private events. Victoria's winters are mild but heaters can be rented to ensure guest comfort even during the festive season.
Belhurst Castle (Lake Geneva, New York)
In 4 years (1885 - 1889), Belhurst Castle was constructed under the guidance of Mrs. Carrie M. Young Harron. Listed on the National Registered of Historic Properties, it has 2 spectacular ballrooms that provide an appealing ambiance for Christmas events. Meritage Ballroom, a 3,300-square-foot venue with a capacity of 160, offers breathtaking views of the Seneca Lake and the gardens. In the 4,400-suare-foot Castle Ballroom, over 250 guests can be entertained in style.
For smaller festive events, Edgar Library, Edgar's Solarium, Edgar's Parlor and 2 other function rooms provide a cozy ambiance for groups of 18 to 50. Wine tastings and dinners with wine pairings can be arranged in the winery.
Overnight accommodation is available in 14 splendidly appointed guests rooms that are decorated with antique, period furniture. On the same property, Vinifera Inn and White Springs Manor offer additional accommodation for overnight guests.
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