As the holiday season approaches, planning a celebratory event for an organization can seem daunting. There are a variety of venues to choose from, food selections to make, décor decisions and more. Monterey County, located on the breathtaking Central California Coast, offers more than 220 lodging properties and a festive assortment of unique attractions and venues prepared to help make a meeting planner’s holiday event planning seamless.

Monterey County’s world-class venues have created packages to eliminate the stress of decision-making, as well as limited-time saving opportunities for meeting planners. Here is a list of six venues that are guaranteed to turn holiday event dreams into reality:

Portola Hotel and Spa, located in the heart of Monterey, offers customized menus, spectacular accommodations and early booking perks for groups during the holidays. Book before November 20 to receive 10 percent off food and beverage offerings, as well as complimentary self-parking and a dance floor. Meeting planners choose from meeting spaces that range from ballrooms to private dining rooms, an outdoor heated patio and its elegant Club Room.

Nightlife at Jacks in the Portola Hotel & Spa

Waterfront lovers will bask in the setting of InterContinental The Clement Monterey, located in historic Cannery Row. Events at this site include complimentary holiday centerpieces, linens and complimentary specialty drinks during cocktail hour. Featuring 12 meeting rooms, plus a ballroom, courtyard with two fire pits and impressive outdoor venue, guests can enjoy the holidays with endless idyllic views of the Monterey Bay.

Intercontinental The Clement Monterey

Situated on 500-acres in Carmel Valley, Carmel Valley Ranch is an adult playground featuring holiday-themed events throughout the season. Meeting planners that book their event before October 31 will receive 50 percent off their holiday site fee, a 10 percent discount on holiday banquet menu pricing, one complimentary passed hors d’oeuvre, a signature welcome holiday cocktail upon arrival and discounted group holiday room rates.

Carmel Valley Ranch

Celebrate the holidays in wine country at Folktale Winery and Vineyards in Carmel Valley. This 17-acre property offers nine unique venues perfect for a holiday celebration. Attendees can enjoy a beautiful setting, a taste an assortment of wine varietals and indulge in delicious cuisine made fresh from the kitchen.

Folktale Winery Meeting

For a historic take on a holiday party, The Barns at Cooper Molera in Monterey offers a restored event venue that dates back to the early 1800s. Planners can choose to add a guided tour for guests to learn about the venues storied history. The Barns also includes a seasoned team of catering and culinary experts who customize menus – from sugar-plums to roast beef carving stations.

The Barns

To experience a holiday party under the sea, world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium offers a variety of venue options. Attendees will be mesmerized by its stunning, living exhibits, while also enjoying spectacular, sustainably cooked dishes that focus on fresh, local and in-season ingredients provided by suppliers who care about ocean conservation.

Monterey Bay Aquarium