Corporate Holiday Party Hot Spots

For many employees, the annual holiday party is the highlight of the year, but a party in the office feels dangerously close to working late. In that spirit, the Tulsa Business Journal scouted some of the city’s best venues for celebrating this season.
Philbrook Museum of Art
Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, has always provided a gorgeous setting for holiday events, and with the addition of “Garden Glow” — lights in Philbrook’s pristinely manicured gardens — the ambiance couldn’t be better.
Neither could the price: Philbrook is offering businesses a 50-percent discount for a few select dates this year.
Philbrook’s standard holiday special includes accommodations for up to 120 guests, a menu of hot drinks, light hors d’oeuvres prepared by La Villa restaurant, access to the museum’s galleries and glowing gardens and a membership in the Business Associates group.
For an additional fee, the museum will provide catering upgrades and bar service.
Typically, the cost for such an event is $8,000. The discounted rate is $3,500.
To book a party or obtain additional information, contact Frank Mulhern at (918) 748-5332 or
Kennedy Mansion
The Kennedy Mansion, just northwest of downtown at 506 W. Fairview St., is a historic bed and breakfast that also offers accommodations for weddings and other special events.
Darell Christopher, who, with his wife, Francoise, owns the 1920s mansion, said it offers a comfortable, homey atmosphere perfect for holiday parties.
The standard rate for renting the mansion’s first floor is about $150 for corporations and $100 for nonprofits. Food can be provided by one of the mansion’s preferred caterers for an additional fee, or companies can bring their own food.
Companies are also responsible for their own alcohol, but the mansion can provide a licensed bartender to serve it.
Companies that want to keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning can also reserve all six of its rooms for only $600. That fee includes breakfast or brunch for up to 12 the following morning.
Dates are still available, and to reserve one or get more information, call Darell Christopher at (918) 712-8065 or go to
McBirney Mansion
McBirney Mansion, at 1414 S. Galveston Ave., is another local favorite for special events. At Christmastime, the mansion is meticulously decorated, and its staff takes pride in providing corporate guests with everything they need for a perfect holiday party.
“We’re a 1927 Tudor gothic mansion, so we kind of scream ‘Christmas,’” said McBirney’s Lisa Lang.
Companies can rent the entire mansion, which can accommodate 150 or so guests, for $1,500 or $2,000 on the weekends and less during the week.
The ballroom space downstairs provides an elegant setting for a sit-down dinner, and the first-floor common area is a comfortable yet luxurious space for mingling over cocktails.
For additional fees, McBirney will provide food and beverages. For parties of 100 or fewer, the catering is done in-house, and approved outside caterers may be used for larger parties. McBirney has its own liquor license and can provide beer, wine and liquor, as well as bartenders, at the company’s request.
Dates are still available. To book one, call Lisa Lang at (918) 585-2334 or visit
Circle Cinema
In Tulsa’s Kendall Whittier district at 12 S. Lewis Ave., Circle Cinema is a locally owned movie theater specializing in independent and foreign films and documentaries. In addition, the theater’s spacious lobby area provides exhibition space for local artists and can be rented for holiday parties.
The space seats 40 at 10 36-inch round tables or 24 at six 4-inch rectangular tables. It can accommodate additional bodies without seating them. Four-hour rental of the space runs at $400 Sunday through Thursday and $450 Friday and Saturday. For nonprofits, that’s $250 and $300, respectively. Additional time is $75 per hour.
Companies are required to provide their own food, beverages and serving staff.
To reserve the Circle Cinema, call Amerla Hickman at (918) 585-3456 or visit

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