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The holiday season is in full swing. You know what that means! It’s time to start prepping for your corporate celebrations and personal parties. The hardest part of the planning process is determining the location. This year we’ve made it easy for you. Whether you’re planning a fancy fete or small soirée, here are five Des Moines locations you have to check out.

Rollins Mansion

Formal, Traditional

The Rollins Mansion is a large historical estate conveniently located minutes from downtown Des Moines. This magnificent manor boosts a traditional aesthetic with Byron Boyd & Herbert Moore architecture including extensive woodwork, stained glass windows, fountains, outdoor gardens and a grand circle drive. With more than 10,000 square feet of event space, the Rollins Mansion can accommodate all types of occasions. The best part? The beautiful view of the downtown skyline.

Location: 2801 Fleur Drive

Capacity: up to 300

Catering: in-house catering and preferred catering list

Included: WIFI, audio/visual, tables, gold Chiavari chairs, some holiday decor

Price: $750+

Contact: rollinsmansion@rollinsmansion.com, 515-505-4638

Lurra Cocina

Restaurant Convenience

For smaller gatherings, we recommend Lurra Cocina, a new contemporary restaurant that specializes in Spanish cuisine with a modern twist. With delicious food and drink onsite, it’s a convenient venue for petite or last-minute holiday parties. You’ll also love large windows and the sliding shipping container doors that close off the event space.

Location: 1420 Locust St.

Capacity: 26

Catering: Lurra Cocina provides food and drink

Included: tables, chairs and dining items

Price: $200-$700

Contact: events@lurracocina.com, 515-635-0952

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The Riverwalk Hub

Great Views

If you’re looking for the best views in town, The Riverwalk Hub is the spot. With its unique shape and floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s an award-winning exhibit of architecture that sits along the west bank of the Des Moines River. The centralized Des Moines location makes getting there super easy.

Location: 215 Water St.

Capacity: 50 seated and 75 standing

Catering: Trellis Catering only

Included: tables and chairs

Price: $250 for the inside and upper terrace, $250 for the plaza, $250 for the lower terrace, $750 for all spaces

Contact: 515-330-1517

The Des Moines Social Club

The Urban Aesthetic

The Culinary Loft at the Social Club is located in the heart of downtown with easy access to parking, hotels and other local amenities. It features a state-of-the-art kitchen and wet bar with two full walls of window for spectacular views. The modern industrial space creates a neutral backdrop for any style of décor. The Social Club also offers a variety or other spaces available to rent at a variety of price points including an art gallery, smaller party rooms, a black box theater and a basement bar.

Location: 900 Mulberry St.

Capacity: 75-100

Catering: none but recommends the on-site restaurant, Malo

Included: sound system, flat screen televisions, wireless microphone, various table options, seating up to 100

Price: $75-$150/hour, depending on the date, time and use of kitchen amenities

Contact: Venue coordinator, Zoey Miller, at rentals@desmoinessocialclub.org, 515-369-3672

NOAH’S

The Blank Slate

If you’re looking for a blank slate, we recommend NOAH’S event space, which is located in West Des Moines. This venue offers large banquet rooms with an abundance of natural light, wood floors and a neutral color scheme. Their open vendor policy allows you to customize any design you want to fit your style and budget. They also offer smaller event spaces for more intimate gatherings.

Location: 1805 90th St. West Des Moines

Capacity: up to 250

Catering: open vendor policy

Included: tables, chairs, set up and take down, use of all of our A/V equipment, specialty linens, uplighting and an on-site coordinator during the event

Price: varies on time and space used

Contact: Des.Moines@noahseventvenue.com, 515-421-5159

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