13 Winter Wedding Venues in California That Bring the Cozy Charm

From the coast to the mountains, these winter-ready spots sparkle.
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Jacqueline Mann
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Jacqueline Mann
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  • Jacqueline writes articles for The Knot Worldwide that cover an array of wedding-related topics.
  • She previously worked as a marketing manager for a wedding venue where she learned the intricate details of wedding planning.
  • Jacqueline graduated from Bluefield University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and communications.
Updated May 20, 2024

Whether you want a backdrop of crashing waves or towering mountains, there's an abundance of winter wedding venues in California to fit your vision. If you're planning a Golden State wedding, you have your pick of landscapes throughout the state, plus an amazing selection of venue options. Think, art-inspired ballrooms, gardens with tropical trees, mountain resorts and spots right by the ocean.

California's winter temperatures range from mild and sunny, to chilly and snowy depending on your location. No matter where you are, find types of wedding venues that give you the option to host your ceremony and reception inside. If the weather is comfortable and sunny, head outdoors for photos or even your ceremony.

Ready to start looking for winter wedding venues near you? Look over our tips for booking a wedding venue, then check out our list of incredible winter wedding venues in California.

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The Terrace Room at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California

Stay comfortable during your celebration while still taking in waterfront views at The Terrace Room at Lake Merritt. Set on Lake Merritt, the luxurious venue was once a trendy hot spot in the 1920s. The elegance and Art Deco flair is still present, along with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light and panoramic views. When the sun goes down, romantic Victorian street lights illuminate the lake for a charming backdrop to your reception. Host up to 200 guests or plan a micro-wedding in one of the venue's smaller event spaces.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200

Wine & Roses in Lodi, California

Plan a wine country wedding surrounded by 7 acres of botanical gardens and deodar trees. Wine & Roses is a winter wedding venue in Northern California with several indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony and reception. The Cellar Room is a lovely spot for an indoor ceremony with high ceilings, a cozy stone fireplace and large French doors that open to a private patio. Celebrate in the Garden Ballroom with open-beam ceilings, an inviting fireplace and its own private garden of white birch trees.

Plan a relaxing wedding weekend with 66 rooms and suites available for guests to stay overnight. Award-winning cuisine and an on-site spa round out this gorgeous venue.

  • Guest Capacity: 15-325

Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, California

Couples looking for winter wedding venues in California with picturesque water views should check out Corinthian Yacht Club. Here you'll find Colonial Revival architecture and timeless charm dating back to 1886. Host a sunlit ceremony in the aptly named Sun Porch with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the San Francisco Bay. The Grand Ballroom's wood walls and stone fireplace create a cozy ambiance for a cold-weather fete. The reception space accommodates up to 250 guests and also includes a stage for a DJ or band.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 250

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Building 177 in San Diego, California

Originally a Naval Library, the restored Building 177 is a light and airy space with room for up to 400 guests. Vaulted ceilings, rectangular pillars, pristine white walls, exposed beams and modern timber flooring make up the historic San Diego wedding venue. The 7,000-square-foot space is large enough to host your ceremony and reception indoors. The outdoor patio provides a cozy spot for cocktail hour. Ask the event staff about their extensive list of recommended vendors to help you create your dream wedding.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 400

Vibiana in Los Angeles, California

Looking for a stunning venue to make your New Year's Eve wedding photos pop? Check out the historic former cathedral Vibiana. You'll find original details from the 1876 building along with modern touches including state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. Towering columns, archway details and dark wood accents are just a few elements that bring the wow factor. The lush courtyard and garden is a beautiful spot for an outdoor ceremony. Located in the heart of the city, this Los Angeles wedding venue is also known for its custom menus and ability to accommodate any cuisine you desire.

  • Guest Capacity: 150-550

Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens in Fallbrook, California

Just a short drive from San Diego, Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens is a luxurious winter wedding venue in California. Situated beside a romantic, heart-shaped lake, the venue's Beverly Mansion is an elegant space for your reception, complete with crystal chandeliers, refined decor, large dance floor and adjoining outdoor veranda. Sneak away for photos in the Arbor Terrace, or hold your ceremony here if the weather is nice. This secluded spot is home to tropical trees, lush gardens and waterfalls. The venue also has an on-site caterer to help you create your perfect winter menu.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 300

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, California

For a true winter wonderland experience, say "I do" with a backdrop of snowy mountains at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. With surrounding Mammoth and June Mountain, this venue is home to stunning landscapes. Choose from several indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites for a truly customized event. Get married among a winter white landscape, or cozy up inside while still enjoying the scenic view. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area also makes a gorgeous Christmas wedding venue and accommodates up to 300 guests.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 300

Dream Inn Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California

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If hosting a beach celebration at a winter wedding venue in Northern California feels out of reach, change your mind with Dream Inn Santa Cruz. Get the best of both worlds with crashing waves and a cozy setting in the 3,500-square-foot Dream Ballroom. With room to accommodate up to 250 guests, the space offers views of the Santa Cruz Wharf, Monterey Bay and West Cliff Drive via floor-to-ceiling windows. If the weather is right, hold your ceremony by the water with your toes in the sand.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 250

The University Club of San Francisco in San Francisco, California

The University Club of San Francisco's winter wedding venue in California is rife with historic touches and modern charm. Dating back to 1890, the Bay Area spot allows you to host your ceremony and reception inside with up to 200 family and friends. Choose from two dining rooms, each with panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline, stunning chandeliers and wood accents. On-site overnight accommodations make this venue convenient for out-of-town guests or hosting a full-weekend wedding.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200

Malibu West Beach Club in Malibu, California

Malibu West Beach Club is a beautiful oceanfront winter wedding venue in Southern California. If the weather is comfortable, hold your ceremony on the elevated, covered deck with panoramic views of the beach below. This is also a great spot for cocktail hour. Celebrate in the indoor reception space with driftwood-colored floors, crystal chandeliers, chiffon drapes and twinkle lights. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide an ocean view and high ceilings give it an airy feel. With space for up to 170 guests, the two-story Malibu wedding venue is located between Zuma Beach and Broad Beach.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 170

Fresno Fields in Fresno, California

Couples looking for winter wedding venues in Northern California love the versatility of Fresno Fields. Multiple banquet rooms, a stunning garden and a shaded terrace provide lots of options for your ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and photos. Notable elements include rustic wood walls, industrial elements, romantic bistro lighting and a wrought-iron arch. Relax in the get-ready suites before your ceremony begins. The neutral color palette throughout lets your winter wedding colors pop.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 400

Vertigo Event Venue in Glendale, California

Vertigo Event Venue is a street-art-inspired winter wedding venue in Southern California. Modern and elegant, its bold black and white design looks stunning mixed with winter wedding centerpieces. As soon as you enter the lobby you're met with chic opulence—gunmetal leather wallpaper, crystal column chandeliers and black lacquered buffets. Couples have their choice of reception space. The White Ballroom is an all-white hall with velvet pinstripe wallpaper, hand-blown crystal light fixtures and mirrored mosaic columns. Or choose the Black Banquet Room with a black granite bar, black Murano chandeliers and a domino ceiling. Both spaces accommodate up to 320 guests.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 320

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay in Monterey, California

With coastal-inspired spaces, a spa on-site and the bay right outside your window, Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay is an upscale winter wedding venue in California. Whether it's for photos for an outdoor ceremony, the Memory Garden is an enchanting, adobe-inspired space decorated with tree lighting, lush plants and historic architecture. Choose from several reception spaces including the De Anza Ballroom, which accommodates up to 500 guests. For more intimate gatherings, the Portola Room can host up to 80.

  • Guest Capacity: 80-500

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