Warmth, Elegance and Character Combine in This Historic Site to Make Holiday Celebrations Special

Any time Greensboro residents get an invitation to an occasion at Revolution Mill, they know they’re in for a special celebration, delicious food and a gorgeous environment that casts a glow over any occasion. The former textile mill’s original golden maple floors and columns, enormous windows, exposed brick, custom wrought iron work and high ceilings combine to drench this space with light, warmth and character.

True to its name, Revolution Mill stands as a testimony to the Gate City’s ability to continuously reinvent itself. Which is why Greensboro Lifestyle was inspired to explore the two special event spaces that make this site one of the Triad’s favorite hot spots: the Colonnade for large events and Color Works for smaller group celebrations or meetings. We talked to Event Manager Jaime Gilliam about what makes this site one of the region’s favorite hot spots.

Why do people like this spot during the holidays?

In general, people love the Colonnade at Revolution Mill for the character, the high ceilings, old wood maple floors, the ironwork. It’s not a big empty box, it has a uniqueness and a character that no one else has. People also like that you can still have a warm and inviting setting for your event with not a lot of extra decorating.

What makes Revolution Mill a great place for holiday festivities?

With the two levels and the outdoor courtyard, it has a good flow. There’s a fire pit in the courtyard, and that’s a fun place where people will have a s’mores station or hot chocolate bar. We do December weddings, and I’ve seen them give shawls as favors, so people can go outside and enjoy a hot chocolate. Peppermoon is the exclusive caterer for the Colonnade and Color Works, and they are known for their hors d’oeuvres.

What kinds of things go on during the holidays that don’t require an invitation?

The Colonnade and Color Works meeting space are for private events, but the Mill campus itself is also home to the Kitchen & Market restaurant. The Merry Merry Market at the Colonnade is also very popular. It’s an all handmade crafts event in early November where we kick off the holiday season, and people can enjoy the environment while shopping.

What can people expect when they book an event?

People love it for the simplicity of planning, with one person to contact for the venue, food, tableware and linens, bar, and even entertainment and decor. It just makes the whole process of event planning easier. And then groups that want to do their own decor or entertainment can do their own thing too.

What kinds of trends are you seeing in holiday entertaining?

Because of the limited number of weekends in December, we’re seeing more corporate groups move their holiday parties from the Christmas season to parties in January. A lot of times for corporate events, they’ll tell us January may be more convenient for their employees who are traveling. Plus, special rates are available, and it’s more convenient as opposed to trying to cram one more thing in December.