Christmas At Thistle Aberdeen The Caledonian

At Thistle Aberdeen, The Caledonian, we certainly know how to host the best Christmas celebrations. From party nights, gala dinners, traditional Christmas lunches or New Year’s Eve parties – whichever you choose, we’ll make it the most memorable Christmas for you.

So if you’ve been nominated to organise your work’s Christmas-do, family get-together or your friends are looking to you to organise a treat, then look no further!

Behind the scenes, our friendly staff are experienced at organising events that are seamlessly smooth, beautifully presented and charged with a joyful atmosphere. And at every good party there’s got to be great food! At Thistle the food always matches the occasion and our chefs are passionate about serving consistently delicious, fresh food from a mouth-watering range of menus.

At Thistle Aberdeen, The Caledonian, an eventful and enjoyable Christmas and a very happy New Year is waiting for everyone!

Don’t book a taxi... book a room!

You’re having a great night so don’t let it end too soon, spend the night with us! With such great room rates and a hearty breakfast the following morning, let us look after you!

Packages Available

Christmas In The Bistro

POP IN WITH FRIENDS OR BRING THE FAMILY TO ENJOY A TRADITIONAL 3 COURSE MEAL WITH FESTIVE NOVELTIES.

Starters

  • Spiced carrot and lentil soup (v).
  • Chicken liver parfait with plum chutney and oatcakes.
  • Scottish smoked salmon served with a potato and caper salad dressed with lemon oil.

 Children's Starters

  • Tomato soup (v).
  • Fan of melon (v).

Mains

  • Roast turkey, skirlie, chipolatas, roast potatoes, sprouts, roast parsnips, carrots and tarragon gravy.
  • Goat’s cheese and red onion tart (v).
  • Grilled sea bass fillet, champ potatoes, shrimp and saffron cream.

Desserts

  • Vanilla cheesecake with hints of Christmas pudding and Drambuie cream.
  • Chocolate cherry mousse with hazelnut cream.

 Children's Desserts

  • Ice cream, chocolate sauce with a mini candy cane.
  • Fruit salad with sorbet.

Freshly brewed tea, coffee and mini mince pies.

Dates and Prices

From £25.00 per adult

From £15.00 per child

Children under 3 years eat free

Available throughout December 

Your party started

  • 3 course plated meal and festive novelties.
  • From 12.00pm daily
  • Advance booking preferred but essential for parties of 4 or more.

Stay over

  • £89.00 – Fridays
  • £109.00 – Saturdays
  • Rate inclusive of bed and full Scottish breakfast in a double/twin room.

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EAT AND BE MERRY

We cater for everyone, so just check if anyone has any allergies or special dietary requirements. We’ll make sure everyone’s included in the good times.


  • For more information visit thistle.com/christmas or email letsmeet.aberdeencaledonian@thistle.co.uk

Festive Afternoon Tea

THE CALEDONIAN’S VERY OWN PASTRY CHEF HAS CREATED AN AFTERNOON TEA THAT COMBINES YULETIDE FLAVOURS WITH OUR UNIQUE FESTIVE FLAIR.

Selection of leaf teas

  • English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Assam, Darjeeling and Lapsang Souchong.

 Selection of sandwiches

  • Smoked salmon with horseradish and lemon served on brown bread.
  • Mature Cheddar and festive tomato chutney served on white bread (v).
  • Brie and cranberry jelly served on white bread (v).
  • Classic prawn Marie Rose served on brown bread
  • Roast turkey with homemade stuffing served on white bread
  • Roast beef and Brussels sprouts mayonnaise served on brown bread.

Warm festive spiced scones

  • Served with clotted cream and homemade jam.

Selection of cakes

  • Seasonal pastries and cakes from our bakery.

Dates and Prices

From £13.95 per person

Daily from 12.00pm throughout December 

Your party started

  • All our Afternoon Teas are served with your choice of sandwiches, leaf tea, freshly baked cakes and sweet treats.

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FESTIVE CHEERS

Instead of a traditional roast, enjoy a lighter side of the festive season with our delicious Afternoon Tea.


THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO PARTY!

Now’s the time, round up your friends and have a good time, Christmas provides the perfect excuse.


  • For more information visit thistle.com/christmas or email letsmeet.aberdeencaledonian@thistle.co.uk
  • Advanced booking is essential.
  • Private rooms are also available for larger parties, subject to availability and terms and conditions.

Festive Party Lunches

COME STRAIGHT FROM THE OFFICE, OUR BAR IS OPEN FROM NOON. ENJOY A 3 COURSE LUNCH WITH FESTIVE NOVELTIES AND DJ. WHY NOT PRE-ORDER YOUR PARTY DRINKS AND AVOID THE INITIAL BAR RUSH?

Starter

  • Spiced carrot and lentil soup (v).

Mains

  • Roast turkey, skirlie, chipolatas, roast potatoes, sprouts, roast parsnips, carrots and tarragon gravy.
  • Goat’s cheese and red onion tart (v).

Dessert

  • Vanilla cheesecake with hints of Christmas pudding and Drambuie cream.

Freshly brewed tea, coffee and mini mince pies.

Dates and Prices

£35.00 per person

Thursday 11th and 18th December 

£40.00 per person 

Friday 12th and 19th December 

Your party started

  • Bar open from 12.00pm
  • Lunch served at 12.30pm
  • 3 course lunch and festive novelties
  • Disco until 4.00pm

Upgrade?

Upgrade to our Grand Package for an additional £15.00 per person.

  • Includes canapés and bubbly on arrival and dedicated waiter service during the meal, all served in a private room.

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LET’S DO LUNCH

Christmas is a busy, busy time and everyone’s calendars get full to bursting. So you may want to swap a party night for a leisurely lunch and enjoy the festive spirit with all the trimmings.


GO NUDE

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  • Smaller parties may be asked to share a table.
  • To book a private room a minimum number of 16 people applies.
  • To pre-order your drinks contact our Events Team.

Festive Party Nights

WINE AND DINE IN STYLE ENJOYING A SUMPTUOUS 4 COURSE MEAL WITH FESTIVE NOVELTIES AND A DJ. WHY NOT PRE-ORDER YOUR PARTY DRINKS TO YOUR TABLE AND AVOID THE INITIAL BAR RUSH?

Starter

  • Chicken liver parfait with plum chutney and oatcakes.
  • Melon and fig with a honey yoghurt (v).

Intermediate

  • Spiced carrot and lentil soup (v).

Mains

  • Roast turkey, skirlie, chipolatas, roast potatoes, sprouts, roast parsnips, carrots and tarragon gravy.
  • Goat’s cheese and red onion tart (v).

Dessert

  • Vanilla cheesecake with hints of Christmas pudding and Drambuie cream.

Freshly brewed tea, coffee and mini mince pies.

Dates and Prices

£35.00 per person

Friday 28th November
Saturday 29th November
Friday 5th December

£40.00 per person

Saturday 6th December

£45.00 per person

Friday 12th and 19th December
Saturday 13th and 20th December 

Your party started

  • Bar open from 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm
  • 4 course dinner with disco until 1.00am

Upgrade?

Upgrade to our Grand Package for an additional £15.00 per person.

  • Includes canapés and bubbly on arrival and dedicated waiter service during the meal, all served in a private room.

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DANCE! DANCE! DANCE!

We have some amazing DJs to round off your perfect party, with dance floor classics that keep that glitter ball rolling, all night long.


  • Smaller parties may be asked to share a table.
  • To book a private room a minimum number of 16 people applies.
  • To pre-order your drinks contact our Events Team.

Christmas Day Carvery

ENJOY A GLASS OF SPARKLING WINE AND CANAPÉS IN OUR BISTRO. FOLLOWED BY CHRISTMAS LUNCH IN OUR TERRACE SUITE AND MUSIC FROM OUR RESIDENT PIANIST. PLUS A VISIT FROM SANTA WITH A GIFT FOR THE CHILDREN.

Starter

  • Traditional Scotch broth.
  • Spiced carrot and lentil croquettes served with an apple and coriander relish (v).
  • Scottish smoked salmon served with a prawn mousse and pickled cucumber.

Intermediate

  • Champagne sorbet (v).

From the carvery

  • Roast crown of turkey or roast sirloin of Scotch beef served with roast potatoes, sprouts and bacon, roast parsnips, buttered carrots, skirlie and homemade gravy.
  • Fillet of halibut served with champ potatoes, shrimp and saffron cream.
  • Butternut squash and honey strudel with beetroot and hazelnut pesto (v).

Dessert

  • Honey parfait served with raspberry cream and Drambuie jelly.
  • Chocolate and cherry mousse served with pistachio ice cream.
  • Selection of Scottish cheeses, biscuits and grapes.

Freshly brewed tea, coffee and mini mince pies.

Dates and Prices

From £60.00 per adult

From £30.00 per child

Children under 3 years eat free
Thursday 25th December
 

Your party started

  • Sparkling wine and seasonal canapés on arrival.
  • 4 course meal with pianist.
  • Visit from Santa.
  • Bookings available from 12.00pm–2.00pm.

Children’s menu

  • Tomato soup (v)
  • Fan of melon (v)

  •  From the carvery

  • Ice cream and chocolate sauce with a mini candy cane
  • Fruit salad with sorbet.

  •  Hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows.

  • For more information visit thistle.com/christmas or email letsmeet.aberdeencaledonian@thistle.co.uk

Hogmanay Ceilidh Celebration

START YOUR EVENING WITH A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE AND CELEBRATORY CANAPÉS FOLLOWED BY A LUXURIOUS GALA DINNER. BRING IN THE BELLS WITH OUR PIPER.

Starter

  • Terrine of confit duck, spiced clementine marmalade and toasted sourdough.
  • Tian of melon (v).

Intermediate

  • Velouté of celeriac and chestnut, finished with truffle oil.

Mains

  • Fillet steak, potato and ox cheek presse, green beans, morel and red wine jus.
  • Butternut squash and blue cheese Wellington (v).

Dessert

  • Raspberry millefeuille, honey parfait, bramble jelly.

 To finish

  • Selection of Scottish cheeses, biscuits and grapes.

Freshly brewed tea, coffee and petit fours.

Dates and Prices

£85.00 per person

Dinner and entertainment only

£135.00 per person

Dinner, entertainment and accommodation

Wednesday 31st December 

Your party started

  • Champagne cocktail and canapés on arrival
  • 5 course meal
  • Entertainment by the Broad Bay Ceilidh band
  • Bar available from 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm
  • Event ends at 1.00am
  • Dress code: black tie or Highland dress

Stay over?

  • Why not make an entire night of it and stay with us for £135.00 per person including the Hogmanay Ceilidh celebration, accommodation and breakfast on New Year’s Day.

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DON’T EVACUATE THE DANCE FLOOR

  • Let your good time roll on and on, book a room and enjoy a lie in and breakfast on us. A perfect start to the morning after.

  • For more information visit thistle.com/christmas or email letsmeet.aberdeencaledonian@thistle.co.uk

January Party Night

IF YOU MISSED THE CHANCE TO CELEBRATE IN DECEMBER THEN JOIN US FOR OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT IN JANUARY. WE’RE KEEPING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT GOING INTO THE NEW YEAR AT ‘THE CALEY’.

Starter

  • Chicken liver parfait with plum chutney and oatcakes.
  • Melon and fig with a honey yoghurt (v)

Intermediate

  • Spiced carrot and lentil soup (v).

Mains

  • Roast turkey, skirlie, chipolatas, roast potatoes, sprouts, roast parsnips, carrots and tarragon gravy.
  • Goat’s cheese and red onion tart (v).

Dessert

  • Vanilla cheesecake with hints of Christmas pudding and Drambuie cream.

Freshly brewed tea, coffee and mini mince pies.

Dates and Prices

£30.00 per person

Includes half bottle of wine 

Saturday 24th January 

Your party started

  • Bar open from 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm
  • 4 course meal with disco until 1.00am

Stay over?

  • From £55.00 per single room*
  • From £65.00 per double room based on 2 people sharing*
  • Available Friday and Saturday nights throughout December

*Includes bed and breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are subject to availability


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YOUR WINE WISH LIST

  • Do you like a Merlot or a Bordeaux? A chilled Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc? Pre-order your favourites from our tempting wine list.

SHOW ME THE WAY

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  • For more information visit thistle.com/christmas or email letsmeet.aberdeencaledonian@thistle.co.uk

Thistle Aberdeen The Caledonian

10-14 Union Terrace
Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire
AB10 1WE

Tel: 0871 376 9003
Int Tel: +44 845 305 8303

Directions

From the A90, follow signs for the City Centre and Union Street. Half way down the main thoroughfare, turn left onto Union Terrace; The Caledonian Hotel is on the left after approximately 100 yards. To programme your sat-nav, please use the postcode AB10 1WE