Christmas At Thistle East Midlands Airport

At Thistle East Midlands Airport 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 East Midlands Airport, an eventful and enjoyable Christmas and a very happy New Year is waiting for everyone!

Good honest seasonal food and drink

Raise your expectations because our winter menus are here to delight. Whether it’s a traditional Christmas party, lunch, or a gala dinner party, our chefs prepare every dish with the freshest ingredients sourced from the finest suppliers. And all our recipes include a large dash of culinary passion.

So enjoy the party season this Christmas and bon appétit!

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

The Sherwood Feast in the Sherwood Restaurant

From £24.95 per person

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November Friday 6th, 13th and 20th December

Step back in time and experience a medieval themed menu and a live acoustic guitar duo to set the festive mood. Party into the early hours with our resident DJ.

Starter

  • Pottage and trenchers; a hearty broth of vegetable, barley and herbs with crispy chunks of bread to dunk (v).

Mains

  • Beef ribs slowly cooked in ale and served with a rich meat glaze.
  • Roasted ham hock marinated in whole grain mustard and cider.
  • Carved slices of turkey served with a bread sauce and gravy.
  • Roast quarters of chicken glazed with honey and thyme.
  • Mushroom pudding with creamy mushrooms and leeks served in a crisp batter pudding (v).

All served with wedges of veggies; coarsely chopped roots, squash and potatoes roasted in garlic.


Desserts

  • Plum pudding packed with fruit and smothered in brandy.
  • Stewed apples flavoured with cinnamon and topped with a warm scone crust.
  • Rhubarb fool creamy and sharp.
  • Hazelnut custard caramel with a dreamy caramel sauce.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course medieval banquet carvery style and disco.
  • Acoustic guitar duo during dinner.
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.

Terms and conditions apply.

Sherwood Sparkle Party Nights in the Sherwood Restaurant

From £21.95 per person

Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st December

Join us for an informal disco party night without worrying about the dress code.

Starters

  • Roast plum and red pepper soup with a swirl of basil oil (v).
  • Glazed goat’s cheese served with a beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with all the trimmings, chipolata, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Grilled salmon fillet served with buttery hollandaise and steamed seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom orzo pasta with rocket, truffle oil, white wine and crème fraîche (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit, the perfect excuse for brandy sauce.
  • Dark chocolate tart served with cream.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course meal and disco.
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.

Want a private party?

  • Just find 60 or more of your friends and we will reserve the whole room for you with no hidden cost.

Terms and conditions apply.

The Holly and Thistle Party Nights in the Southwell Suite

£29.95 per person

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November
Friday 6th and 20th December

Dress to impress and party into the early hours with our resident DJ. Enjoy a delicious 3 course Christmas dinner in our Southwell Suite.

Starters

  • Roast plum and red pepper soup with a swirl of basil oil (v).
  • Glazed goat’s cheese served with a beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with all the trimmings, chipolata, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Grilled salmon fillet served with buttery hollandaise and steamed seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom orzo pasta with rocket, truffle oil, white wine and crème fraîche (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit, the perfect excuse for brandy sauce.
  • Dark chocolate tart served with cream.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course meal and disco.
  • Dinner served at 7.45pm.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.
  • Minimum table numbers of 6.

Terms and conditions apply.

Donington Does the 80s in the Southwell Suite

£34.95 per person

Saturday 7th December

Come with us on a journey back to the 80s, with every awesome song from our 80s themed live act ‘Added Attraction’. Then enjoy a disco to keep you going throughout the night. Ladies don your huge earrings and neon dresses and guys let your mullet grow and break out those hammer pants... it’s time to get this party started!

Starters

  • Roast plum and red pepper soup with a swirl of basil oil (v).
  • Glazed goat’s cheese served with a beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with all the trimmings, chipolata, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Grilled salmon fillet served with buttery hollandaise and steamed seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom orzo pasta with rocket, truffle oil, white wine and crème fraîche (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit, the perfect excuse for brandy sauce.
  • Dark chocolate tart served with cream.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course meal, live act and disco.
  • Dinner served at 7.45pm.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.
  • Minimum table numbers of 6.

Terma and conditions apply.

Donington Does Thriller! in the Southwell Suite

£34.95 per person

Friday 13th December

It’s close to midnight, something evil is lurking at Thistle East Midlands Airport, under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart, you try to scream!

Tired of the traditional Christmas party? Then join us on Friday the 13th for our Thriller themed party night. Enjoy our live Michael Jackson style act followed by a disco until 1.00am.

Starters

  • Roast plum and red pepper soup with a swirl of basil oil (v).
  • Glazed goat’s cheese served with a beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with all the trimmings, chipolata, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Grilled salmon fillet served with buttery hollandaise and steamed seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom orzo pasta with rocket, truffle oil, white wine and crème fraîche (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit, the perfect excuse for brandy sauce.
  • Dark chocolate tart served with cream.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course meal, live act and disco. Dinner served at 7.45pm.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.
  • Minimum table numbers of 6.

Terms and conditions apply.

Donington Does Comedy! in the Southwell Suite

£34.95 per person

Saturday 14th December

Knock knock! Who’s there? Thistle! Thistle Who? Thistle make you laugh! Come and laugh the festive night away with our live comedy act, then dance until the early hours with our resident DJ.

Starters

  • Roast plum and red pepper soup with a swirl of basil oil (v).
  • Glazed goat’s cheese served with a beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with all the trimmings, chipolata, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Grilled salmon fillet served with buttery hollandaise and steamed seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom orzo pasta with rocket, truffle oil, white wine and crème fraîche (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit, the perfect excuse for brandy sauce.
  • Dark chocolate tart served with cream.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course meal, live comedy act and disco.
  • May contain adult material.
  • Dinner served at 7.45pm.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.
  • Minimum table numbers of 6.

Terms and conditions apply.

Donington Does a Night at The Movies in the Southwell Suite

£34.95 per person

Saturday 21st December

Come with us on a journey back to your favourite movies, ‘because where we’re going, we don’t need any roads’ and you will have ‘the time of your life!’

Who you gonna call? Thistle East Midlands Airport! Enjoy live music from ‘Added Attraction’ just dance the night away until you’re Footloose!

Starters

  • Roast plum and red pepper soup with a swirl of basil oil (v).
  • Glazed goat’s cheese served with a beetroot and pomegranate salad (v).

Mains

  • Roasted turkey crown with all the trimmings, chipolata, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted château potatoes, seasonal vegetables and rich gravy.
  • Grilled salmon fillet served with buttery hollandaise and steamed seasonal vegetables.
  • Wild mushroom orzo pasta with rocket, truffle oil, white wine and crème fraîche (v).

Desserts

  • Traditional Christmas pudding packed with fruit, the perfect excuse for brandy sauce.
  • Dark chocolate tart served with cream.

Freshly brewed tea or coffee.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course meal, entertainment and disco.
  • Dinner served at 7.45pm.
  • Carriages at 1.00am.
  • Minimum table numbers of 6.

Terms and conditions apply.

New Year’s Eve Donington Decades Ball in the Southwell Suite

£110.00 per person including accommodation

Tuesday 31st December

Enjoy a champagne, canapés and red carpet reception to the sounds of our pipe and drum duo.

The main event from the forties to the noughties starts with ‘Victory Belle’ taking you back to the wartime years with an atmospheric performance of song and dance.

Enjoy a delicious 6 course banquet then dance the night away until 2.00am. Not forgetting the bacon butties at half past midnight.

Starter

  • Fine herb and vegetable minestrone (v).

Fish Course

  • Smoked salmon, tiger prawns and flakes of poached salmon with horseradish, cream cheese and lime.

Mains

  • Tournedos of beef fillet with dauphinoise potatoes, mushroom croquette and a rich Madeira jus.
  • Provençal roasted tomato, courgette and basil tart topped with glazed goat’s cheese and black olives (v).

Dessert

  • Trio of chocolate; dark chocolate torte, milk chocolate ice cream and white chocolate panna cotta with soft fruit and coulis.

Cheese Course

  • Individual plate of English cheeses and biscuits with dried fruit, chutney and celery.

To Finish

  • Freshly brewed tea or coffee and petit fours.

What you need to know...

  • Champagne and canapés reception with pipe and drum duo.
  • 6 course meal and live cabaret act followed by a disco from the forties to the noughties.
  • Arrival at 7.30pm.
  • Dinner served at 8.00pm.
  • Dancing until 2.00am.
  • Bacon butties to finish included.
  • Dress code: Formal.
  • Minimum table numbers of 6.
  • There is a single supplement of £50.00 for single occupancy rooms.

Terms and conditions apply.

New Year’s Eve Family Party Night in the Sherwood Restaurant

£35.00 per person
£20.00 per child 5–16 yrs
Children 4 yrs and under eat free

Tuesday 31st December

Back by popular demand... our New Year’s Eve Family Party Night! Want a fun and informal party with party games and disco for all the family then look no further.

Thistle East Midlands Airport will be hosting our Family Night in the Sherwood Restaurant.

Starters

  • Soups and breads.
  • All you can eat hors d’oeuvres, salads and pickles.

From the Carvery – not just for adults

  • Roast honey glazed ham.
  • Roast rib of English beef with Yorkshire pudding.
  • Chicken cooked in red wine, thyme and garlic with a golden crispy potato crust.
  • Provençal roasted tomato, courgette and basil tart topped with glazed goat’s cheese and black olives (v).

Children’s Menu – not just for children

  • Pizza.
  • Chicken nuggets.
  • Burgers and chips.

Desserts

  • Help yourself to our indulgent desserts including hot puddings, cakes, tarts and pastries.

What you need to know...

  • 3 course carvery, games and disco.
  • Arrival at 6.00pm.
  • Dinner served at 6.30pm.
  • Dancing until 1.00pm.

Why not stay overnight?

  • Family rooms are available from £85.00 including a full English breakfast for a family of 4, but be warned we have very limited availability so book early to avoid disappointment.

Accommodation Packages

Accommodation packages are available throughout the festive season for guests attending one of our Christmas parties. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Party night accommodation is £59 per room for double/twin occupancy and £49 for single, and is subject to availability. Prices include full English breakfast, overnight parking and use of the Otium Health & Leisure Club.


Reward the Organiser

We appreciate how much work goes into organising the annual Christmas Party.

To allow the organiser to freshen up before the event, and to also enjoy the evening to its full extent, we are offering a complimentary upgrade to one of our Deluxe bedrooms with a bottle of wine to start the party for group bookings with 10 or more bedrooms.

What you need to know...

Accommodation packages subject to availability.

Thistle East Midlands Airport

Castle Donington
Derby
Derbyshire
DE74 2SH

Tel: 0871 376 9015
Int Tel: +44 845 305 8315

Directions

From the M1, M6/A50 and M42/A42, pick up the A453 and follow signs for East Midlands Airport; Thistle East Midlands Airport is just off the main road. We have 350 car parking spaces available for guests and non-residents at an additional charge. To programme your sat-nav, please use the postcode DE74 2SH