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!

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

Holly & Thistle Party Nights

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A PERFECT FESTIVE PARTY! DRESS TO IMPRESS AND ENJOY A DELICIOUS 3 COURSE CHRISTMAS DINNER AND PARTY INTO THE EARLY HOURS WITH OUR DJ.

Starters

  • Celeriac and Stilton soup with crispy croutons and crusty bread (v).
  • Tiger prawn cocktail with Marie Rose sauce, crisp lettuce and focaccia crostini. 

Mains

  • Traditional roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and chipolata sausage.
  • Grilled fillet of salmon with creamy hollandaise sauce.
  • Ricotta, sauté mushroom and spinach tart (v).

Desserts

  • Christmas pudding served with brandy sauce.
  • Dark chocolate torte with vanilla and raspberry sauce. 

Tea, coffee and mince pies

Dates and Prices

£29.95 per person

Friday 5th and 12th December
Saturday 6th and 20th December

Your party started

  • 3 course meal and disco
  • Arrival at 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.45pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am
  • Minimum table numbers of 6

Stay over?

  • £49.00 per room – single occupancy
  • £10.00 supplement for double occupancy
  • Rates inclusive of bed and full English breakfast and use of the Otium Health & Leisure Club.
  • Subject to availability.
  • Book early to avoid disappointment!

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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.


THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO PARTY!

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


  • Car parking is available free of charge.

Sunday Carvery Lunch With Santa

WHAT BETTER WAY TO SPEND SOME QUALITY FAMILY TIME TOGETHER THAN FOR EVERYONE TO GO OUT FOR A GOOD OLD SUNDAY LUNCH WITH A VISIT FROM SANTA.

Starters

  • Cream of leek and potato soup with croutons (v).

Mains

  • Traditional roast turkey with cranberry sauce and chipolata sausage.
  • Roasted rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding.
  • Roast ham glazed with honey and mustard.
  • Ricotta, sauté mushroom and spinach tart (v).

Selection of seasonal vegetables and potatoes


Desserts

  • Christmas pudding served with brandy sauce.
  • Dark chocolate torte with vanilla and raspberry sauce.
  • Apple, sultana and cinnamon with crunchy crumble and vanilla custard.

Tea, coffee and mints

Dates and Prices

£16.00 per adult

£7.95 per child 5 –14 years

Children 4 years and under eat free 
Sunday 7th December

Your party started

  • 3 course carvery
  • Lunch served between 12.30–3.00pm
  • Visit from Santa with a present for the children

Stay over?

Why not make a night of it?

  • Relax and stay overnight with reduced accommodation rates from only £49.00 including VAT and full English breakfast.
  • Subject to availability

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BELIEVE!

Santa’s not stuck up the chimney, you’ll find him giving away presents with family Christmas dinners. We even offer plenty of parking for sleighs and reindeer.


  •  Car parking is available free of charge.

Sherwood Christmas Carvery

BANISH THE WINTER BLUES AND ENJOY A FABULOUS NIGHT OF FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT. JOIN US FOR A DISCO WHERE YOU CAN PARTY ON INTO THE EARLY HOURS WITH OUR DJ.

Starters

  • Celeriac and Stilton soup with crispy croutons and crusty bread (v).
  • Tiger prawn cocktail with Marie Rose sauce, crisp lettuce and focaccia crostini.

Mains

  • Traditional roast turkey with cranberry sauce and chipolata sausage.
  • Roast ham glazed with honey and mustard.
  • Ricotta, sauté mushroom and spinach tart (v).

Desserts

  • Christmas pudding served with brandy sauce.
  • Dark chocolate torte with vanilla and raspberry sauce.

Tea, coffee and mints

Dates and Prices

£21.95 per person

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

Your party started

  • 3 course meal and disco
  • Arrival at 6.45pm
  • Dinner served at 7.30pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am
  • Ideal for small and large groups

Stay over?

  • £49.00 per room – single occupancy
  • £10.00 supplement for double occupancy
  • Rates inclusive of bed and full English breakfast and use of the Otium Health & Leisure Club.
  • Subject to availability.
  • Book early to avoid disappointment!

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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.


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.


  •  Car parking is available free of charge.

Donington Does The 80s

COME DRESSED IN YOUR FAVOURITE 80s OUTFIT AND COME BACK WITH US ON A JOURNEY WITH OUR 80s THEMED LIVE ACT ‘ADDED ATTRACTION’.

Starters

  • Celeriac and Stilton soup with crispy croutons and crusty bread (v).
  • Tiger prawn cocktail with Marie Rose sauce, crisp lettuce and focaccia crostini.

Mains

  • Traditional roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and chipolata sausage.
  • Grilled fillet of salmon with creamy hollandaise sauce.
  • Ricotta, sauté mushroom and spinach tart (v).

Desserts

  • Christmas pudding served with brandy sauce.
  • Dark chocolate torte with vanilla and raspberry sauce.

Tea, coffee and mince pies

Dates and Prices

£32.95 per person

Saturday 13th December – Added Attraction

Your party started

  • 3 course meal and disco
  • Arrival at 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.45pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am
  • Minimum table numbers of 6

Stay over?

  • £49.00 per room – single occupancy
  • £10.00 supplement for double occupancy
  • Rates inclusive of bed and full English breakfast and use of the Otium Health & Leisure Club.
  • Subject to availability
  • Book early to avoid disappointment!

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THE FUN STARTS HERE

Let us entertain you with great tribute nights, they’re a great icebreaker and make it a real party night to remember.


SHINE ON

Sleek or tumbling curls, whatever your look, use a smoothing heat protection spray before styling. This gives you enviable, head turning shine.


  •  Car parking is available free of charge.

The Big Thistle Sleepover

PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY WITHOUT THE WORRY OF GETTING HOME! ENJOY A DELICIOUS 3 COURSE MEAL, DISCO AND MIDNIGHT SNACK.

Starters

  • Celeriac and Stilton soup with crispy croutons and crusty bread (v).
  • Tiger prawn cocktail with Marie Rose sauce, crisp lettuce and focaccia crostini.

Mains

  • Traditional roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and chipolata sausage.
  • Grilled fillet of salmon with creamy hollandaise sauce.
  • Ricotta, sauté mushroom and spinach tart (v).

Desserts

  • Christmas pudding served with brandy sauce.
  • Dark chocolate torte with vanilla and raspberry sauce.

Tea, coffee and mince pies

Dates and Prices

£50.00 per person

Including accommodation based on 2 people sharing
Friday 19th December

Your party started

  • 3 course meal and disco
  • Arrival at 7.00pm
  • Dinner served at 7.45pm
  • Carriages at 1.00am
  • Minimum table numbers of 6

Stay over?

  • £60.00 per room – single occupancy
  • Rate inclusive of dinner, midnight snack, bed and full English breakfast and full use of our Otium Health & Leisure Club.
  • Subject to availability

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EVERYONE’S PARTY

It may get scrappy, but it’s always best to involve everyone in your Christmas party planning. That way everyone is pleased with the result.


LIGHT UP THE ROOM!

To add an extra special finish, sweep a little of shimmer to the brow bone, cheeks and down the centre of the nose to illuminate the face.


  •  Join us at midnight in your onesie and enjoy a selection of tuck shop goodies with a complimentary night cap for those in their pyjamas.
  • Car parking is available free of charge.

New Year's Eve Donington Decades Ball

ENJOY A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE, CANAPÉS AND RED CARPET RECEPTION WITH OUR PIPE AND DRUM DUO. THE MAIN EVENT WILL TAKE YOU THROUGH THE DECADES STARTING FROM THE 40s.

Starters

  • Scotch broth (a vegetarian version will be available).

Fish course

  • Trio of salmon: Cured, poached and smoked salmon with crab, prawn and roe canapés.

Mains

  • Fillet of beef with flat mushrooms, smoked streaky bacon, glazed shallots and Madeira jus.
  • Stilton and wild mushroom tart served with a pear and spinach salad (v).

 

Desserts

  • Trio and a treat: Baileys and chocolate profiterole, cherry pavlova, vanilla panna cotta cup served with a shot of chocolate brandy cocktail.

 

Trio of cheeses

  • Cheddar, Somerset Brie and Stilton cheeses with biscuits, dried fruit and celery.

Tea, coffee and petit fours

Dates and Prices

£115.00 per person

Including accommodation based on 2 people sharing
Wednesday 31st December

Your party started

  • Reception with pipe and drum duo 
  • Arrival at 7.30pm
  • 6 course dinner with live cabaret:
  • Johnny Victory
  • Dinner served at 8.00pm
  • Disco
  • Dancing until 2.00am
  • Bacon butties to finish
  • Dress code: formal

Stay over?

  • £175.00 per room – single occupancy
  • Our New Year’s Eve package includes accommodation, 6 course dinner, breakfast on New Year’s Day, full use of our Otium Health & Leisure Club and car parking.

  • Minimum table numbers of 6.

New Year's Eve Family Party Night

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND OUR NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY PARTY NIGHT! AT THISTLE EAST MIDLANDS WE WILL BE HOSTING A GREAT INFORMAL AND FUN PARTY WITH GAMES AND A DISCO.

Starters

  • Soup served with a selection of 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.

Tea and coffee

Dates and Prices

£40.00 per adult

£20.00 per child 5 –16 years

Children 4 years and under eat free
Wednesday 31st December

Your party started

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

Stay over?

  • From £85.00 – family room for a family of 4
  • From £150.00 – interconnecting room for families up to 5
  • Rate inclusive of full English breakfast
  • Limited availability, book early to avoid disappointment

  • Car parking available free of charge.

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