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29 Aug 2017

Seven top tips for the perfect Christmas party night

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but how can you make sure Christmas 2017 is a season to remember?

Emirates Old Trafford has a team of dedicated event planners to help make sure that your Manchester Christmas party, whether a private intimate gathering for 20 or an extravagant shared party night with over 1,000 other guests, is filled with festive delight.

Our dedicated team of ‘little helpers’ work hard throughout the year to make sure our Christmas parties are the most special and unique events, and take the stress and organisational headache out of the planning process, leaving you free to enjoy the fun!

We spoke to our team who have identified their seven top tips for the perfect Christmas party!

  1. Do your research

Manchester is one of the go to destinations for Christmas party celebrations, with so many amazing venues all offering something different in terms of style, theme and atmosphere.

Before you book, you need to decide what the flavour of your event will be. Are you hosting an intimate party for 20 close friends, or a full scale staff party for 1,000?

Luckily Emirates Old Trafford can cater to any need or want. We have a host of suites offering unique, stunning spaces, which can be styled to suit any theme. Combine this with world class features, technology and equipment, Emirates Old Trafford is guaranteed to make your Christmas party shine!

  1. Book early

Whatever your party style, you can guarantee the best night will sell out fast and here at Emirates Old Trafford, we believe it is never too early to start researching and booking your 2017 Christmas party.

Our Special Events Project Manager gave her top tips here, which include booking early to avoid missing out on your preferred date, booking rooms in the striking new on-site Hilton Garden Inn and will welcome guests for its first Christmas in 2017, and even making sure your guests have enough time to plan… from the outfit, to transport to accommodation, your guests need to know where and when the Christmas party will be held this year, and will also create a buzz of excitement about your event!

Whether an exclusive private party night, or a fantastic evening of entertainment one of our shared parties, it is essential you book early. Our renowned party nights are already starting to fill up, so book now to make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to join the most sensational Christmas parties in town!

  1. Meet your guests expectations

Understanding your guests’ expectations before booking your Christmas party is essential.

What are they hoping to experience and what festive treats will they want to eat?

Emirates Old Trafford can accommodate any festive catering requirement, whether your guests want to experience a traditional Christmas lunch amid the surroundings of a magical winter wonderland, or you want to present an extravagant vegetarian feast, speak to our team and let them know just what your requirements are.

However, what if your guests are expecting something completely different? More and more we are seeing our Christmas party bookers opt for a Christmas buffet over a traditional sit down meal. The flexibility that Emirates Old Trafford offers means that you can decide what will suit your guests, and the ‘atmosphere’ of your event.

  1. Dress to impress

Christmas comes but once a year… so put on your best party dress and grab your dancing shoes as you and your guests spend the night immersed in a magical place full of festive wonder.

Whether it’s one of our shared party nights or an exclusive private party, make sure you dress to impress!

  1. Decide on your theme

Whether you want your guests to enjoy the traditional winter wonderland or are after a sleek modern Scandinavian Christmas feel, it’s crucial you make the decision early as this will impact on the venue you choose.

Emirates Old Trafford offers a blank canvas for you to put your mark, so whether you need the vastness of The Point for 1,000 guests, or a more intimate suite for a small gathering, all our rooms are customisable to make sure your Christmas party is unique.

If you want to keep the décor subtle, the ‘White Christmas’ theme is the perfect choice. Your guests can enjoy a spectacular feast, surrounded by glistening icicles, twinkling lights and even snow tipped firs… all from the warmth of one of our stunning suites.

Or if you want to go all out, and really stun your guests, why not decorate using regal golds and reds? Thick streams of tinsel adorning Christmas trees full of lights, sumptuous red table cloths and elegant gold cutlery will really create that ‘Christmassy’ feel and add a touch of luxury too!

But why not make your Christmas party truly unique… if you’re hosting a ‘work’s finished for Christmas party’, why not consider taking your own company colours and let our ‘little helpers’ work their magic to incorporate your corporate style into a winter wonderland… who says yellow can’t be Christmassy!!

  1. How will you arrive?

It’s the busiest time of the year, so planning transport in advance of your Christmas party is essential. Speak to your venue about parking, public transport links and taxi services.

Emirates Old Trafford is the perfect location, close to Manchester City Centre (just three miles by road or 15 minutes by Metrolink), and offers ample on-site car parking – more than enough to accommodate all your guests, and is in close proximity to major roads, motorways, and even Manchester Airport.

  1. Home Time

Why does the party have to stop at midnight? Instead of your carriage whisking you away into the night, why not consider booking an overnight stay as part of your fabulous Christmas party?

Emirates Old Trafford has undergone £60M of renovation in recent years, including the recent addition of its stunning four star Hilton Garden Inn. Offering 150 high quality bedrooms; 80 with stunning pitch view balcony rooms, as well as an on-site restaurant, branded coffee shop and fitness facilities, the venue is truly the perfect destination to offer you a marvellously magical Christmas party.

The Christmas party is truly one of the most popular events of the social calendar, and making sure your event is the talk of the season for all the right reasons is our speciality.

Chat to a member of our events team by calling 0161 282 4020 or by emailing

What to know more? Please take a look at our brochure which you can download here.