The festive season is upon us! Ho Ho Ho. Every year Dubai hosts more and more seasonal events. Here is our round up of the top five…
November 29 to December 26: The Winter Garden Market at The St. Regis Dubai
The St. Regis Dubai Gardens are transforming into a winter wonderland for the 2017 festive season. There will be entertainment and activities for all, including a selection of retail and food stalls, children’s activities and even an appearance from Santa himself.
Location: The St Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City,
Timing: Weds Nov 29 to Tues Dec 26,
Sun to Thurs 5pm to 11pm, Fri and Sat, 3pm to 11pm,
Cost: free entry.
December 6 to 9: Dubai Winter Festival
Now in its 6th year, the enormously popular Dubai Winter Festival is a full weekend of festivities. Visit Santa’s grotto, shop at the winter market, have a snowball fight, build a snowman, watch the official tree lighting ceremony, experience the thrill of the fun fair and enjoy live stage performances. But be sure to park early or get a cab…
Location: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre,
Timing: Weds 6 Dec to Sat 9 Dec, 2pm to 10pm
Cost: Ticket price tbc http://dubaiwinterfestival.com/
December 7: Cirque de Cuisine: The Festive Edition
The terrace at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen will host a Christmas market, with snow, picnic tables and festive games, there will be candy cane stilt walkers, a festive choir and a huge snow globe. Also, the Lost Chambers Aquarium will be partly transformed into an underwater Christmas Grotto where you’ll be able to fill out a festive postcard and give it to Santa and his elves to send to a loved one overseas!! Perfect for the children.
Location: Atlantis The Palm,
Timing: Thurs Dec 7, 7pm to 11pm,
Cost: Early bird prices adults from Dhs495, children from Dhs295.
Tel: (04) 426 2626 Buy your tickets here
December 15 to 27: Fort Island’s Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah
Madinat Jumeirah will once again host its Festive Market this December.
The enormous winter wonderland will feature a German-style Festive Market, as well as rides on an abra boat with Santa, slides and games, a North Pole train for the little ones and a giant snow ball zone. New this year will be an LED Christmas tree and daily appearances from Santa himself at 5pm and 7pm.
Location: Madinat Jumeirah,
Timing: Dec 15 to 27, Sun to Weds, 3pm to 1am, Thurs to Sat 12pm to 1am
Cost: Free entry.
Tel: (04) 366 8888. More info on website
December 16: Festive cookie decorating at Vida Downtown
Get the little ones in the festive where they can decorate giant gingerbread cookies for themselves and for Santa at Vida Downtown. There will be lots of edible glitter, colorful icing and holiday chocolates.
Location: Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai
Timing : 11am to 1pm, Dec 16, 22 and 22,
Cost: Dhs130 per child including a festive latte for each parent.
Tel: (04) 888 3444. More info on website