It’s the middle of November, which means the countdown to the festive season is well underway! We can’t promise there’ll be snow, but don’t be fooled by the blue skies, and warm temperature. December sees venues all over Dubai transform into film set worthy winter wonderlands, that make Dubai such a great place to embrace the Christmas spirit! So, if you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas (white sand, that is) take a look at our top recommendations;
Christmas Tree lighting - McGettigans -
Start the holiday season with a bang, and head down to McGettigans for their annual Christmas Light Switch on extravaganza. This Christmas celebration is not to be missed, even Father Christmas will be popping by to enjoy the fun. Expect mince pies, festive drinks, and lots of Christmas classics to dance to. Kick off the Christmas countdown, and watch the spectacular Tree illuminate.
Entry is AED 50 per person, and is fully redeemable.
22nd November, 5pm onwards - McGettigan’s Souk Madinat, 23rd November, 5pm onwards - McGettigan’s JLT.
German Style Christmas Markets - Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa -
Starting on the 10th, and running until the 21st December, Bab Al Shams hosts the largest traditional Christmas Market in the UAE. Take a trip to the desert resort for daily Christmas carols, and a chance to meet Father Christmas, all with the backdrop of a forty foot Christmas tree, which guarantees to leave you feeling festive. With over fifty Christmas stalls from local businesses, you’ll also be able to make a start on your Christmas Shopping, while enjoying the live music and magical Christmas entertainment.
The Market is open daily between 6pm and 10pm, and entry is AED 50 per person.
The Sound Of Christmas - Dubai Opera -
Sing your way into the most wonderful time of the year, at the Dubai Opera! The famous Dubai Opera Big Band is back to spread festive cheer, with their famous ‘Sound of Christmas’ show. Expect to hear Christmas classics such as, All I Want for Christmas Is You, Jingle Bell Rock, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, and more, sung by many special guest singers. This fun filled Christmas event can be enjoyed by the whole family, and is the perfect way to embrace the magic of Christmas.
Taking place on 21st & 22nd December, all tickets come with a free Santa hat, and festive beverage!
Cirque De Cuisine: Christmas Edition - Atlantis -
A Thursday night brunch - with a Christmas twist! A dining experience that gives you the opportunity to sample dishes from Nobu, Bread Street Kitchen, Seafire, Hakkasan and more. Work your way around the extravagant Christmas themed buffets and live cooking stations, whilst enjoying the live music, dancers, elves and a visit from Father Christmas himself! Afterwards, party the night away at the Wavehouse afterparty.
Thursday 9th December, from 7pm onwards.
Snow Cinema - Ski Dubai
If you are craving the cold scenery of a stereotypical Christmas setting, then head down to Ski Dubai for your fix of snowy fun. Vox Cinemas has teamed up with Ski Dubai to open ‘Snow Cinema’. Like the name suggests, this is a cinema in the midst of the snow laden slopes of Ski Dubai. Feeling more like the North Pole, than the desert, you can relax wrapped in a cosy blanket, with a hot chocolate in hand. Throughout December, there will be multiple showings of Christmas film classics, such as The Grinch and Home Alone. So grab your thermals, and book your space today!
Prices start at AED 100, inclusive of a hot chocolate and popcorn!
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