‘This is the season to be merry in Dubai, where the city transforms into a winter wonderland of joy and celebration. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with unique experiences that redefine Christmas cheer.
Shop ’til You Drop at Enchanting Christmas Markets:
No winter holiday is complete without a stroll through Dubai’s festive markets. The Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market, running from December 15, 2023, to January 7, 2024, promises fun for all ages. With a towering Christmas tree, a North Pole Train, gingerbread house decorating, and abra rides along the Madinat waterways with Santa, it’s a magical affair. Al Habtoor City hosts the Winter Garden until January 31, 2024, offering entertainment, shopping, food trucks, and more. Don’t miss the new Winter District at Jumeirah Emirates Towers from December 14, 2023, to January 4, 2024, for a winter wonderland with Christmas trees and snowball fight areas.
Meet Santa and Play in the Snow at Ski Dubai:
Experience the magic of the season at Ski Dubai, where Santa himself awaits from December 1 to 25. Slide down thrilling slopes, meet adorable penguins, brave the Snow Park rides, and enjoy hot chocolate at the Alpine-inspired cafe. A visit to Santa’s Grotto is a must – just check the schedule, as he occasionally takes breaks to tend to his reindeer. For more cool thrills, head to the Dubai Ice Rink at Dubai Mall, where a year-round winter escape awaits.
Book Tickets for Whimsical Entertainment:
December in Dubai is alive with whimsical tunes and captivating performances. Start your month with the enchanting Slava’s SNOW SHOW at Dubai Opera, celebrating winter in a mesmerizing stage production. Delight in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker by the Ballet Theatre and State Opera Orchestra of Astana. Magic Phil’s Cirque du Silly promises laughter and tricks at Theatre by QE2, while the Christmas Cracker showcase at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium brings festive hits with an 18-piece band. Keep up with the latest events on Dubai Calendar for a season filled with joyous entertainment.
Unwrap the Magic of Festive Flavors at Dubai’s Top Eateries
Embark on a culinary journey this festive season at some of Dubai’s premier restaurants. SushiSamba invites you to elevate your Christmas celebrations with a harmonious fusion of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian culinary artistry. On 24 and 25 December, their Christmas Brunch, set against Dubai’s skyline, offers a captivating array of starters, sushi, and live performances, starting at AED649. Amazonico’s ‘Jungle Bell Brunch’ on 25 December immerses you in Latin American-inspired Christmas classics amid DIFC’s tropical oasis, featuring live shows and DJ sets. Indulge in the festive spirit with brunch prices starting at AED595. MINA Brasserie at Four Seasons DIFC presents a premium dining experience on 25 December, featuring chef Michael Mina’s innovative culinary concepts, live entertainment, and gourmet dishes. Prices begin at AED390. On Christmas Eve and Day, Ernst at 25hours Hotel Dubai One Central transforms into a Bavarian wonderland with festive brunches starting at AED250 for an enchanting experience filled with traditional delights. Lastly, La Mar by Gaston Acurio invites you to a sun-drenched Christmas Day brunch at Atlantis The Royal, where Peruvian flair meets cosmopolitan vibes, starting at AED550. These exceptional dining options promise an unforgettable and sophisticated celebration of the season.
Explore Seasonal Specials and Winter Wonders:
Rediscover Dubai’s winter-only experiences as Global Village invites you to explore handcrafted gifts and souvenirs from around the world. Turkish stained glass lanterns, embroidered purses from India, and intricate jewelry from European artisans await. Dubai Miracle Garden, in full bloom until spring, showcases famous structures in colorful floral displays, including a special Smurfs edition. And as New Year’s Eve approaches, consult our guide for the best ways to ring in 2024 in true Dubai style.
Visit Winter City at Expo City Dubai:
From December 8, 2023, to January 7, 2024, Expo City Dubai transforms into a magical winter wonderland. Enjoy a chalet-inspired festive market, fairground fun, and engaging activities like gingerbread making and festive foodie treats. Don’t forget Santa’s Grotto and stay tuned for the tree lighting ceremony of Winter City’s magnificent 16-meter tall festive tree.
Winter City – Expo Dubai
As Dubai decks the halls and transforms into a winter haven of festivities, this Christmas extravaganza promises an unforgettable celebration for residents and visitors alike. The city, adorned with twinkling lights and immersed in the spirit of joy, beckons you to partake in a myriad of enchanting experiences.