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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Smulders

Things you can't miss if celebrating Christmas in Dubai

If you are coming to spend jolly season in Dubai, here is a list of options to keep you feeling festive during the month of December.

Spending time in the desert of Dubai
Celebrating Christmas in the desert

Bab Al Shams tree lighting 07 December, 17:30–19:30.

This is one of our all-time favourites! Reach the hotel in the middle of the desert (about 30 minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road) for a late afternoon riding camels and enjoying the sunset. The mood is set with live carols, performances, complimentary winter pies, cookies, hot chocolate and the delicious mulled beverage from the house recipe.The evening reaches its momentum when Santa makes his appearance by camel and sits to listen to every child attending. There are gifts for the lucky children in attendance.To finish the evening in the perfect note, you have the option to book a dinner for AED 295 per person inclusive of soft beverages & still water at Al Forsan Restaurant.

Christmas Chronicles
Santa welcoming the kids and giving them small presents at Bab Al Shams tree lighting festival

Madinat Festive Market - From December 20th to December 28th

If you are looking to spend a magical afternoon as feeling as if you were in the Christmas market of Aachen eating German treats and local beverages, then this is a place for you.

Besides featuring a traditional German market, you can ride an abra (Traditional Arab boat) with Santa enjoying the Venice-like surroundings of the Madinat. The kids can also enjoy a play area to enjoy snow and make ginger bread houses.

Ski Dubai Santa’s Grotto – From December 14th -December 24th

This got to be one of the most popular experiences among residents in Dubai.

Join Santa in the icy cold to feel as if you are visiting him in the North Pole at Ski Dubai. Have a chance to sit with him and enjoy hot chocolate. Prices and upgrade options soon available in their website.


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