Christmas in Dubai might not sound like the ideal snow-strewn festivities that is depicted as, but it definitely brings the festive vibes. I am going to describe the places where Christmas celebration is extravagant in Dubai. Being an Islam country, Dubai now embraces the characteristics of a multi-cultural city which open its arms to attract visitors globally while celebrating their best Christmas in their whole life.
Well, you might have heard before that New York, Paris, Berlin, etc. are famous for their exotic Christmas Celebration. But trust me, Dubai has left behind many cities globally when it comes to Christmas celebration. There are a plethora of Christmas special markets, events, dinner, brunch, celebrations, firework displays you will find in every popular attraction of Dubai. Christmas in Dubai is perfect for those folks who desperately want to warm them up in the forefront of the not-so-magical log fire.
Right now, the weather of Dubai is perfect for eating and drinking for the festive season. If you are thinking of spending your Christmas in Dubai this year but on the other hand, you have the slightest of skepticism about the celebration areas. I will make things easier for you while mentioning the popular places where you can celebrate your Christmas. Below is the list of shopping destinations, Christmas brunches, events and other festivities which will definitely add a charm for your indulgent Christmas.
1. Light Up the Christmas tree at the iconic Irish Village
I feel that Christmas is incomplete if you haven’t decorated Christmas tree of your own. Well, you are in Dubai and at Irish Village restaurant and pub, you can see the big traditional Christmas tree from the first week of the celebration. You can participate in the Christmas tree lighting festival at the 4th of the festival. Create your own combination of lights while enjoying home-baked mince pies and seasonal mulled beverages. Sing the Christmas Carol and celebrate Christmas in Dubai in the most traditional way ever.
Location: 31 A Street, Al Garhoud
Timing: Starts from December 3
2. Celebrate Christmas at Dubai Garden Glow:
What comes to your mind when you think about Christmas? Lots of twinkling lights, isn’t it? Well, if that is the case, then I will suggest you visit Dubai Garden Glow. This Christmas, see the best lighting display at the Garden where you can enjoy the scenic beauties of the huge sculptures illuminated by 10 million energy-efficient lights. For this season, you will find a huge ice park that has more than 5000 tons of ice featuring the ice sculptures of Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, camels, dinosaurs, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, etc. I must say that you will get the festive vibe as you can buy glow in the dark-themed toys for the kids too.
3. Shop at the Winter Garden Market at St. Regis Dubai
As per my experience, the Winter Wonderland this year will also come with fun-filled packed activities, mouth-watering food stalls, and children activities too. You can shop for your Christmas in this market as well as you can enjoy unlimited themed and entertainment activities which will be the best place to do shopping in style at Christmas.
Timing: November 29th to December 26
4. Souk Festival Market at Madinat Jumeirah:
I have visited Souk Festive Market last year, and trust me guys this is a place you need to visit because the market has specialty products only for Christmas celebration. You will definitely be going to love this market as it offers the best festive drinks, foods, accessories, entertainment options and many more. The best thing that I liked most about this market is the snow fight. Pay a visit and enjoy the panoramic beauty of the Burj Al Arab in the backdrop.
Location: Fort Island
Timing: 5 PM onwards till 27th December
5. Find Santa at the Museum of Illusions:
Are you seeking for some fun and thrilling activities this Christmas? Well, according to me, Museum of Illusions is one of the family entertainment destinations in Dubai where you will get the visit of the Santa too. It is a surprise and I will not pop your bubble about the visit to Santa. Get an exotic festive spin in the Museum of Illusion and revamp yourself to see in the vortex tunnel.
Location: Al Seef
Timing: 10 am to Midnight from December 3 to 31.
6. Cirque de Cuisine at the Atlantis The Palm
Celebrate this festive season in the most spectacular way while indulging yourself in the wider array of Christmas special menus. I will tell you one thing which will certainly blow your mind. You can taste the foods of the most infamous Gordon Ramsay of Bread Street Kitchen and the one and only Nobu Matsuhisa of NOBU. Celebrate Christmas in an extravagant way at the Ambassador Lagoon at Ossiano while choosing exotic cuisines as well as live entertainment, live cooking sessions, and many more at Atlantis the Palm.
Date: 6th December
Timings: 7 PM to 11 PM and 11 PM to 3 AM
Location: Crescent Rd – Dubai
7. Festive spirit at Christmas Nricktacular at Legoland Dubai
Well, I must say Legoland Dubai is the best place for kids in Dubai as well as for families. If you are in a dilemma that in this Christmas Eve whether you will be visiting Legoland or not, then I will suggest you pay a visit. At Legoland, you can decorate the Christmas tree, you can meet the LEGO Santa, visit the Elves Workshop, festive fair. Apart from that, you will be gifted a Free LEGO Christmas Collector Brick.
Location: Dubai Parks and Resorts
8. Festive Dining at Burj Al Arab
Experience this festive season with the culinary cuisines at Burj Al Arab where perfection meets extravagance. It is a one-of-a-kind luxurious 7-star hotel that I have ever seen in my life where you will find exhilarating six-course menu during this Christmas. Both at the Christmas day and the Boxing day, you will get to taste the season’s favorite as well as Christmas special delectable dishes at the kitchens of Burj Al Arab.
Date: 25th December
9. Festive celebration at Dubai Parks and Resort:
If you are staying in the Dubai Parks and Resorts in your trip to Dubai, then trust me you don’t have to go anywhere for celebrating Christmas. Every year Dubai Parks and Resort gears up every year to surprise the visitors with its ample ways of Christmas celebration. You will be able to admire the splendid firework displays of the Riverland Dubai. Apart from that, the theme parks will have a gala of events during Christmas night. I must say that the whole Dubai Parks and Resort will look like an enormous land of snow.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road
10. Winter Wonderland at the Ski Dubai
Snow and Christmas have a unique relation when it comes to Christmas Celebration. In Dubai, you can find Christmas celebration in the abode of snow. Well, it is none other than in Ski Dubai. Well, in Ski Dubai you can ski or play the whole year, but especially in the Christmas, you can Ski at the Centre of the park which is of real fun.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road
11. Dubai Winter Festival
One of the most enjoyable and the largest destination for Christmas weekend fun that I have ever visited in Dubai is none other than Dubai Winter Festival. There are a lot of things to do at the Dubai Winter Festival such as The Party Garden, Search for A Star, Festive Pub Quiz, The Cheese Corner, Meet the Mascots, Haribo Snow Play Zone, Giant Christmas Tree, Main Stage, Splash n party kids’ zone, French bakery Gingerbread House Making, Letters to Santa, Funfair, Santa’s Grotto, Santa’s New Apprentice Pantomime, etc.
Location: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Celebrate this Christmas in a classy way while paying a visit to the above-mentioned places. I have added the popular attractions in Dubai where there is a grand Christmas celebration. If you have visited other areas for Christmas celebration, then don’t forget to share with me.