Friday 20 November
Jebel Ali Village Festive Market, 2pm - 6pm
A lovely afternoon with festive craft stations, face and nail painting, Santa’s grotto, BBQ and bouncy castles.
Friday 27 November and Friday 11 December
ARTE, Dubai Times Square Centre, 11am-7pm
Fantastic opportunities to pick up all kinds of Christmas crafts made by Dubai’s very own crafting gurus, as well as the chance to indulge in some festive food.
Friday 4 December
Positive Paws Christmas Fayre, Street 14C, Al Quoz 4, 12-4pm
All funds raised at the fayre will go towards helping the shelter dogs of Dubai, with the fayre offering shopping, child-friendly mulled apple juice, mince pies and crafts in the form of making a toy for the dogs.
Saturday 5 December to Saturday 2 January
Christmas at Ski Dubai
A snow-filled Winter Wonderland opens in Ski Dubai on the 5th December, with Santa’s grotto and workshop, with visits from Santa from 12th-24th December, who will be handing out presents. A new addition to this Wonderland is the Elf Pod where families can elf-themselves in the reality pod.
Monday 7 December
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Irish Village, 7pm-9 pm
Enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and carols sung by a choir around the Christmas tree – a great Christmas treat for all the family. Get there early to avoid disappointment.
Monday 7 December
Aquarius Magazine Christmas Market, Reform Social Bar & Grill, 10am-6pm
With cookie decorating, face painting and fun crafts to do, festive photos, a petting zoo and a meeting with Father Christmas.
Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 December
Swiss Christmas Market, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, 5pm-10pm
The 10th Annual Swiss Christmas Market set up outside to resemble a Swiss Alpine village, the stalls are set up in wooden chalets selling everything seasonal from freshly-baked cookies to decorative gifts and handcrafted items.
Thursday 10 December
DBS Festive Fair, Dubai British School Emirates Hills, 1.30pm-4.30pm
With stalls to buy festive items from, Santa’s grotto and plenty of Christmas treats to eat.
Thursday 10 December
JAPS Festive Fayre, Jebel Ali Primary School, Jebel Ali 5pm-7pm
This long-standing festive market is being held in the school for the final time before moving locations.
Friday 11 to Saturday 12 December
Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey, DUCTAC, Mall Of The Emirates
London’s very own West End Christmas pantomime visits the UAE with Santa and two naughty little elves. A must watch for all young believers – plus there will be a meet and greet with Santa to receive a small present!
Tickets from Dh105 to Dh150
Saturday 12 December
Reform Social and Grill Christmas Fayre, The Lakes
Head down to this lovely outdoor family-friendly venue for a day of festive fun and delicious grub.
Wednesday 16 to Thursday 17 December
Story Time, BookMunch, Al Wasl Road, 5.30pm-6.30pm
Children are invited to gather round and listen to classic Christmas tales, with milk and cookies as well as building gingerbread houses. Booking is required, Dh120 per child.
Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 December
Dubai Winter Festival, DWTC 4pm-10pm on Thursday, 3pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday
In a new location for its fourth year, the winter festival promises an ice rink, Santa’s grotto, gingerbread house decorating and more.
Thursday 17 to Sunday 27 December
Winter Wonderland, Madinat Jumeirah, weekdays; 3pm-12midnight, weekends; 1pm-12midnight
Filled with traditional festive treats, fun activities such as Santa surfing and the North Pole Train and a beautifully-decorated eight-metre tall tree, this is one of the largest festive markets Dubai has to offer.
December Carols in the Desert, Al Quadra, Dubai Cycle Track, 4pm-9pm
One of the best Dubai Christmas events – a must for every family. Bring your family, friends, food & drink, dogs and anyone else you would like to bring. Don’t forget food, drinks, chairs, rugs, warm clothes, musical instruments, torches, glow-sticks and a tent if you wish to spend the night! No 4x4 required.
Friday 18 and Saturday 19 December
JLT Outdoor Cinema, JLT Park (between O & P clusters), 5pm-onwards
Join the JTL Outdoor cinema for two Christmas screenings – Saving Santa on the Friday and Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Saturday. There are blankets, food, drinks, chairs and games to buy at the venue. The films start at 7pm, with activities and entertainment happening from 5pm onwards.