What’s On previews the things to do in Abu Dhabi this Christmas, including Christmas markets, snowball fights and gingerbread house decorating.

Takeaway turkey in AUH
Festive food in AUH
– Christmas Eve DXB
– Christmas Day DXB
– Boxing Day DXB

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
For a touch of Ferrari-approved festivity check out this theme park’s very own WinterFest. Featuring a traditional winter village and market, acrobatic snow globe dancers, a kid’s snow play area and even Bjorn – the animatronic polar bear – there is plenty on offer to keep families occupied.

Until January 10
Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4968000. Taxi: Ferrari World. ferrariworldabudhabi.com 

Yas Marina
Dreaming of a white Christmas? The snow fight zone may not be exactly what you were picturing, but we guarantee its lots of fun. Kids aged eight and under can get in on the action from 12pm to 2pm, with timings afterwards open to all ages.

Until January 3
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, from noon to 7pm, Dhs30 for 15 minutes. Tel: (02) 4062000. Taxi: Yas Marina. yasmarina.ae

The Galleria on Al Maryah Island
A stroll down the waterfront promenade will see the space outside the high-end shopping mall turned into a Winter Market complete with Christmas tree, gingerbread decorating station, children’s snow park and 18 kiosks offering unique gift ideas.

Until January 5
The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 10pm on weekdays, 4pm to midnight on weekends. Tel: (02): 6166999. Taxi: The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. thegalleria.ae 

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Treat your children to a very special gingerbread decorating class with executive pastry chef Laurent Allereau at Dolce Café. Classes are for children aged four to 12 and prior reservations are essential.

Until December 24, 27 and 28
Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, no classes on Fridays, 4pm to 5pm or 6pm to 7pm, Dhs150. Tel: (02) 8188888. Taxi: Ritz- Carlton. ritzcarlton.com

Magnolia Bakery
Share your love of sweet treats with your family and friends by munching on these themed desserts from the New York import. Magnolia’s menu has gingerbread cupcakes, snowball cookies and ginger snaps.

The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6749380. Taxi: The Galleria. thegalleria.ae