There’s nothing quite like a festive market…

The festive season is almost upon us, and to celebrate, we’re compiling the ultimate guide to Christmas in Dubai. From tree lighting ceremonies, to takeaway turkeys and the big day itself, we’re bringing you all the best places and parties over the holiday season (watch this space).

But if you can’t wait until Christmas Day, there’s plenty going on beforehand to get you in the festive spirit. From seeing Santa, to German-inspired markets, carol concerts and even snowball fights, there’s no need for your inner scrooge.

Here are Dubai’s best festive markets…

The Winter Garden Market at Habtoor Palace

The gardens at Dubai’s Habtoor Palace are once again transforming into an enchanted winter wonderland for the 2018 festive season. There will be entertainment and themed activities for everyone to enjoy, including a selection of retail and food stalls, children’s activities and attractions, and even an appearance from Santa himself.

Habtoor Palace, Al Habtoor City, daily 3pm to midnight, December 4 to 21, free entry.

Fort Island’s Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah will welcome back its annual Festive Market for nine days this year, running from December 20 to 28. The al fresco market will feature a traditional German market, food stalls, the opportunity to ride an abra with Santa, and of course, the stunning Christmas tree.

Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah, daily 12pm to late, (3pm to late on Sunday 23 and Wednesday 26), December 20 to 28.

Festive Market at Jumeirah Creekside hotel

For the first time this year, Jumeirah Creekside hotel is transforming into a winter wonderland, featuring a German market, a mini train ride headed for the North Pole, face painting and a two-lane bungee jump. You’ll also be able to tuck into a selection of seasonal food and drink.

Festive Market, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud, daily 12pm to late, (3pm to late on Sunday 23 and Wednesday 26), December 20 to 28.

Christmas Markets at Reform

Kickstarting the Christmas cheer will be the Christmas market at Reform, which will run for two Saturdays on November 24 and December 1. As well as being able to shop for unique, handmade gifts, there will be a magician on hand to entertain the little ones, as well as a letter writing station where children can share there wish lists with Santa.

Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, 12pm to 6pm, Saturday November 24 and Saturday December 1. Tel: 04 454 2638.

Christmas market at Wavebreaker

With the festive season upon us, Wavebreaker is hosting a Christmas Market at the garden, perfect for getting some unique Christmas gifts. Expect market stalls, carol singing, mulled wine and a visit from Santa.

Wavebreaker, Hilton Dubai Jumeriah, The Walk, JBR, November 30 and December 1.

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