From tree lightings to markets, here’s where to get in the Christmas spirit…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Abu Dhabi. And if you want to know where to go to soak up the festive vibes, we can help you out. Here are 3 festive events to check out in the capital this weekend.

1. Tree lighting ceremony on Al Maryah Island

The Galleria on Al Maryah Island is hosting a grand tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 13 at 6pm, that will take place along its Waterfront Promenade. The area will be a hub of festive fun until December 26, with cosy winter cottages, a sliding slope park, snow zone, immersive snow globe, and train rides for the little ones. There will also be daily live performances, games and workshops, including princess meet & greets, penguin parades, cookie decorating and make-your-own snowglobe classes.

The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, from December 13 to 26.

2. Yas Winter Carnival

Yas Island has been transformed into a winter wonderland for the Yas Winter Carnival, which takes over Gateway Park South from December 11 to 15. You’ll find the UAE’s largest winter market here – great for getting your holiday shopping done – as well as a snow play zone, kids’ zone, and traditional carnival rides. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks show, which takes place every night of the carnival at 9pm.

Yas Winter Carnival, Gateway Park South, Yas Island, December 11 to 15, free entry.

3. Winterfest at Ferrari World

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is throwing a winter-themed celebration for the festive season, kicking off on Friday, December 14. Expect a winter village, a ‘Fairytales on Ice’ ice skating show, acrobats, dancers and elves, and a special appearance from Bjorn the animatronic polar bear. Cinema Maranello will also be hosting a winter-themed illusion show for the occasion.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Winterfest opening hours 11am to 8pm December 14 to 20. Tickets from Dhs295 adult, Dhs230 junior.

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