(It’s almost) the most wonderful time of the year…

The Christmas season is fast approaching, and whether or not you’re debating it its acceptable to pull out the Christmas tree and decorations box already, add this to your calendar: The Yas Winter Carnival is back at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi from Wednesday December 11 to Monday December 16, 2019.

Dubbed the biggest celebration of winter in the UAE, the six day event is free to enter, but you’ll need to register online.

Here’s what you can expect: 

Held at Gateway Park South, Yas Island, the event will see the whole area being transformed into a winter wonderland complete various activities such as a tree lighting ceremony, daily fireworks show, snowball fights and magical snow fall.

For your entertainment, there will be choirs singing some festive tunes and dancing at the music and entertainment stage. There’s even a festive parade complete with magicians and mascots.

Little ones can also enjoy many of the carnival rides at the fun fair including a snow slide, or they can even head on over to the kids zone where more activities await.

The Yas Winter Carnival also includes a winter market, with everything from art to toys on offer.

Stop over by the food trucks and stalls where you can refuel, and you can even have a go at gingerbread making and decorating.

Entry for Yas Winter Festival is completely free, but you do need to register which you can do at this link here. Do note: each person entering the event will need to register for a ticket, apart from children under 16 years old – but you would need to specify this under the registration of one adults.

Yas Winter Carnival, Gateway Park South, Yas Island, Wednesday December 10 to Monday December 14, 2pm to 11pm, free, wintercarnival.ae

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