Brace your ‘elves, the festive season is here…

The silly season is almost upon us, and to celebrate, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to Christmas in Dubai. From office parties, to takeaway turkeys to the big day itself, we’re bringing you all the best places and parties over the holiday season.

But the festive season starts at home, and the Christmas tree is always one of our favouite parts.

Whether its decked in lights or tinsel, finished with a fairy or a star, we’ve found the best places to buy your Christmas tree and all its trimmings in Dubai.

Real trees…

Ace Hardware

Popular with seasoned expats, Ace Hardware is already well-stocked when it comes to all things festive. They’ve got a range of real, artificial and pre-decorated trees at both their Festival City and Sheikh Zayed Road branches. Trees are priced from Dhs21.75 for a mini tree, up to Dhs1124 for artificial trees reaching 8 feet high. Their real trees aren’t in stock yet, but they will be from November 25, with pre-order available from November 18.

Ace Hardware, Sheikh Zayed Road (near Times Square Center), daily 8am to 10pm, and Dubai Festival City, daily 9am to 11pm. Tel (800) 275223. aceuae.com

Christmas Trees UAE

This family-run business brings a range of Fraser Fir trees from Quebec, Canada to the region each year, with the first delivery expected from November 26. They deliver straight to your door, and prices start from Dhs520 for a 6ft-7ft tree and Dhs625 for a 7ft-8ft tree, but you’ll need to purchase the stand separately for Dhs150. They’re taking orders already, so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

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Dubai Garden Centre

Although they’re not in store yet, Dubai Garden Centre is expecting a delivery of real fir trees at the end of November. You’ll have to act fast, as they’ll no doubt sell out. As well as their original location on Sheikh Zayed Road, be sure to check their new Jumeirah branch too.

Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, near FAB metro, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel (04) 590 4333. dubaigardencentre.ae

Spinneys

2,120 real fir Christmas trees are currently on their way to Dubai, all the way from a farm in Denmark. And they’re set to arrive at Spinneys supermarkets across the UAE on Thursday, November 21. Five different sizes of the Nordmann firs will be available for you to buy in Spinneys across the UAE, with prices starting from Dhs195. As always, they’re also selling fake trees too.

Spinneys Dubai, various locations including Dubai Marina, Jumeirah and DIFC, various timings. Tel:(04) 274 3333. spinneys-dubai.com

Satwa

A bit off-the-grid, but one of our go-to places to pick up a Christmas tree is Satwa. Every year at the start of December, a pop-up row of trucks filled with trees arrives near the Iranian hospital on Hudaiba Rd. For a modest sized fir, you’ll look to pay around Dhs300 to Dhs400, but prices are negotiable, so it’s worth haggling for the best price.

Hudaiba Road, near Iranian Hospital, Satwa. From early December. 

Artificial trees…

Carrefour

You can find plenty of artificial trees across the many Carrefour stores in Dubai. They don’t all stock them, with the larger selections in the city stores and hypermarkets, and a big selection typically available online – although it’s not launched yet. They’re also a popular option for reasonably priced decorations and lights too.

Carrefour, various locations including Sports City, City Centre Deira and Ibn Battuta. Contact individual store for availability. carrefouruae.com

Ikea

Stocking just about everything imaginable for the home, it’s no surprise that you’ll find Ikea stocking artificial trees of all shapes and sizes over the festive season. Although they only have a small range on offer at the moment, the full range boasts trees ranging from 50cm to two meters, you can expect to pay Dhs45 for the smaller trees, and Dhs245 for the larger ones.

Ikea, Dubai Festival City, daily 10am to 12am. Tel:(04) 203 7555. ikea.com

Home Centre

From berry, cone, glass and feather table decorations standing at 70cm, to snow-covered and traditional fake firs, Home Centre goes all out when it comes to festive decor for the home. As well as trees, there’s stacks of lights and decorations to purchase, and keep an eye out for deals such as ‘three for two’ on a range of festive items.

Home Centre, various locations including Mall of the Emirates, Oasis Mall and Mirdiff City Centre. Tel:(800) 694 633. homecentre.com

Fancy trees…

Irony Home

If you’re really looking to wow your festive guests, there are few better options than Irony Home. The luxury interiors and furniture store in The Dubai Mall will provide the ultimate Christmas dressing experience for your home. Their festive range is one of the city’s most lavish, but you’ll need to be prepared to pay between Dhs1,500 and Dhs1,750 for one of their Christmas Tree kits, which comes with 40 themed decorations to complete your tree, although you’ll need to buy the tree separately. The tree will set you back Dhs3,590 for a 7.5ft tree or Dhs6345 for a 9.5ft one.

Irony Home, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai. Tel: (04) 434 0166. ironyhome.com

Reflections

For festive fanatics that really take the season seriously, Reflections is the best place to get kitted out. Their Al Quoz warehouse is a winter wonderland of trees, trimmings, illuminations and festive figures. Although mainly used to dress restaurants and hotels, they’re open to doing full home deck-outs too. Is it really even the holiday season if you don’t have a living room filled with polar bears and penguins?

Reflections, Street 22, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (04) 347 0542. reflectionsuae.com

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