It’s the most wonderful time of the year….

Christmas is nearly here and there are plenty of festive events in Dubai to check out. We’ve been making a list and checking it twice to bring you all the Christmas events in Dubai for 2022.

Be sure to bookmark this list as we’ll be adding more festive events in Dubai as they get announced.

Countdown to Christmas Brunch At Hillhouse Brasserie


When: Nov 25 and 26, Dec 3, 17, 24 and 25.

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun with The Hillhouse Brasserie’s festive-themed. This chic eatery is throwing its countdown brunch on several dates between now and the big day. Make your bookings for November 25 and 26 or on one of the Saturdays through December. Alongside festive nibbles, the brunch includes a choice of turkey or beef roast with all the trimmings. Your meal will end on the sweetest of notes with a selection of festive treats, paired with a mulled wine or a gingerbread martini. This can all be enjoyed for Dhs195 including soft drinks, Dhs370 including house beverages, or Dhs420 with bubbly. It’s Dhs95 for the little ones.

Hillhouse Brasserie, Dubai Hills Golf Club, Nov 25 and 26, Dec 3, 17, 24 and 25, prices start from Dhs195, @hillhousedubai

Winter Garden at Habtoor City


When: Until December 31

Kick off your Christmas celebrations with Habtoor Palace’s annual Winter Garden. Expect pop-up shops and a whole host of activities the family can enjoy, paired with entertainment, fun attractions and more. you will not go home hungry, with a large variety of dining options to keep you fueled through the festivities. Shawarma Vibes, Aloha Dubai and Sauce Diner, will be there to satisfy all your cravings. Head here for all the festive markets in Dubai.

Winter Garden, Habtoor Palace, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, open until December 31, daily from 4pm to midnight. @wintergardendubai

Winterfest at Dubai Media City

When: November 19 to December 18

As well as an epic FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 fan zone, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre will welcome a first-of-its-kind Christmas market to Media City for the duration of the football tournament. This will kick off with a Christmas tree lighting experience on Sunday, November 20 and will be followed by four weeks of Christmassy experiences that include a festive market, Santa’s grotto and much more. Entry to Winterfest will be included with a fan zone ticket, which starts from just Dhs50 and is fully redeemable on food and drink.

Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Al Sufouh 2, Dubai, Nov 19 to Dec 18, Dhs50 entry,

Santa’s Invitation


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When: November 21 to 27
Where: Theatre by QE2

This festive musical is perfect for little ones. It follows a girl who receives a special invitation to visit Santa and his elves at the North Pole. She sets off and meets a number of popular Christmas characters such as Rudolf, Frosty along the way and together they learn the values of being kind, brave and courageous. Of course, they come across a number of hurdles including the naughty Jack Frost who tries to stop them from getting to the North Pole. Will they make it to see Santa? You’ll have to grab your Santa hats and book your seats to find out.

Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid, Dubai, Nov 21 to 27, from Dhs89.10,

The Snow Queen


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When: December 16 (5pm), 17 to 24 (11am and 3pm), 26 (3pm and 7pm)
Where: Theatre by QE2

For the fifth year running, the QE2 is running their production of ‘The Snow Queen, a Frozen Tale.’ An evil snow queen requires the heart of an innocent maiden to rejuvenate her powers and nothing will stop her from achieving her goal. She soon meets and tries to come between two young people in love and what follows is a snowy journey of love, music and magic.

Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid, Dubai, Dec 16 to 26 (except Dec 25), from Dhs89.10,

A festive evening at the Swissotel


When: November 29

Kickstart your festive season with a magical evening full of lights and delicious treats. Watch a 20-foot Christmas tree get decorated whilst you sip on festive drinks, snack on canapés or attend a gingerbread workshop. Guests can also join a LINDT chocolate masterclass (Dhs99) or a festive afternoon tea experience (Dhs175).

Swissotel, Al Ghurair Dubai, Diera Dubai, Nov 29, Tel: (0)4 293 3000,

This is Christmas at Ski Dubai


When: December 1 to 25

In classic Dubai fashion, you are able to have a white Christmas in the middle of the desert. Experience your own little winter wonderland at Ski Dubai from December 1 to 25. You can visit Santa in his grotto from 12pm to 2.30pm, 3.30 to 6pm and from 7pm to 9pm. You will also be able to enjoy a free hot chocolate on the snowy slopes. Check out the experiences and prices here.

Ski Dubai, Emirates Mall, 12pm until 9pm, prices from Dhs125. Tel: (0)6 005 9905,

Festive party at the Clubhouse Lobby


When: Saturday December 3

Get into the holiday spirit at the Emirates Golf Club with their tree lighting ceremony and festive Kickstarter party. From 7pm to 8pm there will be a live choir singing all your favourite Christmas classics, whilst you tuck into a few glasses of mulled wine alongside some festive cheer. This operates on a first-come, first-served basis. If you don’t make it in time – do not worry as the Festive Kickstarter party will be held at the Spike Bar at Emirates Golf Club, where guests can enjoy two hours of unlimited house beverages from 8pm for Dhs155. Since winter is not a time to count your calories, dive into a festive buffer for Dhs130 per person.

Clubhouse Lobby, Emirates Golf Club, Sat Dec 3, 7pm to 8pm, 7.30pm to 10.30pm festive party at Spike Bar,

Tree lighting Ceremony at Taj JLT


When: December 7

Decorating the family Christmas tree is always a special occasion, marking the beginning of the winter festivities. At Taj JLT, you can bask in the celebrations a second time with their festive ceremony, complete with mulled wine, festive bites and sweet minced pies. Guests will be able to sing along or listen to the holiday spirit of the choir girls, whilst children can get a picture with Santa Claus himself.

Taj Jumeirah JLT Hotel, Dubai, Wed Dec 7, Tel: (0)4 574 1111,

Dubai Santa Run

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When: December 10

Get your steps in before the month of endless eating and drinking begins at this Santa fun run. It takes place at Festival City and is perfect for runners of all abilities. There are three different distances of 1km, 2.5km and 5km. All participants will have the chance to win the best costume, so make sure to get on your most festive outfits. Register online to get involved. It will cost you Dsh125.

Dubai Festival City, Dubai, Dec 10 from 7am, Dhs125,

Magic Phil’s Starlight Safari


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When: December 10 and 11

Local legend Magic Phil is hosting a festive special that is ensured to have everyone laughing their socks off. Our favourite family entertainer has taken the challenge to save the Starlight Safari. Will Phil save the animals? Will Christmas be cancelled? Guests should expect an evening full of silliness, magic tricks, outrageous characters and a lovely mixture of festive songs. This show will be held on Saturday December 10 and Sunday 11 at the QE2. If your little ones are older than three, then they will require a ticket.

Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid, Dubai, Dec 10 and 11, From Dhs75,

Santa’s Secret Island – Blue Waters


When: December 10-29

Step onto this magical Island for some festive cheer, complete with a tree lighting ceremony, Santa’s Grotto, ice rink, snow globe and workshops for the little ones. Everyone is welcoe from 12pm to 10pm daily, so there is ample time to get the festive action in.

Bluewaters Island Dubai, Dec 10 to 29,

The Nutcracker


When: December 16 and 17

The popular performing arts centre in Downtown Dubai is bringing back the popular ballet The Nutcracker. Audience members will go on a journey back in time to the world of Clara, her beloved nutcracker doll, and the magician Drosselmeyer. Expect popular Tchaikovsky scores including Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Waltz of the Flowers. 

Book your tickets here.

The Nutcracker, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dec 16 and 17, ticket prices start from Dhs350. Tel: (04) 440 8888.

Elf The Musical


When: December 17 to 24

Based on the beloved holiday film, Elf The Musical is coming to Dubai this December. All the way from London’s West End, the musical is based on the beloved film which follows Buddy the Elf as he goes on an adventure to discover his birth father and true identity. The 80-minute long, must-see musical by Olivier Award-winning producer Paul Taylor-Mills is suitable for all ages and the perfect festive family experience.

Elf The Musical, The Theatre at Mall of Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai. December 17 to 24, from Dhs100.

Candlelight: Christmas on Piano

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When: December 21 and 22

We may not have fireplaces here in Dubai, but this show certainly comes close. In December, Candlelight concerts is hosting a Christmas-themed night at Alliance Française in Dubai where you will listen to festive melodies from a pianist. Expect to hear classic Christmas music plus tunes from Harry Potter (Hedwig’s Theme), from Glasgow theme (Love Actually), and much more. There are three shows per day: 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. Prices start from Dhs120.

Candlelight: Christmas on Piano, Alliance Française, Oud Metha, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 335 8712. 

The Sound of Christmas


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When: December 21 and 22
Where: Dubai Opera

The Dubai Opera Big Band are back this Christmas, this time with your most loved festive tunes. The crew will be belting out Santa Baby, Jingle Bell Rocks, All I Want For Christmas Is You and much more. Don’t forget your Santa hats and your pure festive spirit.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dec 21 and 22, ticket prices start from Dhs350. Tel: (04) 440 8888.

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