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.

Madinat Fort Island festive market

Souk madinat christmas

When: December 15 to 30

One of the cities favourite Christmas markets is back this Thursday, complete with an immersive market with shopping and entertainment including a live band playing seasonal tunes. Fuel up on traditional festive food, a North Pole train ride and snap up the chance to ride the Abra with Santa. This is one of the most loved Christmas markets in Dubai so make sure you stop by…

Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market, Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh 1, Dec 16 to 30 Sun to Wed 3pm till late, Thur to Sat 12pm till late. 

Legoland Dubai Festive Bricktacular

When: December 14 to January 8

The Legoland Dubai theme park has a long list of exciting events planned for everyone, including a Santa’s present search in Miniland, a Lego festive wishing wall, holly jolly holiday party, festive cupcake decorating class, Christmas carols, a chance to meet and greet with Lego Santa, the opportunity to decorate Miniland’s Lego gingerbread house, a special snowfall, and more.

Legoland Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts. December 14 to January 8. Daily 10am to 7pm.

Countdown to Christmas Brunch At Hillhouse Brasserie


When: Dec 3, 17, 24 and 25.

The countdown to Christmas has been ongoing at Hillhouse Brasserie since November, and every Saturday through December you can enjoy a festive brunch. 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

Winterfest at Dubai Media City

When: Until January 24

As well as an epic FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 fan zone, Dubai Media City Amphitheater is home to a first-of-its-kind Christmas market, welcoming festive fans to enjoy four weeks of Christmassy experiences that include a festive market, Santa’s grotto and much more. Entry to Winterfest starts Is now free and includes complimetary access to the Snow Park and unlimited rides at the Tobbogan slides from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. From 2pm to 4.30pm you can catch the Winterfest Show as well as storytime with Santa at 1pm, 2pm and 6pm.

Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Al Sufouh 2, Dubai, 12pm to 10pm, until Jan 24, Free entry,

Festive fun at Riverland

When: Dec 9 to Jan 7

Between getting your thrills and chills at more than 50 rides at Dubai Parks & Resorts, festive fans can head to Riverland, where there’s  festive street animations, photo opportunities with Santa’s sleigh and a special festive market await. Children can also send their secret wishes to the north pole by dropping letters into Santa’s mailbox.

Riverland, Dubai Parks & Resorts, 5pm to 11pm, December 9 to January 7.

A Gingerbread house workshop at Sisi’s


When: Wednesday December 21

Kickstart the Christmas cheer with a Gingerbread house workshop. In the newly opened Sisi’s Eatery at Dubai Hills Mall, you and the little ones can spend the afternoon getting your creative juices flowing, decorating with icing, assorted candy and decorations. Join the festivities in one of four slots, 10am, 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm for Dhs150 per person.

Sisi’s Eatery, Dubai Hills Mall, Dubai, slots between 10am, 2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm, Dec 21, Dhs150. Tel: (0)4 343 4701,

This is Christmas at Ski Dubai


When: Until December 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,

Santa and his elves come to Deira City Centre


When: Until Sunday December 25

Make this festive season memorable with a variety of merry activities at City Centre Deira. From 4pm to 9pm all children can meet Santa in his grotto, as well as send a card to the North Pole via the jolly mailbox from 10am to 10pm. From 10am to 10pm Santa’s elves will be holding an arts an crafts workshop, which two kids can enter after families spend Dhs300.

City Centre Deira, Port Saeed Dubai, Festive activities,

Santa’s Secret Island – Bluewaters


When: Until December 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 welcome from 12pm to 10pm daily, so there is ample time to get the festive action in.

Bluewaters Island Dubai, 12pm to 10pm, Dec 10 to 29,

Have drinks at the London Project’s Ice bar


When: until Friday December 30

Enjoy a white Christmas without leaving Dubai at The London Project’s hidden ice bar. Explore this frozen wonderland for Dhs99 which includes a cocktail. You will be suited and booted with a faux fur coat and earmuffs to keep you snug as a bug, while you sip your festive flavoured drinks. Make sure to get your festive Insta snap too.

The London Project, Bluewaters Island, Dubai, daily from 12pm, Dhs99 for access and a festive cocktail. Tel: (0)54 306 1822,

Santa meet & greet at JBR


When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Sunday Dec 25

From 4pm to 10pm every weekend you and the family can meet the big man himself at The Beach. Nestled into his festive grotto you can greet Santa and create some heart-warming moments. Santa and his elves will also be making their way around the beach on their bicycles, handing out Christmas candies to all the good boys and girls. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun.

The Beach JBR, Dubai, every Fri, Sat and Sun until Sun Dec 25,

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

The Snow Queen

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

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,

Festive activities with Depachika


When: Throughout December

Experience the magic of our favourite season with Depachika, who is hosting an array of fabulous activities and entertainment. During the week you can catch gingerbread painting, greeting card making and Festive ball decoration between 2-5pm. Santa’s grotto is also coming to the Palm from Saturday December 17 and Sunday December 18 from 12.30pm to 6.05pm. Here you can snap a pic with Santa or watch a live acapella choir perform every hour between 2.15pm and 6.10pm.

Depachika, Nakheel Mall, The Palm,

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.

Ernst Winter Market


When: Mon December 19 to Wed 28

Explore a Bavarian winter with Ernst’s winter market. Guests can sample an array of delights, like Glühwein (the German take of mulled wine), festive waffles and traditional German sweets. Covered in twinkling fairy lights, the terrace will be offering a truly Christmassy feel, perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Ernst Biergarten, 25hours Hotel, Dubai One Central, Trade Center St, Tel: (0)4 210 2511,

Candlelight: Christmas on Piano

candlelight concert

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

When: December 21 and 22

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.

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

Christmas Eve movie marathon at the Cheeky Camel


When: Saturday December 24

Tis the season to watch all our favourite festive movies, and the Cheeky Camel is making it easier for you with a legendary movie marathon on their rooftop terrace. You and your loved ones can catch the Polar Express at 4pm, Home Alone at 6pm, Bridget Jones Diary at 8pm and Family Man at 10pm.

The Cheeky Camel, Voco Hotel, JLT, Cluster J, Dubai, Saturday December 24, 4pm till 10pm, movie marathon of Polar Express at 4pm, Home Alone at 6pm, Bridget Jones Diary at 8pm, Tel: (0)4 356 0574,

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