Ho ho ho!

Haven’t got Christmas Day in Abu Dhabi sorted yet? You still have a week to go, but you best be quick and book your table now before all the spots are gone.

Here are our picks of the best places to enjoy Christmas Day in Abu Dhabi

Dino’s Bistro Italiano

On Christmas Day, sit down at this wonderful Italian bistro in the ADNEC area and be serenaded by a live artist all afternoon. A sumptuous Christmas Day brunch awaits, with a super seasonal theme accenting your day at the Pearl Capital Centre by Rotana.

Dino’s Bistro Italiano, Pearl Capital Centre by Rotana, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, December 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Dhs285 soft drinks, Dhs365 house drinks.

Osmo Lounge and Bar

The chic Osmo Lounge and Bar, at the Hilton Yas Island Abu Dhabi offers a festive-themed afternoon tea, the ideal occasion to enjoy fabulous festive treats and socialise outdoors with friends. Enjoy specials such as truffle bites, fresh pastries, and classic scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam, all perfectly paired with a selection of premium seasonal teas, coffees, and hot chocolate.

Osmo Lounge and Bar, Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, December 1 to January 6 12:00pm to 6:00pm, Dhs250 for two. Tel: (0) 2 208 6900, dineatosmo@hilton.com

Sofra Bld

Find yourself in a beachfront ‘Magical Escape’ with family by Abu Dhabi’s stunning coastline, at the Shangri La Qaryat Al Beri’s Sofra Bld. Enjoy an Abra boat ride across the charming Qaryat Al Beri Complex as you enjoy panoramic views of the stunning Khor Al Maqta Creek, topped off with a sumptuous breakfast at Sofra Bld.

Sofra Bld, Shangri La Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, November 29 to December from Dhs1,150. Tel: (0)2 509 8888, reservations.slad@shangri-la.com


At the Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Christmas Day will have you tucking in to their amazing Aqua Christmas Day dinner, which will feature cherished seasonal dishes including the perfectly roasted turkey, their classic Beef Wellington, baked cod with a crumble, warm sage and chestnut stuffing, maple-glazed shallots and an array of delectable desserts.

Aqua, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, 6.30pm to 11pm, Dhs255 family buffet, Dhs355 beverages, Dhs455 bubbles. Tel: (0)2 813 5550, @rosewoodabudhabi

Al Waha

Qasr Al Sarab will roll out an exquisite Christmas Day celebration, as young guests can delight in the arrival of Santa Claus, who will make an appearance from 4:30pm to 5:30pm over the desert dunes. A multi-cuisine culinary adventure welcomes you at Al Waha restaurant, and seasonal delights will be served up for the whole family, with luxurious seasonal delights, live cooking stations and a generous buffet with live entertainment.

Al Waha, Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (0)2 886 2088, @qasralsarab


Khayal at the Marriott Al Forsan keeps your spirits high throughout the festive season, with a super Santa Claus appearance, live entertainment, 6 live cooking stations and endless festive dishes to enjoy from.

Khayal, Marriott Al Forsan, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, December 25, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Dhs310 soft drinks, Dhs450 house drinks, Dhs550 bubbles, Dhs99 for children. Tel: (0) 2 201 4131, www.marriottalforsanlife.com

Graphos Social Kitchen

Enjoy an excellent Christmas Day brunch with your loved ones, featuring interactive cooking stations that will dish up seasonal favourites, premium cuts, fresh seafood, and a variety of sweet treats. Children can also expect a special visit from Santa Claus. For added excitement, you can enjoy a full 20 per cent discount on bookings made before November 30.

Graphos Social Kitchen, Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, December 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Dhs355 soft drinks, Dhs445 house drinks, Dhs95 ages 6 to 12. Tel: (0)2 208 6900, dineatgraphos@hilton.com


Embrace the holiday season’s joyful cheer on Christmas Day as you feast on a lavish buffet brimming with festive foodie favourites, live cooking stations and a host of yummy festive goodies. Your little ones will be entertained at Horizon garden which is set to feature fun games, festive tunes and tons of surprises from the man in red himself.

Horizon, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, December 25 12:30pm to 3:30pm, from Dhs220, Dhs110 under 12, 6 and under dine for free. Tel: (0)2 657 0000, fb.khalidiya@rotana.com

Le Terrazza

Make sure your Christmas Day in Abu Dhabi is merry and bright, with a festive brunch at La Terrazza. The buffet features a traditional holiday spread with a wide array of international cuisines, complete with your choice of soft beverages or premium beverages. While you indulge in these culinary delights, the air will be filled with festive cheer courtesy of joyous carols, and you can also look forward to a special appearance by Santa Claus himself.

Le Terrazza, Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Abu Dhabi, December 25 12:30pm to 3:00pm, Dhs149 house drinks, Dhs99 ages 6 to 12. Tel: (0)2 692 4999, info.abudhabi.corniche@radissonblu.com

The Director’s Club

Dig in to a heartwarming Christmas roast of traditional roast turkey accompanied by timeless favourites like Yorkshire Pudding, duck fat potatoes, and roasted vegetables. This is the ideal occasion to enjoy a hearty festive meal with your loved ones, complete with a selection of delightful beverages and great company.

The Director’s Club, WB Abu Dhabi Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, December 25, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Dhs170 soft drinks, Dhs275 house drinks, Dhs375 premium drinks, Dhs90 ages 6 to 12. Tel: (0)2 815 0000, dine.thewbabudhabi@hilton.com

Café 302


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Sip your way into the festive season at Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana’s Café 302, as you can enjoy a range of festive drinks featuring a selection of hot menu items for only Dhs35. Get in the winter spirit with mouthwatering flavours including their Minty Hot Chocolate, Marshmallow Hot Chocolate, Cranberry Hot Chocolate, Salted Caramel Latte, Pumpkin Spiced Latte, Marshmallow Latte and the Cinnamon Café Mocha.

Café 302, Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Al Danah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs35, 10:00am to 10:00pm. Tel: (0)2 610 6688, @cafe302

Terra Secca

Celebrate a spectacular Christmas Day in Abu Dhabi at Terra Secca, our enchanting trattoria with a breath-taking view of grazing Arabian Horses. Revel in a lavish Christmas feast, overflowing with flavours of the season; from Italian cheese and cold cuts, and foie gras, to scallops risotto, prime beef tenderloin fillet, and a delightful sea bass. End the evening on a sweet note with irresistibly sweet Italian desserts.

Terra Secca, Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, December 25 12:30pm to 4:30pm, Dhs255 soft drinks, Dhs395 house drinks, Dhs550 premium drinks. Tel: (0)2 204 4444, @alwathbahotel


Enjoy a host of exciting activities on Christmas Day this December, with numerous traditional Christmas day selections, a kids’ special and a live turkey carving, as well as a live singer and Santa visit for the young ones to enjoy.

Assymetri, Radisson Blu, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, December 25, 12:30pm to 4:00pm, Dhs195 soft drinks, Dhs295 house drinks. Tel: (0)2 656 2000, @radissonhotels

The Terrace on the Corniche

Enjoy a festive family brunch at The Terrace on the Corniche. Get into the holiday spirit with a joyous family brunch at the Terrace on the Corniche. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere as live entertainment fills the air with merriment. Indulge in a diverse spread of international delights, thoughtfully prepared by our culinary experts. Raise a toast with festive drinks and conclude your meal with a splendid array of sweet treats. It is a celebration that will warm your heart and bring an extra sparkle to your holiday season.

The Terrace on the Corniche, St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, December 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Dhs450 soft drinks, Dhs650 house drinks, Dhs850 bubbles. Tel: (0) 2 694 4553, restaurants.abudhabi@stregis.com

Pearl Lounge

Situated on the lobby level of the majestic Grand Hyatt the Pearl Lounge is a classy, upmarket venue serving excellent food, drinks and shisha. With cheerful cookies, traditional Christmas cakes and other delectable treats, the Festive Afternoon Tea seeks to bring joy with every detail.

Pearl Lounge, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, December 25 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Tel: (0)2 510 1234, @pearllounge_abudhabi


Enjoy an excellent Christmas brunch when you dine with Giornotte, at the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. With a beautifully decorated venue, their renowned Chef’s Brunch invites you to its Christmas Day edition. Gather your family and friends for an expansive selection including roasted turkey paired with stuffing and gravy, wagyu beef, foie gras, Asian corner, pasta made à la minute, fresh seafood and healthy stations, as well as stunning selection of classic desserts.

Giornotte, The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Al Rawdah, Abu Dhabi, December 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Dhs699 soft drinks, Dhs799 house drinks, Dhs899 bubbles, Dhs344 ages 6 to 12. Tel: (0)2 818 8282,


Enjoy festive flavours at Flavours Restaurant, on Christmas Day for a delightful brunch that includes a selection of holiday favorites to satisfy your festive cravings. While you enjoy, our in-house band will set the mood with a selection of enjoyable tunes, for a lively and enjoyable ambiance. For the young ‘uns, a dedicated corner with sweet temptations and festive decor will add to the joyful atmosphere.

Flavours, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, December 25, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Dhs249 soft drinks, Dhs349 house drinks, Dhs449 bubbles, Dhs115 ages 6 to 12. Tel: (0)547919022, flavours.00446@adnhmc.com

Balcon Terrace

Enjoy the magic of Christmas at Balcon Terrace, where you can enjoy the festive day with alfresco dining. Tuck in to a super selection of traditional dishes including roast turkey, Beef Wellington, Christmas cake, chocolate log cake, sushi, seafood, steaks and a lot more.
Balcon Terrace, Southern Sun Hotel, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs360 soft drinks, Dhs510 house drinks, Dhs690 bubbles, Dhs125 kids’ package. Tel: (0)56 515 3388, AbuDhabi.Dine@southernsun.com

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Show up with friends and family this Christmas Day in Abu Dhabi at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. Here, you will enjoy a sumptuous festive-themed Christmas Market buffet brunch, surrounded by al fresco charm and an enchanting ambiance. Enjoy signature dishes and live stations with a delightful fusion of Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, and international cuisines. Some specials include succulent turkey with flavorful bread stuffing, mouthwatering Beef Wellington, and classic Christmas puddings and mince pies. Don’t forget to watch out for a special appearance from Santa himself, adding much-needed festive magic to the air.

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, December 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Dhs335 soft drinks, Dhs430 house drinks. Tel: (0)2 654 3333, @fairmontbabalbahr


Possibly the best time of year to go B.I.G or go home, get ready to for fabulous festivities at Garage as the big man in red is all set to make his appearance when you least expect it. Unravel one of the last B.I.G brunches of 2023 and welcome Santa to the ultimate celebration of the season, as you groove to the tunes of DJ Firas, cheer with your favourite sips and dust off that ol’ wish list.

Garage, W Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, December 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Dhs450 soft drinks, Dhs600 house drinks, Dhs750 sparkling. Tel: (0)2 656 0000, www.wabudhabidining.com


Abu Dhabi’s own vibrant Peruvian hotspot, in the heart of the capital, brings you numerous festive dishes this Christmas, adding to its existing array of enticing Latin American offerings. The new additions will be served alongside the venue’s award-winning à la carte menu during every lunch and dinner service, and will include specials such as their Coliflor Mixta starter with cauliflower, cashew nuts, mustard and aji mirasol, and two succulent main courses in he Cordero a la Brasa with tender and juicy lamb shank, flavoursome couscous, tamarind, hoison and aji limo, and the Pato a la Naranja, with a whole roast duck served on fluffy wild rice and enhanced with aji amarillo and artichoke. Rounding up mealtime is the Pudin de Navida, a Christmas pudding accompanied by vanilla ice cream and macerated cherries.

COYA Abu Dhabi, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, The Galleria Al Maryah Island, December 18 to 25. Tel: (0)2 306 7000, @coyaabudhabi

The Galleria Al Maryah Island

Step into this Winter Wonderland, where you can get your picture taken with the big man in red himself, at Santa’s Grotto.  You’ll have elf helpers at the entrance to assist you, and attractions include a cookie jar, surrounded by the unmistakeable scent of cinnamon and ginger. For your little ones, they receive an added treat as they leave for Mrs. Claus’s workshop. Sounds like quite the Merry Christmas indeed, and this year, donations will be directed towards supporting relief efforts in Gaza through a charitable partnership.

The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, December 7 to 26, 10am to 10pm daily, Dhs10. @thegalleriauae


Crust, one of Abu Dhabi’s long-time favourites, will host a super Christmas Day Brunch featuring an endless, family-friendly international menu. The buffet-style spread will offer nearly three dozen desserts, a “Kid’s Menu” that promises to charm even the pickiest palates, and a range of beverage packages including one for bubbles. Sounds like the ideal Christmas Day afternoon to us.

Crust, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, December 25. Tel: (0)2 333 2222, @fsabudhabi 

Dusit Thani

Abu Dhabi’s own Dusit Thani packs a flavourful festive spread, as you get to indulge in a symphony of classic dishes that strive to embody the essence of winter at their winter brunch. Savour the succulent roast turkey featured in their carving station, adorned with a tangy cranberry glaze with signature stuffing. Additionally, you can also dig in to all of their international brunch favourites alongside winter staples. Relish delicate sushi, immerse yourself in vibrant Thai curries, embark on an Indian culinary expedition, and savor freshly baked artisanal breads.

Dusit Thani, Muroor Road, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs 245 soft, Dhs365 house, Dhs95 ages 6 to 12.  Tel: (0)2 698 8137, @dusitthaniabudhabi


Penelopes Abu Dhabi

Join the gang at Penelope’s this Christmas Day in Abu Dhabi for a specially curated Christmas brunch. Guests can look forward to a unique menu with French flair, which will include a one-off Christmas dessert as well as classic cocktails and some of the finest jazz entertainment in the capital. Menu highlights will include Fine de Claire oysters and sea-bass carpaccio for starters, lamb shoulder, roasted baby chicken and whole sea bream for mains with sides of roast potatoes, broccolini and of course, cranberry sauce. Make sure you leave some room for dessert, as Penelope’s signature crème brûlée and chocolate fondant, as well as a special Christmas dessert, wait to be devoured.

Penelope’s, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, December 25 noon to 4pm. Tel: (0)50 204 2475, @penelopes.ae



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Elevate your Christmas dinner with indulgent, opulent creations such as the Ispahan yule log-a crisp base, adorned with almonds, sponge biscuits, raspberry preserve, mascarpone cream, and lychees, with a delicate rose Eugénie nestled atop. For pistachio lovers, experience the subtle flavours of the Pistachio Savoie biscuit paired with a crisp base, proudly topped off with a pistachio Eugénie. To enjoy these and more, sit down at any of the various Laduree locations in the capital, or take home a beautifully wrapped box to enjoy with your loved ones.

Laduree, various locations, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Dhs299. @ladureeuae

Experience the joy of the season with our Christmas Brunch package at Turquoise restaurant. Delight in a sumptuous feast featuring a BBQ Hub, pasta station, Turkish cuisine, and a special kid’s menu. The international buffet offers a variety, including coffee, tea, fresh fruit juice, soft drinks, still and sparkling water, along with a selection of house grapes and bubbles. Enhance the festive vibe with an outdoor DJ performance. Make your Christmas Day unforgettable with this delightful culinary experience!


Gastronomic delights, delightful DJ beats and endless festive cheers await at this beautiful dining location at the Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi. Come through the iconic arch on Christmas Day and celebrate with loved ones at one of the capital’s iconic locations. Indulge in a sumptuous feast featuring a special BBQ hub, pasta station, terrific Turkish cuisine, and a special children’s menu.
Turquoise, Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi, Al Marina, Abu Dhabi, December 25 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs300 soft, Dhs450 house, Dhs150 6 to 12. Tel: (0)2 498 0000. @rixosmarinaabudhabi

The Club Abu Dhabi

Come by The Club’s THREE 60, where a festive Sunday roast awaits the entire family. An array of delicious dishes and dreamy desserts will help spread the Christmas cheer amid the beautiful surroundings of Saadiyat, as you celebrate Christmas day in fabulous fashion.
THREE 60, The Club Abu Dhabi, Mina Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, December 25 12pm to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm. Dhs270 adults, Dhs140 ages 13 to 17, Dhs100 ages 4 to 12. Tel: (0)2 673 1111. @theclubabudhabi

Le Royal Meridien

Le Royal Meridien’s Market Kitchen invites you to an exciting Christmas Day with a modern American twist, as you indulge in a festive set menu featuring incredible market-to-table ingredients. Pick from an extensive selection of starters, main courses, and desserts, as well as mulled beverages.

Market Kitchen, Le Royal Meridien, Al Danah, Abu Dhabi, December 25, Dhs250. Tel: 800 101101. @leroyalmeridienabudhabi

WTC Abu Dhabi 

All Christmas weekend long, WTC Abu Dhabi is being transformed into a hub of merriment with fun encounters and joyful entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy a memorable meet and greet with Santa and his elves, and catch the gingerbread man as he strolls around adding a touch of magic to the air.

World Trade Centre, Liwa Street, Abu Dhabi, December 22 to 25. @wtcad

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