The best Christmas markets you can still visit in Dubai

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Christmas markets in Dubai are sure to put you in a jolly mood. From abra rides with Santa, carol singing, snow fights, mulled wine, ice rinks, and twinkling lights – it truly is a magical experience.

Christmas may have passed us in all it’s joyous, festive glory, but these Christmas markets are sure to keep you feeling festive and bright even after the big day.

Here are the best Christmas markets you can still visit in Dubai. 

Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market


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Running until Thursday, January 7, 2024, the Madinat Festive Market has transformed Fort Island into a magical winter wonderland. Best of all, it’s free entry for all to enjoy. As well as a traditional chalet-style market and live band, there will be plenty of festive food and drinks to fuel up on (mulled wine, anyone?). The little ones’ faces will be shining bright with a snow fight zone, bungee jumping, a North Pole train ride, and a Venetian carousel. You can even create some cute memories by taking an Abra ride with Santa.

Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market, Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah, until Jan 7, 2024. 3pm to late Mon to Thurs, 12pm to late Fri to Sun. jumeirah.com

Winter City at Expo City


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Ever imagined what it’s like to be inside a snow globe? The festive Winter Market has returned to Expo City Dubai and you will be able to visit until January 14, 2024. Entry into Expo City, the winter wonderland, and Santa’s Grotto is Dhs20. This year, the market has taken on a sustainable theme, so expect eco-friendly ways to celebrate. From a sustainable Santa house to an immersive green-conscious toy factory, the Expo City farm and more.

Expo City Dubai, Al Wasl Plaza. Friday, December 15 to January 14, 2024. Dhs20 entry. Pet-friendly. expocitydubai.com

Winter District at Emirates Towers


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Curated by the M2L team, the winter district at Jumeirah Emirates Towers is a fun festive space to be where you can enjoy a festive Christmas tree, a roller skating rink, and more. You will be able to shop at pop-ups, and even head home with a fun caricature. To keep you warm and fueled up, food trucks are serving delicious sips and bites.

Winter District, Emirates Towers, until Jan 4, free entry, @winter.district

Winter Garden at Habtoor City

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Habtoor Palace Dubai was the first to open up its festive market and you can’t miss it as you drive down Sheikh Zayed Road. The much-loved Winter Garden brags several pop-up restaurants and a host of activities the whole family can enjoy paired with live entertainment, fun attractions and more. Tickets to the Winter Garden cost Dhs25 per person. In return, you will receive a food and beverage voucher for the same amount which you can use to spend at the food stalls inside the garden. You will need to book your tickets on the Loyal by AHG app.

Winter Garden, Habtoor Palace, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, until Jan 31, 4pm to 12am daily. @wintergardendubai

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