Christmas in Dubai

For some of you, Christmas may be all wrapped up – Decorations up, parties booked, Christmas shopping done, Christmas cake soaking away in brandy… But for those who might only have got as far as opening those advent calendar doors, fear not, we have put together a little round up of festive offerings for you.

If you’re looking to prepare your own Christmas dinner, then you might want to brush up on your Christmas cooking and baking skills now! Luckily Fairmont The Palm are offering baking and decorating premium cooking classes on 7th and 14th December for AED 395, as well as a perfect Christmas lunch or dinner master class on 9th and 16th December, email for more information.

Of course, you could always take advantage of the multitude of turkey takeaways offered here in Dubai – it seems every hotel can help alleviate the stress by preparing your Christmas dinner for you – we have a full round up of our favourites on our Pinterest board. And if that’s still a bit too much hard work, we’ve also shared our favourites eating out and brunch options.

If you are stocking up on festive beverages ready for the festivities, then do yourselves a favour and download our two new favourite apps – Vivino (wine) and Untappd (beer). These genius little apps allow you to take photos of wine and beer bottles and instantly learn the rating, reviews and average price!

Christmas shopping needn’t be a chore either – if you can’t face the malls then there are a number of festive markets and fayres happening over the city. This week alone, there is the Aquarius market at Reform on Monday, the Ripe Market at Zabeel Park and the ARTE Christmas Edition market at Time Square Centre on Friday, the Urban Winter Market at AlSerkal Avenue on Friday and Saturday, and Reform’s Christmas Shopping Day on Saturday, as well as the festive markets held every day at Madinat Jumeirah JW Marriot Marquis and Wafi. To check out the latest details and updates, make sure you follow our Facebook page.

Now that you’ve got it all in hand, you can arrange all of the get-together’s and relax and get into the spirit with family and friends. We’ll be updating Facebook with events as we hear about them, but for now, our picks would be all of the tree lighting ceremonies across Dubai this week, Fairmont The Palm, Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Dhow & Anchor and The Irish Village have theirs on Monday, while DoubleTree by Hilton has theirs on Wednesday.

Or, you can simply kick back and enjoy McGettigan's festive Monday Movies with the wickedly funny "Bad Santa" by Terry Zwigoff being shown this Monday. Snuggle up on the sofas or beanbags with wine/beer and freshly made popcorn and ease into the festive period gently!

Hopefully some of these suggestions will make life a little easier, so that however you choose to prepare and celebrate, you have fun doing it!

Let’s get our Christmas on! 


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