Feeling Christmassy? Boost that further by attending a festive tree lighting.
Friday December 8
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Dubai’s “gateway to the sun” becomes the entrance to festive frivolity out in the desert at one of the emirate’s most distinctive resorts. Squint your eyes and the white sands could be the snow of the… nah who are we kidding? You won’t mistake this remote spot for the North Pole, but you might be surprised at how Christmassy you feel at the resort’s festive-themed Al Forsan Garden area. Carols, free seasonal bites including gingerbread, winter pies and cookies, hot chocolate and mulled grape will help there, too. Free. Fri Dec 8, 5.30pm-7.30pm. Al Qudra Road (04 809 6100).
Swim & Tonic This pool bar with great views of the Dubai Water Canal and the Burj Khalifa has decorated a Christmas Wish Tree with hundreds of wish cards painted by students from the International German School – and wishes from three lucky students will be chosen to come true. The school choir will perform as mulled grape and other traditional seasonal beverages are served, while festive stalls will be selling Christmas cookies, Stollen and other festive goodies. Afterwards, the hotel will host a festive movie night at The Backyard, with A Charlie Brown Christmas showing at 8pm. Tickets for the screening are Dhs50. The tree will be lit up at 7pm. Free. Tue Dec 5, 6.30pm-8pm. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay (04 369 0000).
The H Dubai Head to this trendy hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road as its huge Christmas tree is lit up in the lobby. A carol-singing choir provides the tunes, while you sip on mulled grape, hot chocolate and load up on those Christmassy snacks (calories don’t count in December). There will also be a prize draw. Free. Tue Dec 12, 7pm-9pm. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8888).
Saturday December 16
Ranches Grand Lobby Gather the kids, this family-friendly location is hosting a special tree-lighting event. There’ll be festive singers, mulled beverages and more mince pies than you can shake a festive stick at. Don your festive jumpers and enjoy the evening. Free. Sat Dec 16, 6pm-8pm. Ranches Grand Lobby, Arabian Ranches Golf Club (04 888 3444).
Tuesday December 19
Address Dubai Mall Head to Address to Dubai Mall for a festive ceremony, with a special visit from Santa. Plus it’s the perfect opportunity to do some last minute Christmas shopping… Free. Tue Dec 19, 7pm-9pm. Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8888).