Heading to Dubai International Airport in December? Don’t miss this
Time Out Dubai staff
The seasonal celebrations now start before your vacation as Dubai International (DXB) introduces its first-ever Winter Wonderland, a festive destination for all the family that will get your holiday off to a super start.
Kicking off on Sunday December 10 and running for a whole month at Terminal 3’s Concourse B, expect a huge range of fun and festive activities.
FESTIVE MARKET The Emaar Christmas Market takes place around the base of a 12-metre-high Gingerbread Burj Khalifa (really), with treats on sale including build-your-own gingerbread house sets, gingerbread men, snowman lollipops, Christmas puddings, candy canes, Yule logs, chocolate Santas and more. There’s also a giant walk-in snowdome, perfect for a pre-flight snowfall selfie. Passengers can print their picture as a souvenir or share on their social media pages (great for getting Grandma excited about your impending visit).
A festive food cart from Costa Coffee will be serving up special snowflake freakshakes, reindeer cupcakes and more.
Meanwhile, Le Clos’ pop-up store inspired by the Christmas markets of Europe will be selling festive drinks gift packs, and customers can even pre-order on leclos.net to take advantage of a complimentary bottle-engraving service.
Travellers can also expect a seasonal pop-up bar selling Christmas-inspired burgers, pizzas and beverages including festive mulled grape, and live choral performances.
And watch out for the festive airport buggies spreading seasonal cheer throughout the Concourse.
BOUNCE POP-UP Perhaps the most exciting for big and little kids, however, is the arrival of a pop-upfrom Dubai’s Bounce trampoline park, with a range of activities including two Slam Dunk trampolines, the Big Bag crashbag, a climbing wall and kids’ parkour courses.
Learn to wall run in a setup Bounce describes as “like a half-pipe made out of trampolines”, take a leap of faith and land yourself in the giant Big Bag, which sits in a five foot-deep pit, then learn to fly through the air and hit a dunk that would make even Michael Jordan gawp in the Slam Dunk area, with full-height rings sitting above runway trampolines, surrounded by padded walls and floor mats. (Y’know, just in case.) Free. Near McDonald’s, Concourse B, Terminal 3, DXB, www.dubaiairports.ae.