See the Christmas tree lighting at The Irish Village
An evening with Sougha Initiative In celebration of National Day, which took place on December 2, Shelter Dubai is hosting social enterprise group Sougha Initiative for an evening of storytelling, discussion and sales. Free. 7pm-9pm. Shelter, Al Serkal Avenue, 8th Street, Al Quoz (04 380 9040).
Dubai Christmas Festival This three-day outdoor festival is aiming to be a one-stop shop for all things Christmas. From traditional mince pies to vintage shopping stalls, it will cover all bases to get everyone into the spirit. Dhs30 in advance (adults) Dhs20 (children), Dhs40 on the door (adults), Dhs25 (children). Thu 3pm-11pm, Fri 2pm-11pm, Sat 2pm-10pm. Until December 8. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com
Jingle Bell Rock The Dubai Classic Rock Listeners Group will meet tonight to enjoy rock music and celebrate Christmas. Keep an eye on the group’s page for the final decision on a venue. Free. From 9pm. Venue TBD. www.meetup.com/the-dubai-classic-rock-listeners-group (no number).
Buy greetings cards from Al Noor If you’re planning to send Christmas cards this year, why not support a good cause in the process? Students from Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs have created a range of cards, with proceeds going directly towards operational costs at the centre. If you want to put a smile on a student’s face this season, the centre also has a wish list on its website, where you can choose items from a number of price brackets. Dhs4.50 each. Al Noor Training Centre, Al Barsha, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 323 4993).
JESS School’s night market The school’s annual market returns, with gymnastic performances, Irish dance, acoustic rock and jazz bands, craft tables, a Santa’s grotto, food stands and plenty of activities for kids. Free. 3pm-8pm. JESS Jumeirah, opposite Safa Park (050 451 1617).
Christmas tree lighting at The Irish Village The annual giant Christmas tree lighting at The Irish Village is always a popular spot, complete with mulled beverages, home-baked mince pies and a choir singing carols. Free. 7pm-9pm. The Irish Village, Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Christmas tree lighting at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai Kick-off the holiday season in The Lobby Lounge, and listen to a children’s choir and harpist while you enjoy afternoon tea. Afternoon tea from Dhs62 per person. 5pm-6pm. The Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk at JBR (04 399 4000).
DESS festive fayre Dubai English Speaking School’s winter fair returns, complete with food stalls, a Santa’s grotto, carol singing, a tombola, handicrafts and plenty of fun and games. Free. 3pm-6pm. DESS, Oud Metha (04 337 1457).
Enigma Christmas bazaar Get your festive shopping done at this market. Free. 11am-11pm. Oud Metha Ballroom, Movenpick Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 625 7018).
Speed Consulting Consult and Coach for a Cause wrap ups its third workshop series with an afternoon of entrepreneur pitch practice and personalised coaching sessions with volunteer consultants. Free for attendees of workshops one and two, Dhs50 for new arrivals. From 2pm. Shelter, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 9040).
Ikea’s soft toy campaign From every soft toy bought at Ikea stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Ikea Foundation will donate Dhs5 to Unicef’s education programme. Drop-off boxes will also be placed at the check-out, where customers can donate any extra soft toys bought to the Red Crescent. Prices vary. Until December 29. Ikea, Dubai Festival City (800 4532).
Monday Night Funnies: Improv Revolution The UAE’s only professional improv comedy troupe is back for an evening of energetic games, complete with audience participation and contests. Dhs75. From 8pm. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/dubomedypage (04 374 6789).
Donate unwanted clothes Aid in Motion distributes second-hand clothing to those in need. If you have unwanted items, call the 24-hour hotline to arrange collection. www.volunteerindubai.com (06 403 4535).
Upcoming Christmas events
Celebrate Christmas at Ski Dubai Meet Santa every day from Friday December 14 until Tuesday 25: kids can share their ‘wish list’ and have pictures taken. In a tribute to the 12 Days of Christmas, there will be different games every day, including snowman-building, holly wreath throwing, a present hunt and a snow angels competition. Snow park access Dhs130 (adults), Dhs120 (kids). Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 4000).
The elves’ tea party and lighting ceremony at The Palace On Saturday December 15, The Palace in Downtown Dubai is hosting a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in the ballroom, alongside an elves’ tea party for kids. Santa Claus is set to put in an appearance. Dhs150 per person. 3pm-6pm. The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7806).