This rooftop bar in Business Bay will be turned into a winter wonderland for the festive period. Once you’ve had your Christmas dinner, head up here for an after-party with views of the Burj Khalifa, and try to dance off all of those calories. It’s happy hour prices between 5pm and 8pm, too, when you’ll get 30 percent off. Free. Sun Dec 25, 5pm-3am.
The venue will be transformed into a Christmas grotto from the last week of November, and then on Christmas Eve, there will be mince pies plus, live music and Christmas singalongs from 8pm. Free. Sat Dec 24, 3pm-1am.
On the night before Christmas – only one sleep to go – party at The Irish Village. It’s free to get in and DJ Marky Mark will be on the decks playing some festive tunes until the early hours. Dance the night away around its giant Christmas tree. Free. Sat Dec 24, 6pm-3am.
Get into the Christmas spirit on Friday December 23 with one of the most un-Christmassy characters around. The Grinch will be handing out candy canes at the rooftop venue, while Cielo’s resident DJs, Carlos and Consoul Trainin, will be on the decks playing house music all night. You’ll be given a festive mixed drink on arrival, and eggnog will also be served. As for food, there will be a Christmas-themed sharing platter available for just Dhs175. Free. Fri Dec 23, 6pm-3am.
Spend the big day at Tr!beca, with a four-course set menu and unlimited drinks. There’s a dancefloor and the venue will be playing all of the biggest Christmas tunes – and don’t worry, Tr!beca has promised to play Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You more than once. Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs399 (bubbly). Sun Dec 25, 7pm-midnight.
At Cirque Le Soir on Boxing Day, you’ll find that the Christmas spirit is being kept alive, with elves swallowing swords and juggling candy canes and a giant dressed as Santa Claus – it is Cirque Le Soir, after all. Since you might be tired of Christmas tunes by then, Cirque’s resident DJs will be on the decks playing the best in hip-hop and R&B, all night long. Free. Mon Dec 26, 10.30pm-3am.
If you’re not one for the usual Christmas trimmings, you can enjoy a night of heavy rock at The Music Room on Friday December 23, instead. There will be three bands from the UAE taking to the stage, as well as one from Egypt, showing what the local music scene has to offer. Representing Dubai will be Bull Funk Zoo, Freeman’s Pocket, and Ollie Kraft, and representing Egypt will be metal band Medic. Dhs75. Fri Dec 23, 6pm-3am.
Get your most festive jumper – the tackier the better – for our second annual Christmas Jumper Party on Thursday December 15. Like last year’s event, it’ll be held at McGettigan’s JLT. Everyone who comes along wearing a festive pullover will get a free drink, and there will be incredible prizes and music too. Turn to page 57 for the full lowdown. Free. Thu Dec 15, from 6pm.