Family Christmas in Dubai 2013
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Post a letter to Santa
With the big day just one sleep away, today is your last chance to visit Fun City outlets across Dubai and post letters to the North Pole through the special Santa’s Mail Boxes. Not only will the act of writing letters keep little imaginations alive, but participants will also have the chance to win a prize when Santa opens the boxes at midnight tonight and selects one letter as a winner.
While you are there, why not let the kids burn off some of that excitement with a play session? Fun City outlets will be decked out with festive decorations – and if you are very lucky, you may even run into Santa Claus himself.
Where? Fun City Arabian Center (04 284 5679), Ibn Battuta (04 366 9819), Lamcy Plaza (04 335 2700), Mercato Mall (04 349 9976), Oasis Centre (04 339 7782), Reef Mall (04 222 2405) and Century Mall (04 239 8634). www.funcity.ae
When? 1st-24th December, 10am-10pm (weekdays), 10am-12midnight (weekends).
How much? Dhs30 per hour (for under 4’s), Dhs40 per hour (for over 4’s)
How to book? No booking necessary
Celebrate in style
When the bells ring out for Christmas Day, there are few more traditional ways to celebrate than by booking a table at the Raffles Roast “Christmas Day Edition”. Take your pick from the grand interior of the Raffles Ballroom or tables outside on the terrace, accompanied by a gentle breeze and backdrop of the botanical gardens.
The ‘winter wonderland’ décor will feature life size igloos and a giant gingerbread house, whilst a kid’s area will keep little diners entertained while their parents dine.
Raffles chefs will conjure up surprises that combine traditional cuisine with festive flavours that promise to dazzle taste buds - and if that wasn’t enough already, Santa will be making a personal appearance to ensure it’s a day your brood will always remember.
Where? Raffles Hotel, Sheikh Zayad Road, Wafi, Dubai. www.raffles.com/dubai/
When? Wed 25th December, 12.30-4.00pm
How much? Dhs545 (inclusive of house beverages), Dhs375 (for non-alcoholic package and teens between 13 and 20 years), Dhs190 (for kids under 12). Two children between 0-6 years old dine for free per couple.
How to book? 04 324 8888
Indulge in a festive afternoon tea
Escape the turkey leftovers and bags of screwed-up wrapping paper with a relaxing trip to Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Palm Jumeirah to indulge in their Festive Afternoon Tea. Available throughout December in the Sultains Lounge, you can expect your surroundings and table décor to be suitably festive as you tuck into a generous serving of seasonal flavours that kids and adults will equally enjoy.
The menu boasts sweet treats including Ginger Cranberry Scones with Cinnamon Cream and Strawberry Jam and Mandarin Ganache Cones. Whilst those with a savoury tooth will enjoy the array of sandwiches including Smoked Barbary Duck Breast with Apple and Quince Chutney (on Rosemary Roll) and Vanilla Roasted Turkey Crown with Spiced Cranberry and Cinnamon Relish (on White Bread) – and that’s just a small taste of what is on offer.
Where? Sultan Lounge, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/jumeirah-zabeel-saray/
When? Throughout December, 2.30-6.30pm
How much? Dhs175 per person
How to book? 04 453 0000
Head to a Winter Wonderland
Keep the festive spirit alive with a visit to Madinat Jumeirah’s Souk Festive Market, which concludes its 10-day run today. Spread over 2,200 square metres at Mina A’Salam, the market will enthrall your brood with a winning combination of festive entertainment, winter wonderland décor, and tummy-pleasing refreshments.
Entertainment includes a giant snow globe, ice rink, Santa surfing area, reindeer rodeo, Santa’s grotto, and North Pole Train - and when you have worked up an appetite, you can stop under the Christmas tree to enjoy a tempting array of seasonal snacks including roasted chestnuts and gingerbread men.
Where? Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah. www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/madinat-jumeirah/
When? 17-27th December, 3pm-midnight (weekdays) and 1pm-midnight (weekends).
How much? Free to enter, attractions and food outlets charged individually.
How to book? No booking required
Heat to a festive play date
Feeling exhausted? Why not enjoy a little ‘me time’ today, while your brood is entertained at Play A Round, located in Dubai Marina? While you relax with a cup of organic coffee to the dulcet tones of jazz music in the café, staff will look after your kids for an hour to allow you to recharge batteries after the party season.
Your kids will be just as happy with the arrangement when they are presented with gingerbread craft activity sets to build and decorate. Staff will help them to assemble the walls, roof, and door of the house, before they decorate it with goodies including icing sugar and candies.
Where? Play A Round, The Jewels Tower 2, Dubai Marina.
When? Throughout December, 9.30am-7pm daily
How much? Dhs150 (includes gingerbread house, supervision, and play time)
How to book? 04 457 0455
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