Enjoy hip-hop and bubbles or see Sly Stallone at the world's end
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 20 Hip-hop and bubbles at Chi@The Lodge Chi is bringing together two top concepts for the evening: the UK’s UZ guests on the mic, alongside a crew of Dubai talent. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (050 537 8115).
Thursday 20 Try ‘express’ bikram yoga sessions The new 60-minute bikram classes are ideal for those lacking the time or stamina for a full session. Schedules are updated regularly – see the website for the latest version. Dhs70 per class. Rawr Yoga, 7th floor, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, www.rawryoga.com (04 423 2655).
Thursday 20 See artworks by an Iranian artist Iranian artist Ahmad Amin Nazar’s latest exhibition, entitled ‘Salto’, shows muscular wrestlers caught in action, twisting and turning in movement that jumps off the canvas. Until January 10. Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).
Thursday 20 Explore the grape selection at Icon The sommelier’s recommendation of the week is served with bar snacks such as cheese, sushi and charcuterie. Dhs90 (three glasses of grape); Dhs68 (snack platter). Daily 6pm-1am. Until December 30. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Thursday 20 MustHaveSoul’s Christmas bash Top house promoter MustHaveSoul brings in international DJ Melohman, of 20:20 Vision, to guest at its big Christmas send-off. The perfect place to enjoy a festive party. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Friday 21 Charter a yacht to celebrate the festive season Whether it’s for an office party, showing off to visitors or just an excuse to treat yourself, there are a range of charter options available for cruising the coast on a luxury yacht, whatever your budget and group size. From Dhs299 per hour. Xclusive Yachts, Dubai Marina, www.xclusiveyachts.com (04 432 7233).
Friday 21 Sly flies in to mark the end of the world Celebs including Sly Stallone have been tipped to make an appearance at 360°’s 21/12/12-themed party – a date predicted by the Mayans to signal the end of the world. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeriah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Friday 21 Capoeria at Pachanga See performances of this exciting Brazilian combative dance while tucking into a churrasco dinner, featuring skewers of barbecued meat. Dhs210. Fri 6.30pm-midnight. Ongoing. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk at JBR (04 318 2530).
Friday 21 Movida’s Winter Wonderland High-rolling club Movida will be getting dressed up for Christmas with a ‘Winter Wonderland’ celebration for one night only. Dig out your festive glad rags and join the party. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-4am. Radisson Royal Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
Saturday 22 Do last-minute Christmas shopping at Marina Mall’s market Pick up presents at this festive market, which is selling gifts and edible treats. Free. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10am, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Until December 24. Dubai Marina Mall (04 436 1020).
Saturday 22 Join Dorothy on the Yellow Brick Road See Dorothy embark on her adventures in Oz in this festive family stage show. Dhs165. 11am, 3pm and 7pm. Until December 31. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.
Saturday 22 Try Rampur cooking at The Bombay Today is your last chance to celebrate the restaurant’s culinary festival, showcasing this lesser-known cuisine from northern India. Prices vary. 12.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-2am. Marco Polo Hotel, Deira (04 272 0000).
Saturday 22 Hear some Iranian house music Divan – aka one of Iran’s top house talents – gets behind the decks for the 14th edition of Amika’s Saturday Sessions. Dhs125 for ladies; Dhs175 for men. 8pm-3am. Amika, The H Hotel (050 101 0921).
Saturday 22 411’s Christmas Edition Top decksmiths Masterstepz and Mr Shef Codes lead a special festive-themed edition of this award-winning urban night. Free entry (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Sunday 23 Check out an Emirati artist at The Third Line In ‘Autobiography’, Emirati artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz spent a year documenting her life through three projects that cover three different mediums. Until January 16. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Sunday 23 Browse the Creekside Festive Market Wander through traditional chalets, sample Christmas-themed treats and meet Santa in the evening. Free. Sun-Thu 4pm-11pm. Until December 27. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8571).
Sunday 23 Listen to Christmas carols at Kambaa The Jumeirah Music Centre choir will sing festive classics. Free entry. Sat-Sun 6pm-7pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Monday 24 (Christmas Eve) Festive services at St Francis of Assisi Church Celebrate this evening with a traditional Christmas Eve service, featuring carols and a family mass. Mass will also be held in a number of languages on Christmas Day. Free. From 5.30pm. Jebel Ali (04 884 5251).
Monday 24 (Christmas Eve) Christmas special at The Music Room There’s a free festive gift for everyone through The Music Room’s doors tonight, and we’re sure house band Shine will play a few festive tunes. Free. 6pm-3am, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).
Monday 24 (Christmas Eve) Watch a festive classic Get into the seasonal spirit with a screening of all-time Yuletide fave It’s a Wonderful Life, the first in McGettigan’s new series of weekly film screenings, which use radio headphones. Free. 8pm. McGettigan’s, Bonnington, JLT (04 356 3560).
Monday 24 (Christmas Eve) Test your brain at a Christmas pub quiz Head over to Spikes Bar to gorge on a Christmas buffet and take part in a festive quiz. Dhs115 members, Dhs125 members’ guests, Dhs135 non-members. From 8pm. Emirates Golf Club (04 417 9999).
Tuesday 25 (Christmas Day) Christmas gifts at Spa InterContinental Book any day package or signature treatment and choose a gift box from the spa’s Christmas tree. Possible prizes include manicures, facials, discounts and more. From Dhs415 for 60-minute signature ESPA massage. Until December 31. Spa InterContinental, Festival City (04 701 1257).
Tuesday 25 (Christmas Day) Turkey lunch at Medzo This brunch teams roast turkey and Christmas pud with Italian treats such as honey-crusted beef carpaccio. From Dhs195 (soft drinks). Noon-3.30pm. Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Tuesday 25 (Christmas Day) Festive fun at Palm Garden Restaurant A family-friendly brunch with camel rides, beach access, a Cuban band and Santa. From Dhs310 (food only). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai Marina (04 399 5533).
Tuesday 25 (Christmas Day) Party at West Beach This sports bar gets into the spirit with ’80s and ’90s club classics and Christmas tunes. Free. 6pm-3am. West Beach Bistro, Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach (04 449 8888).