French nights at Bistro Madeleine Try winter favourites from the Svoie and Franche Comté regions with raclette and fondue savoyarde, plus a whole buffet of French treats including cold cuts, more cheeses and delicious desserts. Dhs185 (with soft drinks), Dhs245 (with house grape), Dhs265 (with bubbly). Thu 7pm-11pm. Until December 31. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Seasonal afternoon tea on L122 Try a ‘high tea’ at At.mosphere’s L122, with a festive twist this season. Finger sandwiches include roasted turkey with cranberry marmalade, while patisserie treats include gingerbread, Linzer torte and panettone. Dhs350 traditional, Dhs420 premium, Dhs1,000 luxury. From December 18-January 4 2014, 2.30pm-5pm. At.mosphere Lounge, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3828).
Armani/Ristorante degustation menu Travel across Italy with a six-course Christmas degustation menu, created by Chef Alessandro Salvatico, with pairings of grape. Dhs700 (with soft drinks), Dhs1,250 (paired beverages). December 20-26, 7pm-11.30pm. Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
The Market Café’s festive brunch Every Friday in December, enjoy your festive favourites cooked by the restaurant’s five open kitchens. There will also be an appearance by Santa each week. Dhs219 (adult), Dhs99 (under 12s). Fri December 13 and 20, 12.30pm-4pm. Grand Hyatt, Oud Metha (04 317 2221).
Festive brunch at Zuma Check out Zuma’s take on a Christmas brunch, with premium beverages and a supervised kids’ play area with a Santa’s Grotto and gifts from the man himself. Dhs650 (excluding 10 percent Municipality fee). Fri December 20, 12.30pm-4pm. DIFC, reservations by email to Christmas coordinator Erika only, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fraiche festive menu Montreal-inspired Fraiche Café and Bistro is offering a special seasonal menu from Sunday December 22 to Wednesday 25, for a keen Dhs150 per person. Dhs150. Sun December 22 to Wed 25. Swiss Tower, JLT (04 369 7821).
Gingerbread house at La Farine Check out the life-sized, walk-in gingerbread house in this French café and bakery. You can also sample mulled grape, roasted chestnuts, afternoon tea and purchase festive hampers. Open 24 hours daily. Until December 23. JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 0000).
Festive afternoon tea at Sultan’s Lounge Take afternoon tea on the terrace with a festive twist, as well as live bouzouki music. Dhs175 per person. Daily 2.30pm-6.30pm. Until December 31. Sultan’s Lounge, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Festive afternoon tea at Karat This great value afternoon tea features a decent selection of festive treats including cinnamon cakes, gingerbread cookies, candy canes and sweets, complemented by hot chocolate with marshmallows and cinnamon tea. Dhs85. Daily 3pm-6pm. Until December 31. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8888).