Beauty and the Beast at the Madinat Theatre This specially created version of the classic story is written and directed by Juan Boshoff, and as well as a full cast of professional actors, singers and dancers, locally discovered talent will take part in the performance, which promises to be magic. Dhs250-350. Fri December 20-Mon 30, 11am, 3pm and 7pm. Madinat Theatre (04 366 6546).
Winter Wonderland at Madinat Jumeirah Rock around an 8ft Christmas tree, twirl around an ice rink, munch roasted chestnut and gingerbread, try a reindeer rodeo, Santa surfing and even ride the North Pole Train – there’s lots going on at this fair. Free. Tue December 17 to Fri 27, weekdays 3pm-midnight, weekends 1pm-midnight. Madinat Amphitheatre, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888).
Sharmila Dance Gala Enjoy an afternoon-long dance gala featuring ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, tango, jazz, salsa and classical Indian fusion. Performers will include local talent and international dancers. Dhs155 balcony, Dhs200 stalls. Fri December 13, 2.30pm-7.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com.
Festive market in Garhoud Peruse crafts and gifts at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel’s festive market, where you can soak up the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Sample treats such as festive cookies, baked apples, German Christmas beverages and mulled grape. Free. Daily until Saturday December 14, weekdays 5pm-11pm, weekends noon-11pm. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (050 283 3172).
Christmas tree lighting ceremony Share good tidings, listen and sing ‘jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring’ at the Courtyard by Marriott’s Christmas tree lighting. Free. Friday December 13, from 6pm. Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community, Jebel Ali (04 885 2222).
The Very Snowy Holiday This theatre show hits the stage at Dubai World Trade Centre, telling the story of two adventurous mice the night before Christmas, based on the best-selling book by author Diana Hendry and illustrator Jane Chapman. Dhs125. Thu 12 December to Sat 14, shows at 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm, 6pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com.
Christmas story time BookMunch hosts Christmas story time and gingerbread house building for kids. Stories will include Father Christmas Needs a Wee, The Snowman and other seasonal favourites. Booking is essential, and each child gets cookies and drinks. Dhs100. Thu December 19, 4pm-5.30pm. BookMunch, Al Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road (04 388 4006).
Last-minute gifts from Wafi Bazaar Running every Saturday up to and including December 21, pick up your last-minute Christmas presents for friends, family and colleagues at Wafi’s market, with more than 50 stalls selling a whole host of goods, from ceramics to jewellery, candles to African art. 10am-8pm. Every Saturday until December 21. Wafi Mall, Oud Metha (050 558 3132).
Christmas market in Jebel Ali Visit this Christmas market in the hotel foyer and treat yourself to a hot chocolate while perusing gifts. Free. Every Friday until December 21, 11am-4pm. Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community, Jebel Ali (04 885 2222).