Enjoy a Christmas feast with friends before the big day
Time Out Dubai staff
Afternoon tea Armani/Lounge Three Christmas themed afternoon tea options: the classico, the superiore with fresh berries and a glass of sparkling grape, or the oro with vintage bubbly, Italian caviar and oysters. Advanced booking recommended. Dhs70 (festive mixed drinks). Dhs280 (classico). Dhs360 (superiore). Dhs900 (oro). December 16-28, 3pm-6pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3444).
At.mosphere Lounge A festive high tea menu, with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus. Dhs530 per person (regular table). Dhs580 per person (window table). December 20-31. Daily noon-4.30pm. Burj Khalifa (04 888 3828).
La Farine A Christmas themed afternoon tea deal, serving festive cookies, stollen and gingerbread. Dhs140 per person. Dhs250 per couple. Including festive beverages: Dhs195 per person. Dhs350 per couple. Daily 3pm-6pm. Until January 2. JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 3000).
Shangri-La Hotel Try the festive high tea in the lobby lounge, with unlimited tea. Christmas music is also playing throughout the hotel this month. Freshly prepared Christmas treats such as Christmas pudding, ginger and stollen bread, pannettone and chocolate truffles are also available. Dhs120 (unlimited tea and coffee). Dhs175 (unlimited tea and coffee and a glass of bubbly). Until December 26, daily 3pm-6pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Best for entertainment Casa de Tapas During December, the Spanish tapas bar offers a three course festive set menu. This month, entertainment features live Spanish music Tuesdays-Friday, music from DJ Antonio every Monday and flamenco dancers perform on Thursday and Friday evening. Dubai Creek Yacht Club (04 416 1800).
Best for families Andiamo Join in the festive brunches this month. Includes access to the kids’ corner and a gingerbread man baking class. Dhs200 per person (soft drinks). Dhs99 (children aged six-12). December 12, 19 and 26, 12.30pm-4pm. Grand Hyatt Dubai (04 317 2222).
JA Ocean View Hotel The atrium of the hotel will host events for designing and decorating your own gingerbread house, to the sound of Christmas music. Dhs120 per person. December 11 and 18, 3pm-6pm. JA Ocean View Hotel JA Resorts and Hotels, The Walk, JBR (04 814 5555).
Lounge Café Italiano A festive family brunch running every Friday this month. Families will receive a complimentary gingerbread house to decorate. There is also a mini buffet section for children and supervised kids zone, and plenty of festive activities for kids. Dhs130 per person. Dhs60 (children aged six to 12). December 12 and 19, noon-4pm. Children aged five and under eat for free (two eat free per table). Dubai Media City (055 763 3952).
The Market Café Festive brunch with five open kitchens and Santa. Brunch includes access to the kids’ corner and a gingerbread man baking class. Dhs249 per person (soft drinks). Dhs125 (children aged six-12). December 12, 19 and 26, 12.30pm-4pm. Grand Hyatt Dubai (04 317 2222).
Best for large groups Jazz@PizzaExpress New festive themed dishes are added to the à la carte menu this month, with set menus available for corporate groups (15 people or more). New dishes this month include Natale Romana (roasted smoked turkey breast, caramelised onion, dried cranberry, creamy cheese sauce, Brie cheese, mozzarella and sage) and ‘snowball dough balls’ (dough balls sprinkled with cinnamon and icing sugar). Prices vary. Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
Best for shopping Lafayette Gourmet The Winter Wonderland is a Christmas inspired shopping festival, housed in chalets, where you can find festive edible treats and gift hampers to buy. The festival will also feature a programme of events such as Santa Claus appearances, live cooking demos, Christmas carols and much more. Daily 10am-midnight. Until January 7. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9933).
Best for socialising Der Keller This German hops-hall inspired spot launches their ‘Christmas Market’ for December, which offers Christmas spiced grape beverages, candied nuts and Christmas cookies. Prices vary. Daily 6pm-11pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8525).
Double Decker Pub This lively joint offers a choice of three Christmas menus. Dishes served include duck confit terrine made with artichoke and wild mushroom; slow cooked turkey breast served with sage stuffing, roasted potatoes, Brussels sprouts, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce and gravy and pecan nut tart with ginger bread and chestnut parfait. From Dhs160 per person. December 15-24. Al Murooj Rotana Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 321 1111).
The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill A three-course festive set menu, with a choice of salad, main course and dessert including one house beverage. Dhs89 per person. December 12-24, from 7pm. Citymax Hotels Bur Dubai, Kuwait Street (050 100 7065).
Casual dining Circle Café A festive menu, offered everyday during December. The à la carte menu selection includes options such as roast turkey in a lettuce wrap, pumpkin and cranberry quinoa salad, roast turkey bagel with cream cheese and cranberry sauce and beef tenderloin with cherry sauce and sweet potato crumble. Branches of the café across Dubai will also be decorated like festive ‘grottos’. Prices vary. Until January 1. Dubai Studio City (04 276 6283). Dubai Media City (04 391 5170).
Frosty’s Deli and Coffee Shop Pick up Christmas treats this month, such as biscuits, Christmas cake and gingerbread houses. Prices vary. Daily 8am-10pm. Until January 1 (excluding the evening of December 31). Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira (04 209 6714).
Cooking classes Náis Italian Kitchen The Piedmontese eatery hosts a one-off cooking class with an Italian festive twist. Learn to prepare a three course menu of traditional festive fare of the Piedmont region, finishing with Italian Christmas dessert bunet (made with amaretti biscuits). Dhs400 per person. Saturday December 13, 9am-1pm. HDS Tower, Cluster F, JLT (04 452 9991).
Formal dining Armani/Mediterraneo A sophisticated international buffet selection that includes antipasti and mezze, seafood on ice, a carvery choice of turkey or beef, and a dessert display. Festive lunch: Dhs250 per person (soft drinks). Dhs600 (selected beverages). Festive dinner: Dhs350 per person (soft drinks). Dhs700 (selected beverages). Half price for children aged four to 12. Free for children under four. December 23-25, 12.45pm-3.30pm and 6.30pm-10.30pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3444).
Center Cut Steak House A four course festive set menu. Dishes include scallops with carrot purée and shimeji mushrooms, slow cooked duck breast with chestnuts and cherry, and warm mince pie with caramelized pecans. Dhs360 per person (soft drinks). Ritz-Carlton DIFC (04 372 2323).
table 9 by Darren Velvick Friday brunches during December get a festive twist with a special, seasonal menu available. Dhs195 (soft drinks). Dhs395 (house beverages). Dhs595 (bubbly). Fri and Sat, 12.20pm-3.30pm. Until December 31. Hilton Dubai Creek, Baniyas Street, Deira (04 212 7551).
Ladies nights Karma Kafé ‘Santa in the city’ is a one off festive themed ladies’ night. Girls get three complimentary festive themed mixed drinks, when they arrive before 9pm, as well as half price dining in the bar and lounge. The first 50 ladies will also receive a complimentary goodie bag from Santa. Only on Tuesday December 16. Souk al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).
Q43Dubai A festive ladies’ night. Get three free beverages, from a list that includes festive themed mixed drinks. Ladies get a free Santa hat, and Santa will also be present, to give the first 50 women a goodie bag. 6pm-1am. Only on Tuesday December 23. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 443 5403).