Wednesday 24 An underwater winter wonderland Atlantis has transformed the area at Poseidon’s Court into a festive grotto selling Christmas treats. And you may well spot Santa this week. Prices vary. Daily 8am-11pm. Until January 7. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Wednesday 24 Watch the camel races Take a trip to Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack to see one of the oldest of Emirati sports that is still thriving and well worth the early start to watch. Call between 8am and 1.30pm for further details. Free. 7am and 2pm. Until December 25. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dcrc.ae (055 676 0006).
Wednesday 24 Have a cheesy Christmas Eve Stage2 hosts a festive grape and cheese night. Dhs185 per person (including two glasses of grape and one glass of bubbly). 7pm-10pm. Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 423 8884).
Wednesday 24 Christmas party night out Societe becomes ‘Bad Santa’s Grotto’ tonight, with its own ‘casting couch’ for revellers to reveal what they really want for Christmas. Ladies get a ‘Bad Santa Christmas gift’ in the form of a specially created short drink. Free. 10pm-3am. Societe Dubai, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (050 357 1126).
Thursday 25 Share at Wheeler’s of St. James Merry Christmas! The restaurant is offering a special sharing menu all month and it’s available today, too. From Dhs275 per person. Daily noon-midnight. Until December 31. DIFC (04 386 0899).
Thursday 25 Grab a last-minute gift Wildly behind on your Christmas shopping? Grab a gift on your way out from Victoria’s Secret, where the Holiday Collection includes cosy pyjamas, onesies and lounge pants. Various locations including Deira City Centre (04 315 3666).
Thursday 25 Have a White Christmas Head to White Dubai’s festive Christmas party celebration with iced drinks and slick music. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. White Dubai, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
Thursday 25 Visit a twisted winter wonderland Cirque Le Soir transforms into a Twisted Winter in Wonderland tonight, playing on the theme of Alice returning to Wonderland. Coated in snow, expect a truly wintery feel complete with miniature elves, pine trees and various strange creatures intriguing the crowd late into the night. Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
Friday 26 Relax this Boxing Day Check into Heavenly Spa to try out the 90-minute Seasonal Experience. Pick three treatments from a select list and begin Boxing Day on the most relaxing note yet. Dhs600. Until December 31 (excluding December 25). Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 511 7901).
Friday 26 Enjoy Café Belge’s Boxing Day brunch Continue the cheer with this sharing brunch concept. Treats to fight over include baked Camembert with fig jam and beef chateaubriand. Dhs295 (soft drinks). Dhs395 (sparkling grape). 12.30pm-4.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Friday 26 Check out Audio Tonic sessions Arcade 82 will perform live on the lower deck while Tristan Bain, Rich Showell, Jordan Sweeting, JC Pinto, Rod Lee Winters and Mr Mr play the top. Free. 4pm-3am. 360˚, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (055 500 8518).
Friday 26 Spend Boxing Day at Rhodes W1 Fight off the cold turkey blues at British chef Gary Rhodes’ new restaurant, which offers a four-course set menu today. Dhs450 (soft drinks). Dhs580 (selected beverages). 7pm-11pm. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
Friday 26 Rock out! Metal Asylum, the UAE’s pioneering underground night will see bands from Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi playing some serious head-banging and grooving to thumping rock and metal music. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Saturday 27 Enjoy a last Taste of Wafi This weekly shopping and food festival, which has been ongoing, finally comes to a close today. Don’t miss the final day of this family-friendly foodie event. Free. 10am-7pm. Colonnade Area, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4555).
Saturday 27 Check out bike track evening If you’re new to motorcycles and want to get more confident on two wheels with an engine, book yourself in for a night of traffic-free riding. Dhs400 per person. 4.30pm-9pm. Dubai Autodrome, Dubai Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 436 1327).
Saturday 27 Have a happy hour outing Head out to Sho Cho tonight and enjoy house music by DJ Stephane Karl and a drinks promotion from 7pm to 10pm. Free. 7pm-3am. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).
Saturday 27 See Alice in Wonderland Join Alice as she chases the white rabbit, gets tied up with Tweedledum and Tweedledee, sings with a bubble-blowing caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game. Dhs150-175. 7pm. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. www.timeouttickets.com
Sunday 28 Do paddleboard yoga Combine paddleboarding with yoga and Pilates for a fun full workout on the water around the Jumeirah Corniche. Beginners are welcome. Dhs125 per session, Dhs1,000 for ten sessions. Sun, Tue, Thu 8.30am, Fri 9.30am. Ongoing. SeaYou, Kite Beach, behind Sunset Mall, Jumeirah (04 420 6100).
Sunday 28 Dine at Centre Cut This week is your last chance to try the four-course festive menu at the steakhouse. Dhs360 per person (soft drinks). 6.30pm-11pm. Until December 30. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Sunday 28 See a musical Watch Roald Dahl’s classic tale of the enigmatic candy maker Willy Wonka, five golden tickets, excited children and his chocolate factory come to life on stage. Featuring all the hit songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a truly delightful musical. Dhs200-250. 7pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).
Sunday 28 Dance to urban music Old school, hip-hop, R&B and funk tracks are played by DJ Brooklyn and DJ Shef Codes. Free. 10pm-3am. Chinawhite, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (055 147 6034).
Monday 29 Last chance menu offer The Traiteur deal, which comprises two special set menus – one classic and one modern – finishes soon. Dhs495 per person (food only). Dhs695 (with grape). Sun-Fri 7pm-midnight. Until December 31. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
Monday 29 Listen to house music Join Dubai favourite Raxon for a night of house music and unlimited drinks, 8pm to 11pm. Dhs150. 8pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Dubai Knowledge Village (04 365 9911).
Tuesday 30 Watch the Galácticos Any football fan worth their lucky socks will want to be at this event where Real Madrid take on AC Milan. Get the chance to see first team players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, bring some footballing magic to the Emirate. Dhs200-1,500. Doors open 5pm, kick-off at 8pm. The Sevens Stadium, Dubai-Al Ain Road (04 809 6605).
Tuesday 30 Yuan’s dim sum hour Get dumplings at a discount on Tuesdays. Dhs88 (for two people). Dhs128 (for three people).Dhs168 (for four people). Dhs198 (for five people). 6pm-7pm and 10pm-11pm. Ongoing. Yuan, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).