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Thursday 1

NEW Join the party at the Rugby Sevens
This annual rugby tournament kicks off today, promising three days of fast and furious action on the pitch. There’s heaps more than just the rugby, though, with fancy dress competitions, the Big Book kicking competition, drumming, mini golf, arm wrestling, a magic carpet slide, gladiator games and an army track obstacle course.
Free today; adults Dhs230 on Fri-Sat, Dhs350 for both days. Free every day for kids under 12. Until December 3. The Sevens Stadium, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dubairugby7s.com, www.timeouttickets.com

Are you getting in the mood for Christmas?
Tempt those taste buds at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach’s winter wonderland. As well as German and Swiss festive delicacies, there’ll be turkey with all the trimmings, marzipan truffles, mince pies and more. Prices vary. Open 24 hours. Until December 26. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, The Walk at JBR, www.moevenpick-hotels.com (04 449 8888).

Friday 2

New Happy UAE National Day!
To celebrate the UAE’s 40th anniversary, the loveable characters from homegrown cartoon Freej will be appearing at Magic Planet venues across the UAE. Stop by to meet your favourite characters.
Free. 5.15pm-6.15pm at Mirdif City Centre; 7.15pm-8.15pm at Deira City Centre; 9.15pm-10.15pm at Mall of the Emirates, www.magicplanet.ae (800 534 7873)

Editor’s Pick Celebrate National Day with a sweet treat
Kitsch Cupcakes is offering customised cupcakes, each sporting the UAE’s national colours. You’ll find them at Kitsch stores across Dubai.
Dhs14 each. Kitsch Cupcakes, various locations including Jumeirah Beach Road, www.kitschconcept.com (04 395 6963).

Saturday 3

Last chance Up, up and away at the UAE Ballooning Championship
Hot air balloons of all different shapes and sizes take to the skies in the final day of this balloon festival at Meydan, part of the UAE’s 40th anniversary celebrations. To book flights, call Stadia5 on the number below.
Free. From 6am. Until Saturday 3. The Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, www.facebook.com/uaeballoon (04 285 4949).

Editor’s Pick TODAY ONLY Meet Santa at The Address Montgomerie
Who says Santa lives in Lapland? We hear that today he’s going to be hanging out at the Address Montgomerie’s Carnival on the Lawn. Head down for family fun and games, shawarmas and soft drinks, and the chance to catch up with Father Christmas and get those Christmas wishes in before it’s too late.
Dhs50 (adults), Dhs110 (kids). 3pm-6pm. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills, www.theaddress.com (04 390 5600).

Sunday 4

New Feeling crafty?
Sign your kids up for a Christmas craft workshop. Kids will learn how to make their own yuletide slippers and festive houses, and the price includes all materials.
Dhs150. 4pm-6pm. Until December 6. Super Dooper, Damac Waves, Dubai Marina, www.superdooper.ae (04 454 8391).

Monday 5

Visit Arabian Wildlife Centre
Situated just off Al Dhaid Road, the Arabian Wildlife Centre is a fantastic indoor facility located in the middle of the animal enclosures, featuring observation windows that offer a close-up view of big cats, oryx, gazelles, ostriches and more. After your visit, why not pop along to the petting farm next door? With camels, ponies, cows, sheep and donkeys to pet and feed, it’s a great family afternoon out.
Dhs15 for adults, free for kids under 12. Open Sun-Mon and Wed-Thu 9am-5.30pm, Fri 2pm-5.30pm, Sat 11am-5.30pm. Arabian Wildlife Centre, Al Dhaid Road, www.breedingcentresharjah.com (06 531 1999).

Tuesday 6

NEW Do your Christmas shopping at Oasis Centre
From today, the mall will be offering a series of special offers, family attractions and gift ideas for shoppers, not to mention the chance to ogle the sparkling decorations and huge tree. Santa Claus will also be holding workshops throughout the month, where kids can watch festive movies and make their own Santa hats, stockings filled with goodies and home-made decorations.
Free. Open 10am-10pm. Until December 31. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.oasiscentremall.com (04 515 4000).

TODAY ONLY Celebrate St Nicholas’ Day at the Crowne Plaza Deira
What better way to toast Santa’s good health than to head to the Gingerbread House at the Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira? St Nick will be there to hand out gifts to the kids, and for Dhs49 you can help yourself to a buffet of mince pies, traditional festive goodies, hot chocolate and warm punch. The Aquarium Lounge will also be launching its take-home Christmas feast, available until December 31, which includes cakes, puddings, chocolate Santas and, of course, turkey plus all the trimmings.
Dhs49 per person. 4pm-8pm. Today only. Aquarium Lounge, Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira, cpdeira.info@ihg.com (04 262 5555).

Wednesday 7

Editor’s Pick New Nurture their inner movie buff at DIFF
It’s the opening night of the Dubai International Film Festival and there’s an incredible line-up of family films to enjoy this year. Heading the programme for kids is new movie The Muppets, as well as When Santa Fell to Earth and Arthur Christmas. Check out the website for more on the family-friendly activities that will coincide with the screenings, and see our DIFF feature on page 21.
Prices and timings vary. Until December 14. Various locations across Dubai, www.dubaifilmfest.com.

By Joanna England
Time Out Dubai,

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