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Family Christmas in Dubai 2013

Pantomimes, Father Christmas, grottos and more festive fun for kids

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Tis the season to be jolly – and we’ve found something to keep the kids entertained for the whole festive season!

20th December

Meet Santa Claus
Kick off the season with a visit to Santa’s Secret Grotto at WAFI. Kids will be captivated from the moment they enter the mall, with a giant 40-foot tree in the main atrium and glittering decorations as far as the eye can see – and it’ll get even better when they make their way upstairs!

Based on the first floor next to the café court, the grotto operates a queuing system rather than booked slots, but they definitely won’t be bored. As they wait their turn, kids will be entertained by stilted elves, a series of animatronics, and a video section playing festive movies on large screens.

And once you reach the big man himself, your child will have a photograph taken and be handed a bundle of gifts, including a cuddly ragdoll and raffle coupon that gives you the chance to win a luxury family holiday.
Where? First Floor, WAFI Mall. www.wafi.com
1st December to 24th December, 10am-10pm (Sat-Thurs), 10am-11pm (Friday).
How much? Dhs60 per child How to book? No booking required

21st December

Decorate Gingerbread Houses
Continue the festivities in the opulent surroundings of Ritz-Carlton Dubai, based on JBR Walk. The hotel will be hosting the last of three Gingerbread House Decorating Classes in the Library Bar this afternoon, accompanied by yummy Afternoon Tea to keep rumbling tummies happy as kids get creative.

The two-hour class will encourage them to discover their artistic talents alongside the hotel’s pastry chefs as they learn how to craft and decorate their gingerbread house – and at the end of the session, they can take home their handiwork to enjoy with their family over the festive season.
Where? Library Bar, Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR Walk. www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Dubai
When? Saturday 7th, 14th, and 21st December, 2pm-4pm.
How much? Dhs225 per child, including Afternoon Tea
How to book? Call 04 399 4000 or email dine.dubai@ritzcarlton.com

22nd December

Design and make decorations
Keep the brood entertained this morning by heading to The Archive in Safa Park to take part in the first of two Christmas ARTventures workshops taken by resident craft teacher Saima.

The class will teach crafty kids between the age of 6 and 12 years old how to make their own Christmas tree and decorations using dried branches and recycled materials.

Kids can take home their tree decorated in pom-poms, snowflakes and stars at the end of the two-hour workshop, adding festive sparkle to their apartment or villa,
Where? The Archive, Safa Park (enter through Gate 5)
When? Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd December, 10am-12pm.
How much? Dhs100 per child
How to book? Email saimamkazmi@gmail.com.

23rd December

Watch Beauty & The Beast
Madinat Theatre’s annual festive show promises to enthrall youngsters and entertain adults every December – and this year, we are being treated to a specially created version of the family classic Beauty & The Beast.

Whether your kids already know the fairytale of Belle and her beloved beast or the story is new to them, they will be gripped by the magical stage performance by an international cast of professionals and local talent. And with performances every day between 20th and 31st December (except on the 25th), there is plenty of opportunity to fit the show into your busy festive schedule.
Where? Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah.
When? Fri 20th Dec, 7pm; Sat 21st, 11am and 3pm; Sun 22nd, 11am and 3pm; Mon 23rd, 11am and 3pm; Tues 24th 11am and 3pm; Thurs 26th, 3pm and 7pm; Fri 27th, 3pm and 7pm; Sat 28th, 3pm and 7pm; Sun 29th, 11am and 3pm; Mon 30th, 11am and 3pm; Tues 31st, 3pm.
How much? Dhs250-350
How to book? www.madinattheatre.com

By Time Out Dubai Kids staff
Time Out Dubai,

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