All aboard for the Bateaux Dubai festive cruise: As a nautical precursor to Christmas, this floating restaurant is offering a three-course brunch with unlimited house beverages. Dhs395 (selected beverages); Dhs495 (bubbly); Dhs230 (children under 11). 1pm-4pm. Dubai Creek, opposite British Embassy (04 399 4994).
Head to Lamcy for last-minute Christmas shopping:
Do your Christmas shopping at this Oud Metha mall and you’ll receive a gift when you spend Dhs200 or more. Plus, the first 500 kids who visit Santa will be given a present. Until December 25. Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha (04 335 9999).
Get festive with an electro-jazz gig:
This regular showcase of local bands features its bravest bill yet, with jazzer Haruka Horii and electro-kid Aaron Kim to name but a few. Free. 7.30pm-11.30pm. Pyramid Rooftop Gardens, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 347 77963).
Dance like a reindeer at a retro Christmas club night: Check out Father Christmas behind the decks, assisted by his team of ‘elves’ (we’re guessing barmaids in fancy dress). Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Check out an edgy club night: A mix of garage, techno and dubstep will be spun at the third monthly Prism night, which aims to bring a bit of spice to the city’s nightlife scene. Free. 10pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7750).