Pose inside a winter wonderland: If you’re missing cooler climes come Christmas Eve, visit Sephora at The Dubai Mall and enter the gigantic snow globe, where you can pose for a photo (and maybe catch a cold). Until December 31. Sephora, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9828).
Try a Mexican festive menu at Maya by Richard Sandoval: Sample world-famous celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Christmas sharing menu. Dhs300 (food only). 1pm-4pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).
Eat a festive rooftop barbecue: Swish bar Cabana is inviting people to see in Christmas from its beach-themed rooftop terrace, complete with barbecue and drinks deals. Dhs185-245. 7pm-late. Cabana, The Address Dubai Mall (04 888 3444).
Armani/Privé Christmas party: Busy boys DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes present a night of urban sounds as the Armani/Privé crew get into the festive spirit. Free, couples and guest list only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Enjoy alternative Christmas tastes at Hoi An: Forget turkey and sprouts – try this Vietnamese five-course menu. For bookings of 15 people or more, the group will receive three bottles of grape and one set menu for free. Dhs290 (food only), Dhs430 (grape pairing). 7pm-1am. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).