Raffles Dubai The hotel’s traditional afternoon tea has been given a Christmas makeover, complete with complimentary spiced festive beverages and seasonal music. To fuel the Christmas countdown, there’s a giant advent calendar on one wall: doors will be opened every day at 4pm, to reveal surprise gifts for a few lucky guests. Families can also leave the little ones in the play room, to paint their own baubles, which will then be displayed on the hotel’s Christmas tree. Dhs299 per couple. Daily 2pm-7pm. Until December 31. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence This seasonal tea, which kicks off on Saturday December 15, introduces a Christmas ambience with live music played throughout the afternoon by a harpist, and Christmas carols sung by a choir from 6pm each evening. Meanwhile, the selection of food on offer remains fairly traditional, featuring dainty finger sandwiches with fillings such as cucumber with cream cheese and smoked salmon, alongside mini cakes, pastries, and scones with clotted cream and jam. Dhs150 (hot drinks), Dhs190 (sparkling grape), Dhs265 (bubbly mixed drink). Daily 2pm-7pm. December 15-24. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk at JBR (04 318 6150).
Hummingbird Bakery The new range includes festive cupcakes (we like the cheery little Santa), as well as red velvet cake adorned with a festive greeting. From Dhs20 per cupcake; Dhs180 per red velvet cake. Advance order required. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (800 42473).
Diva Life This local chocolatier has introduced a range of sweet Christmas gifts, including advent calendar chocolate boxes and a cute snowman chocolate fondue set. From Dhs150 for a fondue set. www.divalife.ae.