10 to try: Christmas events in Dubai

Get in the Christmas spirit at these upcoming events


Christmas Eve at St Francis of Assisi Church
The evening’s proceedings will begin with carol singing, followed by family mass, mass in English, more carol singing, examination of conscience with general absolution and Christmas high mass at 11pm, followed by Malayalam mass at 1am. Mass will be held on Christmas Day in a number of languages – see the website for the full schedule. People of all religions are welcome.
Free. From 5.30pm, Monday December 24. Jebel Ali, www.stfrancisjebelali.ae (04 884 5251).

Christmas Eve club night at Emirates Golf Club
Gorge on a Christmas buffet and take part in a festive quiz.
Dhs115 members, Dhs125 members’ guests, Dhs135 non-members. From 8pm, Monday December 24. Spikes Bar, Emirates Golf Club (04 417 9999).

Pick up gifts and treats at a Christmas market
Marina Mall’s Christmas market will continue throughout the festive period, selling gifts and edible treats.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-10am, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Until Monday December 24. Dubai Marina Mall (04 436 1020).

Sample festive afternoon tea while the kids decorate gingerbread houses
Try the Ritz-Carlton Dubai’s seasonal afternoon tea, which features finger sandwiches, mini cakes, pastries and more than 22 different varieties of tea – with a Christmas twist. Every Saturday, the hotel is also running gingerbread house-decorating classes for kids.
Tea from Dhs150 (adults), Dhs75 (kids). Decorating classes Dhs225 per child. Tea served daily 2pm-6pm. Saturday decorating classes 2pm-4pm. Until December 24. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 318 6150).

See a festive German movie

Enjoy classic 1944 German comedy Die Feurenzangenbowle (aka ‘The Punch Bowl’), accompanied by a glass of the Christmas beverage that inspired the movie’s name.
Dhs200 per person. 8pm-11.30pm, Thursday December 20. K-West Bar, Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2000).

Try the Christmas quiz at Carter’s
Dubaians are encouraged to round up a team, or simply pop down solo to take part in the weekly general knowledge quiz – you can be sure it will have a festive vibe over the next two weeks.
Free. Mon from 8.30pm. Ongoing.. Carter’s, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).

Watch Jack Frost under the stars
Movies Under the Stars is back, and will be screening festive flick Jack Frost on Sunday December 23 to get you in a festive mood. Popcorn and hotdogs are readily available.
Free. From 8.30pm. Sunday December 23. Rooftop Gardens, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).

Where to meet Santa!

Oasis Centre
Santa resides inside a winter castle at this mall: a ‘meet and greet’ package with the jolly one includes a chat, a photo op and a present for each child, plus a free kids’ meal and ride at Fun City. The centre itself will be festooned with plenty of decorations.
Dhs35 per child. Sun-Thu 6.30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-11.30pm. Until December 25. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 515 4000).

Ski Dubai
Santa will be in residence in the snow park every day, and kids can share their ‘wish list’ and have pictures taken. There will also be different games each day, including snowman-building, holly wreath throwing, a present hunt and a snow angels competition.
Snow park access Dhs130 (adults), Dhs120 (kids). Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 4000).


Meet Father Christmas in his Tudor-style village. Tickets include a cuddly toy, photo with Santa, a free kids’ meal with every paying adult at Biella, and a free cup of tea or coffee for a parent at Square Café. There’s also the chance to win a family trip to Vienna.
Dhs55 per child. Sat-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri 10am-11pm. Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4555).

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