Dubai Christmas parties 2018

The best places to celebrate the festive season across the city

It's Christmas! Well, nearly anyway. And with the big day just weeks away, it's time to pull on your best festive jumper, grab those novelty antlers and head down to one of Dubai's many Christmas parties.

We've listed the top options, ranging from festive ladies' nights to bashes where you'll need to put on a bit of fancy dress.

They'll all be wheeling out the Christmas tunes, so get ready to belt out some classics at the top of your voice.

Our top recommendation? Head to Time Out Dubai's Christmas Jumper Party on Thursday December 6 at Perry & Blackwelder’s in Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah.

Kicking off at 7pm, entry to the barnstorming American bar is free all night long – and we've got a stack of huge prizes to give away.

We'll see you there.

Time Out Dubai’s Christmas Jumper Party
Dig out the tinsel, dust off the baubles, and get your hands on the tackiest Christmas outfit you can find. Time Out Dubai’s Christmas Jumper Party is back with a festive bang on Thursday December 6, and we’ll be putting on a very merry time at Perry & Blackwelder’s in Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah.

Kicking off at 7pm, entry to the barnstorming American bar is free all night long – and we've got a stack of huge prizes to give away.

Throughout the night, Lady J and The Royal Vagabonds and Dubai’s un-brie-lievably cheese DJ Tim Cheddar will have the crowd rocking around P&B’s Christmas tree to festive hits. There’ll even be an ear-ringing Christmas carol shouting session during the night – so warm up those vocal chords, ready the lungs and prepare to stomp those feet.

In the spirit of the season of giving, we’ve also got a whopping great stack of fantastic prizes to bequeath for the best Christmas jumpers and costumes, including a grand prize of Dhs2,000 cash, a table for two at Perry & Blackwelder’s new brunch, Dubai Opera tickets, family passes to the Museum of Illusions as well as pool and beach passes for the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. We've also got Dhs250 shopping vouchers for Marks & Spencer to give away – the perfect amount to spend on the British retailer's new Christmas food range. There’s also a Dhs500 noon.com voucher, for some early Christmas shopping, as well as 90-minute facial at Saray Spa at Marriott Al Jaddaf up for grabs.
Free entry, no reservations – tables available first come, first served. Thursday December 6, 7pm until late. Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6197).

All-day happy hour Maison Mathis Arabian Ranches
This restaurant has an all-day happy hour on Christmas Eve with Christmas food specials and tunes from the resident DJ. Sounds like a Christmas (cracker).
Free entry. Mon Dec 24, 12pm-2am. Arabian Ranches, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (04 450 1313).

Bad Moms festive ladies’ night
Peeling the sprouts? Bah, humbug! Basting the turkey? Aren’t there elves for that sort of thing? At this festive ladies’ night the only thing you have to do is have fun. For Dhs99 you’ll get three hours of unlimited drinks with a festive theme throughout at this special edition of Ba’s ladies’ night.
Dhs99 (unlimited drinks). Thu Dec 20, 6pm-9pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).

Blowfish
Offering the “cheesiest Christmas party” in Dubai. Dress up and delve into festive ice cream sundaes as well as signature burgers and fries with prizes, including a lump of coal for the best dressed (just joking).
Free. Wed Dec 12, 7pm-10.30pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).

Christmas bash at The Irish Village
You’ll get free entry for this festive bash with music by DJ Marky Mark in the festively-themed garden, complete with the biggest Christmas tree you’ve probably ever seen (which is being lit on Monday December 3).
Free entry. Mon Dec 24. Next to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

Cirque Le Cuisine
Prepare to make room in your bellies on Thursday December 6 – Atlantis The Palm’s huge megabrunch is making a grand return, and this time it’s getting the winter wonderland treatment. Cirque de Cuisine: The Festive Edition will feature acts from Cirque le Soir, and for the first time Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan will be joining the line-up, which also includes Nobu, Ronda Locatelli and Bread Street Kitchen & Bar. Taking place from 7pm until 11pm, the event will treat guests to live performances as they roam the “snow-filled walkways”.
O Dhs495 (adults), Dhs295 (ages 12-20), Dhs535 (adults), Dhs335 (ages 12-20). Thu Dec 6, 7pm-11pm. After party: 11pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 2626).

Festive party brunch at Wanderlust
One of Dubai’s best party brunches, Wanderlust promises a culinary journey around the world with 11 live stations, more than 360 dishes, and around 257 Christmas jumpers (at last imaginary count).
Dhs425 (house beverages). Tue Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).

Festive party at Jules
Dance the night away to the tunes of resident band Skills and Verse Two. We’re hoping for a Mariah tribute.
O Dhs120 (two drinks). Mon Dec 24, 9pm-3am.
Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2455).

McGettigan’s Christmas jumper party
Dust off your best Christmas jumper and get ready to celebrate the festive season the Irish way. As well as a live DJ, there’ll also be the chance to dig into a festive menu with all of your Christmas favourites, just don’t get any crumbs down your yuletide threads.
Free. Wed Dec 12, 8pm-3am. McGettigan’s JBR, The Walk, JBR (04 318 2580).

Jazz at Nola Eatery & Social House
Head to Nola for live jazz, festive bites and beverages – with 50 percent off food and four free drinks for ladies on Christmas Eve.
Free. Tue Dec 25, 6pm-onwards. Cluster P, JLT (04 399 8155).

Saffron’s ugly Christmas jumper party
We all know that somewhere in the back end of our wardrobes lies a horrible Christmas jumper that we wouldn’t think about wearing, but at Saffron’s ugly Christmas jumper party, you’re encouraged to where it proudly. On Friday December 21, put on that ugly jumper you got from a distant family relative and be greeted with a glass of bubbly on arrival, while Saffron’s resident DJ Soul Ninja cranks up the nostalgia hits and Christmas classics. As for food, expect more than 220 dishes from around the world including Malaysian, Cantonese, Japanese and British classics, along with over 16 drink stations and much more.
Dhs535. Fri Dec 21, 12.30pm-4pm. Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com/restaurants/saffron (04 426 0800).

Sofitel Dubai Downtown festive-themed afternoon tea
The holiday season can get a tad hectic with the amount of Christmas gifts to buy and all the decorations to put up, so why not take a step back from it all and enjoy a festive afternoon tea instead? Served in a birdcage-like venue at La Patisserie Lounge in Sofitel Dubai Downtown, relax and nibble on festive treats and sip on tea anytime until the last day of the year.
Dhs199 for two. Until Mon Dec 31. Daily 10am-8pm. Sofitel Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 503 6666).


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