Festive markets, fairs and grottos in Dubai

Check out these wonderful Dubai fairs this Christmas

Christmas

Aspen by Kempinski Santa's Corner & Festive Display at Aspen by Kempinski
Stop by and see the striking festive display, brimming with a delectable array of traditional delicacies including homemade cookies, mince pies, candy canes, gingerbread houses and, not forgetting Kempinski’s renowned Stollen cake. Take a photo in Santa’s big chair and get a glimpse of all the magic to come during the festive season at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.
From Dec 7 to Jan 10. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 0000).

Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah

Want to ride an abra with Santa? Of course you do. The man in red will traverse the waterways of the Madinat Jumeirah to reach the resort’s annual Festive Market, which will take place on Fort Island from Friday December 15 to Wednesday 27. Inspired by a traditional German Festive Market, this 1,750 sq m winter wonderland will feature at its centre an interactive LED Christmas tree with different festive designs. Tuck into roasted chestnuts and seasonal beverages while the young ones enjoy a North Pole train, giant snowball and two-lane bungee jump. Santa will appear daily at 5pm and 7pm.
Free. Sun-Wed 3pm-1am; Thu-Sat noon-1am. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 8888).

The break will last from Monday August 20 until Wednesday August 22

Eid is expected to fall on Tuesday August 21 and run until Friday August 24

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