15 community events in Dubai this week

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Thursday 13

Festive German movie night
Enjoy a screening of classic 1944 festive comedy Die Feuerenzangenbowle. The evening will be rounded off with a glass of the beverage after which the movie is named.
Dhs200 per person. 8pm-11.30pm. K-West Bar, Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2000).

Greenfield Community School winter fun day
This fun family day out will be packed with games, face-painting, live performances, a bazaar and more.
Free. 4pm-6.30pm. Greenfield Community School, Dubai Investments Park (04 885 6600).

Friday 14

Celebrate Christmas at Ski Dubai
Santa will be in residence at Ski Dubai every day from today until Tuesday 25: kids can share their ‘wish list’ and have pictures taken. In a tribute to the 12 Days of Christmas, there will be different games every 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. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 4000).

Christmas black-tie ball
Dress to impress for a night of live music, bubbly and a five-course dinner at The Gramercy’s first Christmas ball. Dhs650 per person.
From 8pm. The Gramercy, level 2, precinct 3, DIFC (04 437 7511).

Festive family fun day
Premier Inn Hotel in Dubai Investment Park is holding a family fun day in aid of Dubai Autism Center, with face-painting, a market, a petting zoo, pony and camel rides, a kids’ salon and spa, entertainment from Dubai Drums and much more.
Free. Noon-4.30pm. Premier Inn Hotel, Dubai Investments Park, near The Green Community (04 885 0999).

One Night To Change Lives
This charity event, presented by Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai Cares and Oxfam, will feature celebrity appearances, world-class entertainment and an exclusive auction, with lots including a VIP trip to New York to meet Scarlett Johansson.
Dhs2,000, table of ten Dhs20,000. Armani Hotel, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaifilmfest.com (04 445 6842).

Stollen cake for a cause
Marvel at the impressive 570 metre-long German fruit cake baked by Kempinski’s pastry chefs. All proceeds from sales of the cake will go to Dubai Centre for Special Needs, and children from the centre will be helping with the sale.
Dhs5 per slice, Dhs100 per cake. From 10am. Central Galleria, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0000).

Weihnachts Market
Modelled on German Christmas markets, head here to scoff traditional festive treats amid wooden cottages selling gifts, while Santa does his rounds.
Free. 2pm-9pm. Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2000).

Saturday 15

The elves’ tea party and lighting ceremony at The Palace
The Palace in Downtown Dubai is hosting a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in the ballroom, alongside an elves’ tea party for kids. Santa Claus is set to put in an appearance.
Dhs150 per person. 3pm-6pm. The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7806).

Dubai Foodies at Large get festive
This food enthusiasts’ group meets to eat and celebrate the festive season. Join the group to cast your vote on where the gathering should be held.
Free, attendees pay for their own meal. 7pm-10pm. Venue TBD. www.meetup.com/the-dubai-foodies-at-large (no number).

Watch short plays by local writers
An evening of four short plays by Dubai writers, titled Eponine, Who Am I?, I Am In Love and In the Pink of Death.
Dhs50 per person. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1, behind Times Square Mall (04 346 6467).

Sunday 16

Ikea’s soft toy campaign
For every soft toy bought at Ikea stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Ikea Foundation will donate Dhs5 to Unicef’s education programme. Drop-off boxes will also be placed at the check-out, where customers can donate any extra soft toys bought to the Red Crescent.
Prices vary. Until December 29. Ikea, Dubai Festival City (800 4532).

Monday 17

Monday Night Funnies: Down with Brown
A comedy night featuring Saad Haroon. The Pakistani comic returns to Dubai with his blend of musical comedy songs, improvised crowd work and routines.
Dhs75. From 8pm. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina, www.dubomedy.com (050 440 0994).

Speak dating night
Practise a language of your choice while teaching your native language or a language you know.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Eton Institute, Block 3, Knowledge Village, www.plus.eton.ac (800 3866).

Tuesday 18

Donate unwanted clothes
Aid in Motion distributes second-hand clothing to those in need. If you have unwanted items, call the 24-hour hotline to arrange collection.
www.volunteerindubai.com (06 403 4535).

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