Turkey with all the trimmings? Kids want so much more than that. Here are our top picks for brunches that little ones are going to love.
The city’s only revolving rooftop restaurant is throwing a special feast on Christmas Day. So you can stuff yourself with turkey while enjoying mesmerising 360-degree views of the city’s skyline at night at Al Dawaar, plus the live kitchen dining experience and other lavish spread of delicacies.
Dhs229 (soft drinks), Dhs329 (house beverages), Dhs529 (bubbly), Dhs119 (kids aged five-ten). 12.30pm-4pm. Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira (04 2096887).
Amwaj Rotana JBR
All of the JBR hotel's dining venues will be coming together to put on a huge spread of dishes. Rosso, Benihana and JB’s Gastropub will offer families scrumptious dishes via live cooking stations and even a food truck. There’s a live band and DJ, plus a kids’ zone for young ones to join in on the fun in their very own way.
Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs449 (bubbly and house beverages), Dhs149 (kids aged six to 12). 12.30pm-4.30pm. The Walk, JBR (04 282 2000).
Bayside Restaurant & Terrace
No matter how you celebrated on Christmas Eve, you’ll want to join brunch at Steigenberger the next day at Bayside Restaurant & Terrace. The kids will meet Santa at his and there are loads of activities for little ones in store.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). Noon-4pm. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay (04 369 0000).
Besh Turkish Kitchen
This Mall of the Emirates brunch features festive favourites including oven-roasted turkey with all the trimmings. Kids get their very own dedicated area, where they'll find many activities, and get a visit from Santa, too.
Dhs199 (soft beverages), Dhs299 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged six to12). 1pm-4pm. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 772 353).
You’re in for a music-filled brunch at Anantara, with the choir singing Christmas tunes from 1pm until 4pm at Crescendo. Santa will be visiting and the Almla Latina Duo will also be playing into the afternoon. Expect loads of sweet treats.
Dhs680 (house beverages), Dhs480 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (kids aged six to 11). 1pm-4pm. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
Looking for a lavish, festive-themed brunch? Flow Kitchen will be serving up authentic specialties including a selection of roasts, whole smoked salmon and Christmas turkey with all the trimmings. Little guests with a sweet tooth get to enjoy selection of desserts, including mince tarts, panettone bread pudding, festive gingerbread cookies and crème brulée – plus meet Santa too. Kids aged three to 12 years old also get complimentary access to Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club.
From Dhs395 (per person), Dhs198 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids aged five and under). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Fairmont The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
If you’re looking for something a bit different on Christmas Day, Gaucho DIFC’s menu is bound to do the trick. You get the Argentine twist, with shared starters including empanadas and lobster tacos, tuna ceviche, watermelon salad and more. For mains, you’ll indulge in dishes such as roast beef and seabream, after which you can go for a strawberry mess, sticky toffee pudding or apple crumble for dessert.
Dhs470 (soft drinks), Dhs560 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4.30pm. Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai (04 422 7898).
Set amid festive gardens, you’ll find this barbecue-style brunch filled with seasonal favourites and signature specialties like an oyster and smoked salmon bar, carving station and an extensive selection of desserts. From holiday-themed activities to a live band and an exciting kids’ corner, your Christmas Day will be taken care of here.
Dhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs595 (house beverages), Dhs695 (premium bubbly), Dhs247 (kids aged four to 12), free (kids under four). Dec 25 12.30pm-3.30pm. Habtoor Palace, Al Habtoor City (04 275 1542).
If you’re looking for a venue with more casual, family-friendly vibes, Kitchen6’s special festive buffet may just be what you’re after. The Christmas lunch will be packed with international dishes and there are six live cooking stations to choose from.
Dhs295 per person (soft beverages). 12.30-3.30pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 0000).
The Ritz-Carlton DIFC is going all out with its Gourmand Christmas Day Brunch at Le Cirque. Feast on French-inspired meals (ooh la la) with table-side live cooking and carving stations featuring much-loved picks from the most festive of dishes. There’s music to set the tone and Santa will also be visiting little ones for more cheer.
Dhs395 (soft beverages), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs195 (kids aged six to 12). Noon-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton DIFC (04 372 2323).
The new Play House brunch at Liwan will take on a new look for Christmas, complete with themed dishes and a host of festive touches, including presents for the little ones. There will be plenty of magical moments, meetings with Santa and a traditional Christmas carvery with all the trimmings. Ho-ho-ho.
Dhs215 (soft drinks), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids up to five years old). 12.30pm-4pm. Swissôtel Al Ghurair, Deira (04 293 3000).
At Pergolas restaurant’s brunch, you’ll eat, drink and be merry while the kids play around, meet Santa and sing at the kids’ corner.
Dhs275 (soft beverages), Dhs349 (house beverages), Dhs135 (kids aged six to 12). 12.30pm-4pm. Roda Al Murooj, Downtown Dubai (04 321 1111).
Christmas Day brunch at The Market will feature a traditional carving station with all the trimmings and an extensive selection of desserts – complete with live music and entertainment. To make it a dash more special, the little ones will enjoy a visit from Santa and the Christmas-themed kids’ corner.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs473 (house beverages), Dhs750 (bubbly), Dhs150 (kids aged five to 12), free (kids under five). Dec 25, 1pm-4.30pm. Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 437 3333).
The Picnic Pantry
Head outdoors this Christmas for a fun-filled family day out at The Picnic Pantry. Enjoy a selection of delectable treats at this re-imagined brunch with a twist. Kids get to explore the walk-in pantry, take part in fun activities and splash about in the pool to the tunes of the live band.
Dhs245 (soft beverages), Dhs345 (house beverages), free (kids under 12). 12.30pm-4pm. Crowne Plaza Festival City Dubai, Dubai Festival City (04 011 127).
Watch as the Raffles garden and ballroom completely transform into a winter haven with live entertainment and treats including freshly-prepared charcuterie, fine cheese, a seafood market, live cooking stations and an extensive carvery with all the traditional trimmings and desserts. Little ones have their own dedicated activity area and get a surprise visit from Santa.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (house beverages), Dhs195 (kids aged seven to 12), free (kids under six). 1pm-4.30pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
The Irish Village
One of our favourite spots for families is hosting a Christmas lunch, with a buffet laden with traditional Christmas goodies, a carvery, turkey and trimmings and lots more. Kids will also get to meet Santa who will be handing out gifts, and there’s live music all afternoon.
Dhs199 (adults), Dhs99 (kids under 12) including a gift from Santa. Noon-4pm. Garhoud (04 282 4750).
The Tap House
Yes, yes it’s all in there – the traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and mince pies. But the best part is kids under 12 eat free and there’s plenty of entertainment to keep them happy including a magic show, face painting, gifts, live music and even a special appearance from Santa himself.
Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs225 (soft drinks), free (kids under 12). Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 514 3778).
Tuck into traditional favourites while dancing the day away to live music at Yalumba and let the little ones enjoy at the kids’ corner (seriously, just let them be). There will be tonnes of interactive activities for youngsters at this brunch.
Dhs389 (house beverages), Dhs120 (kids ages six to 12), free (kids aged five and under). 1pm-4pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 217 0000).