Every little kid wants to meet the big man in red himself, they have a few things to tell him after all. Luckily Santa Claus is coming to (this) town and here are some of the places little ones can catch up with Old Saint Nick – just to make sure he’s got their Christmas covered.
At home (courtesy of Address Marina)
As well as his scheduled visit to your house on December 24, you can also get an appointment in his diary for him to come and meet your excited little people ahead of the big day. All you have to do is speak to the kind folk at Address Marina who will facilitate – PA Style – for Father Christmas to rock up on your doorstep accompanied by some merry tuneful carollers, and hand deliver a great gift for every one of your brood. Get the video cameras rolling mums and dads, you’ll want to capture the sheer excitement and amazement on your kids’ faces.
Dhs485 per house. Dec 1- Jan 10. firstname.lastname@example.org (04 436 7777).
Couqley French Bistro
Those kind, festive people at Couqley have invited Santa Claus and his little helpers – including his most loyal elf Philip – along to give out pressies for little ones on Saturday December 21. In addition Father Christmas will be happy to pose for selfies with the kiddos before they hit the special kids’ area where they can play with their friends and watch some top Christmas cartoons.
Free. Sat Dec 21, 12pm-2.30pm. Cluster A, JLT, www.couqley.ae (04 514 9339).
Listen up little elves, Santa needs some help in his workshop. Set the kids to work to help Father Christmas fulfil his quota of gingerbread houses at the Crowne Plaza’s Brioso restaurant where they will be supplied with all the tools they need to carry out the mammouth task at hand – overseen by the baking experts to make sure they are all up to Saint Nick’s high standards.
Dhs59. Sat Dec 7 3pm-7pm. Salah Al Din Street, Deira, Dubai, www.crowneplaza.com (04 262 5555).
The Irish Village
The Irish Village will be throwing its annual tree lighting bash on Wednesday December 11, and we suggest you mark it in your diary now. The popular pub in Garhoud will be hosting a special party, with carol singing from both the St Mary's Church Choir and Dubai Duty Free choir, mince pies, mulled grape and the big switch on. It all kicks off at 7pm, so be there sharp for a glass of mulled grape (mums and dads) and free mince pies (kids).
Free. Wed Dec 11, 7pm-10pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
The hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road wants you to kick off the festive season with a range of big holiday events to celebrate Christmas and New Year, with seasonal buffets, Santa Claus and live entertainment. To start, Towers Rotana will host its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Sunday December 8 from 7pm onwards. Families all over Dubai can expect Christmas carols, led by returning choir The Aspens, festive goodies to tuck into and a visit from Santa. He’ll even be photo ready for plenty of snaps.
Sun Dec 8, 7pm. Towers Rotana, Shiekh Zayed Road www.rotana.com/towersrotana (04 343 8000).
Fairmont The Palm
On Monday December 9 you can watch the hotel’s Christmas tree light up, and can expect Santa dancing away at his musical grotto, free Christmas treats and plenty more. Taking place from 5pm until 7pm, the merry event will be joined by one of the best kids’ choirs in Dubai singing live Christmas carols. Families can meet the big man in a red suit at his musical grotto, while Cinderella and her entourage will be making a special guest appearance for those family snaps. The hotel will be offering festive treats and soft beverages, along with gingerbread making for the little ones. As for parents, there will be mulled grape at Mashrabiya Lounge to sip on while the little ones get a sugar-rush – and a chocolate moustache – from a steaming cup of indulgent hot chocolate.
Free entry. Mon Dec 9, 5pm-7pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.fairmont.com/palm-dubai (04 457 3388).
One of our favourite markets is getting a festive overhaul throughout December. Ripe Market, at Dubai Police Academy Park in Umm Suqeim is throwing itself into the spirit of the holidays with heaps of Christmas activities for all the family to enjoy. Little ones will be excited to meet Santa in his grotto and to jump aboard the Polar Express train as it winds its way around the park. They can also get stuck into some gingerbread man and house making, or sit down to focus on a spot of festive-themed sewing. There’s plenty on offer for mums and dads too – dads, you might want to head to the gift wrapping workshop, just saying.
Free. Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-7pm, throughout December. Dubai Police Academy Park, Umm Suqeim, www.ripeme.com (04 315 7000).
Throw yourselves into Christmas at WAFI where an entire elf village, complete with Santa’s grotto, will set the scene for a magical meeting with the big man in red himself. Until Tuesday December 24, little ones can pay a visit to Santa’s grotto, where they will get a toy and a framed photograph with Father Christmas. Tickets for the grotto are priced at Dhs70, and come with a run on the ski simulator, free hot chocolate and mince pie at Biella, and plenty more offers across WAFI, plus the kids can enjoy an arts and crafts area or watch Christmas movies as they eagerly wait to meet Santa while the parents can shop for their seasonal goodies. Wishing for something special from Santa? His elves are listening. Don't forget to post letters in WAFI's post box, and who knows, the elves may make your dreams come true.
Dhs70 (grotto ticket including ski simulator), Dhs20 (additional ski simulator). Thu Dec 5, 5pm onwards (opening ceremony), 7pm-9.30pm (Santa's Grotto); Fri Dec 6-Tue Dec 24, 8:30am - 9:30pm (Santa’s Grotto and ski simulator). WAFI, Oud Metha Road, www.wafi.com (04 324 4213).
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