Christmas in the UAE 2019: Festive fun for the whole family

A fabulous line-up to add a touch of sparkle to your Christmas

Christmas in the UAE 2019: Festive fun for the whole family

The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is back
The Dubai Rugby Sevens is a highlight in every family’s calendar, whether they’re a fan of the sport or not. On the pitch there is plenty of exciting international rugby action to watch, but there is plenty going on off the pitch too, especially for the little ones. The kids’ zone has heaps of activities for the littlest fans from water slides and face painting to a mini soft play area making it a top weekend out for the whole gang.
Free Thu Dec 5. From Dhs300 Fri 6 & Sat 7 Dec. The Sevens Stadium, www.dubairugby7s.com.

We’re off to Neverland

Flying on to the QE2 for Christmas, Peter Pan and his tiny sidekick Tinkerbell are taking the whole family on a magical pantomime adventure that promises all the festive feels.
Dhs120 (kids below 12), Dhs150 (adults). Fri Dec 13-Fri Dec 24, 11am and 3pm. QE2, Port Rashid, Dubai, www.theatrebyqe2.com.

Jingle Bell Favourites is on at Dubai Opera

Grab the gang and work on your vocals for a festive family sing-along at Dubai Opera that won’t fail to get everyone in a jolly Christmas state of mind. Fa la la la la, la la la laaaaa!
From Dhs175. Thu Dec 12 8pm, Fri Dec 13 11am, 3pm & 8pm & Sat Dec 14 2pm & 7pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com (04 440 8888).

The Yas Winter Carnival
This Christmas all wrapped up in once place. From gingerbread house decorating and a magical carnival complete with fairground rides and attractions to a snow zone (yes, really) where kids can enjoy throwing snowballs and building snowmen, a fun wintery wonderland awaits in the capital. 
Free. Tue Dec 10-Sat Dec 14 2pm-11pm. Gateway Park South, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.wintercarnival.ae.

Cinderella is coming to the stage at Fairmont The Palm

It’s one of our favourite fairy tales of all time – sigh. The rags to riches saga about poor Cinderella who is forced to wait on her evil stepmother and stepsisters never gets old. And now the magical story is coming to Fairmont The Palm in blissful panto style. Little princes and princesses will be able to take in all the magic of the beautiful costumes and the colourful sets, plus will love the audience interaction that goes hand-in-hand with a good old traditional pantomime.  
From Dhs125. Wed Dec 18-Fri Dec 27, various performances. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net.

A classic ballet
The Nutcracker prince transforms from a wooden toy to fully grown human warrior, protecting young Clara from the reign of the mouse army while seeking to regain his crown held by the Sugar Plum Fairy in this classic Tchaikovsky ballet performed by The Saint-Petersburg Tchaikovsky Ballet Theatre and live orchestra at Dubai Opera just in time for Christmas.
From Dhs125. Wed Dec 4-Sat Dec 7. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Magic Phil is in Trouble in the Willows
A favourite with all the kids, Magic Phil is back on stage in a fun-filled pantomime adventure. Trouble in the Willows is a traditional British panto with songs, dancing, non-stop audience interaction and plenty of silliness. Fun for the whole family... Oh, yes it is!
Dhs150, Dhs 550 (family of four). Fri Dec 13 10am, 1.30pm and 5.30pm. The Junction Theatre, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, ae.bookmyshow.com.

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