Family fun in Dubai

Christmas parties, winter wonderlands and more family fun

Thursday 9

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Pop along to Blossom’s holiday concert
Soak up the spirit of the season by attending The Blossom Village Nursery’s annual holiday concert. Little ones can fashion their own ornaments for the tree and will get a chance to meet the man in red. There will also be an interactive story time, some pasta-making sessions and, of course, traditional tunes sung by Blossom’s budding stars.
Free. 3pm-4pm. Blossom Village Nursery, Street 21C, Umm Suqeim (04 394 8837).

Take a train ride at Souk Festive Market
Little lads and lasses will love the mini festive train ride offered at the Souk Festive Market, before getting stuck into tons more activities, including Christmas cookie baking sessions. That leaves mum time and space to have a mooch around the seasonal stalls for pressie purchases.
Activities priced separately. Daily until December 26, 5pm-midnight. Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

Friday 10

Wander around a winter wonderland market
Find festive bits and bobs at Dubai Baby & Children’s Market, which is going all white with a winter wonderland theme: there’ll be decorations, greetings cards, Christmas cakes, crafts and the usual pre-loved items stalls. Frosty the Snowman will arrive with giveaways for the little ones, with heaps more fun and festive activities, music and refreshments.
Dhs3 for adults, with proceeds going to charity. 9am-noon. Uptown Primary School, Uptown Mirdif, find map at

Kids’ Christmas party at Sheraton Jumeirah

With fun, fun and more fun on its festive menu, the Sheraton’s seasonal get-together will keep pint-sized party fans occupied all afternoon. Tykes can tire themselves out on the huge bouncy castle, before tucking into a mini-sized menu. The mesmerising Mr Magician will be spinning his magic tricks and a very unusual Santa will be making an appearance.
Dhs100. 4pm-7pm. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers, JBR (04 399 5533).

Saturday 11

Decorate a gingerbread house at Carluccio’s
Culinary creatives can bling up their very own gingerbread house at Carluccio’s. Dhs80 buys all the seasonal sparkles – think shapes and icing – to make a masterpiece, and rewards the little darlings with a delicious hot chocolate. If you can’t make it today, there are two more sessions: one on December 18 at Marina Mall and one on December 21 at The Dubai Mall.
Dhs80. 10am-noon. Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3728).

Gap Rock Star for a Day at The Dubai Mall

Limelight-loving little ones (aged two to 12) can become rock stars at Gap’s family event. Expect super-styling (think wigs, props and glitter) and a personal photo shoot, before performing at the Fashion Catwalk alongside professional entertainers. You’ll also get a goody bag.
Spend Dhs250 at any Gap Kids UAE store from December 4-11 to receive a family pass (two adults, two kids). 2pm-5pm. Fashion Catwalk, The Dubai Mall (04 390 2060).

Attend two seasonal soirées at The Montgomerie
Head down to The Address Montgomerie for an afternoon and evening of full-on festive fun. Make a date with Santa at the fun-filled family Carnival on the Lawn, before joining other families on Aquaviva Terrace for the ceremonial lighting of the tree. Under the twinkle of seasonal sparkle, tuck into street food and mulled wine.
Carnival on the lawn: Dhs50 for adults, Dhs110 for kids. 3pm-6pm. Lighting of the tree: free. 6pm. The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).

Sunday 12

EDITOR’S PICK See The Chronicles of Narnia at the cinema
We’re excited by the third instalment of epic fantasy The Chronicles of Narnia (released in 2D and 3D). Based on the much-loved novels by CS Lewis, this one sees Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace. Meeting up with Prince Caspian, now King of Narnia, they take a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship, The Dawn Treader, encountering dragons, dwarves and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.
At cinemas across Dubai.

FREE! See the sky light up at Festival Marina
It’s worth keeping the kids up late for tonight’s Festival of Fireworks at the Festival Marina promenade. This sparkling and spectacular evening promises stunning sights and sizzling sounds, which will keep minis mesmerised.
Free. Every Thursday and Friday from December 9-31, 8pm.

Monday 13

Tuck into turkey at The Irish Village
Enjoy an early-evening festive al-fresco family feast down at The Irish Village. For Dhs85 per person, you get turkey and all the trimmings, plus the chance to gobble down your grub in the glow of the twinkling Christmas tree.
Dhs85 per person. December 13-24, noon-11pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4751).

Tuesday 14

Drop the kids at Atlantis Christmas kids’ club
Need to do some last-minute shopping? Take the nippers to the Atlantis kids’ club, where they’ll be kept busy with activities such as decorating Christmas cookies and creating festive crafts. Santa will be paying a visit – check with the club for timings.
Dhs50 per hour, Dhs150 from 11am-6pm or 7pm-11pm. Open 11am-11pm. Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1295).

Wednesday 15

EDITOR’S PICK Hit the slopes at Ski Dubai
Wrap up warm for a snowy experience. Visit Mr and Mrs Claus before boarding the chairlift to the Avalanche Café for a warming hot chocolate.
Chairlift ride: Dhs80 for one adult/child, including hot chocolate. Open daily 10am-11pm. Santa visit: free with Ski Dubai entry (Dhs120). December 10-24, from 5pm. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates. (04 409 4129).

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