Things to do in Dubai in December for kids

Your month’s essential events, by our panel of experts


Jingle bells

If somehow you’re not exactly feeling festive yet (bah humbug, indeed), maybe it’s time you let music be the food of Christmas love. For three glorious nights the Dubai Opera will become the stage for a Christmas concert of epic proportions as the London Concert Orchestra Show Band, Capital Voices and an array of West End soloists bring you Jingle Bell Favourites. Among the incomparably catchy and jolly tunes they’ll be belting at this fantastic Downtown Dubai venue will be All I Want For Christmas, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Silent Night and, of course, Jingle Bells. Don’t miss it!
From Dhs135. December 14-16, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, (04 440 8888).

Paint and giggle

We Love Art will be launching the first of many parent and child painting classes on December 9, with a special Christmas edition. Taking place at The Wooden Cellar in Sports City, this 90-minute workshop will bring together parents and their kids to create a very special holiday-themed painting, which will make the perfect gift for someone special or an iconic piece of art to add to your wall. This workshop is available to children five years and over and includes all your equipment, canvas and nibbles!
Dhs289 for two. Dec 9, 10.30am. The Wooden Cellar, Dubai Sports City,

Clarks sports collection
That old high street favourite has brought some more oomph to its shoe selection with a brand-new sports collection just for kids. Not only do these luminous creations look cool, they’ll make any child run faster (in principle, at least!).
Prices vary. Available at both Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall,

M&S launches paddington collection
The clever gang at Marks & Spencer are tapping into the box office success of Paddington 2 by bringing you a range of goodies featuring everyone’s favourite marmalade-munching bear.
From Dhs9. Available at stores across Dubai. (04 288 0519).

F&F means fun and festive

Not decided what the kids should wear to their Christmas jumper party? Well, let F&F do all the hard decision making for you this year with their fabulously festive collection featuring onesies, slippers, shirts, hats, pyjamas and those funky Christmas jumpers. Spot on!
From Dhs29. Available at stores across Dubai, including Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 338 9075).

Fun city

As parents, we’re always looking out for bargain entertainment for our kids and thanks to Fun City’s 100 Days of Play promotion, your little ones can run riot at Fun City, Fun Ville and Fun Works outlets across Dubai for less than a dirham a day. Some 60,000 of these money-saving memberships were bought in the first wave and now the deal has been extended for more unlimited play.
Dhs99 per child. Available at Fun City, Fun Ville and Fun Works outlets across Dubai, (04 562 8200).

Family Fun Day

For some free family fun, look no further than this annual event, which this year is taking place at Zabeel Park on December 15. The fun day is is being held to raise awareness and help the integration of children with special needs here in the UAE. At the event, there will be a bouncy castle, a cinema, and a photography corner, and there will also be activities for the little ones and adults alike, including face painting, yoga, football, and arts and crafts.
Free. December 15, noon-6pm. Gate 1, Zabeel Park (050 883 6187).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at DUCTAC
A timeless classic is being brought to life at DUCTAC this month. Performed by a cast of professional actors, a technical crew from the UK and a young choir group, this fairytale production will be appreciated by little kids and their big-kids-at-heart parents. Expect a mix of music and dancing as we see Snow White search for her Prince Charming.
From Dhs85. December 20-29. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, (04 341 4777).

DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics

Budding Beth Tweddles are invited to enter the second annual DuGym Cup and let their rhythmic gymnastic skills take the fore. This year’s Rhythmic Gymnast participants will also be privileged with a Master Class to be held on 10-11 December by Elena Karpushenko - personal coach of three-time World all round champion and World record holder Yana Kudryavtseva.
Free. December 7-9. Al Manara Sports Hall, Umm Suqeim 2, (052 350 4095).

Flip Out: winterfest flip the lights

This vast venue’s 200 interconnected trampolines will be transformed into a winter wonderland, where you will be able to participate in a snowball fight, Christmas fancy dress and other competitions. The Winterfest Flip The Lights special will be taking place three times throughout the festive season...
Dhs80 per person. Dec 7, 14 and 21, 4pm-10pm. Flip Out Dubai, Al Quoz 3, (600 567 568).

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