Try Aquarium’s new Christmas menu: This four-course festive menu is rounded off with mince pies and a special seasonal drink.
Dhs210. Daily noon-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm. Until December 30. Aquarium, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Festive eats at Splendido: The venue is offering a three-course set menu of seasonal specialities from Italy (think foie gras and duck ravioli with sweet pumpkin purée, and lamb rack with dried fig chutney).
Dhs350 (food only). 7pm-11pm. Until December 28 (not served on December 24). The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 399 4000).
Check out a new club opening: For its opening weekend, the new Velvet Underground club (we don’t think Lou Reed was consulted on the name) is throwing open its doors for free. Tonight, see girl group High on Heels and DJ Sabrina Terence.
Free. 11pm-3am. Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 857 3802).
Two-for-one dinner at Palm Grill: Contemporary steakhouse Palm Grill introduces an array of two-for-one dinner deals throughout December and January.
Prices vary. Daily 7pm-12.30pm. Until January 31. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, Baniyas Road (04 205 7333).
Watch a festive ballet: The acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet will be performing Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutracker, about a girl whose nutcracker toy turns into a fairytale prince.
From Dhs165. Thu 15 4.30pm and 8pm; Fri 16 11am and 4pm; Sat 17 11am, 2pm and 7pm. Until December 17. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).