Things to do on December 24:
Have a cheesy Christmas Eve: Stage2 hosts a festive grape and cheese night.
Dhs185 per person (including two glasses of grape and one glass of bubbly). 7pm-10pm. Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 423 8884).
Visit Oasis Winter Wonderland: Head to Oasis Centre for seasonal activities and to meet Santa.
Dhs35 to meet Santa (including a photo, kid’s meal voucher and toy). Sun-Wed 6pm-9.45pm, Thu-Sat 6pm-11.45pm. Until December 25. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 515 4000).
Watch the camel races: Take a trip to Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack to see one of the oldest of Emirati sports that is still thriving and well worth the early start to watch. Call between 8am and 1.30pm for further details.
Free. 7am and 2pm. Until December 25. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.dcrc.ae (055 676 0006).
An underwater winter wonderland: Atlantis has transformed the area at Poseidon’s Court into a festive grotto selling Christmas treats. And you may well spot Santa this week.
Prices vary. Daily 8am-11pm. Until January 7. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Christmas party night out: Societe becomes ‘Bad Santa’s Grotto’ tonight, with its own ‘casting couch’ for revellers to reveal what they really want for Christmas. Ladies get a ‘Bad Santa Christmas gift’ in the form of a specially created short drink.
Free. 10pm-3am. Societe Dubai, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (050 357 1126).