This week’s essential shopping & style events 19-25


Favourite Things Christmas party at Dubai Marina Mall
On Wednesday December 19, this café is planning two hours of festive fun for kids and their parents. Activities include ornament-making, tree-decorating, writing letters to Santa and story time with Christmas characters. Spaces are limited, and there’s a limit of one parent per child.
Dhs80 for members, Dhs95 for non-members. 4pm-6pm; 5pm-7pm. Until December 19. Favourite Things Mother & Child, Dubai Marina Mall (04 434 1984).

The Urban Yogi pop-up store at Dubai Marina Mall
This eclectic homewares store is displaying some of its finest wares at Dubai Marina Mall, including Suzani-inspired plates, Ikat ottomans, vintage sari patchwork chairs, tableware, bedding, flooring and lighting products in a temporary New Dubai pop-up store. Your one-stop-shop for unique Christmas gifts.
Until January 5. Dubai Marina Mall (055 222 2078).

Souk Festive Market
Visit an outdoor Christmas-themed food market set against the backdrop of the Madinat’s waterways and the Burj Al Arab. A must-visit for visiting relatives and last-minute goodies.
Until December 26. Madinat Jumeirah Amphitheatre (04 366 6730).

New stores & collections

Pull & Bear autumn/winter collection 2012
Shot in soft lighting, the campaign images from the new Pull & Bear collection have an eerie Twilight feel. But there’s nothing spooky about the range.: it features monochrome knits with Peter Pan collars and leather-look skater skirts for her, while, gents can try the khaki utility coats and varsity-style athletic jackets.
Dhs55 to Dhs395. Various locations including Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3280).

Jack Wills flagship store
You’ll find clothing for women and men, plus beauty and home accessories products. The interior is decked out in British-themed paraphernalia: check out the female changing room pictured above.
The Dubai Mall (04 325 3775).

Sales and offers
Free gift when you spend Dhs550 at Faces
Spend Dhs550 at the cosmetics hub between Saturday December 15 and Monday 31 and you’ll receive a bronze leather bag as a gift.
Until December 31. Faces, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (04 347 1225).

Snap up a designer bag for less
Discounted designer bags and accessories site is offering flash sales with up to 70 per cent off authentic clutches, totes and handbags from the likes of Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Prada and Chanel.
Prices vary. Until December 31.

In-mall entertainment

Christmas market at Dubai Marina Mall
This daily market runs until Boxing Day and features an array of festive gifts and treats: a great destination for Christmas shopping.
Until December 26. Dubai Marina Mall (04 436 1020).

Kids’ festive workshops at Bloomingdale’s
The store hosts a storytelling session on Friday December 21, while on Saturday 22 the Cheeky Monkeys team will help children create popsicle ornaments, and on Sunday 23 they can learn to decorate stag antlers and elf headbands. There are limited places available: register by calling the number below.
Free. 2pm-5pm. Until December 23. Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall (04 366 2346).

Meet Santa at Oasis Centre
The package includes a chance for kids to interact with the jolly gent and a present for each child, plus a free kids’ meal and a ride at Fun City.
Dhs35. Sat-Thu 6.30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 6pm-11.30pm. Until December 25. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 515 4000).

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