Celebrating the Christmas Season in Dubai: What’s Going On in December 2021

Dubai is decked out in Christmas trees, lights, and decorations this season. With a variety of festive activities happening across Dubai this December, there are plenty of ways to bring in the Christmas spirit. We’ve chosen some of the most exciting festivities taking place this month.

Meet Santa at Ski Dubai’s Winter Wonderland

Ski Dubai is transforming into a magical winter wonderland that features non-stop entertainment, from a 12 metre Christmas tree to carols performed by a live choir. Make sure to fill up on seasonal treats, including gingerbread penguins and hot chocolate. From December 1 to December 25, 2021, visit Santa Claus, catch a Christmas movie at Cinema in the Snow, and build snowmen. On December 4, there’s also a festive fun run, where you come dressed in your Christmas best (be it ugly Christmas sweaters, elf costumes, or a Santa beard) and run either 1 or 3 loops of Ski Dubai. Santa himself shows up at the beginning to wish you luck. 

Attend Dubai’s Sing-Along Christmas Concert 

If you’ve been wanting to sing along to all your favourite Christmas songs, enjoy ‘The Sound of Christmas’ this December with the Dubai Opera Big Band. They’ll be performing songs like All I Want for Christmas Is You, Jingle Bell Rock, Winter Wonderland, Santa Baby, Feliz Navidad, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and more on December 21 and 22. The 25-piece band features some of the best Jazz musicians, as well as special guest singers. Every ticket includes a free Father Christmas hat and a welcome glass of Christmas beverages. There will be both evening and afternoon matinee performances at 2 pm and 8 pm. 

Shop for Gifts at Dubai’s Festive Market

This isn’t your regular everyday market! Dubai desert resort Bab Al Shams will be celebrating the Christmas season from December 10 to 21. Each evening from 6pm to 10pm, you get the chance to shop for a wide variety of gifts for family and friends, with more than 50 Christmas stalls open. At 6:30pm, there will be live entertainment, including carol concerts. You can come hungry, because there will be a Christmas-themed buffet at Al Forsan restaurant served each day from 7pm to 11:30pm, as well as mulled wine, hot chocolate, and other treats available at the stalls. For AED 50, children will get a meet and greet with Santa and a gift, and adults will get mulled grapes, hot chocolate, and other Christmas delicacies.

Enjoy a Festive Film with Family and Friends

One of Dubai’s best beach clubs, Zero Gravity, will be showing films outside in the spirit of the Christmas season on Sunday December 19 and Monday December 20, 2021 from 8pm to 11pm. The movies will be viewed on the beach, under the stars, and you can watch them in a beanbag, a sun lounger, or directors’ chair on the sand. On Sunday, they’ll be showing Love Actually, while on Monday you’ll get to watch the classic Home Alone. Entry costs AED 75, which is fully redeemable on food and drinks. There will be a special movie menu, so you can enjoy popcorn, nachos, chilli cheese fries, chicken wings, and much more to your heart’s content. Although you don’t have to reserve in advance, you might want to arrive early to make sure you get the best seats.

Visit Habtoor Palace’s Winter Garden 

The winter gardens of Habtoor Palace are unique, featuring street artists and acrobats, pop-up stalls, international street food, and local specialties. Although you get the chance to visit Habtoor Palace’s Winter Garden until March 31, there will be a Winter Wonderland only during the Festive Season, from December 1 to December 31, 2021. Highlights of Winter Wonderland include choir performances of holiday carols, daily visits from Santa Claus, Festive Season illuminations, and seasonal delicacies like gingerbread and mulled wine. There will also be live music on Fridays.  It’s open daily from 5pm until midnight.


As you can see, there’s always a lot to explore in Dubai. The best way to do this is to join all-in-one living, where you live in the best locations and create new friendships with your neighbours. Our furnished flats for rent in Dubai and on-site amenities will offer you an incredible experience. Enjoy the Christmas season in style this year. 

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