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Christmas 2022: Festive Things To Do In Dubai & Abu Dhabi

December 07, 2022 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities

It's the most wonderful time of the year and so many festive events and activities are popping up all over the city. There's so much to do and see, and it can get pretty overwhelming deciding on where exactly to go and what to do. To make matters easier, we've gathered for you a list of fun festive things that you can enjoy with your family in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. So read on to discover all the exciting festive fun you can experience this Holiday season!

A festive twist on a local market

The Ripe Market is going into full festive mode at Al Barari Winter Wonderland!

Shop and discover amazing and unique local vendors while your little ones enjoy plenty of exciting activities within a festive atmosphere. Kiddos can enjoy pony rides, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, a bouncy castle and a chance to meet Santa at his Grotto while you can shop for homegrown fashion, art, jewelry, homeware, tasty treats and more!

Book through Kidzapp and get 20% OFF your entry ticket! 

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Location:
Seventh Heaven - Al Barari
Working Hours:
Dec 10-25, Mon-Fri 16:00 to 21:00, Sat-Sun from 13:00
Prices:
Entry Ticket : AED 16

A dreamy winter wonderland

Winter Wonderland at The Galleria is really THE place to be this Holiday season with endless festive activities nestled within the most beautifully decorated festive setting

There is lots to be done and experienced at The Galleria's Winter Wonderland, first of which is the incredible Tree Lighting Ceremony which will signal the start of the venue's festive season (Dec 9-25). And throughout the season, kiddos will not only be able to meet Santa at his Grotto, they will also have a chance to write him letters with their Holiday wish list.  Winners will then be selected weekly and have their wish list fulfilled by Santa! Kiddos can also participate in the fun Elf on the Shelf game for a chance to win an AED 500 voucher to spend at the mall. 

What's more, at the Winter Village, you will find a packed schedule of shows and activities with festive movies during weekdays and live stage shows at weekends. There is also a snow park, snow globe, snow ice rink, snow slide and activity huts for everyone to enjoy! And if that's not enough, you will also find The Ripe Festive Market every day of the season, and it will include plenty of activities, entertainment, live performances and even a petting zoo! 

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Location:
The Galleria Al Maryah Island
Working Hours:
Dec 9-25, Sun-Thu 10:00 to 22:00, Fri & Sat till 00:00
Prices:
Entry : FREE
Some Activities : Chargeable

An improvised and interactive festive show

This is a wonderful experience to take your kiddos to - The Courtyard Playhouse's Improvised Kids' Storytime in its festive theme ‘The Mystery of the Toilet Monster’. 

During the session, you and your kiddos and other audience members will be able to direct the actions of the characters. You even have the chance to volunteer on stage and become a cast member or simply just jump up and instruct the characters as you wish! 

It's truly a unique fun and interactive adventure with lots of games and festive fun as you guide the heroes to the Toilet Monster's stinky lair and help save Christmas by finding Santa! 

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Location:
Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz 1
Working Hours:
Nov 5 - Dec 17, Sat 11:30 to 12:30
Prices:
1 Child : AED 75

A magical musical

There's nothing more festive than a family-friendly magical musical based on a famous fairy tale. And that is exactly what The Snow Queen is! 

Take your family to this wonderful holiday special show that will mesmerize and captivate you. The spellbinding story, which is based on Hans Christian Anderson's 1844 tale, showcases the struggle between good and evil. Expect lots of audience participation as well, making this an interactive experience for everyone

Get an exclusive 20% discount using code kidzapp20 on the first weekend shows! 

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Location:
Theatre by QE2
Working Hours:
Dec 16-26, Mon-Sun (timing info in description)
Prices:
Royal Stalls : AED 150
Regular Stalls : AED 130
Rear Stalls : AED 110
Children under 3yrs : FREE

Decorate your own festive cookies

Spend a warm and fuzzy festive day in with the kiddos and put on your aprons and decorate your very own scrumptious Christmas cookies courtesy of The Hummingbird Bakery's DIY Christmas Cookie Box. The box comes with six themed gingerbread cookies, three piping bags with red, green and white icing and two boxes of sprinkles - so everything you could need to create delicious and beautiful festive cookies! 

The box is available at all Hummingbird Bakery branches across Dubai, and you also have the option to purchase one online. 

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Location:
The Dubai Mall
Working Hours:
Mon-Thu 10:00 to 23:00, Fri-Sun until 00:00
Prices:
1 Box : AED 59

Festive pantomime show

If you're looking for a unique fun festive show then you must check out Rapunzel at the Fairmont The Palm. This production, by the Dubai Panto team, will be filled with captivating music and lots of hilarious Pantomime moments. There will also be lots of opportunities for audience participation throughout the interactive show which follows Finn's adventure to rescue Rapunzel. 

You can use code kidzapp20 for 20% off on the first weekend shows! 

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Location:
Fairmont The Palm
Working Hours:
Dec 15-26, Mon-Sun (timing info in description)
Prices:
VIP : AED 135
Front Tier : AED 130
Rear Tier : AED 110
Children under 3yrs : FREE

A festive family workshop

Bond with your little ones over this super festive and fun Gingerbread House Workshop at woo-hoo! 

A medium sized gingerbread house and homemade icing await you at this family workshop, so all you've got to do is show up and be as creative and as festive as you can be. Once complete, you can take your masterpiece home with you to indulge in at home. Oh and kiddos get one hour of gallery exploration after the workshop

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Location:
1 6A St, Al Quoz 1
Working Hours:
Dec 11,17 & 23, Sun & Fri 11:00 to 12:00 & 15:00 to 16:00, Fri 11:00 to 12:00 & 13:00 to 14:00
Prices:
1 Child + 1 Adult : AED 100

A winter wonderland in the heart of Dubai

While watching a roaring World Cup match at Fanzone by McGettigan's, make sure to head to the nearby Winterfest at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre for a festive break from the football. 

Winterfest features over 100 small Christmas trees and one mega huge tree that will leave you in awe! You will find plenty of food outlets offering hearty and delicious food and kiddos have lots to keep them busy with activities such as slime making, inflatable tube slides, snow park, face painting, a pop-up by Roll DXB and a chance to visit Santa at his grotto

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Location:
Amphitheater, Dubai Internet City
Working Hours:
Nov 20-Dec 24, Mon-Thu 15:00 to 22:00, Fri-Sun 12:00 to 00:00
Prices:
Ticket : AED 50

The ultimate aqua theatre experience

Treat your family to a breathtaking water show, Fontana, at Dubai Festival City. 

Fontana is the first travelling water circus in the region and its festive show will surely leave you and your family captivated. It is the ultimate family-friendly aqua theatre experience filled with exciting musical acts, stunning acrobatics, aerial thrills and live entertainment

This year's Fontana festive show will feature new festive acts like festive singers, nutcracker soldiers an a liver saxophonist! So do not miss out on this amazing show which will be in full festive gear from December 9th till the 31st. 

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Location:
Fontana Circus Tent - Dubai Festival City - Dubai
Working Hours:
Wed-Thu 19:00 to 21:00, Fri-Sun 16:00 to 18:00 & 19:00 to 21:00
Prices:
From : AED 88.2

Add a custom touch to your holiday decorations

Sign up your kiddos for woo-hoo!'s Tree Ornament Painting Workshop and let them create a sentimental ornament that will forever be associated with great everlasting memories

Kiddos will be given three wooden holiday themed ornaments at the workshop and they have complete creative power over their appearance. They can paint and decorate them however they like to add a special custom flair to your holiday decorations! 

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Location:
1 6A St, Al Quoz 1
Working Hours:
Dec 10, 14, 18 & 21, Sat 11:00 to 12:00 & 13:00 to 14:00, Sun 10:30 to 11:30, Wed 15:00 to 16:00
Prices:
1 Child + 1 Adult : AED 70

An immersive festive market

Go on a festive adventure with your family at the biggest and most festive Christmas market in Dubai: Madinat Festive Market! 

Featuring a stunning 36 foot Christmas Tree and spread over 1750 square metres, this immersive market will be filled with lots of live entertainment, plenty of delicious food and drinks and plenty of fun activities for the kiddos starting from December 15. Activities for the little ones are not short of impressive and include a snow fight zone, bungee jumping, North Pole train ride, Venetian carousel, Abra ride with Santa and gingerbread house decorating!   

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Location:
Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah
Working Hours:
Dec 15-30, Mon-Thu from 15:00 till late, Fri-Sun from 12:00 till late
Prices:
Entry : FREE

A festive family show filled with comedy and magic tricks

Magic Phil has got you covered this Holiday season with a festive family show that will leave you and your family well entertained with lots of laughter and plenty of excitement

Witness Magic Phil on a mission to save the Starlight Safari from permanently closing. Will he succeed and save the animals? Will he save Christmas from Pete the Grumpy Polar Bear? Will he restore Ruby the Robin's magic powers? You will find yourself laughing your socks off as you watch the events unfold with lots of silliness, magic tricks and a great dose of festive songs!  

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Location:
Theatre by QE2
Working Hours:
Dec 10-11, Sat 11:00 & 15:00, Sun 11:00
Prices:
Tickets starting from : AED 75

An incredible festive city

Head with your family to Expo City, which has been transformed into a magical Winter City decked out in all things festive like pine trees, festive fairground and traditional chalet-style huts, for an unbeatable festive experience. 

Winter City comes packed with plenty of awesome activities and exciting events such a 16-metre tree lighting ceremony, a Mrs Claus Christmas Show, a Letter-to-Santa station, Carols by Candlelight concert, toy soldiers show, gingerbread decoration, t-shirt drawing, wreath making and ornament-making workshops. You will also find a toy factory that customised teddy bears and lots of other fun attractions like bag jump, zipline, ice climbing wall, ball games, duck fishing and a frozen lake. Can't really beat that, can you? 

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Location:
Jebel Ali
Working Hours:
Nov 23-Jan 8
Prices:
Entry : FREE

A festive baking workshop

Let your kiddos unleash their imagination at woo-hoo's Holiday Cookie Workshop. 

This awesome workshop will allow your kiddos to test their baking skills and create their very own festive treats. They will also be able to put their creativity to the test by decorating their baked cookies in a festive and fun way. And worry not, they will be coming home with their treats, ready for you to tuck into! 

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Location:
1 6A St, Al Quoz 1
Working Hours:
Dec 17 & 24, Sat 15:00 to 16:00
Prices:
1 Child + 1 Adult : AED 70

A wonderful winter garden

The Habtoor Palace's Winter Garden is not one to miss! This festive haven features plenty of pop-up shops, family-friendly activities, entertainment and fun Christmas attractions

The little ones will not be disappointed with the dedicated kids' play area presented by Extreme Excite. And for the foodies, fifty food kiosks await you! Santa will also be waiting for you daily for a meet and greet and a choir will be on hand to serenade you with festive tunes. 

The entry ticket fee is fully redeemable on food and beverage, so you really don't want to miss out on this great festive experience! 

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Location:
Habtoor Palace
Working Hours:
Nov 1-Dec 31, Daily 16:00 to 00:0
Prices:
Ticket : AED 25.0

A festive winter wonderland and market

On December 11, Reform Social & Grill will transform its ground into a festive winter wonderland complete with a Christmas Market

Expect to find lots of activities for the little ones, including a snow park with letterboxes ready to be delivered on kiddos' behalf to the North Pole to Mr Claus. You will also find lots of little trinkets and stocking fillers perfect for some last minute Holiday gift shopping!

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Location:
The Lakes Club, Emirates Hills
Working Hours:
Mon, Dec 11 8:00 to 23:00
Prices:
Activities : May be chargeable

A scene out of a snow globe

It seems like an obvious place to visit during the Holiday season, but Ski Dubai really does transform into a snow globe at this time of the year. 

The beautiful set up is complemented with a chance to have a meet and greet with Santa Claus himself, and you even have a chance to grab breakfast with Father Christmas himself! A snow cinema is also on hand to give you all the festive feels, so you can enjoy a movie in the midst of the snow while sipping on a delicious mug of hot chocolate. Doesn't get more festive than this, right?!

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Location:
MOE, Al Barsha 1
Working Hours:
Dec 1-25, Daily 12:00 to 21:00
Prices:
Meet Santa : AED 125
Breakfast with Santa : AED 125
Meet Santa & Snow Cinema : AED 200
Meet Santa & Snow Park : AED 275

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