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Festive Seasons in Dubai 2023:: Must-try Activities and Events

December 04, 2023 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities

It's the most wonderful time of the year, a great opportunity to come together with family and make incredible memories filled with joy, excitement, and tasty treats. It's also the perfect time to explore festive markets and events to experience all of this. So we've put together a list of must-visit festive markets, festivals, and events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that you and your family will undoubtedly enjoy.

Yas Winter Fest

Be sure not to miss Yas Winter Fest, the most amazing winter celebration in Abu Dhabi! 

You and your family are in for a treat with lots of exciting activities for the young and old and everyone in between. Get ready for nightly fireworks, a Snow Park, visits from Santa, exciting carnival rides, daily snowfall, tree lighting ceremonies, and festive entertainment. It's going to be an unforgettable winter wonderland!

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Yas Island Abu Dhabi
Working Hours:
Dec 6-10, Wed-Thu 14:00 to 22:00, Fri-Sun from 12:00
Adult (13yrs+) from : AED 25
Child (4-12yrs) from : AED 15
3yrs and below : FREE

Winter City at Expo City

The North Pole is melting, and it's up to you and your family to take action at Winter City in Expo City!

Join Santa's vital eco-mission and be part of a tale where families become eco-heroes, ensuring that Christmas, the North Pole, and our Earth flourish for generations to come. Little ones will be able to participate in Santa's eco-mission activities, like: Frosty's Farmhouse, Santa's Toy Factory, Mrs Claus' Bakery, Letters To Santa and Santa's Sustainable House. And when you're done being heroes, you can enjoy steaming cups of hot chocolate, savor candy canes that twinkle with sweetness, and explore the Christmas market for a delightful shopping experience. 

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Expo City
Working Hours:
Dec 15 - Jan 7, Daily from 15:00

Grotto on The Green at The Greenroom

Celebrate a holly, jolly Christmas at The Greenroom with the most festive party of the season on December 10th: Grotto on The Green!

The party is filled with delicious bites and packed full of super fun activities that will keep the little ones perfectly entertained. You'll be able to enjoy live music featuring all your festive favourites, and plenty of family fun with a bouncy castle and a Christmas themed arts & crafts station where the kiddos can get creative and decorate Christmas Tree Baubles and much more.

The party includes unlimited access to the pool, pop-up bars serving holiday classics, a delicious BBQ, and all your favorite Christmas treats. And best of all, The Greenroom is bringing the Christmas Market to you to help ease the stress of present shopping! There will be over 15 Christmas Stalls to explore for those last-minute stocking fillers!

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Els Club Extensions, Dubai Sports City
Working Hours:
Dec 10, Sun 14:00 to 17:00
10x Tokens : AED 180
20x Tokens : AED 340
40x Tokens : AED 600

Winter District at Jumeirah Emirates Towers

You and your family are in for an awesome festive adventure at Winter District at Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Winter District promises joy and magic for the young and old. Located in the Plaza Terrace of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, you and your kids will have a breathtaking view of the iconic Museum of the Future, which will make for the perfect backdrop for all your festive family snaps. What's more, carousel rides, carnival games, snowball pit, live entertainment, and more exciting kids' activities await you. So Winter District is definitely the place to be this festive season! 

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Plaza Terrace, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Working Hours:
Dec 14 to Jan 5, Daily 14:00 to 02:00
Entry : FREE
Activities : Chargeable
F&B : Chargeable

MOTN Festival 2023

While this one is not exactly Christmas-focussed, but you and your family are in for a day filled with fun activities for the whole family at MOTN Festival in Abu Dhabi. This year's festival is the biggest and best yet, with tons of live entertainment, music, art installations, and exciting festivities for everyone to enjoy. And the weeks of non-stop fun conclude with an incredible New Year's Eve celebration at the Abu Dhabi Corniche. 

You will find plenty of Instagrammable moments at MOTN, with lots of family-friendly entertainment and live shows. There's something for everyone to enjoy, and the kids especially will have a blast at the four fun-packed zones: the Thrill Zone, Amuse Zone, Indulge Zone, and Entertain Arena. All this makes for an unforgettable family festival experience! 

Use promo code MOTNFF15 to get 15% OFF your Day Passes!

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Abu Dhabi Corniche
Working Hours:
Dec 8-31, Daily from 16:00
Person 4yrs+ : AED 127.5

Madinat Festive Market 2023

The Madinat Festive Market in Dubai is back and it's going to be bigger and better than ever! Get ready for over three weeks of festive fun and cheer at Fort Island starting on Friday December 15

This incredible market covers 1750 square metres and features a stunning 36 foot Christmas tree decked out with beautiful decorations. There's so much to do, from shopping to enjoying live music and delicious festive food and drink. And don't worry, there's plenty of fun activities for the little ones too, including a snow fight zone, bungee jumping, a North Pole train ride, a Venetian carousel, an Abra ride with Santa, and kids will get the chance to decorate gingerbread houses. So get ready for a magical and unforgettable experience!

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Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Working Hours:
Dec 15 - Jan 7, Mon-Thu from 15:00 till late, Fri-Sun from 12:00 till late
Entry : FREE

Snow Globe Jar Workshop at woo-hoo!

Sign up your kids for the fun Snow Globe Jar workshop at woo-hoo!, where kids will bring joy to your winter wonderland at home with this exciting DIY activity! 

Gather the kids for a chilly adventure as they make their own mini winter setting. It's a combination of giggles, sparkle, and pure happiness. Children will customize their snow globes with tiny trees, cute characters, and a dusting of magical snow. Watch their enthusiasm as they shake, swirl, and create their very own snowy wonder! 

There are also other festive workshops at woo-hoo! that we are sure your little one will love, including: holiday cookie decorating workshop, gingerbread house workshop, ornament painting workshop and nutcracker painting workshop

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1 6A St, Al Quoz 1
Working Hours:
Dec 10, 17, Sat 10:30 to 13:30 & Dec 18-22, Mon-Fri 14:30 to 17:30
1 Child : AED 80

Winter Garden at Habtoor City

The Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace is the place to be until the end of January 2024! You'll find amazing pop-up shops, fun activities for the whole family, entertaining shows, and festive attractions.

Kids will love the special play area, and there are plenty of delicious food kiosks to keep everyone happy and energized. LabLicious will be offering awesome activities like soap making, perfume making, candle making, and more, with prices starting at just AED 35. Of course as always, the Winter Garden will be decked out in beautiful Christmas decorations, including a stunning tree, festive buntings, and twinkling lights to create a joyful and festive vibe. You can look forward to a wonderful choir, live band performances, and even a visit from Santa himself!

Entry tickets are just AED 25 per person, and that includes a food and beverage voucher for the same amount to use at any of the food stalls in the garden. So go ahead and join the fun at Winter Garden! 

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Habtoor Palace
Working Hours:
Nov 1 - Jan 31, Daily 16:00 to 00:00
Ticket : AED 25.0

The Ripe Market at Police Academy Park

The Ripe Market at Academy Park is the perfect outdoor spot with beautiful green spaces and tons of activities for the whole family. 

Every year during the festive season, the Ripe Market takes it up a notch with awesome festive activities, so be sure to keep an eye out for these this year. To give you an idea, in past years, some of the festive activities included: meet & greet with Santa, letters to Santa, wreath making, stationary making, cookie decorating and much more. So definitely look forward to an incredible festive twist on this incredible market! 

You can also shop, eat delicious food, and find amazing organic produce, as well as check out amazing local vendors. Plus, there's a petting zoo, horseback riding, fun activities for kids, free yoga classes, workshops, live music, and so much more

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Dubai Police Academy, Al Sufouh 3
Working Hours:
From Oct 14, Sat 9:00 to 21:00, Sun until 19:00
Entry : AED 5
Kids under 12yrs : FREE

Winter Wonderland at Ski Dubai

Get ready to have a jolly good time with Santa at Ski Dubai's Winter Wonderland

You and your family can hang out with the old man himself in his cozy grotto, surrounded by a magical Christmas snow globe setup. You'll have the chance to take home a printed photo with Santa, indulge in a delightful breakfast, receive a special gift and hot chocolate, and enjoy access to the snow park and exciting rides like Zorb Ball, Bobsled, and Tubing Run with the "Meet Santa & Snow Park" special Christmas package. This is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience!

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MOE, Al Barsha 1
Working Hours:
Dec 1-25, Mon-Thu 10:00 to 23:00, Fri until 00:00, Sat-Sun 9:00 to 00:00
Meet Santa : AED 150
Breakfast with Santa : AED 150
Meet Santa & Snow Park : AED 300

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