Top 10 Things to Do This Christmas!
Visit Santa on the Slopes
Enter the Winter Wonderland of Ski Dubai this December and visit Santa in his snowy grotto. Put in your last-minute orders and admire the 20ft Christmas tree heaving with decorations and lights.
INFO: 14 to 25 December 5pm to 10pm weekdays and 10am to 10pm Fridays and Saturdays; , Mall of Emirates, www.skidxb.com.
Check Out Madinat's Chrismas Market
Roasted chestnuts, freshly baked gingerbread and hot chocolate – three good reasons to step into an enchanting winter world at the Souk Festive Market at the Madinat Jumeirah Amphitheatre. Loads of stocking fillers and presents are on sale at the stalls.
INFO: Free, 13 to 26 December; 5pm to 10.30pm weekdays, 4pm to 1am weekends; Madinat Jumeirah, 04 366 8888, www.jumeirah.com.
See the Wizard Of Oz
You’ll all be tapping your ruby slippers together after watching the adventures of Dorothy and her friends through the land of Oz. There’ll be a few surprises on the way.
INFO: Dhs165; 11am, 3pm, 8pm; 20 to 30 December.
Celebrate at the Last Sandance Of The Year
Say goodbye to 2012 and welcome in the New Year with Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Roger Sanchez and Paul Van Dyk all live on stage for the last Sandance of the year. And, at midnight you’ll witness one of the best firework displays in the region.
INFO: 31 December, 3pm to 3am, from Dhs250; Atlantis The Palm, 055 200 4321, www.atlantisthepalm.com.
Enjoy Yuletide Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La
Enjoy traditional afternoon tea with a festive twist. Wash down your sandwiches and a huge array of tempting desserts with some mulled wine and while you’re there pick up Christmas goodies, such as gingerbread houses, chocolate snowmen and chocolate Santas, which are on sale in the lobby.
INFO: Dhs115; 9 December to 1 January 2013, Shangri-La Hotel, 04 343 8888, www.shangri-la.com.
Dreaming of a Sand Christmas?
It may not be a white Christmas, but if you head to the desert it can be a red one. Enjoy festive drinks as you watch the sun set beyond the dunes at Bab al Shams. You might not be able to go sledding down the slopes but you can hop on board a camel.
INFO: Endurance Village, 04 809 6194, www.meydanhotels.com
Splurge at the Christmas Bazaars
The Christmas bazaars are back. Stroll among the craft stalls at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club Christmas Cup Brunch & Bazaar. Or immerse yourself in the smells of German grub, fresh waffles and Gluhwein, while browsing the traditional wooden cottage-style huts set up in the gardens of Kempinski The Palm hotel.
INFO: From Dhs280 per person (50 per cent discount for children aged between six and 12), free entry for the bazaar; 12pm to 3pm, 14 December; Dubai Polo Club, 04 361 8111, www.poloclubdubai.com; 2pm to 8pm, 14 December; Kempinski The Palm, 056 644 5815, www.kempinski.com.
Silent Movie Night
Film buffs don’t miss out on McGettigan’s new silent movie nights where you’re given wireless headphones normally used at silent discos! Head down to watch classic festive flick It’s a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart.
INFO: 8pm, 24 December; Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, 04 35 60 560, www.mcgettigansdubai.com.
Festive Spa Package
Whether you’re looking to get party-ready or take a break from all the craziness of the festive season, this fab limited time only deak is for you! The spa package includes a full body Lavender Dreams scrub and back and shoulders hot stone massage, followed by a Royal Radiance facial treatment to leave skin glowing.
INFO: Dhs999, available until 31 December; The Spa at Fairmont Dubai, 04 311 8800, www.fairmont.com.
Cook Up A Festive Storm
Worried about cooking for your relatives this festive season. Well find out how the experts do it by attending one of the Miele Culinary Experiences. A trio of top chefs will teach you how to conjure up festive canapés, traditional Christmas dishes and New Year finger food.
INFO: 6.30pm to 9pm, 16 and 19 December; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.miele.ae.