Are you feeling festive yet?!
It’s the weekend the schools break up for the holidays, kids (and teachers) are on break, the airport will be packed and it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas!
Looking for a fun festive activity? This is your salt or pepper moment:
Choose either the McGettigan’s & Lovin Dubai Christmas Jumper Party on Thursday eveee or the Santa Fun Run on Friday morning. Both require you to turn up in festive getup and both are so much fun!
Thursday, we see you
9. Hop onboard The Lovin Dubai Cruise for a brill Saturday brunch partaayyyy
For a Saturday party look no further! This is the Lotus Mega Yacht that lives in Dubai Marina and comes complete with a pool, a cinema, a BBQ a buffet, a DJ, drinks and so much more is ready for you, your family and your mates.
- Tickets at AED199 -food, soft drinks
- AED299 – regular brunch
- AED499 – VIP brunch
- Kids under 5 go free
VIP brunch? Get access to the VIP area with private jacuzzi, premium drinks and bubbles
The Cruise departs from Dubai Marina (next to Pier 7) and passes Atlantis, The Palm and reaches the Burj Al Arab.
Dates: Every Saturday from 12.30pm to 4.30pm
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8. The best Christmas Jumper Party in Dubai kicks off this THURSDAY
The one that needs no introduction…. the annual McGettigan’s JLT & Lovin Dubai Christmas jumper party is backkkkk.
Big prizes for best dressed, and one free drink for everyone who wears a winter woolly. Be warned, people get creative!
More information here.
7. Find Absolut at Kaynouna – a night encouraging wasteless nights – we stan!
Absolut, (a carbon-neutral drink’s company with the world’s most energy-efficient distillery) is highlighting the creative ways you can totally rethink your recycling behaviour… and we’re not just talking about straws.
Absolut The Remixers takes a step back to rethink waste, in all facets of the nightlife.
Popping up all over Dubai, to promote wasteless nights and events, the bars are made from recycled materials, even the bar management is sustainable with different bins for recycling, reusable cups for festival-goers and recycled stations with awards, encouraging people to clean up at events – genius!
On Friday, December 13, find The Remixers at Kaynouna, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
6. There’s a special Winter Camp with loads to do at the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Now that the great weather is here, it’s time for junior art lovers to venture outside, experience nature and enjoy hands-on interactive activities with the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s action-packed ‘Stay Outside’ Art Explorers‘ Winter Camp.
Whether it’s in the galleries or under the dome Louvre Abu Dhabi has children’s needs covered this winter break with fun games and inspiring outdoor workshops in mobile making, painting and storytelling.
Art Explorers: Winter Camp for Children (8 – 12 years old)
Art Explorers: Winter Camp for Teenagers (13 – 16 years old)
Four-day pass AED*1,050
Daily pass AED*294
5. A real-life winter wonderland will surround the beautiful Madinat Jumeirah for its annual Festive Market
The annual Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market is back!
The best part about this outdoor festival is that it’s perfect for the cooler weather. Not to mention it’s free entry for all, and you can truly feel the spirit of Christmas with children running around, and families taking part in all the fun activities and games; from snow fights (yes, in the desert!) to bungee jumping, to an array of food and bevvie options. This is what Xmas dreams are made of.
It runs for 16 days between December 13-28 at the Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre.
This winter wonderland of sorts will also have a live band to keep everyone in the musical joys of the festive season, as well as a gingerbread house available for everyone to decorate, magical abra tours that will be decked out in Santa and cookie decor. Cute!
The timings will be as follows:
Sunday – Wednesday from 3 pm till late*
Thursday – Saturday from 12pm till late
(December 24 and 25 timings will start from 12pm till late!)
More info about all the fun festive things at Jumeirah here.
4. The Santa Run takes place this FRIDAY at DFC
The fun run you’ve been waiting all year for.
Expect to see hundreds of Santas run their hearts out, (if you don’t feel like running, this is fun for supporters too!), decked out in beards and t-shirts (yup, you get a Santa-esque cossie when you register!) at Dubai Festival City this weekend.
The best bit? There’s an AED500 prize for best-dressed Santa peeps!
3. Go to a Barcelona-style tapas bar for festive eats
For an extensive festive menu, in a thoroughly stylish setting, take yourself to Toro + Ko at City Walk. It’s Spanish flavours with a festive touch, by celebrity chefs Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette, a must for foodies over the holidays!
When? The festive menu is available from December 9 – 29
2. Try kulcha in the home of kulcha Dubai
If you’re going to get in on the kulcha food trend overtaking Dubai right now, why not do it at the home of kulcha?… Kulcha King!
This funky resto is design lead, with everything from the funky interiors to the cool and varied menu making you want to spend an entire day here, just chilling and munching (isn’t that what weekends are made for?!). Order the kulcha and thank us later.
More information about Kulcha King here
Order online or call 800 KULCHA and get it delivered to your door
1. The Gentlemen’s Show
Lifestyle, fashion, grooming, tech, wellness, health, all under one roof at Warehouse Four, Al Quoz.
Discover local artisans who take pride in their craft, engage in talks and browse select vendors, in the first event of its kind. There will be munch, speciality coffee and plenty of options to stock up on Christmas gifts!
When? 12pm – 6pm on Friday, 13