November 1 is long gone, so whether you like it or not, Christmas festivities are about to get into full swing.
And those of us who are here for the holiday have LOTS to look forward to.
Here are 5 reasons why…
1. Christmas tree lightings at hotels all around the city
Hotels all through Dubai begin the festive period by lighting up their mammoth Christmas trees. Seriously, some are gigantic. Think mulled grape and more festive puddings than you can possibly imagine.
We’ll do a full listing soon, but one to mark down is the Fairmont The Palm Christmas Tree Lighting on December 6, 5pm to 7pm.
2. The Tiffany Christmas windows are about to be unveiled
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Tiffany & Co. holiday windows and you’ll find them at Dubai Mall. (Make sure you drop in for a hot chocolate too.)
The big reveal is happening tomorrow, then you can check them out for free right through the holidays…
3. You’ll get to see the Christmas markets
Yup, you don’t need to visit Europe to find an authentic Christmas market, we have our very own here that you’ll absolutely love. The St. Regis Christmas market at Al Habtoor city is one of the best; think roasted chestnuts, mulled grape and it’s located next to the stunning St. Regis hotel.
From November 27 to December 26
Last year, Santa arrived in a Bentley
4. You can relax knowing you’ve saved an absolute fortune on flights
5. And most importantly, you can hit the beach on Christmas day
(And actually enjoy it)