Christmas markets

Dubai is a cultural mosaic that wholeheartedly embraces the beliefs and diversity of its residents and visitors. And the city’s fantastic Christmas markets are a testament to its exuberant fusion of traditions. Dubai in December is simply magical with refreshing weather, and these markets add to its festive spirit. So, visit these markets; they are more than a place for Christmas shopping in Dubai. You can soak in its vibrant settings, adorned by sparkling lights, crafty treats, and a generous scattering of cheerful moments. Continue reading this post to acquaint yourself with the best Christmas markets and other outdoor winter spots in Dubai.

Top Christmas Markets in Dubai

Winter District at Jumeirah Emirates Towers

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It is hard to beat the pulsating ambiance of the Winter District for an authentic Christmas celebration with stunning decorations, Christmas trees, lighting, and various merchandises (to ease your holiday shopping). So, head to this venue at the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers’ Plaza Terrace. As an all-age attraction, your younger ones can engage in various craft sessions and even get a face painting! Its strategic location overlooking the Museum of the Future makes it perfect for those seeking a glam Christmas vibe.

2023 Dates: December 14 to January 4, 2024

Location: Plaza Terrace, Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Cost: Free to enter

Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace Dubai

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Picture yourself clicking fantastic pictures against a giant Christmas tree and tasting the finest treats. That’s what you can look forward to on your visit to this place. Make sure you come here hungry to check out the food stalls and relish the tastiest hot chocolate, pastries, and other delights to your heart’s desire. It has also lined up a spectrum of live entertainment for people of all age groups.

2023 Dates: November 1 to January 31, 2024

Location: Habtoor Palace Dubai

Cost: AED 25 (redeemable)

Winter Wonderland at Expo City

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Most bona fide Christmas activities and attractions await you as the exciting Winter Wonderland prepares to arrive for its second edition. Yes, witness the legendary Expo City transformed into a festive haven, with snowfall, a giant Christmas tree, amusing ziplines, live performances, and, of course, Christmas-specific treats like mince pies, gingerbread cookies, and mulled drinks, to name a few. What’s more, you will even find here a classic red letter-to-Santa spot.

2023 Dates: December 15 to January 7, 2024

Location: Expo City

Cost: Free to Enter

Christmas Market and Festival at Jumeirah Golf Estates

Hoping to have wholesome Christmas fun and entertainment with all members of your family (including adorable pets)? Attending Feastival at Jumeirah Golf Estates is one of the best things to do in Dubai during Christmas. Meet Santa, enter the snow fight zone, admire captivating tree lighting, shop for some distinct items in the Christmas Market, and let your kids make the most of the soft play area. And you read it right-you can bring your dogs too; they can participate in hay bale racing and display their skills at the fun dog show.

2023 Dates: December 16

Location: Jumeirah Golf Estates

Cost: Free to Enter

Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market

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Madinat Jumeirah, with its world-class accommodations, stunning waterfront attractions, and a traditional-style souk, is one of Dubai’s most popular attractions. But it gets even better with a splendid makeover during Christmas. Come to Madinat Jumeirah Fort Island in December, offering everything to experience the Christmas effervescence across its 1,750-square-meter space. Take an abra ride, try bungee jumping, board the North Pole train, enjoy a Venetian carousel ride, and most of all, relish a wide range of food and drinks.

2023 Dates: December 15 to January 7, 2024

Location: Madinat Jumeirah

Cost: Free to Enter

Check out more exciting venues to enrich your Christmas shopping and revelries!

Global Village Dubai


It is unthinkable to miss out on Global Village on a list like this, as it is one of the top seasonal sights that typify Dubai’s awe-inspiring multicultural landscape. So, if you are in Dubai during Christmas or between October and April, be sure to get yourself down to this spot. Over 35 pavilions representing the culture, cuisine, and other specialties of 90-plus countries make it a perfect pitstop for Christmas shopping and entertainment.

The Ripe Market

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Dubai’s famous Ripe Market runs from October annually and will be at its festive best in December. It is where you can source fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables from local farmers, check out stalls (selling homeware, unique jewelry, apparel, etc.) revel in live entertainment, and participate in a plethora of workshops ideal for all age groups. It is set outdoors at Dubai’s Police Academy Park, adding to its vibrancy. Children under 12 years can enter here for free, but a nominal charge of AED 5 applies to adults.

Covent Garden Market

The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) turns into a lively European-style market every year during the winter months. Its magnificent location against the beach and invigorating breeze make it a must-experience during your December trip to Dubai. Don’t miss this chance to taste delicious culinary specialties and own some pretty stuff to boost your home décor or wardrobe.

BAY by Social

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Foodies traveling to Dubai for Christmas celebrations must definitely tour this outdoor food market at Dubai Festival City Mall. From American, Mexican, and Italian to Japanese and Korean, be ready to delight your taste buds with cuisines from different parts of the world. But it is not all about food; watch live comedy shows and immerse yourself in DJ performances.

Kite Beach Market

The picturesque environs of Kite Beach make for a delightful ground for this seaside market. Browse about 20 outdoor stalls, showcasing some unique and charming items. Scenic beach views with a laid-back setting are sure to liven up your time here.

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Christmas-exclusive adornments take over almost all of Dubai’s famous malls, shops, and iconic landmarks in December. But, nothing would probably get you into the Christmas spirit more than a Christmas market. Are you ready? Take some inspo from the above list of Christmas markets Dubai, and you’re ready to don your Santa hat!

Rezmin is passionate about traveling and curating content about history, traditions and other intriguing aspects that make a place attractive. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fictional books sprinkled with inspiration, humor and enthusiasm.

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