Christmas in Dubai

Where to spend Christmas in Dubai? Dubai is a magical city that celebrates every occasion and festival in all its grandeur, so refer to our exclusive guide to find the answer to this question.

Despite Dubai being a part of an Islamic nation, the city will be cloaked in a unique festive spirit during Christmas, with malls, stores, offices, and popular leisure and dining outlets all gorgeously adorned with well-lit Christmas trees, colorful lighting, decorations, and frolicking snowman replicas, thus creating an awe-inspiring sight. Unsurprisingly, it’s where people from 200 plus countries live amicably; it’s where all religions are respected; and obviously, it’s where the astonishing diversity of its expatriate community is wholeheartedly welcomed and appreciated.

Checking out the Christmas festivities that occupy all over the city is one of the best things to do in Dubai in December. So even if you have the slightest skepticism about celebrating Christmas in Dubai in a home-away-from-home way, just put all your speculations to rest and come here to experience for yourself and know what it’s like to be in Dubai during Christmas. To make things even easier, we’ve amassed a Dubai Christmas guide incorporating some of the best shopping, dining, and exciting activities so that you can have the best Christmas ever in Dubai.

Things to Do in Dubai During Christmas

Christmas Shopping

From Irony Home, Crate and Barrel, and Debenhams to Dubai Garden Centre, and Reflections, you’ll have plenty of options around to pick some unique gifts and, most importantly, enjoy the biggest-ever Christmas shopping deals in Dubai. Not only these, but you can also check out the specialized markets and fairs offering authentic Christmas shopping experiences.

1. Winter District at Jumeirah Emirates Towers

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This amazing venue put up at the Plaza Terrace at Jumeirah Emirates Towers is sure to treat you to an unforgettable Christmas experience. Shop one-off gift items, enjoy live music, and relish an array of gastronomic specialties, all in an eclectic ambiance facing the Museum of the Future.

When: December 14, 2023, to January 4, 2024

Timings: 14:00 to 23:30 hrs.

Entry: Free

2. La Farine Festive Season at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

La Farine Festive Season

Get into the enchanting Christmas spirit as you enter the hotel’s La Farine Café and Bakery. Delight your senses at the Gingerbread House at its entrance and shop for some unique gift hampers. Moreover, don’t miss the Festive Afternoon Tea with some delectable specialties.

When: December 24 and 25, 2023 (Festive Afternoon Tea)

Timing: 13:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Entry: AED 250 for Two Guests

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3. Fort Island Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah Christmas Market

Besides all the staples of an authentic Christmas market, the focal point of the 24-day Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah is a remarkably festooned festive tree plus a traditional market. Catch up with Santa Claus, engage in thrilling activities, and check out its array of food stalls. While your little ones will be delighted with rides and games such as the North Pole train, teenagers can enjoy pursuits like bungee jumping. There is also a massive snowball zone.

When: December 15, 2023, to January 7, 2024

Timing: 15:00 hrs to late-night (Monday to Thursday) and 12:00 hrs to late-night (Friday to Sunday)

Entry: Free

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4. Christmas Market and Festival at Jumeirah Golf Estates

For an incredible Christmas shopping and dining experience, head to the lively Christmas Market which takes place at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Aside from a wide array of stalls, there will be lots of food, beverages, and fun activities for kids. It is a pet-friendly festival with exciting surprises and treats for your dogs.

When: December 16, 2023

Timing: 11:00 to 21:00 hrs

Entry: Free

Christmas Events & Activities

Christmas in Dubai is not just for shopping and dining. Instead, you can enjoy some interesting activities, right from enjoying magnificent Christmas tree lighting to attending White Christmas festivities.

1. Winter Wonderland at Ski Dubai

As Ski Dubai returns with its Winter Wonderland from December 1 until December 25, this is a dream-come-true spot for those looking for a magical snowy Christmas in Dubai. Be part of all the icy fun and thrill; meet-and-greet Santa Clause; catch up with elves; listen to Christmas carolsl; and, most of all, take home a gift, which also comes with a printed photo and warm cup of their signature hot chocolate.

When: December 1 to December 25

Timing: 9:00 to 21:00 hrs Entry: AED 120 (Early Bird Ticket) and AED 150 (Standard Ticket)

2. Winter Wonderland at Expo City

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Winter Wonderland at the iconic Expo City offers a perfect start to the festive season. Immerse yourself in a snow-filled setting, watch live performances, see the resplendently adorned Christmas tree, meet Santa Claus, sing Christmas Carols, and delight in a variety of culinary specialties. When: December 15, 2023, to January 7, 2024

Timing: 15:00 to 23:00 hrs Entry: Free

3. The Irish Village Christmas Tree Lighting

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The Irish Village in Garhoud is not just famed being the popular outlet inside the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Court, but also noteworthy for its various events, mainly the annual ceremony of lighting the Christmas tree. As one of the biggest as well as the most-awaited Christmas events, it is certain to blow you away with its extensive seasonal offerings, from choirs and live music to special delicacies such as mince pies.

When: December 5

Timing: Starts at 19:00 hrs

Entry: Free

4. Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace Dubai

Make your way to the Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace Dubai to be part of endless holiday fun and entertainment. Savor the finest cakes, snakes, hot chocolates, etc., as you make the most of its outdoor wintry environs.

When: November 1, 2023, to January 31, 2024

Entry: AED 25 (Redeemable)

5. Global Village Dubai

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Experience how Christmas is celebrated around the world at the Global Village Dubai. After all, this multicultural theme park hosts over 35 pavilions, featuring about 90 countries. Feast yourself with the finest local and international gastronomic specialties, shop to your heart’s desire, and indulge in various adventure, leisure, and entertainment activities.

When: October 18, 2023, to April 28, 2024

Timing: 16:00 to 24:00 (Sunday to Wednesday) and 16:00 to 1:00 hrs (Thursday to Saturday)

Entry: From AED 25

Christmas Dining

With a versatile array of choices to select from, you’ll have plenty of options to savor a splendid Christmas brunch or dinner in Dubai. And here are a few options to consider for Christmas:

1. Besh Restaurant


Known for its Turkish delicacies, Besh Restaurant inside Sheraton Mall of the Emirates is all set to serve up the most succulent Christmas Day Brunch from 13:00 to 16:00 hrs (on December 25). Relish oven-roasted turkey complemented by gingerbread and mince pies and washed over with a wide selection of beverages. The prices start from AED 345 (inclusive of house beverages) for adults and AED 99 for kids aged 6 – 12.

Perfect for: Christmas Eve Brunch

2. Raffles Dubai

The grand settings of Raffles Ballroom and Garden make it an ideal venue to enjoy a magical Christmas Eve dinner. Yes, you can count on its dedicated Christmas menu, which comes with all trimmings, together with a great array of luscious desserts and beverages. Children can return with special gifts from Santa. Starting from AED 450 per person, it promises a lovely dining experience with loads of fun and entertainment.

Perfect for: Christmas brunch in a refined setting

3. Zala Restaurant, Bab Al Shams


If you wish to celebrate Christmas with a classic Emirati touch, one place you should definitely not miss out is Zala at the quaint desert resort of Bab Al Shams. In fact, it’s not just sumptuous food that makes it a great place for Christmas celebrations in Dubai, but also the remarkable desert views and amazing entertainment activities, from carol singing and entertaining magic shows to camel and pony rides. The price (AED 495 per person) also includes soft beverages.

Perfect for: Family-friendly Christmas lunch and dinner

4. Oceana, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR

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One of the Christmas treats that you should not miss in Dubai is afternoon tea at Ocean within the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. Sitting in the cozy and warm café, you can enjoy an array of delicious Christmas specialties, both sweet as well as savory. Get ready to devour delicious Christmas cookies, gingerbread, etc., on December 25 from 13:00 to 16:00 hrs.

Perfect for: Christmas dining with friends and family

FAQs on Christmas Celebrations in Dubai

1. Does Dubai become festive with exclusive decorations and lighting during Christmas?

Yes, most of the significant shopping centers, leisure attractions, dining venues, etc., come to life with the special Christmas decorations and lighting, thus creating a magical ambiance.

2. Are there special events and shows as part of the Christmas celebration in Dubai?

You can attend various events and shows as fabulous as the Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace Dubai, the Christmas Market and Feastival at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market, and the Winter Wonderland at Expo City.

3. Is it ideal for families with kids to visit Dubai during Christmas?

Dubai is a family-and-kid-friendly destination year-round; that said, it is extra special during Christmas, with attractions like Global Village Dubai with fun shows, experiences, cuisine, and fun rides for all age groups.

4. Can I celebrate white Christmas in Dubai?

Dubai may be a desert city, but it does not leave a stone unturned for those craving a white Christmas celebration in the city. Visit the Winter Wonderland at Ski Dubai to soak up all the amusement and adventure of a snowy Christmas.

5. Where can I ice skate in Dubai?

You can add to your Christmas festivities with an ice skating session at Dubai Ice Rink inside the Dubai Mall.

6. Where can I do Christmas shopping in Dubai?

Dubai is a shopper’s paradise, so you can look forward to being spoilt for choices with Christmas or winter exclusive shopping destinations, including Fort Island Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah and Christmas Market and Feastival at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

7. Do Dubai’s churches offer religious services during Christmas?

Yes, Dubai’s churches offer special Christmas prayers, masses, carol singing, etc., as part of their religious services.

8. Is it pleasant weather to visit Dubai at Christmas?

It is one of the best times to visit Dubai, as it is the peak season, with temperatures ranging from 24 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius.

9. Do Dubai’s restaurants serve a Christmas-exclusive brunch, lunch, and dinner menu?

Most of Dubai’s popular restaurants and cafes delight guests with authentic Christmas menus to elevate their celebrations with friends and family.

10. What are the top things to consider for my Dubai trip during Christmas?

As a busy season, make sure you book your Dubai accommodations, dining seats, and sightseeing tours in advance. Carry suitable clothes as the temperature can drop incredibly during the night and early morning hours. Pair your Christmas trip in Dubai with the region’s fantastic New Year’s Eve activities and attractions. Choose an all-inclusive Dubai package to avoid all the hassles of planning a perfect Christmas and New Year getaway.

Final Thoughts

Don’t know where to go for Christmas this year? Dubai does everything in an astoundingly stupefying way, and so does Christmas. If you wish to ditch the clichéd winter destinations and plan for a totally distinctive Christmas or New Year getaway, you should definitely visit Dubai. Celebrate Christmas and, more importantly, immerse yourself in the festivities as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival, starting on December 8, 2023. Needless to say, you’ll return home with a bag full of prized memories and experiences.

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