Christmas in Dubai

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This Christmas, Santa Claus is not gonna be in the North Pole. He’s coming all the way to Dubai, to ring in the festive cheer at the world’s biggest fair – The Expo 2020 Dubai!

From stunning Christmas parades to lip-smacking festive delicacies and an insta-worthy Christmas tree, Expo 2020 Dubai is THE place to celebrate Christmas this year. So, here are 7 reasons why you must STOP everything right now and head to Expo 2020 Dubai.

1. Write A Letter To Santa

Write A Letter To Santa

Santa Claus is coming to Expo 2020 Dubai. And what’s even better is that kids can write a letter to Santa! The Expo site has a huge ‘Letters to Santa’ mailbox and you’re not gonna want to miss this. The box is docked right next to Al Forsan is Expo’s Sustainability District, at the Earth Plaza stage. Children can send their Christmas wish lists to Santa and even a get a special Christmas-y stamp in their Expo passports. Once Christmas is over, the mailbox will be used to donate gifts to those less fortunate.

2. Watch Your Favourite Christmas Movie

Little ones can get a dose of Christmas nostalgia with holiday flicks like Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, and Elf on Jubilee Stage. The screenings will happen on 23, 24 and 25 December.

3. Shake A Leg At The Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade in Dubai

Keep your eyes peeled for a grand acrobatic Christmas parade as you walk around the Al Wasl area. Shake a leg with sway pole performers dressed as festive trees, watch stilt walkers as silver bells and say hello to Expo mascots Rashid and Latifa as they show off their best Christmas outfits. With carollers singing on one side, and several Christmas trees of various heights dotting the site, this is the right place to spam your gram this winter!

4. Catch The Christmas Lights Projections On The Al Wasl Dome

Wasl Dome You can’t not get a glimpse of the world’s biggest 360-degree projection! The Al Wasl Dome has a fancy Christmas makeover and grammers are gonna love this. From giant baubles hanging from its arches, the structure will look a lot like a massive snow globe.

5. Eat, Shop & Walk Around The Winter Market

christmas food

Shop, eat and enjoy a fun evening at the Expo 2020 Dubai’s winter market. The pretty market outlines the Water Feature at the site, so you’ll defo not miss this one. Besides, there’s A LOT you can do at the city’s all-new winter market. The winter market is THE place if you want to indulge in some festive treats- think hot chocolate, eggnog, roasted chestnuts and gingerbread. Grab your favourite Christmas beverage to sip from, as you soak in the festive vibe.

6. Gorge On Festive Food From Around The World

What’s Christmas without food! Expo 2020 is a haven for foodies and the festive season only gets the better of it. Foodies can head to the World Souq and winter market to sample seasonal dishes such as roasted chestnuts, gingerbread, hot chocolate and eggnog. In addition, cafes and restaurants at the site will also offer their special festive menu. So, make sure you don’t miss the binge!

7. Take A Selfie With A 20-Meter High Christmas Tree

Last but not the least, don’t leave the Expo site without a selfie with the 20-metre-tall Christmas tree. The huge tree is docked inside the Al Wasl dome. Besides, there’s also a Santa’s Grotto and a reindeer sleigh – instantly transporting you to winter wonderland.

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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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