A Chic Countdown to Christmas | Your Guide to this Season’s Festive Events

To help you live and experience the most wonderful time of the year in style here in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this December we have prepared your ultimate chic countdown to Christmas guide.

Discover where to go in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the most impressive tree-lighting ceremonies, cutest gingerbread house building experiences, most luxury of festive culinary experiences and warming winter markets.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Light up with us as we take you to the most elegant and impressive tree lighting ceremonies across Dubai and Abu Dhabi this festive season.

Click here for our selection of the top 5 tree lighting ceremonies to ring in the romantic wintry and magical festive spirit.

Madinat Jumeirah Festive Souk Luxe Diary


Gingerbread Workshops and Festive Afternoon Teas

As part of The Luxe Diary’s chic countdown to Christmas, we are delighted to bring you your list of gingerbread workshops and afternoon teas for the whole family to enjoy across Dubai and Abu Dhabi this festive season. Click here for the full selection!

Raffles Fashion Christmas Tea

Festive Markets

Madinat Jumeirah | Souk Festive Market | 15 – 27 December

Head to the Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market from 15 to 27 December and enjoy ten days of activities for the young and the young at heart. From a snow fight zone to bungee jumping, there is something for all ages. While the kids are having fun and taking in the spirit of the occasion, parents, friends and family can enjoy a wide array of delicious festive food and beverages. A celebration not to be missed.

The Details.

Timings: Sunday – Wednesday 15:00 till late* | Thursday – Saturday 12:00 till late
Location: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre

For more information call +971 4 366 8888 or email  mjinfo@jumeirah.com.

madinat Jumeirah Luxe Diary Festive Souk

Family Christmas Fair | Fairmont The Palm | 23 December | 14.00 – 16.00

Fairmont The Palm‘s family Christmas fair is a chance to indulge in the spirit of the festive season where families can uncover unique and stylish gifts and help create magical moments with activities such as gingerbread decorating. 

Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club will be welcoming little guests during the Christmas Fair with festive arts and crafts, cookie decoration and face painting complemented with a surprise visit from Santa. Family Christmas Fair is available at Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club.

For more information and ticket prices call 04 457 3331 or e-mail palm.childrensactivities@fairmont.com.

Fairmont The Palm Christmas Fair Luxe Diary

Winter Garden Market | The StRegis Dubai | 29 November to 26 December 2017

We are pleased to list the opening of The StRegis Dubai’s highly anticipated Winter Garden Market, which really opens the festive season here in Dubai.

For more information and details on this event click here.

St Regis Winter Garden Luxe Diary

Let it Snow! Winter Market | Yas Island Abu Dhabi | Friday 15 and Saturday 16 December | 14.00 – 21.00

During the Winter Market, visitors to the Marina can enjoy even more attractions and activities as the highly anticipated Winter Market returns, featuring REAL snow games, including snowball battles and snowman building, a festive themed market, and lots of fun festivities.

Yas Marina Christmas Fair Luxe Diary
Organised by Tiny Bean Events, the Winter Market will have a range of over 40 stalls run by local passionate SME businesses including the best foodies, artisans, designers and jewellers, in town. Visitors can shop for gifts for loved ones and then drop them off at the gift wrapping station, taking the hassle out of the busy season.

Those up for a REAL snow battle can join in the fun between 2pm and 9pm. The rules are simple: two teams of seven people will battle to capture the opponent’s flag without getting hit by snowballs. People have the option to be creative and build a snowman of their own. Entry costs AED30 per person and includes one snowball fight and one snowman building session.

There’s plenty of chances to meet the jolly man himself throughout the Winter Market weekend too. Santa will arrive by boat each day from 3pm to 7pm, stopping at the marina to take pictures and spreading festive cheer with kids under the tree.

Elf Boat Rides on the marina’s sparkling waters will be hosted by Captain Tony’s, and priced at AED25 per person from 2pm to 9pm on both days. There’ll also be a fantastic line-up of live music to add to the festive party mood, and the promenade will be decorated with sparkling seasonal lights and covered in snow.

The ‘Let it Snow’ festivities play an integral part of the Yas Winterland Festival, a month-long island-wide celebration that comprise cool, joyous, family friendly events and many more activations and offers.




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