While Dubai may not have the snowy landscapes and roaring fireplaces of traditional Christmas destinations, it sure knows how to celebrate the festive season in style.

Every year, the city comes alive with Christmas markets, festive brunches, Christmas-themed activities and events and so much more, bringing the magical charm of Christmas right to your doorstep. 

Planning to spend Christmas in Dubai? Here’s your guide to the best places to celebrate Christmas in Dubai, from enchanting Christmas markets to mind-boggling magic shows.

Where To Celebrate Christmas In Dubai 2023

Visit Madinat Jumeirah’s Christmas Market

📆 Date: December 15th to January 7th

Madinat Jumeirah Christmas Market 2023 Dates Announced

Every year, Madinat Jumeirah’s Christmas Market is one of the most awaited festive traditions in the city. From December 15th to January 7th, The Madinat Jumeirah Souq will transform into a magical winter wonderland spanning a massive 1750 square meters area that will take you straight back to a European Christmas Market.

Like always, the market will be home to many exciting festive-themed food stalls featuring winter favorites like hot chocolate and mulled wine, along with gift stalls and exciting things for kids to do, including an exciting visit from Santa. And of course, entry is free for all.

Don’t miss the giant Christmas Tree that takes center stage at the market and makes for the perfect Instagrammable backdrop!

Find out everything you need to know about the Madinat Jumeirah Christmas Market with our full guide. 

The Illusionist Magic Of The Holidays Show

📆 Date: December 9-10th

If you’re looking for a dose of holiday magic that defies belief, head down to a Christmas-themed show hosted by the world-famous performers, The Illusionists, who are bringing their best-selling “Magic Of The Holidays” Show to Abu Dhabi this festive season.

One of the best Christmas events in Dubai, the show boasts a range of magical performances, from vanishing acts to mind-reading feats that will leave you questioning reality and daring stunts that will have you on the edge of your seat.

This is a fun, unique way to celebrate Christmas with friends and family and will add magic and wonder to your celebration.

Visit Winter District at Jumeirah Emirates Towers

📆 Date: December 14th to January 4th

Emirates Towers

There is a new Christmas Market in Dubai! From December 14, 2023, to January 4, 2024, Jumeirah Emirates Towers will be hosting a brand-new Christmas Market – the Winter District. It promises to be the ultimate destination for soaking in the festive spirit.

Picture a colossal Christmas tree adorned with dazzling lights, whimsical carousel rides, and a giant snowman presiding over the scene. This is the epitome of holiday magic!

Both kids and adults can anticipate an array of exciting activities, making it a perfect family outing. Take a horse ride or experience the thrill of exhilarating slides that will get your heart racing.

And let’s not forget the food, a highlight of any festive gathering. With an array of food stalls, indulge in delicious seasonal treats that will tickle your taste buds and warm your heart. From hot cocoa to sizzling sausages, the market offers all your favorite festive foods.

Visit Yas Winter Fest In Abu Dhabi

Date: December 6-10th

If you’re in Abu Dhabi this holiday season, the Yas Winter Fest is a must-visit. Enjoy five days of festive fun, featuring a snow park, a daily tree-lighting ceremony, and nightly fireworks.

Thrilling carnival rides, a snowball fight zone, and snow slides will keep the excitement soaring. Meanwhile, holiday sing-alongs and captivating performances on the main stage will keep the festive spirit alive.

Kids will be busy in the mega kids’ zone and Santa’s Workshop, while adults can explore artisan market shopping and savor classic winter treats and beverages.

Be on the lookout for surprises like Santa sightings, artificial snowfall throughout the day, and the chance to write and post a letter to Santa.

Yas Winter Fest in Abu Dhabi
06 - 10 Dec 2023
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Explore Expo City’s Winter Fest

📆Date: December 8th to January 7th

Embrace the magic of the season at Expo City’s Winter Fest, returning to Dubai with even more festive delight! Following the tremendous success of last year, this event promises to light up the city in a spectacular fashion.

From December 8th, 2023, to January 7th, 2024, Expo City’s Winter Fest will offer a full month of joyful festivities, and here’s the best part—it’s all completely free!

Drawing inspiration from the enchanting memories of the previous year, this edition is set to be grander and more captivating. Picture yourself wandering through a mesmerizing forest of twinkling lights, gazing in wonder at a towering Christmas tree adorned with enchanting decorations, and capturing the perfect moments with your loved ones. These experiences are just a glimpse of what’s in store!

Take Your Pups To A Dog-Friendly Christmas Market

📅 Date: December 16th

Mark your calendars for a day of festive fun with your pups at the Jumeirah Golf Estates Golf at the one-day Dog-Friendly Christmas market that’s free to enter.

While you’re at this winter wonderland, you’ll find a delightful array of gifts and treats for both you and your four-legged companions. Shop for chew toys, cozy sweaters, and more – perfect gifts to place under the tree for your pets.

And there’s something for the pups too! Join a free group training session led by certified animal behaviorist, Olivier Zoppi, or enter your furry friend into a dog class where they can show off their skills and win fantastic prizes and rosettes.

As you explore the festivities with your pup, you can savor the flavors of the season. With food and drinks that cater to both humans and their furry companions, indulge in holiday treats that will leave everyone feeling merry and satisfied.

Enjoy a Christmas Brunch

📆Date: December 8th to January 7th

No Christmas celebration is complete without a hearty feast. Many restaurants in Dubai offer sumptuous Christmas brunches on December 25th. It’s the perfect opportunity to indulge in traditional holiday dishes and international cuisine while enjoying the company of friends and family.

Options range from lavish buffets to à la carte menus, ensuring there’s something to suit every taste and budget. Some venues even offer special entertainment and activities for the little ones, making it a truly festive experience for the whole family.

Watch The Great Christmas Adventure 

📆Date: December 16th to 27th

Step into a world of enchantment with “The Great Christmas Adventure,” a family-friendly production that promises to be a highlight of the holiday season. Follow the journey of intrepid young heroes as they embark on a quest to save Christmas, encountering the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Nutcracker army, and quirky characters like Bobby the oversized elf and Jack Frost. The show features toe-tapping melodies, festive choreography, and scenic backdrops reminiscent of a Winter Wonderland.

Catch the magical performances at the InterContinental Hotel, Festival City, from December 16th to December 27th, with daily shows at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. It’s the perfect way to create cherished memories with loved ones that will linger long after the final curtain call.

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16 - 27 Dec 2023
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Enjoy The Holiday Spirit At The Irish Village in Dubai

📆Date: December 17th 

Experience the holiday spirit with a spectacular performance of beloved Christmas classics at The Irish Village. An incredible 18-piece band brings these timeless melodies to life, creating an atmosphere of joy and celebration. Make this holiday season unforgettable by immersing yourself in the heartwarming tunes that capture the essence of Christmas.

Bongo’s Bingo Christmas Special in Dubai

📆Date: December 8th

For a unique and lively Christmas celebration, head to Bongo’s Bingo Christmas Special. Sing your heart out to the biggest hits from Queen and other classic rock songs while enjoying the festive season. With BINGO, rave moments, cheesy singalongs, dance-offs, and the chance to win special prizes, this promises to be a Christmas event like no other.

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16:00 Fri 08 Dec 2023
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Carols by Candlelight in Dubai at Al Wasl Plaza in Expo City

📆Date: December 20th to January 24th

As night falls upon Dubai’s Winter City, immerse yourself in the enchantment of the second annual Carols by Candlelight at Al Wasl Plaza in Expo City. Enjoy Christmas-themed projections, carol singing, and festive performances featuring talented vocalists, musicians, and dancers. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus may even make a surprise visit, bringing joy to children and adults alike.

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20 - 24 Dec 2023
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Galaxy Winter Show

📆Date: December 22nd to 30th

Experience the enchantment of the Galaxy Winter Show, a 5D New Year extravaganza designed for both kids and parents. In this interactive performance, children actively participate as action heroes, dancing among the stars, and assisting Santa Claus in overcoming challenges. The theater undergoes a magical transformation with 3D mapping, creating immersive scenes of present manufacturing, a villain’s castle, and a space shuttle ride. Each child receives a special New Year surprise from Santa, and interactive workshops, face painting, and photo sessions ensure cherished memories before and after the show.

Galaxy Winter Show in Dubai
22 - 30 Dec 2023
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‘The Sound of Christmas’ with Massimo Giordano 

📆Date: December 20th

Elevate your Christmas celebration with ‘The Sound of Christmas,’ featuring the world-renowned Massimo Giordano. Held at Zabeel Theatre, this musical extravaganza showcases timeless opera arias, Italian and Neapolitan songs, cherished Christmas carols, and enchanting love duets. Massimo Giordano’s captivating voice, celebrated on prestigious stages like the ‘Metropolitan Opera’ and ‘La Scala,’ promises to leave the audience spellbound. Accompanied by ‘La Scala’s’ leading pianist, Nelson Calzi, and soprano Ester Kandinova, the performance reaches new heights of musical excellence. Talented students from the “Tania Kassis Academy” add youthful energy to this magical experience.

Stay tuned for more Christmas celebrations in Dubai!