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Costa releases details on Christmas Cruise from Dubai for 2022/23 season

Costa Cruises has announced a host of themed events and activities for families and children on its Christmas Cruise out of Dubai in the Arabian Gulf, as well as other locations around the world.

Costa Toscana is homeporting in Dubai for the 2022/23 cruise season, sailing roundtrip, weeklong cruises visiting Abu Dhabi and Muscat.

The voyages feature two-night stays in Dubai, and overnight port calls in Abu Dhabi and Muscat, providing more time ashore for guests than any other cruise line homeporting in Dubai this season.

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Costa Toscana’s Christmas Cruise departs on Christmas Eve, December 24th from Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal. The 6-night voyage stays overnight in Muscat , Oman and Abu Dhabi , the capital of the UAE. Christmas Day is spent at sea cruising for Muscat.

On New Year’s Eve , another weeklong cruise is scheduled, departing on December 31st at midnight, with a long call and an overnight stay in Dubai, Muscat and Abu Dhabi.

In addition to the usual activities and entertainment on board and ashore, Costa’s Christmas and New Year cruises will have a special program designed for the occasion, with themed parties and shows for young and old alike.

On the Christmas cruise Santa Claus will visit the ships to collect children’s drawings and letters during a meet-and-greet at the Christmas Tree in the ship’s main atrium.

Adults can live all the magic of Christmas with shows and carols, and on New Year’s Eve, they will celebrate with a poolside party that runs until dawn. The menus will also be themed, with dishes inspired by Italian festive tradition.

Costa Toscana’s voyages are among 16 Christmas and New Year cruises exploring the United Arab Emirates and Oman, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean or South America.

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A range of Christmas-themed shows and events will be on offer

“In the daytime, guests can relax in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean or have fun aboard a 4×4 in the Dubai desert; in the evening, they can share with their loved ones the atmosphere of the brightly decorated ships and the tables set with traditional dishes,” says Costa Cruises.

Apart from Dubai, Costa will also be offering festive voyages aboard Costa Fascinosa, Costa Pacifica, Costa Smeralda, Costa Deliziosa, Costa Firenze, Costa Fortuna and Costa Favolosa.

Costa Fascinosa and Costa Pacifica sail four different itineraries in the Caribbean islands. Costa Fascinosa offers two one-week itineraries, departing December 23rd or 30th from Guadeloupe, both exploring the Lesser Antilles.

During the Christmas cruise the ship will visit Bonaire, Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, Barbados, and Martinique; and on the New Year’s cruise, she will sail to Trinidad, Grenada, Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, and Martinique.

Costa Pacifica offers a 10-day and an 11-day itinerary, departing from La Romana (Dominican Republic) on December 18th and 28th, one dedicated to the Greater Antilles and one to the Lesser Antilles.

At Christmas, the ship will visit Ocho Rios, Montego Bay (Jamaica), Cayman Islands, Amber Cove, Samana, Catalina Island (Dominican Republic); at New Year’s Curacao, Aruba, Trinidad, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Antigua, and the British Virgin Islands.

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Each cruise ship will also be hosting a meet-and-greet with Santa Clause

These Caribbean and the UAE cruises are available with the “flight+cruise” package, which includes transfer from the airport to the ship.

The Mediterranean is a popular destination for European guests who want to stay close to home. Costa Smeralda will offer weeklong cruises to Italy, France and Spain, with departures from Savona on December 24th and 31st, and calls in Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo and Civitavecchia (for Rome).

Costa Deliziosa will offer weekly cruises in the eastern Mediterranean, including Croatia, Montenegro and Greece. Departures are scheduled on Friday, December 23rd or 30th from Trieste, to visit Split (Croatia), Kotor (Montenegro), Katakolon and Athens (Greece) and Bari.

Costa Firenze, Costa Fortuna and Costa Favolosa meanwhile will offer Christmas and New Year cruises from Brazil to Argentina and Uruguay.

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The lure of Dubai is irresistible, from its glittering mega-skyscrapers to its traditional Islamic roots. This enigmatic destination is recognized worldwide as a city pointed full throttle toward the future. Dubai is a must-experience city while on an India cruise . Dubai’s most iconic sights include the 160-story Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, and the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, a luxury resort which happens to be shaped like a boat’s sail.

Dubai is unlike any other place in the world, filled with luxe shopping and high-end boutiques, unique souqs (markets) scattered all over the city, and cultural institutions like the Dubai Museum. While you’re stopped on a Dubai cruise, you’re meant to live it up on unforgettable excursions like a helicopter tour of the city or a camel ride at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Not even differences in climate can stop Dubai from bringing you every experience you crave. There’s even an indoor skiing experience and the massive Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

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Take an afternoon to explore history at the Dubai Museum, located within the Al Fahidi Fort, which is the oldest building in Dubai. Each gallery and exhibit showcases a recreation of life and society in Dubai from hundreds of years ago. It’s a must-do for history buffs, or for those who want to learn more about Dubai’s history as a global power.

Jumeirah Mosque

If you’re looking to visit a traditional Islamic mosque, head to Jumeirah Mosque, which is open to non-Muslims as well as Muslims. This landmark mosque stands out with clean white stone. Take a 75-minute guided tour of the mosque to learn about life and traditions of the mosque.

Palm Islands

When you cruise Dubai, take a day to explore the three man-made Palm Islands, called Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island, and Palm Jebel Ali, where families and solo travelers alike can enjoy the beach resorts, swim, snorkel, and dive. Waterparks and slides make it easy to cool off on a hot day, and you can even swim with dolphins on the islands.

Dubai Fountain

Don’t miss this classic local landmark, the ornate Dubai Fountain. Catch a choreographed performance of lights and music in the center of downtown. It’s also the largest fountain system in the world.

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Over 1,000 shops call Dubai Mall home, so you could easily spend days here and still not see it all. From jewelry to luxe clothing items and a large food court for when you get hungry, the Dubai Mall lives up to its status as the 2nd largest mall in the world. Plus, you’ll find the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink located within the mall, which makes this a perfect afternoon excursion for families and those who want to stay indoors on a sweltering Dubai day.

Head to the Top of the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa clocks in as the tallest skyscraper in the world, and in person it’s an immense sight. Purchase tickets for the incredible observation decks on the 124th or 148th floors, where you can take in a panoramic skyline of Dubai.

Adventure on a Desert Safari

Thrill seekers must head out on a desert safari while in Dubai. Ride through the red dunes on a car or bike or go camel riding in the desert. Or try sandboarding on the vast sands. Spend the night at a Bedouin camp and enjoy the desert and the traditional Bedouin setting in style on a shore excursion.

Scuba and Swim at Jumeirah Beach

Wreck diving is popular in Dubai, where remnants of shipwrecks litter the ocean floor. Divers will love Dubai’s adventurous seascape even though it doesn’t have active coral reefs. Cool off on a hot day with a dive or a swim on the Persian Gulf at Jumeirah Beach.

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Afternoon tea is a huge part of the culture in Dubai. Stop in for high tea at the Skyview Bar at the top of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, where you can sip tea and enjoy fresh pastries while you watch the sun set over the skyline. Other dishes readily available on menus here include shawarma and falafel-based dishes. Locals regularly eat fresh seafood catches as well as lamb and mutton. Hummus is also a staple in the area. When you cruise Dubai, try another Emirati delicacy, al harees, which is a mix of wheat and meat with a porridge-like texture.

Culture & History of the Dubai Cruise Port

On cruises to Dubai, you’ll quickly discover that the history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is rich, varied, and experiencing its very own renaissance. Humans have been living in the area that is now Dubai for thousands of years, but Dubai didn’t gain its cultural and economic prominence until the 18th and 19th centuries, when the city became the first port opening the area to trade. In the 1950s, oil was discovered and forever changed Dubai’s economy and its role in the global sphere. Since then, Dubai has steadily grown, becoming one of the most glamorous cities in history. Culturally, Dubai is greatly influenced by Islam, and during Ramadan, many restaurants and shops close to adhere to the holiday. Be sure to check to see if your Dubai cruise coincides with Ramadan during your time there.

Dubai Port Facilities & Location

Your Dubai cruise ship’s port of call is the Port of Rashid, which is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities like free wifi, currency exchange, a tourism information area, and plenty of souvenirs for you to bring back home when you return to the ship. You’ll see the Dubai skyline when you arrive at the Port of Rashid, and can depart the cruise port from a taxi or through a complimentary shuttle when you’re heading out on a shore excursion.

Transportation in Dubai

As the UAE’s most populated city, Dubai has no shortage of people buzzing around, trying to get from point A to point B. Dubai has an extensive metro and bus system that you can access by getting a Nol Card. You can simply buy a day pass while you’re stopped on cruises to Dubai. The taxi network in Dubai is enormous, too. Taxis have a different colored roof than other cars to signal what is a taxi and what isn’t. They’re also metered to make sure you get a decent fare. You can hail a taxi from the cruise port, but be sure to talk with your driver if you’re interested in booking a multi-stop ride or tour with them.

Shopping Near the Dubai Cruise Port

Dubai is a shopper’s paradise, ranging from the high end to bargain markets for every type of shopper. The Dubai Mall is the second largest mall in the world, so it’s easy to lose track of time perusing over 1,200 shops featuring clothing, antiques, and fine jewelry. Of course, Dubai’s revitalized downtown contains a variety of souks and marketplaces where you can purchase gold, spices, jewelry, handmade goods, and more.

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Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates and the official currency there is called the Dirham (Dhs). You can haggle and bargain in souqs, or outdoor markets, but prices in department stores and boutiques tend to be fixed. Tipping is 10-15% of your surcharge at restaurants and bars, and you can round up to the nearest Dirham note when you’re tipping your taxi driver.

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With Christmas just a few days away, are you searching for the perfect gift for your loved one? Consider booking a Christmas Yacht Cruise in Dubai. Picture yourself on luxury yachts adorned with festive lights, an elegant dining setup, and a day filled with endless fun and laughter – What could be a better gift than this? Celebrating Christmas on luxury yachts, filled with jingle-bell-themed activities and delightful surprises, can make your celebration like no other.

Christmas Yacht Cruise – Festive Atmosphere

Everywhere you turn, you will find twinkling trees, joyful sounds of carols, delicious Christmas gourmets, and parties with festive tunes. A Christmas cruise in Dubai promises a festive ambiance as Dubai yacht rental transforms the vessels into a floating wonderland. Inside luxury yachts, you and your family will revel in the enchanting decorations that bring a merry vibe.

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Treat your family to the lap of luxury for this holiday season with Christmas cruise packages in Dubai . From spacious salons, comfy cabins, and elegant dining spaces to stunning deck areas, onboarding a luxury yacht can be a perfect staycation for you and your family to spend your holidays in utmost luxury and comfort. Dubai Yachts provides all-inclusive Christmas party packages to pamper and delight your loved ones.

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Gone are the days when Christmas get-togethers happened in closed ballrooms. Now, the trend is to celebrate your special days in a unique way. Book Dubai Yachts to celebrate your holiday season amidst the mesmerizing beauty of Dubai’s iconic landmarks, such as Palm Jumeirah, the Atlantis, the Ain Ferris Wheel, and the Burj Al Arab. A Christmas yacht cruise lets you witness the beauty of the Dubai skyline and the magical view of Dubai’s nightlife from the waters.

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Cruising in luxury yachts isn’t just relaxing under the sun and dining under the stars. A Christmas cruise in Dubai has something for everyone. From exhilarating water sports to Secret Santa gift exchange, there is something to bring joy to each family member. Sharing quality time with your loved ones on luxury yachts provides a perfect backdrop for you and your family to celebrate and create cherished moments that will be treasured for years.

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Stroll around the nicely restored Al Fahidi Historical District, where you can get an impression of life in this emirate before oil was discovered in the 1960s. Explore the narrow walking lanes with their sand-colored houses, cafes and galleries. Then visit Dubai Museum, built in 1787 and the oldest existing building in Dubai.

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Stand on the Burj Khalifa for breathtaking views of this extraordinary city. At 828 meters, this narrow tower is the world's tallest so far. It has an observation deck on the 124th and the 148th floor, and a restaurant-bar on the 122nd. Book tickets well in advance.

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Maze of Modern Life

Head to Madinat Jumeirah, one of Dubai's most attractive developments. With your Dubai cruise, stroll along the desert-colored villas and hotels, alongside waterways with palms, banana trees and bougainvillea. Sit down in one of the trendy local cafes for a refreshing fruit juice. At the heart of this modern village lies Souq Madinat Jumeirah, a maze-like bazaar with shops lining wood-framed walkways.

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You'll be able to find food from anywhere around the globe here — but focus on the local fare for the most authentic experience with Dubai cruises. While you're out on the town, pick up a shawarma , shaved strips of spicy spit-roasted meat served in pita bread. Try manousheh , a flatbread topped with local Akkawi cheese and za'atar herbs. Slate your sweet tooth with luqaimat , fried dough balls spiced with saffron and cardamom.

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Pick one of the large number of malls in this shopping Mecca. There's Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping center, as well as the Mall of Emirates. For a more traditional experience, browse the colorful souqs in Bur Dubai and Deira for Persian carpets, Arabic coffee pots and other trinkets.

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A cruise is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to see Dubai. You can shuttle into the city directly from your ship, or plan ahead by booking a Cunard Shore Experience to enjoy on your day of arrival, which includes all outbound and inbound travel. 

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Museums. Mosques. Spice souks. You name it, Dubai has it. Some of the most popular and famous attractions in Dubai include Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Miracle Gardens, Dubai Fountain, Museum of the Future, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. 

Cunard cruises to Dubai typically depart from Asia and Australia , most commonly from Hong Kong , Singapore , and Sydney . 

February, March, and April are excellent months to cruise to Dubai. While not yet summer, you’ll find the temperature more comfortable and still have the benefit of dry sunny days. 

Sunscreen. A hat. Sunglasses. Anything you’d typically need for hot and sunny weather is a packing essential on a Dubai cruise. You may also wish to carry a handheld fan, an insulated water bottle, lip balm, comfy shoes, and a pashmina or similar lightweight cover-up.  In the evenings, when the night is cooler, we suggest bringing some formal attire for the Evening Galas .

Dubai is hot throughout the year, with temperatures exceeding 30°C (86°F) for at least six months. December to March offer slightly cooler days, while the hottest months by far are June, July, and August.  

Arabic is the official language of Dubai, but the country has a vast expat population and English is widely spoken throughout the city, as well as represented in signage and menus. 

Like anywhere, the cost of eating and drinking in Dubai is dependent on where you go. The most expensive places to dine tend to be hotel bars and restaurants, while fast food outlets offer the most affordable way to eat out. Alcohol is typically more expensive in Dubai than in other cities, although it is possible to find competitive deals at happy hour.   

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Trade in your winter coat for a swimsuit and join us on a journey to discover how the City of Gold celebrates the holiday season. A Christmas like no other, the sun, sand, and celebration take center stage in a desert oasis that knows how to make the Yuletide season sparkle. Dubai in December might just be the best time to visit, when the city's simmering heat dials down to a comfortable warmth that's perfect for a cozy Christmas!

13 things to do during Christmas in Dubai 2023

#1 go ice-skating at the sofitel dubai the obelisk.

Experience the magic of ice skating at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk. This enchanting ice rink, open until January 6th, welcomes skaters of all levels for a memorable time. You can enjoy the ice for 50 AED, and even receive a complimentary bag of popcorn from VOX Cinemas. With a festive atmosphere and well-maintained ice, it's the perfect activity for families, friends, or couples looking to create lasting memories in the heart of Dubai!

#2 Visit Winter City at Expo City Dubai

From 23 November until January 2023, Expo City Dubai will be transformed into a snowy winter wonderland. You indulge in a variety of delectable holiday treats and beverages at the festive market with chalet-inspired stalls. On December 9th, catch the grand tree lighting ceremony for Winter City's impressive 16-meter tall festive tree. Gingerbread classes, Santa's grottos and a lot more, await!

#3 Indulge in holiday cheer at the Christmas markets in Dubai

A major contribution to the Christmas celebrations in Dubai is the holiday markets clubbed with traditional delights and world-class entertainment. From fun stalls to glamorous fairs, Dubai has a range of wonderful Christmas markets to boost your holiday spirits! Among the best Christmas markets in Dubai are the Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market & Winter Garden at Habtoor City.

#4 Have a beachy Christmas!

Head to one of the many beaches in Dubai and have a blast on the beach. If you're a fan of fireworks, the Dubai JBR Beach will is the place to be for some Christmas fireworks!

#5 Have a little bit of everything at the Burj Khalifa

As the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa will be adorned with stunning festive decorations, transforming into a mesmerizing beacon of light and festivity in the heart of Dubai. We recommend the Burj Khalifa because it's a hotspot for the festive season in Dubai, and hosts holiday-themed events and activities, from enchanting light shows that illuminate the night sky to exclusive dining experiences with panoramic views of the city!

#6 Hear Christmas Carols at Burjuman Mall

On 23 December, 2023, choirs across Dubai will compete in the Carolympics at the Burjuman Mall! Be there between 7 PM and 9 PM to enjoy some cheery Christmas carols.

#7 Treat Yourself With A Great Feast At Dubai’s Top Dine-In Restaurants

Celebrate Christmas by exploring Dubai’s culinary treasures as you eat, drink, and make merry with the dining experiences in Dubai ! Whether you are looking for a seasonal Christmas dinner or a brunch, some restaurants are all set to quench your palette. You can indulge in the gourmet flavors with a Dinner Buffet at the Atlantis !

#8 Celebrate a snowy Christmas in Ski Dubai

Your ultimate winter wonderland in the heart of the desert, no better place to experience snow during Christmas in Dubai. Whether you're a seasoned skier or a first-time snow enthusiast, Ski Dubai offers an unforgettable experience with its range of snow activities, from skiing and snowboarding to tubing and snowball fights. So, don your winter gear and prepare for an exhilarating adventure, all while basking in the surreal contrast of enjoying winter sports!

#9 Shop till drop at the Dubai Shopping Festival for your Christmas presents!

This holiday season, the much anticipated Dubai Shopping festival is being held from 8 December 2023 to 14 January 2024. The Dubai Shopping Festival is an annual retail extravaganza that transforms the city into a shopper's paradise. This month-long event offers incredible discounts, promotions, and deals on a wide range of products! Join shoppers from around the world flock and take advantage of these unbeatable offers, while also enjoying live entertainment & fireworks!

#10 Hop aboard the QE2 for a luxurious Christmas

Spending Christmas on the QE2 cruise liner in Dubai is a luxurious and unforgettable way to celebrate the holiday season. The iconic ocean liner, now a floating hotel, decks its halls with festive decorations and offers guests a magical yuletide experience on the shimmering waters of the Arabian Gulf. If you're in Dubai with kids , make sure to catch the Peter Pan show on board!

#11 Celebrate Christmas with the world at Global Village Dubai

Christmas in the Global Village in Dubai is a multicultural celebration like no other. This diverse wonderland transforms into a festive spectacle, showcasing traditions from around the world. You can stroll through beautifully adorned pavilions representing various countries, savor international cuisines, and enjoy captivating live performances at the Global Village!

#12 Have a Christmas brunch in Dubai

Eateries across the city will, of course, partake in the festivities, and would it really be Christmas without a brunch to start off your day? Some of the best Christmas brunches in Dubai are whipped up at Cabana (Dubai Mall), Luchador, Nonya and Certo. The Budhha Bar also happens to be a very popular restaurant for a Christmas brunch!

#13 Enjoy an aerial view of Dubai’s Christmas decor with a helicopter tour

If you are in Dubai during Christmas time and are an adventure geek, you must hop onto that helicopter and experience a tour of zipping through the city sky like never before. Dubai has 5 different kinds of helicopter tours which provide you with some of the glorious views of the city’s famous landmarks like the Burj Khalifa , Burj Al Arab, Dubai Canal , Dubai Frame amongst many others. The duration of each tour differs from the other, giving you something more to see each time.

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A dazzling Christmas in Dubai 2023: A festive celebration in the City of Gold

Christmas 2023 in Dubai promises to be an extraordinary experience filled with dazzling lights, festive decorations and a myriad of events for locals and tourists alike. In this blog, we will learn about the enchanting places to visit and the unique celebrations that make Christmas in Dubai an unforgettable holiday experience.

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As the festive season approaches, Dubai transforms into a winter wonderland, blending its modern charm with traditional charm.  Christmas in Dubai

Weather in Dubai during Christmas in Dubai:

The weather in Dubai during Christmas falls within the city’s winter season, which is characterized by milder temperatures compared to the scorching summer months. Here’s a general overview of the weather you can expect in Dubai around Christmas:

1. Temperature:

Daytime temperatures typically range from around 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit). Nighttime temperatures can drop to around 14 to 18 degrees Celsius (57 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit).

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2. Sunshine:

Dubai experiences plenty of sunshine during the winter months, including December. You can assume clear skies and sunny days.

3. Humidity:

Humidity levels are generally lower during the winter season, providing a more comfortable atmosphere. However, humidity can still be moderate, especially in the early morning and late evening.

4. Rainfall:

Rainfall is relatively low in Dubai, and December is no exception. While it’s uncommon to experience significant rainfall, there might be occasional light showers.

Dubai can experience moderate to fresh breezes during the winter months. The wind can be a pleasant touch to the overall weather conditions.

Keep in mind that these are general trends, and temperatures can vary. It’s always a good idea to check the local weather forecast closer to your travel dates for more accurate and up-to-date information. Overall, Dubai during Christmas offers a welcome respite from the intense heat of the summer months, providing a comfortable and enjoyable.

Outdoor Activities during Christmas in Dubai:

The weather in Dubai during Christmas is ideal for outdoor activities. Whether you’re exploring the city’s attractions, enjoying festive events, or partaking in winter-themed experiences like Ski Dubai, the weather is generally pleasant.

1. Winter Garden Market in Dubai Mall:

The Dubai Mall, already a world-renowned shopping destination, adorns its halls with festive lights and decorations during the Christmas season. The Winter Garden Market comes to life, giving visitors a magical experience of wandering through the brightly lit stalls. Expect a wide range of holiday gifts, handmade gifts and seasonal decorations. The centerpiece is a giant Christmas tree, creating the perfect backdrop for capturing holiday memories.

2. Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates:

Experience a white Christmas like never before at Ski Dubai, located in Mall of the Emirates. This indoor ski resort turns into a snowy paradise, giving visitors a chance to indulge in winter sports and activities. Ski on the slopes, build snowmen and enjoy the festive atmosphere surrounded by the stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

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Dubai’s classic winter experience that never disappoints can be found at Ski Dubai. Home to one of the city’s most popular Santa Grottoes, the Mall of the Emirates offers more than just a Santa meet and greet with Christmas goodie bags and a hot chocolate.

  • Timing: Tickets go on sale in mid-November for dates December 1-25 (time slots sell out fast!). Learn more at

You can also enjoy fun adventures at the Snow Park, including snow movies, snowman building, and breakfast with Santa. Packages start at AED 150 for a standard meet and greet or AED 550 for a family pass.

(NB Due to cold conditions, admission to Santa’s Grotto begins at age 2)

3. Dubai Miracle Garden:

While Dubai is known for its desert landscape, the Miracle Garden blossoms into a colorful oasis during the Christmas season. Millions of flowers carefully arranged in festive designs create a mesmerizing display. Stroll through themed gardens featuring giant Christmas trees, floral arches and whimsical characters. The floral scents and vibrant colors provide a unique Christmas experience.

4. Festival Cruises:

Celebrate Christmas in style by boarding a festive cruise along the picturesque waterways of Dubai. Cruise operators offer special Christmas-themed dinner cruises, complete with delicious cuisine, live entertainment and panoramic views of the city’s iconic skyline. Enjoy the cool breeze as you pass by landmarks like Burj Khalifa and Dubai Marina, beautifully illuminated for the holiday season.

5. Dubai Opera’s Christmas Concert:

Dubai Opera, known for hosting world-class performances, turns festive during Christmas. Attend special Christmas concerts featuring famous artists, orchestras and choirs. The opera house is decorated with holiday decorations, creating a magical atmosphere that enhances the joyful tunes and carols that echo through its halls.

6. Festival of Lights in La Mer:

La Mer, Dubai’s beach destination, becomes a bright sight during the Christmas Light Festival. The entire area is decorated with twinkling lights, offering a picturesque view against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea. Enjoy street performances, live music and festive cuisine from the myriad restaurants and cafes lining the beach.

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7. Christmas Brunch and Dinner:

Dubai’s renowned hotels and restaurants host extravagant Christmas brunches and dinners, offering a culinary journey through the festive flavours. From traditional roasts to international cuisine, these dining experiences are designed to satisfy every palate. Many establishments offer special entertainment and activities for children, ensuring a memorable family celebration.

Christmas Show 2023 during Christmas in Dubai

Get ready to dazzle and rejoice as Dubai welcomes the festive season in 2023 with a series of spectacular Christmas shows. From captivating ballet performances to mesmerizing light displays, here is a guide to the must-see Christmas shows in the city:

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Slava’s SnowShow at Dubai Opera:

By arrangement with SLAVA and Gwenell, Dubai Opera and Broadway Entertainment Group will present Slavic Snowshoes at Dubai Opera

  • Dt :From 8 to 10 Dec,2023

– Rock DXB Xmas Special Tribute Concert in Dubai: It excited to announce our Xmas Special Edition, which will take place.

Venue: The Square @ ISD, Dubai Sports City

  • Dt : 9th of December, 2023

-A Christmas Cracker in Dubai at The Irish Village:

Dt:17 Dec, Sun Doors open 6:00 pm Venue:Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium

-The Nutcracker at Dubai Opera:

Experience the artistic brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale! Dubai Opera, 15-17 December 2023

Venue: Dubai Opera – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Free Evening Shows in Dubai

DSF Drone Show – Bluewaters/JBR – part of the Dubai Shopping Festival.

Dt :  IT start from 8 December 2023 to 14 January 2024.

Show Sart at 7:00 pm and repeated at 10:00 pm.

Burj Lake Fountains Show & Burj Khalifa LED Light show –

Nightly from 6:00 pm in front of Dubai Mall

Clothing Recommendations:

Daytime: Light layers, such as T-shirts and light jackets or sweaters, are usually comfortable during the day. It’s advisable to wear sunscreen due to the sunny weather. Evening: As temperatures can drop in the evening, especially after sunset, it’s a good idea to have a light jacket or sweater on hand.

Dubai’s unique blend of tradition and modernity turns the city into a captivating Christmas destination. Whether you’re exploring enchanting markets, experiencing winter sports in the desert, or attending festive celebrations, Christmas 2023 in Dubai promises a celebration like no other. Embrace the spirit of the season in the City of Gold, where every corner is decorated with the magic of Christmas.

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Here are a set of common FAQs about Christmas shows in Dubai in 2023:

1. Which Christmas shows are scheduled in Dubai in 2023? Specific shows for 2023 may vary, but you can check the official websites of venues such as Dubai Opera, Coca-Cola Arena and Global Village for the latest information on scheduled Christmas shows.

2. Where can I buy tickets for the Show Christmas  in Dubai? Tickets for Christmas shows in Dubai are usually available online through official ticketing platforms, venue websites or authorized ticket sellers. It is advisable to purchase tickets in advance to secure your seats.

3. Are Christmas shows in Dubai suitable for families and children? Many Christmas shows in Dubai are family-friendly, but it is recommended to check the show details for age appropriateness and any specific family packages or discounts.

4. Can I take photos or record during the Christmas Show? Policies on photography and recording may vary during the show. Contact specific venues or event organizers for guidelines regarding capturing moments during performances.

5. What is the duration of the normal show Christmas in Dubai? Christmas show duration may vary. Some may be short, family-oriented performances, while others, such as concerts or theatrical productions, may be longer lasting. Check show descriptions for specific period information.

6. Is there any dress code for attending shows Christmas  in Dubai? Although there may not be a strict dress code, it is advisable to wear smart-casual or formal clothing for the holiday season. Check with the venue for any specific attire recommendations.

7. Can I get a group discount for Christmas show tickets? Some venues may offer group discounts for Christmas shows. Inquire at the ticketing office or visit the official website for information about group bookings and any available discounts.

8. Are there any free Christmas events or shows in Dubai? Some outdoor events or festivals may offer free shows or performances during the Christmas season in Dubai. Check out the events calendar and community listings for information on free Christmas entertainment.

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Christmas in Dubai – Best Places to Visit and Things to Do

Dubai, synonymous with opulence and innovation, may not have snow-covered streets, but it certainly knows how to celebrate Christmas in style. December in Dubai is when the city dons its festive attire, with glittering decorations, winter markets, and an array of events that make it an enchanting destination for Christmas enthusiasts.

Dubai’s diverse offerings during the Christmas season extend beyond the glitz of shopping malls and modern attractions. From the serene deserts to the traditional souks and charming cultural destinations, Dubai provides a wide range of experiences that cater to every taste. Embrace the magic of the season as you explore these unique places, creating unforgettable memories in a city that truly knows how to celebrate Christmas in style. Here are the best places to visit for Christmas in Dubai in December , ensuring you experience the magic of the season in this dynamic metropolis.

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Why Dubai for Christmas?

1. Festive Extravaganza:

Dubai is renowned for its grandeur, and Christmas is no exception. The city transforms into a dazzling display of lights, decorations, and festive events. From towering Christmas trees in shopping malls to mesmerizing firework displays, Dubai offers a unique and extravagant celebration.

2. Cultural Diversity:

Dubai’s multicultural population contributes to a diverse and inclusive Christmas celebration. Experience Christmas in a setting where different traditions and cultures blend, offering a unique blend of festivities. Attend midnight Mass at one of the city’s churches, enjoy international Christmas markets, and savor global cuisines that reflect the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere.

3. Luxurious Christmas Dining:

Dubai is a haven for food enthusiasts, and during Christmas, the city’s restaurants pull out all the stops to offer lavish festive menus. Enjoy Christmas brunches, traditional dinners, and gourmet experiences at the world’s finest restaurants. From panoramic views at Pierchic to themed brunches at  luxury hotels , Dubai’s dining scene ensures a memorable and indulgent Christmas celebration.

4. Glamorous Shopping:

Dubai is synonymous with shopping, and the Christmas season takes it to another level. Explore the city’s extravagant malls, where festive decorations, exclusive deals, and seasonal events create a wonderful experience. From high-end fashion to traditional souvenirs, Dubai offers a range of gifts for your loved ones.

5. Winter Markets and Festive Shopping:

Engage in authentic Christmas shopping at Dubai’s winter markets. The Ripe Market, located in various locations across the city, is a must-visit for unique gifts, handmade crafts, and delicious festive treats. The Dubai Winter Festival, held annually, is another highlight, featuring a winter market, Santa’s grotto, and a range of family-friendly activities. You can also step into the Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market and Christmas Market at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

6. Christmas Eve Fireworks:

No celebration in Dubai is complete without a spectacular fireworks display, and Christmas Eve is no exception. Head to iconic locations like the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, or the Dubai Festival City Mall to witness stunning lights and colors. The fireworks create a magical ambiance, marking the culmination of Christmas Eve festivities in the city.

Places to Visit in Dubai During Christmas

1.   mall of the emirates:.

The Mall of the Emirates is not just a shopping destination; it’s a winter wonderland during Christmas. Witness the grandeur of the towering Christmas tree adorned with twinkling lights and ornaments. Experience the thrill of a winter wonderland in the heart of the desert at Ski Dubai. The mall also hosts festive events, including visits from Santa Claus, live performances, and choir singing, creating a magical atmosphere for visitors of all ages.

2.   The Dubai Mall:

Dubai Mall

As the largest shopping mall in the world, the Dubai Mall goes all out to celebrate Christmas. Marvel at the impressive decorations, including giant Christmas trees, sparkling lights, and festive installations. Enjoy festive shopping with exclusive deals from renowned brands and explore the mall’s entertainment options, including the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, KidZania Dubai, Play DXB, Dubai Ice Rink and the iconic Dubai Fountain.

3. Desert Safari:

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Book Dubai’s desert safari tour   and explore the magnificent dunes. Tour companies provide discounted rates for spending Christmas and  New Year at desert camp . Visitors can witness the sunset over the golden sands while enjoying the fireworks displays and traditional Arabian entertainment. Enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars, try your hand at sandboarding, and create magical memories in the heart of the desert.

4.   Dubai Winter Festival:

The Dubai Winter Festival is a must-visit for those seeking a complete Christmas experience. The festival features a winter market with over 200 vendors offering unique gifts, crafts, and festive treats. Kids can meet Santa, and the whole family can enjoy live entertainment, funfair rides, and the enchanting snow park.

5.   Dubai Miracle Garden:

Dubai Miracle Garden is a floral paradise from November to February. Stroll through the garden’s pathways, adorned with Christmas-themed displays, including giant reindeer sculptures and floral arrangements of the heart’s passage, the butterfly passage, etc. Marvel at the replicas of iconic heritage sites like the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum. Savor international cuisine at several restaurants and cafes.

6.   Dubai Opera:

Dubai Opera

For a cultural Christmas experience, attend a festive performance at the Dubai Opera. The venue hosts special concerts and events featuring classic Christmas tunes, local and international artists, and captivating performances. Check the schedule for holiday-themed shows that add a touch of sophistication to your Christmas celebrations.

7.   Palm Jumeirah:

The iconic Palm Jumeirah becomes even more enchanting during December. Enjoy a stroll along the palm-shaped island, taking in the breathtaking views of the city skyline. Many hotels and resorts on the Palm offer festive dining experiences, beachside celebrations, and dazzling firework displays on New Year’s Eve, making it a perfect destination for a glamorous and unforgettable Christmas getaway.

8. City Walk:

City Walk transforms into a festive haven during December. The boulevards are lined with dazzling lights and decorations, creating a European-inspired Christmas atmosphere. Explore the boutiques, indulge in gourmet dining, and enjoy street performances that add a touch of holiday cheer to this trendy urban space.

9. Global Village:

Global Village Dubai

Global Village is a cultural and entertainment extravaganza that comes alive during winter. This multicultural destination housing 27 pavilions transforms into a festive hub. Enjoy live performances, sample international cuisines, and shop for unique Christmas gifts. The dazzling lights and holiday spirit make Global Village a must-visit during the Christmas season.

10. Shopping at Souks:

While Dubai is known for its modern shopping malls, the traditional souks offer a unique and authentic Christmas shopping experience. Head to the Gold Souk, Spice Souk, and Textile Souk in Old Dubai to explore narrow alleyways filled with the aroma of spices, glittering gold, and vibrant textiles. Pick up handmade crafts, traditional Arabic sweets, and unique trinkets for a Christmas celebration with a touch of local charm.

11. Christmas at Madinat Jumeirah:

Madinat Jumeirah Christmas Market

Madinat Jumeirah, with its enchanting waterways and traditional architecture, is a magical destination during Christmas. The resort hosts special events and dining experiences, including festive markets and carol singing. Enjoy a Christmas dinner with a view of the iconic Burj Al Arab, and take a leisurely abra boat ride through the serene canals for a truly romantic and festive experience.

12. Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace Dubai:

Winter Garden Dubai

Habtoor Palace Dubai transforms its gardens into a winter wonderland during December. The Winter Garden features festive decorations, twinkling lights, and a range of activities for the whole family. Enjoy seasonal treats, visit Santa’s Grotto, and participate in holiday-themed workshops. The Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace offers a charming retreat for those seeking a cozy and festive atmosphere.

13. The Irish Village Christmas Tree Lighting:

The Irish Village, a popular pub and restaurant in Dubai, hosts an annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony that marks the beginning of the festive season. Join the community in this joyful event when the decorated Christmas tree is illuminated, and the surrounding area comes alive with festive cheer. Enjoy live music, traditional Irish fare, and a warm and friendly atmosphere that captures the spirit of the festive season.

14. Festive Cruises:

Celebrate Christmas on the waters of the Arabian Gulf with a festive cruise. Many tour operators offer special Christmas-themed cruises, with a lavish dinner, live entertainment, and beautiful views of the Dubai skyline. Whether it is a traditional dhow cruise or a luxury yacht experience, sailing under the stars adds a touch of glamour to your Christmas celebrations.

15. Festive Lights at Dubai Garden Glow:

Dubai Gardern Glow

Dubai Garden Glow transforms into a mesmerizing display of lights during the Christmas season. The garden comes alive with colorful installations, glowing sculptures, and dazzling light displays that capture the magic of the holidays. Stroll through this illuminated wonderland with your loved ones, and don’t forget to capture the moments against the backdrop of the enchanting lights.

Tips for Visiting Dubai During Christmas:

1. Book Accommodations in Advance:

Christmas is a peak tourist season in Dubai. It is essential to book your accommodations and flight tickets well in advance. Whether you prefer a luxury hotel with a view or an all-inclusive stay, securing your reservation ensures you have the best options.

2.   Plan Your Itinerary:

Dubai offers several activities during the Christmas season, so plan your itinerary to make the most of your time. Consider including visits to festive markets, cultural events, and iconic landmarks to ensure a well-rounded holiday experience.

3. Check for Festive Events:

Keep an eye on the city’s event calendar for special Christmas events and performances. From carol concerts to tree lighting ceremonies, Dubai offers a range of festive activities that add an extra layer of magic to your holiday.

4. Dress Accordingly:

While Dubai’s winter is relatively mild, it is essential to dress appropriately. Pack layers for  cooler evenings  and indoor venues, and do not forget to bring comfortable footwear for exploring the city’s diverse attractions.

5. Experience Outdoor Activities:

Take advantage of the pleasant winter weather in Dubai by exploring outdoor activities. From desert safaris to beach outings, December provides an ideal climate for outdoor adventures.

6. Respect Cultural Sensitivities:

Dubai is a city that values cultural diversity, so be mindful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, covering shoulders and knees when visiting religious sites.


Christmas in Dubai is a unique and magical experience that combines the city’s modern extravagance with the warmth of festive traditions. From dazzling decorations and winter markets to skiing in the desert and enchanting performances, Dubai offers activities for everyone to enjoy during the holiday season . Plan and embrace the city’s festive spirit for a magical and unforgettable experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1) What are some unique experiences for celebrating Christmas in Dubai?

Skiing at Ski Dubai, taking a festive cruise along the Arabian Gulf coastline, experiencing the Dubai Winter Festival, and enjoying a Christmas Eve fireworks display are unique experiences that make celebrating Christmas in Dubai special.

2) Should you book accommodations in advance for a Christmas visit to Dubai?

Yes, it is advisable to book accommodations in advance, especially during the Christmas season, a peak tourist period in Dubai. It ensures you have a variety of options and secure the best rates.

3) What is the weather like in Dubai during Christmas?

December in Dubai has mild and pleasant weather. Daytime temperatures range from around 18 to 25 degrees Celsius (64 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit), making it a comfortable time to explore the city.

4) Are there any special Christmas events in Dubai?

Dubai hosts various special Christmas events, including festive markets, concerts, and tree-lighting ceremonies. Check the event calendars of malls, cultural venues, and entertainment hubs for the latest updates.

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Christmas & New Year in Dubai – Arab Gulf Cruise

Next Date: 22 Dec. 2023 – 2 Jan. 2024

Explore 5 Top Holiday cities in 10 Days (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Bahrain and Sir Bani Yas) this Christmas & new Year

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Celebrate Christmas and welcome the New Year in style with our ‘ Christmas & New Year in Dubai – Arab Gulf Cruise ‘ package. Get 1-month multiple entry UAE (Cruisers) visa for Nigerians.

Experience a world of excitement while onboard the luxurious Arabian Gulf cruise ship, with a wide array of thrilling activities and entertainment to keep you engaged throughout your voyage.

3 countries in 10 days!

United Arab Emirates

Discover the enchanting beauty of the Dubai Desert with our Desert Safari adventure, where golden sands and desert dunes await your exploration. And for those sports enthusiasts, we’ve got plenty of sports activities right onboard the cruise ship to keep you active and entertained.

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Note: Flight cost is included in this package.

Package Components:

The following are included in the package:

  • Flight Ticket (Lagos – Dubai – Lagos)
  • 1-month multiple entry UAE (Cruisers) visa for Nigerians
  • Qatar eVisa waiver
  • Bahrain eVisa waiver
  • Airport and SeaPort Transfers
  • 2 Night Accommodation in Dubai Hotel (3 star or 4 star options)
  • 7 Night Arabian Gulf Cruise
  • All Inclusive Meal plan on the cruise (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Breakfast in Hotel
  • Exciting activities while onboard the cruise ship.
  • Explore 5 Top Holiday Cities in 10 Days  (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Bahrain and Sir Bani Yas)
  • Dubai Desert Safari
  • Sports on Cruise ship

Package + Flight Ticket

P er Person Sharing     –    $3,300 Couple                           –    $6,450 

Package (excluding Flight)

P er Person Sharing     –    $2,050 Couple                           –    $3,950 Child (3+)                –    $470 Child (2+)                     –    $350 Infant (0 – 1)                –      $180

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Nigerian travellers need a visa to visit Dubai, however, it is already included in this package. You also get a Qatar and Bahrain eVisa waiver with this tour package. Additionally, please ensure that your international passport remains valid for at least six months before your scheduled departure date.

Visas are issued periodically and specifically inline with the package mentioned. Below are examples of what to expect as visas from the last trip edition.

For a yellow fever card, please contact us .

NB – Nigerians in the diaspora who wish to join this trip should indicate via email or call +234-906-307-0000 for visa consultations.

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Get ready for an exciting cruise adventure, exploring vibrant cities and enjoying the open sea. Here’s your itinerary:

Day 1 (December 22): Departure Today is the day you depart for your cruise adventure.

Day 2 (December 23): Arrival in Dubai & Embark on Cruise You’ll arrive in Dubai and embark on your cruise journey. Settle in and get ready for a fantastic voyage.

Day 3 (December 24): Doha, Qatar (Arrival 8:00 – Departure 18:00) Today, you’ll arrive in Doha, Qatar, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore this dynamic city. Enjoy the sights and sounds before your departure in the evening.

Day 4 (December 25): Bahrain, Bahrain (Arrival 08:00 – Departure 19:00) Experience the charm of Bahrain as you arrive in the morning and depart in the evening. Explore the local culture and attractions of this beautiful island nation.

Day 5 (December 26): At Sea (Cruise Activities) Today is a day at sea, allowing you to indulge in the various activities and amenities offered on the cruise ship. Relax, have fun, and take in the sea breeze.

Day 6 (December 27): Abu Dhabi, U.A.E (Arrival 07:00 – Departure 21:00) Explore the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. From cultural landmarks to modern marvels, there’s much to discover before your evening departure.

Day 7 (December 28): Sir Bani Yas, U.A.E (Arrival 08:00 – Departure 18:00) Enjoy the beauty of Sir Bani Yas, a natural paradise. Take part in activities on the island and make the most of your visit before departing in the evening.

Day 8 (December 29): Dubai, U.A.E (Arrival 09:00) Return to Dubai, where you’ll have the morning to explore or relax onboard. Your cruise adventure is coming to an end, but your journey in Dubai is just beginning.

Day 9 (December 30): Cruise Returns to Dubai, U.A.E – Night is Spent on the Cruise Your cruise returns to Dubai, and you’ll spend the night onboard, cherishing your final moments at sea.

Day 10 (December 31): Disembark & Check-in Hotel in Dubai Today, you’ll disembark from the cruise and check into your hotel in Dubai, getting ready for New Year’s Eve celebrations in this vibrant city.

Day 11 (January 1): Desert Safari Embark on a desert safari adventure, experiencing the mesmerizing Dubai desert landscape. Enjoy thrilling activities and a memorable evening under the stars.

Day 12 (January 2): Departure Today is the day of departure, marking the end of your incredible cruise and Dubai adventure.

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Terms & Condition

The trip offers exclusive access to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain for Nigerian citizens, hence, it is important to note the following:

  • The date for the trip is fixed, hence flight arrangements will be made first with the initial deposit.
  • The UAE Multiple entry visa is issued for the specific period of the package, however, you can extend your stay in the UAE or utilise the multiple entry as stated in the FAQ for this package.
  • Visas will be released within 2-5 days to the trip to avoid abuse of the visa. Hence, all subscribers are expected to abide by the entry date which is 22/23 December 2023.
  • Subscribers must not OVERSTAY the visa.
  • Breach of the payment plan stipulated or closing date will lead to forfeiture of deposited sum.

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The itinerary is subject to change due to force majeure. Terms & Conditions Apply. Call +234 906 307 0000 or email [email protected] for more information. NB: All paid bookings are subject to confirmation from AFARI Travels & Tours.

  • Departure Anywhere | Lagos
  • Departure Time 22 Dec 2023
  • Return Time 2 Jan 2024
  • Included Flight Ticket (Lagos - Dubai - Lagos) 1 month multiple entry UAE (Cruisers) visa for Nigerians. Qatar eVisa waiver Bahrain eVisa waiver Airport and SeaPort Transfers 2 Night Accommodation in Dubai Hotel 7 Night Arabian Gulf Cruise All Inclusive Meal plan on the cruise (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) Breakfast in Hotel Exciting activities while onboard the cruise ship. Explore 5 Top Holiday cities in 10 Days (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Bahrain and Sir Bani Yas) Dubai Desert Safari Sports on Cruise ship
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White snowflakes, frost on the cheeks, green Christmas trees, and sleighs drawn by deer are not what come to mind when we think of Christmas in Dubai.

However, this unique city can provide unconventional holiday pleasure, with shopping festivals, cozy lighting, skating rinks, food trucks serving delectable Christmas delicacies like Stollen and Gingerbread cookies, fake snow in the city center, and an outdoor movie theater playing new and classic New Year’s films and cartoons. We’ve focused on the newest venues and activities for December 2023 and January 2024 in our guide to winter fun in warm Dubai.

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A huge Christmas tree and a variety of festive themes will be on display at Winter District, all set against the striking background of the Museum of the Future.

What bright-light and leisurely walk fans can expect at the spot:

  • Shopping: here you will find new handmade decorations for the Christmas tree, mistletoes as the decorations for the front door, bright tinsels, scented candles, red stockings, gift wrapping, or gift boxes already prepared for every taste. Local clothing and jewelry stores will present new collections and bring an Arabian touch to the winter wonderland.
  • Snow Activities: Saddle up for some seasonal fun and go sledding, skating on the ice, or competing with others in the snow fight zone!
  • F&B Treats: The food kiosks will serve hot beverages, and hearty dishes of International cuisine (shawarma, crispy fried potatoes with sauces, sandwiches, and kebabs, will be on the menu as per photos from the district’s social media accounts), as well as classic Christmas desserts and even ice cream and fruit pops.
  • Kids’ Zone: Instagram assures you that the kid will be entertained. Apart from strolling and admiring the lights and decorations, the child can participate in master classes focused on appliqué, make natural materials crafts for the New Year, and decorate a wooden lamp in the form of a snowy house.
  • Santa’s Grotto: Encourage your kid to think miracles happen! In the heart of the winter district, the genuine Santa Claus will be waiting in his modest hideout, ready and willing to serve as a free model for your pictures!

The holiday festivities will feature a photo booth designed to resemble a charming ski resort, live music performances, interactive nativity plays, a gaming zone, a delectable chocolate bar, a whimsical carousel, and an exciting shooting gallery offering the chance to win a delightful toy.

  • Dates: 14 December 2023 – 4 January 2024
  • Timings: 2:00 PM-2:00 AM
  • Entry Fee/Ticket Price: Free
  • Location: Plaza Terrace, Jumeirah Emirates Towers

A spectacular Christmas tree at Al Wasl House, Santa’s Grotto, and a dedicated mailbox for letters to Santa are among the well-known attractions that you may still enjoy this year.

Additionally, you can now bring your furry canine friend to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus’s house.

Exciting new features are various themed photo zones, including a chance to snap a picture with the gingerbread man. The Mobility District will also introduce European Christmas-themed markets, a climbing wall, ziplines with an ice theme, and interactive activities where you can sing festive songs like “Jingle Bells” to celebrate the holiday spirit.

You can book your ticket through Platinumlist.  The entry fee is AED 20 for adults (from 15-19 December and from 25 December-7 January) and AED 50 for adults (from 20-24 December). Free for kids under 12 y.o.

  • Dates: 15 December 2023 – 7 January 2024
  • Timings: 3:00 PM-12:00 AM
  • Entry Fee/Ticket Price: Free for kids under 12 years old, AED 20/ adult (from 15-19 December and from 25 December-7 January) and AED 50/ adult (from 20-24 December)
  • Location: Expo City – Al Wasl Avenue – Dubai
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Winter Garden offers a delightful pet-friendly market area with various entertainment options. The Christmas festivities kick off on December 1st, with a photo booth session available for 16 AED at the Casa Pons kiosk. Adults can also indulge in a unique experience by creating their fragrance with Lablicious. For the little ones, there are kid-friendly activities, including play areas with drawing and coloring zones, inflatable pools and slides, and trampolines.

Visitors can also explore a diverse range of culinary delights from numerous kiosks, such as Lastpoint Café, Gourmet Turkish Ice Cream, Hangry Joe’s offering hot chicken and wings, authentic Italian cuisine at Locanda Da Vinci, sweet corn treats from Magic Corn, and delicious burgers from Flat Burger, among others.

Live entertainment will be featured throughout the festive season, with daily pop song performances from November 1st to December 31st, national day celebrations on December 2nd, and a lineup of Christmas hits and festive songs from December 3rd to December 31st. The entertainment continues into the new year, with jazz and pop performances from January 1st to January 31st, 2024.

  • Dates: 1 November 2023 – 31 January 2024
  • Timings: 4:00 PM-12:00 AM
  • Entry Fee/Ticket Price: 25 AED (fully redeemable on F&B)
  • Location: Al Habtoor City – Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai

Oli Oli, a renowned children’s play museum in Dubai, is currently hosting a captivating temporary exhibition called “Winterland.”

This impressive exhibition features the UAE’s largest miniature winter village, complete with over 700 intricately crafted pieces, including landmarks, joyful citizens, and the Winterland Express. Visitors can immerse themselves in the enchanting atmosphere of Winterland, enjoy winter activities and explore the charming miniature village.

The exhibition is open during regular museum hours, allowing guests to experience the magic of Winterland as part of their visit to OliOli.  Additionally, guests can enjoy a unique opportunity to engage with this delightful seasonal display during their visit to the museum.

  • Dates: now open
  • Timings:  Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Friday&Sunday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Entry Fee/Ticket Price:  AED 149 for 1 Child + 1 Adult (Standard Plus Ticket)
  • Location: 62 4 A St – Al Quoz – Al Quoz 1 – Dubai

Global Village magically transforms into a wintry wonderland with a beautiful Christmas tree and captivating activities as the holiday season draws near. The tiniest Santa Claus from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is among the highlights. In addition, the park will still have 27 pavilions that represent different parts of the world, giving guests the chance to learn about and experience a variety of Christmas customs from around the world. Notably, Tuesdays are reserved just for women and families, guaranteeing a unique experience for them.

  • Dates: will be announced later
  • Timings: Sunday to Wednesday 4:00 PM-12:00 AM, Thursday to Saturday 4:00 PM-1:00 AM
  • Entry Fee/Ticket Price: from 22.5 AED
  • Location: 38C5+F57 – Dubai

For not snowy, but a vibrant and floral adventure, head over to the Dubai Miracle Garden . This unique outdoor family environment is exclusively open during the autumn-winter season and boasts an impressive display of over 150 million flowers, captivating umbrella passages, and a range of kid-friendly attractions such as the Smurf Village and a serene lake park. During weekends, visitors can enjoy mesmerizing shows featuring Indian dancers, acrobats, neon displays, and drum performances starting from 6:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

The garden also features a variety of shops offering spices, teas, oriental perfumes, sandy souvenirs, Arabic dresses, and traditional costumes, providing a truly immersive experience. When it comes to food and beverages, visitors can indulge in delectable offerings such as shawarmas at Shawarma City, doughnuts starting from 10 AED at Krispy Kreme, and dessert kiosks serving fruit salad for 30 AED, as well as delicious pizzas at Rukun Al Sham.

  • Timings: Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM-9:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM-11:00 PM
  • Entry Fee/Ticket Price: 95 AED (adults), 80 AED (children 3-12 y.o.), free (children under 3 y.o)
  • Location: Street 3 – Al Barsha – Al Barsha South – Dubai

For Christmas 2023, Dubai Parks and Resorts will become a jolly wonderland with a variety of entertaining events and attractions suitable for all ages. With spectacular decorations, holiday-themed entertainment, and special events occurring all year long, visitors can anticipate being completely engrossed in the festive spirit.

A large Christmas tree with shimmering lights and ornaments will be the center of attention for the joyous celebrations in the park. In addition, visitors can anticipate captivating attractions like interactive activities, performances with a festive theme, and exceptional photo ops.

  • Timings: depends on the park. Check
  • Entry Fee/Ticket Price: from 330 AED, free for children under 3 y.o
  • Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai

Christmas 2023 on the Dubai Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise liner promises to be a memorable and enchanting experience with its festive offers.

Visitors can expect a festive tree lighting ceremony with Santa Claus creating a magical atmosphere for all onboard (50 AED per person) or with an extra buffet dinner (from 195 AED per person). Additionally, the ship will host special performances, live music, and entertainment to spread the holiday cheer.

Guests can indulge in traditional Christmas dining experiences, featuring delectable festive Afternoon Tea on weekends from 3 PM to 6:30 PM (from 175 AED), special holiday treats at Queens Grill (from 495 per adult and 295 per kid 8-12 y.o.) and Lido Restaurant (from 395 AED per adult and 95 AED per kid 6-11 y.o.) right on the 25 th of December from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM.

  • Dates: 8 December 2023 – Tree Lighting Ceremony; 25 December 2023 – Lunch at Lido Restaurant or Queens Grill;
  • Timings: 5:30 PM onwards – Tree Lighting Ceremony;
  • Entry fee/Ticket Price: from 50 AED, free (children under 5 y.o.)
  • Location: Bur Dubai – Port Rashid – Dubai

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Covering an expansive area of 1,750 square meters, the market serves as a vibrant hub for family-friendly activities and a delightful destination for all your Christmas shopping needs.

Kids can enjoy exciting rides on small trains or carousels, participate in engaging master classes to craft their own gingerbread house and learn about the traditional abra boats, all while wondering if Santa can navigate this unique floating vehicle.

A captivating feature of the market is the towering 10-meter Christmas tree, serving as the focal point for mesmerizing light and music shows. After all the festive fun, visitors can indulge in holiday shopping and savor delicious treats offered at the market.

For those traveling to the market, it’s advisable to pre-book a taxi, as parking availability is limited.

  • Timings: Monday to Thursday 3:00 PM-12:00 AM, Friday to Sunday 12:00 PM-12:00 AM
  • Entry fee/Ticket Price: Free
  • Location: Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Events Centre, Madinat Jumeirah – King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St – Dubai

Discover the captivating Christmas markets at Dubai Festival City Mall, brimming with joyous décor and a warm, festive atmosphere. The markets provide a fantastic selection of food and drink establishments, enabling guests to savor both traditional and seasonal fare. In addition, visitors can participate in interesting sports, art, entertainment, and yoga classes taught by professionals, giving them the chance to pick up new abilities.

The opportunity to take priceless pictures with adored characters like Pluma and other whimsical figures dressed charmingly is one of the best parts of the Christmas markets. These photo ops offer a dreamy setting for treasured Christmas memories.

Also, you can enjoy The IMAGINE show, a record-breaking attraction that has earned two Guinness World Records in its first year. It features a unique sensory experience using light, water, and fire. The show timings are as follows: Weekdays (Mon – Thu): 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Weekends (Fri – Sun): 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM. And it is absolutely free for all the visitors.

  • Dates: 1 December 2023 – 31 December 2023
  • Timings: Monday to Thursday 5:00 PM-10:00 PM, Friday to Sunday 5:00 PM-12:00 AM
  • Location: Crescent Rd – Dubai Festival City – Dubai

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Enjoy an exquisite Christmas Day Brunch with an array of delicious Pan-Asian dishes and limitless beverages. Experience the infectious vibe of the brunch while taking in a wide variety of live performances that are sure to make you feel cheerful. Only on Christmas Day from 1 PM to 4 PM at the bar located at Grosvenor House.

At AED 450 per person, the package comes with soft drinks; hops and grapes are included in the AED 550 per individual option. The AED 650 per individual package, which guarantees an incredibly decadent celebration, offers a selection of high-quality drinks for those looking for a premium experience.

A magnificent feast at this Irish Pub located on JLT next to Bonnington containing the traditional holiday favorites of roast turkey and ham, together with a variety of delicious sides, will leave you ready to experience the essence of Christmas. Take in the festive atmosphere and live entertainment on December 25 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For AED 499, indulge in the premium package and treat yourself to a sumptuous meal. Instead, choose the soft package, which costs AED 225, for a fun party that includes a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. A wonderful Christmas feast for the entire family may be guaranteed with the kids’ package, which is offered for AED 155 for those under the age of twelve.

Enjoy a lavish Christmas Day celebration from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Café Nikki, where you may indulge in a delicious feast. Enjoy the textures of classic grilled Atlantic salmon, roasted Norbest turkey breast, and a delectable assortment of housemade bread and sweets, all set against the breathtaking setting of Café Nikki.

Choose from an array of exclusive packages to enhance your festive experience:

  • For a premium indulgence, the Christmas buffet brunch priced at AED 850 per person includes Champagne, house spirits, house wines, cocktails, beers, and soft beverages.
  • Opt for the Christmas buffet brunch at AED 650 per person, offering house spirits, house wines, cocktails, beers, and soft beverages.
  • The Christmas buffet brunch with soft beverages is available at AED 500 per person, providing a delightful non-alcoholic dining experience.
  • Children under 12 can join the celebration for AED 250, ensuring a memorable Christmas feast for the whole family.
  • Entertainment includes a live duo band, a resident DJ, a special visit from Santa, and post-brunch access to the pool and beach until sunset, ensuring a festive celebration to remember.

Savor the festive season at Sofitel’s Manava and Porterhouse Steaks & Grills, where Christmas brunches come alive with live music and entertainment. Manava goes the extra mile with face painting, balloon shows, magic tricks, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Meanwhile, Porterhouse Steaks & Grills sets the stage for a musical journey through pop hits, offering an exclusive dining experience for adults and teens aged 12 and older.

Come on December 25, 2023, from 1 pm to 4 pm, and choose from a range of exclusive packages to elevate your Christmas celebration:

  • Embrace the spirit of the season with the alcohol package priced at 599 AED per adult, ensuring a festive experience filled with merriment.
  • Opt for the non-alcohol package at 485 AED per adult, offering a delightful dining experience for those seeking a non-alcoholic celebration.
  • Young adults aged 12 to 20 can join the festivities for 280 AED, creating cherished holiday memories with loved ones.
  • Children aged 6 to 11 are invited to partake in the Christmas brunch for 140 AED, ensuring a joyful celebration for the whole family.

Experience an unforgettable Christmas Day celebration at Crescendo , where you may lose yourself in a symphony of live music and festive treats. Savor an abundance of delicious food options, accompanied by a selection of fine drinks, including wonderful sparkling treats.

Come celebrate the occasion on December 25, 2023, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Select from a variety of special packages to make your holiday experience even more memorable:

  • Children aged 6 to 11 are invited to partake in the Christmas celebration for AED 245, ensuring a delightful experience with soft beverages.
  • Indulge in the festive ambiance with the package priced at AED 515 per person, offering a delightful dining experience with soft beverages.
  • Elevate your experience with the house beverages and Prosecco package priced at AED 735 per person, ensuring a truly indulgent celebration.
  • For a premium experience, the package priced at AED 875 per person includes Champagne and a house package, ensuring a truly luxurious celebration.

Experience the magic of Christmas with live music, surprises from Santa, and a feast to remember at Crescendo.

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Ho-ho-ho, Santa is waiting for you! Until December 22nd, join us for a magical encounter with Santa for 150 AED, which includes a printed photo with Santa, a special gift, a comforting cup of hot chocolate, and cozy fleece gloves. Secure your time slot in advance to ensure a memorable meeting with Santa.

On December 23rd and 24th, continue the enchantment with a Santa meeting for 175 AED, featuring the same delightful offerings.

For families, the Family Meets Santa package is available for 550 AED, including 4 surprise gifts crafted by Santa’s elves and a cherished printed family photo.

For an extra dose of fun, opt for the Meet Santa & Snow Park package for 300 AED, which includes all the Santa meeting perks plus entry to the Snow Park with 7 thrilling attractions.

A delightful breakfast with Santa awaits you at 8:00 AM for 150 AED. Your Christmas meal comes with a chance to take photos with Santa and a surprise each day from the significant Advent Calendar, making for a happy start to the day.

  • Dates: 1 December 2023 – 25 December 2023
  • Timings: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM (advance booking required)
  • Entry fee/Ticket Price: from 150 AED
  • Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd – Al Barsha – Al Barsha 1 – Dubai

Imagine a winter wonderland in a hot city! At the Dubai Ice Rink , you can escape the heat and experience the thrill of gliding across the ice. Lace up your skates and get ready to immerse yourself in the joy of figure skating. If you’re new to the sport or looking to improve your skills, consider hiring a seasoned trainer with over 30 years of expertise to guide you through the intricacies of figure skating (instruction starts from AED 190).

  • Timings: 10:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Entry fee/Ticket Price: from 110 AED
  • Location: Unit GF – 207 – Dubai Mall – Financial Center Rd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai

Getting into the spirit of Christmas and New Year’s Eve can be achieved by watching the timeless holiday film, Home Alone. This is a special offer that is quite cozy: it’s at a height of 210 meters, with a stunning view of the Arabian Gulf, a large screen, and the chance to refuel with canapés and sparkling wine! Only those who are at least 21 years old may attend the session. Since there are only 50 spots available, be sure to book your spot.

  • Dates: 8 December 2023
  • Timings: 8:30 PM-11:00 PM
  • Entry fee/Ticket Price: from 600 AED
  • Location: Aura Skypool, Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Tower – 50th Floor – The Palm Jumeirah – Dubai

Prepare for the return of JBR Winter Nights in 2023, which will turn the waterfront promenade into a lively weekend getaway spot. Accept an enthralling schedule of live acts, outdoor film screenings, kid-friendly activities, and a variety of food and retail options.

Holiday faves like «Home Alone», «The Grinch Stole Christmas», and «Jingle All the Way» will enchant viewers as the season draws near, bringing a mysterious ambiance to everyone.

  • Dates: 21 October 2023 – 21 January 2024
  • Timings: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Entry fee/Ticket Price: free
  • Location: Rimal JBR

Watch The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Home Alone for free at JLT Cinema Under The Stars. 

  • Dates: 4 November 2023 – 2 March 2024
  • Timings: 7:30 PM
  • Entry Fee/Ticket Price: free
  • Location: JLT Park, Cluster Q

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Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is a spectacular event that provides a wide range of shopping opportunities, entertainment options, and family-friendly events during the winter period. Along with a full schedule of events that includes fashion presentations, live music, and fireworks, visitors will receive exceptional shopping offers and promotions from a variety of brands. The festival also offers gourmet festivals, lottery draws with amazing prize opportunities and cultural activities.

  • Dates: 8 December 2023 – 14 January 2024
  • Timings: depends on the mall or store
  • Location: 3,500+ shopping venues

With the Snow Show of Slava Polunin , an amazing fusion of creative performances, enchanting fairy tales, and circus clownery, you may enter a world of enchantment and wonder. Audiences of all ages are expected to find this immersive experience to be both instructive and enjoyable. Slava Polunin, a global star known for his lively performances aimed towards kids, brings his Snow Show to the renowned Dubai Opera.

Take in this enchanted sight from December 8th to the 10th. The show will take place twice a day on December 9 and 10 at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM, starting on December 8 at 8:00 PM. There are tickets available for 225 AED.

  • Dates: 8 December 2023 – 10 December 2023
  • Timings: 8 December 2023 8:00 PM-9:30 PM, 9 December & 10 December 3:00 PM-4:30 PM, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
  • Entry fee/Ticket Price: from 225 AED
  • Location: Dubai Opera, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai

Experience the enchanting world of James Matthew Barrie’s timeless fairytale brought to life in a truly unique format f rom December 15th to 26th, 2023 at the Theatre by QE2. This captivating production merges the artistry of seasoned actors with a mesmerizing musical score and cutting-edge LED backdrop, crafting a visually stunning and immersive experience. With vibrant costumes, captivating choreography, and seamless aerial feats, this live entertainment promises to transport you into a world where the impossible becomes possible. Secure your tickets, available from 75 AED, for an unforgettable journey into the magic of Neverland.

  • Dates: 15 December 2023 – 26 December 2023
  • Timings: 15 December 2023 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, 16-17, 19-24, 25 December 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
  • Entry fee/Ticket Price: from 75 AED
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth 2 – Port Rashid – Dubai

Visit Fairmont The Palm Ballroom to enter a world of magic and see a captivating musical pantomime that immortalizes the ageless story of the strong Beast and the clever Bella. Enjoy a bewitching experience that will take you to a realm of romance and enchantment when you immerse yourself in the captivating production of Beauty & the Beast from December 14–26. The opportunity to take part in an extraordinary trip into the timeless tale of love and transformation is offered at 75 AED per person.

  • Dates: 14 December 2023 – 26 December 2023
  • Timings: 14 December 2023 6:00 PM-8:00 PM; 15 December 2:00 PM-4:00 PM, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM; 16-17, 19-23 December 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM; 24 December 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM; 26 December 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
  • Location: Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah – The Palm Jumeirah – Dubai
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Witness a spectacular performance of the beloved classic ballet, The Nutcracker , presented by the Ballet Theatre and State Opera Orchestra of Astana from Kazakhstan. From December 15th to 17th, 2023, prepare to be enchanted by this timeless production, as the captivating sounds of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Pas De Deux fill the air of Dubai Opera, evoking a sense of wonder and delight. Immerse yourself in this magical experience, where the cost of tickets ranges from 300 to 800 AED for VIP stalls, ensuring an unforgettable evening of exquisite artistry and musical brilliance.

  • Dates: 15 December 2023 – 17 December 2023
  • Timings: 15 December 2023 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, 16 December 2:00 PM-4:00 PM, 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, 17 December 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • Entry fee/Ticket Price: from 300 AED

The ideal Christmas treat for young children is Dear Santa , which will be held over two days on December 8 and 9 at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s Theatre. Rod Campbell’s cleverly entertaining manner is on full display on stage, complete with comedy, lots of audience engagement, and Christmas music galore.

In the novel Dear Santa, Santa describes his tenacity in giving Sarah the best Christmas gift ever. However, things don’t work out and he doesn’t understand it at first!

The best part is that your kids can have a conversation with Santa Claus right after the show. This enjoyment starts at 150 AED.

  • Dates: 8 December 2023 – 9 December 2023
  • Timings: 8 December 2023 3:00 PM-3:55 PM, 5:30 PM-6:25 PM, 9 December 11:00 AM-11:55 AM, 2:30 PM-3:25 PM
  • Location: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Crescent Rd – The Palm Jumeirah – Dubai

As you can see, there are a lot of inexpensive or even free activities in our choices for Dubai’s Christmas season. We also suggest that you check the establishments’ official websites and social media accounts, as some may not have the most recent information on winter events. Put on the red cap to make yourself appear like Santa’s elf helper, read our Christmas guide, and take in Dubai’s blasting New Year’s vibes.

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Hallmark Announces First Immersive Christmas Experience — with Appearances from Its Stars! (Exclusive)

The event will take place every weekend from Nov. 29 through Dec. 23 in Kansas City, Mo. just outside of Hallmark’s headquarters

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Hallmark fans are in for another festive treat this holiday season! 

As the company prepares to host its highly anticipated Christmas cruise in November, they have an extra surprise up their sleeves for holiday lovers — their first-ever Hallmark Christmas Experience. 

Hallmark and Hallmark Media will be hosting the immersive event at the Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., which is also where the brand’s headquarters is located. Every weekend from Nov. 29 through Dec. 23, fans will have the opportunity to meet Hallmark movie stars from their favorite holiday films. 

Some of the 37 special guests include Jonathan Bennett , Lacey Chabert , Tyler Hynes , Wes Brown , Ashley Williams , Nikki DeLoach , Andie MacDowell , Rachel Boston , Aimee Garcia , Pascale Hutton, Benjamin Ayres, Paul Campbell , Taylor Cole, Crystal Lowe, Brendan Penny, and Kavan Smith.

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Hallmark lovers can also participate in a range of free activities and paid VIP packages offered through the experience. 

Ticketed activities include photo ops with holiday stars, behind-the-scenes panels, movie marathons, breakfast with Santa, curated workshops with Hallmark artists and more. Tickets officially go on sale on Thursday, May 16 at 11 a.m. ET. 

Additional activities include trying out the venue’s themed food and drinks, embarking on a magical ice skating excursion, and marveling at tree lighting ceremonies featuring one of the tallest Christmas trees in the world.

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“Creating ways to help people celebrate and connect is at the very core of our brand DNA at Hallmark, especially during the holiday season,” says Lindsey Roy, Hallmark’s SVP, Brand Development. “We are so excited to bring this uniquely Hallmark experience to life, and can't wait to watch people find joy and make memories together." 

All year round, fans can learn about the history of Hallmark for free at the Hallmark Visitors Center located at the Crown Center (the same location as the Christmas experience). 

In July 2023, fans were buzzing with excitement when the company announced its first-ever Christmas cruise . The floating winter wonderland is set to embark on a magical journey to the Bahamas with two separate sailings in November — and yes, holiday movie stars will also be on board!

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The cruise will be hosted on the Norwegian Gem and offer a number of immersive activities, such as meet-and-greets with the stars, behind-the-scenes panels, the premiere of a new Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas movie and more.

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The best river cruises for boutique European cruising

From wine tasting along the Douro to Italian feasts with top chefs in Venice, browse the most amazing river cruise itineraries

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From the Douro to the Rhine , Europe has some of the world's most scenic rivers that are best experienced on a small ship, where you can sail from little towns to historic cities via relaxing long stretches of countryside.

We've rounded up the best river cruises for boutique sailing, selecting those that combine the most carefully put-together itineraries aboard the loveliest ships, including a super-luxe option to explore the Venetian Lagoon in autumn 2024.

River cruises are also the perfect introduction to cruise holidays for first-timers, while those who already know and love the joy of discovering destinations by small ship will enjoy exploring new itineraries accompanied by famous faces, such as chef James Martin and historian Lucy Worsley .

Here are Good Housekeeping's pick of the best river cruises for exploring Europe's wonderful rivers, plus a few options for those who want to travel further afield.

Sail the magical Venetian Lagoon and hear Russell Watson sing

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Venice is a captivating city, almost frozen in time, where astoundingly beautiful buildings line a maze of canals — it's no wonder the sheer decadence of this place captures the hearts of so many. Part of the thrill of visiting Venice is getting swept up in its narrow streets, peering into windows displaying intricately painted masks and feasting on plates of risotto in piazzas. Join Good Housekeeping's fantastic music-themed Venice cruise with world-renowned tenor Russell Watson, which includes an exclusive intimate concert in this stunning and historic city and seven nights on board a luxury ship. You'll explore the lagoon's elegant waterways aboard S.S La Venezia. It's an incredible eight-day itinerary that takes you around the Venetian Lagoon to visit places such as Chioggia, Torcello, Mazzorbo and Burano.

S.S. La Venezia matches Venice's splendour in its opulent fittings, filled with accents that honour its location, including exquisite Venetian masks and Murano glass. Everything's included on this five-star cruise, from delicious food and wines to a choice of excursions around the islands.

When? October 2024


Taste Portuguese wines on a Douro River cruise

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The gorgeous Douro Valley is an enchanting and peaceful pocket of Portugal, famed for its port wine and loved for its storybook-style beauty. Terraced vineyards rise steeply from the winding river and are dotted with whitewashed Quintas - the region's terracotta-roofed wine estates - making it a particularly scenic area for a relaxing river cruise.

Sit on the sundeck of a ship to watch the scenery pass by, and delight your palate with some of Portugal’s most sensational wines on an eight-day round-trip cruise on the Douro River. You'll be able to explore the area and learn more about its port production — with plenty of opportunities to sample it yourself on visits to rustic Quintas

After arriving in Porto to board the A-ROSA ALVA, you’ll sail to Régua, a pretty riverfront town that’s produced port since the 18th century. You'll follow the Douro, hopping from place to place to where Portugal borders Spain before turning back. A highlight is visiting a Quinta in Pinhão where, depending on the season, you might get to take part in the traditional grape harvest, picking and crushing the grapes underfoot .

When? June and September 2024

Visit Germany's famous Christmas markets along the Rhine

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There are so many enchanting cities and villages along the banks of the Rhine, and they really come into their own in December. Germany is famed for its atmospheric Christmas markets, and many of the best in the country can be found along the Rhine, making a Christmassy cruise a fabulous way to explore them.

There's Mainz, one of the oldest cities in Germany, where you can visit a historic Christmas market on the Domplatz, set against a backdrop of the illuminated Mainz Cathedral. You'll want to visit Koblenz too, a city considered to have one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany, and one of the largest in the Rhineland.

Join Good Housekeeping for a festive voyage along the Rhine on the the beautiful ship A-ROSA Aqua and you'll visit Mainz and Koblenz as well as Frankfurt and Cologne, where the market takes place right in front of the famous Cologne Cathedral.

On board your ship you'll find a sauna, fitness area, and whirlpool to enjoy between your market trips, and ample breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets in the ship's lovely dining venues.

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Glide along the Danube and see the Lipizzaner horses in Vienna

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The banks of the Danube have seen the rise and fall of empires and provided inspiration to some of Europe's greatest artists and composers. This grand river winds its way past mysterious hillside castles and ancient medieval towns and meanders through a range of culture-rich cities, including four European capitals . A river cruise is an unbeatable way to explore some of the cities straddling the Danube, allowing you to visit several towns, villages and cities on one trip, without having to organise local transport yourself.

One of the finest cities that the Danube flows through is Vienna, once the home of Mozart, where manicured gardens, chic coffee houses and baroque palaces will have you feeling like you've stepped back in time. It's also the home of the Royal Lipizzaner Stables at the Spanish Riding School, where grand Lipizzan horses perform a mesmerising type of equine ballet. On Good Housekeeping's Danube River cruise you can visit the Royal Lipizzaner Stables with historian Lucy Worsley. You'll enjoy an aperitif and a talk before watching the training of the young stallions in the imperial atmosphere of the Baroque winter riding school, as classical Viennese music plays.

When? September 2024

Sail further afield with a cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia

sunrise view of popular tourist attraction ancient temple complex angkor wat with reflected in lake siem reap, cambodia

While Europe has more than its fair share of enchanting rivers, you're also spoilt for choice if you fancy a river cruise further afield.

Asia has several waterways which provide ideal routes for discovering new countries and cultures. Flowing through Myanmar, China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, the Mekong is one of the longest rivers in the world and home to an incredible range of wildlife.

It makes the ideal destination for a river cruise that combines culture, delicious cuisine and wildlife-spotting. You might spot species like the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin, giant freshwater stingray and giant catfish swimming alongside you.

Good Housekeeping is offering an immersive adventure along the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam. You'll sail in a Luxury Balcony suite aboard the Mekong Jewel, a luxurious and beautifully decorated ship, to visit unforgettable sights like the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat temples and incredible cities like Phnom Penh and Hanoi.

There'll be ample opportunities to learn about the turbulent history of the region too, with visits to the infamous Killing Fields and a glimpse of the Viet Cong's network of tunnels dating back to the Vietnam War.

When? December 2024

Enjoy an Italian feast with James Martin in Venice

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One thing that's synonymous with Italy is good food, and that's exactly what you can enjoy on this eight-day sailing around Venice and the Veneto region.

Tick off Venice's spectacular sights, including the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Basilica, which you'll visit after dark on our Good Housekeeping cruise . As part of our GH trip, you'll also get VIP access to the Doge's Palace, the stunning Venetian Gothic palace that dates back to 1340.

Sailing on the luxurious S.S. La Venezia , which accommodates only 126 guests and has a wonderfully intimate feel, you'll also visit the colourful, charming islands of Burano (pictured above), Mazzorbo and Torcello, all situated in the Lagoon of Venice.

If all of that wasn't exciting enough, the cherry on top will be meeting acclaimed chef James Martin, who will join you on board for the day to give a talk and partake in a Q&A and book-signing session. In addition, the much-loved Saturday Morning host will cook a delectable gala dinner one evening, too.

Discover local traditions as you sail the Ganges in a luxury ship

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Another Asian adventure awaits on the Ganges, India's most sacred river. Sailing along this important body of water allows you a unique insight into life along its banks. It meanders 2,500km through the country from its starting point high in the Himalayas down through sprawling cities, tiny villages, and spectacular nature.

A Ganges cruise is a wonderful way to see some of India's best attractions, with highlights including the Rajbari temple complex in Kalna, the artisan village of Matiari, and the neoclassical Hazarduari Palace in Murshidabad.

Join Good Houskeeping's once-in-a-lifetime tour of India , which includes seven-night cruising in luxury down the Ganges. After exploring India's Golden Triangle – including a trip to witness both sunset and sunrise over the iconic Taj Mahal – you'll board the opulent Ganges Voyager II, a spectacular ship adorned with hand-painted murals, to explore the culture and history on the river banks. Of course, another highlight of India holiday is the cuisine, and you'll be joined on board by Michelin-starred British-Indian chef Atul Kochhar, who will share his passion for Indian cooking in a live demonstration.

When? November 2024

Discover the wonders of Egypt and sail the Nile

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A brilliant option if you're itching to explore another continent is Egypt, where the Nile holds awe-inspiring archaeological treasures along its banks.

A cruise along this fabled river allows you to easily visit magnificent temples like Kom Ombo, Philae, and Edfu and to see the Valley of the Kings, the ancient burial grounds of Egyptian royalty. There are several more fascinating monuments to see along the way, including the towering twin statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Join a cruise along the Nile with Good Housekeeping and you'll see all this and more while sailing on board the exceptional luxury ship, River Tosca. Making this river cruise even more special is the company of historian and author Lucy Worsley.

Lucy is an expert in Agatha Christie, who took inspiration from this region for one of her most famous works, Death on the Nile. You'll have afternoon tea at the hotel which features in the novel and Lucy will share her knowledge of the famous author's work during several Q&As and talks.

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