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Christmas tree lighting ceremonies that will make you feel totally festive

The first weeks of December are officially the time when it’s OK to flaunt your Christmas tree and these Dubai hotels certainly have done that.

Now they want to show of their spruces and fantastic firs at a series of tree lighting ceremonies that are free to attend and full of fun.

(update the Steigenberger’s tree lighting ceremony is Tuesday, not Wednesday as previously published).

Monday, 4th December

Christmas Tree Irish Village

Irish Village, Garhoud

Irish Village, Garhoud

Don your most outrageous seasonal wear and head to the always-welcoming Irish Village for home-baked mince pies, mulled seasonal beverages and one huge tree that’s going to light up the skies.

Free. From 7pm-10pm. 04 2824750


Tuesday, 5th December

Movenpick IBG Christmas tree lighting media

Movenpick IBG

Novotel Dubai Al Barsha

A special visitor from the North Pole will pay a visit to this tree lighting extravaganza and if that isn’t exciting enough, there’s a gingerbread house, hot chocolate and the chance to win prizes.

Free. Opp Sharaf DG Metro Station. 4.30pm-6.30pm.


Movenpick IBG

Perfect for Discovery Gardens dwellers, the Movenpick’s tree lighting event begins at 6pm with the big show 30 minutes after that.

Free. Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate. 6pm. 04 444 0000.


Steigenberger Business Bay

German hospitality abounds with a traditional Christmas Wish ceremony at Swim & Tonic Pool Bar and Lounge, serenaded by the German International School Choir. Complimentary winter beverages will be handed out too.

Hang about for an outdoor movie screening of seasonal classics Home Alone and A Charlie Brown Christmas. The film screening is free for kids and AED 50 for adults.

Free. 6.30pm-8pm. Al Abraj Street, Business Bay. 4 369 0000.


Wednesday, 6th December

Raffles Christmas Tree_low

Raffles, Oud Metha

Ritz Carlton, DIFC

Gather in the hotel lobby on Wednesday, where a carol-singing choir will greet guests. Come peckish, because there will also be seasonal canapés, goodies and traditional beverages.

Free. Gate Village, DIFC. From 5pm. 04 372 2222.


Raffles, Oud Metha

Get in to the holiday spirit and watch as Raffles Dubai’s magical 20-foot high Christmas tree is lit up with hundreds of twinkling lights! Raffles’ Christmas choir and a mystery guest in red and white will make for plenty of family fun.

Free. From 6pm, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha. 04 342 8888


Intercontinental Dubai Marina

Picture perfect moments with loved ones are a cert as the lights of this Christmas tree shine bright. Traditional tunes, seasonal treats and nibbles complete the occasion.

Accents Restaurant, Bay Central. Free. From 6pm. Reservations on


Fairmont The Palm

See Santa in action at the lavish lobby of Fairmont The Palm. A choir from Safa Community School will hit all the right notes to raise seasonal spirits.

Free. From 5pm. Palm Jumeirah. 04 457 3388.


Thursday, 7th December 

West 14th Christmas Tree

West 14th Christmas Tree

DUKES Dubai – West 14th

Nothing says Christmas in Dubai like a beachside tree lighting ceremony. Head to Dukes’ Manhattan-style grill for 6pm and see the lights go on at 6.30pm.

Free. From 6pm. West 14th, DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeirah. 04 447 7601.


Grand Hyatt Dubai

Feel the magic in the air as the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Panini marks the beginning of the festive Christmas season, albeit surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

Free. 6pm-8pm. Riyadh Street, Sheikh Rashid Road. 04 317 1234.


TIME Oak Hotel & Suites

Work in or around Barsha Heights? Swing by TIME Oak Hotel & Suites for a tree-lighting ceremony that sure to put a festive spring in your step.

Free. From 6pm. TIME Oak Hotel & Suites, Abdulla Omran Tayram Street. 04 437 7888.


TIME Grand Hotel

This neighbourhood hotel welcomes us all to an afternoon tree lighting in the older side of town.

Free. From 4pm. TIME Grand Plaza Hotel – Damascus Road, Al Qusais. 04 233 4444.


Sunday, 10th December

Towers Rotana

Gather your tuneful colleagues, friends and family – winners of the hotel’s talent competition will get a slot to sing at the annual tree lighting ceremony. See them in action from 7pm.

Free. From 7pm. Sheikh Zayed Road. 04 343 8000.



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