Let’s get in the festive spirit! It’s time to get holly and jolly and if you don’t have space for a Christmas tree in your home, here’s where you can see some of the most fantastic firs.
Sunday, 9th November
Novotel Al Barsha
Young carollers and a special guest from the North Pole make sure of a special evening as the Novotel Al Barsha’s tree is lit up. Join them on Sunday and let the festive feels flow.
4.30pm-6.30pm. Novotel Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, behind Sharaf DG Metro Station. 04 304 9000.
Dubai Festival City Mall
Tree lighting goes 21st century at Festival City. Santa Claus’s rocked up on the shopping centre’s helipad to unleash a winter wonderland of carolling, festive-themed IMAGINE laser and light shows and the promise of snow falling outside at Festival Bay. Now he’s hit the switch, you’ll see lights on the whopper of a tree all the way from Business Bay Bridge too.
Festival City Mall. Meet Santa 3pm-10pm weekdays and 4pm-11pm weekends (From AED 50). Snowfalls are hourly and the special festive IMAGINE show stars after sunset. www.facebook.com/DubaiFestivalCityMall
Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates
Santa Claus came to town again and brought with him so many baked goodies that his red suit may have needed a quick stop off at Megastitch (our tailors of choice in Al Barsha). He’s back attending to Christmas business, leaving this stately tree for us to admire after doing our own seasonal shopping.
Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha. 04 377 2000.
The already stunning lobby of Raffles is brimming with festive flair. The hotel’s towering tree lit up and the signature afternoon tea also receives a seasonal twist – it’s served in the newly-festive lobby lounge from 2pm-7pm.
Afternoon tea from AED 290 for two. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha. 04 342 8888.
Fairmont The Palm
Rock around the Christmas tree at Fairmont the Palm, then treat yourself to a hot chocolate in the Mashrabiya Lounge (AED 40).
Lobby of Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. 04 457 3457
While the Irish Village can’t promise you the white Christmas you might enjoy in its homeland, the giant tree in the pub garden is one of the loveliest around. The traditional watering hole starts its 12 days of Christmas countdown from 12th December, with a starter, traditional roast and seasonal pud available from 12pm until 11pm every day (AED 160).
Free entry. Next to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud. 04 282 4750.
Head to the Habtoor and admire magnificent tree in the glorious Versailles Garden. Arrive after 3pm to browse a festive market and maybe pick up some presents while you’re there.
Festive Market, Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resort. 3pm-12am daily, until 21st December. 04 275 1542.
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate
Fire up your holiday spirit as the Mövenpick’s towering Christmas tree to officially welcome the festive season. On Fridays in December, the hotel’s family brunch has its own Christmas market too, so you can scoff and shop.
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Christmas Bazaar Brunch. Fridays in December from 12.30pm-4pm. Packages from AED 340 per person. To book, call 04 444 5613.