Christmas is most certainly one of the best times of the year for family activities and events in Dubai. From the Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market, lighting up The Pointe Tree, delightful performances and a new Christmas Market at Dubai Opera, the Hillhouse Brasserie Christmas Brunch to an afternoon tea with Santa at Choix and some lovely pantos,  there is something for everyone. PLUS, this Christmas British Mums will also be hosting an exclusive event for small business owners, so do make sure you keep an eye on the British Mums website and the British Mums Dubai Facebook group so you don’t miss out!

16 days of Christmas fun at Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market

The Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market promises 16 days of fun activities for the young and the young at heart! From Santa visits, to a snow fight zone and bungee jumping, there is something for all ages. While the kids are having fun and taking in the spirit of Christmas, you can enjoy a wide array of delicious festive food and beverages. You can also expect a live band, with Santa visiting every day at 5pm and 7pm, gingerbread house decoration, Abra tours with Santa and cookie decoration!

What: Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market.

Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre.

When: 13th to 28th December 2019, Sunday to Wednesday, 3pm till late, Thursday to Saturday, 12pm till late. 24th and 25th December timings are from 12pm till late

Cost: Free.

To book: No need to book but visit the Jumeirah website for more information.

Light-up The Pointe Tree


What better way is there to start the festive season than lighting up The Pointe Tree? Bring the family to view the light up of The Pointe Tree on the beach side on 13th December and enjoy lots of festivities on the day! From festive musical and dance shows, a festive market, choir singing, games and ice rink to snowball festive photo opportunities and give away dining experiences from different restaurants. Best of all, Santa and his elves will be there to meet the little ones!

What: Light-up The Pointe Tree.

Where: The Pointe Palm Jumeirah

When: Festivities take place weekends from 6th – 25th December with lighting of the  Tree taking place  13th December.

Cost: Free.

To book: No need to book but visit The Pointe’s website for more information.

Christmas at Dubai Opera is the perfect treat

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Dubai Opera where there’s something for everyone! From the new Dubai Opera Christmas Market, to Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Handel’s Messiah’, ‘Jingle Bell Favourites’, ‘Music in the Studio’ and ‘The South’, this festive season Dubai Opera will be the only place you will want to be – and that’s not all! Dubai Opera visitors will enjoy pop-up performances by local community groups, delicious festive treats, warm beverages and market stalls. Don’t forget to bring your kids along to visit Santa Claus!

What: Christmas at Dubai Opera

Where: Dubai Opera.

When: 4th December to 14th December 2019.

Cost: AED 125 – AED 475 / Free entry to Market and Foyer performances.

To book: Please email or visit the Dubai Opera website.

Hillhouse Brasserie Christmas Market

If you’re looking for a day of festive fun for the entire family, head to the hills on Friday 29th November from 10am to 6pm! Hillhouse Brasserie in collaboration with Tiny Bean Events are bringing you the much awaited Hillhouse Christmas Market. You can enjoy breakfast or brunch and then stroll around the market whilst the children are entertained with a magic show by Magic Phil, a bouncy castle and of course – a special visit from Santa!

What: Hillhouse Brasserie Christmas Market.

Where: Hillhouse Brasserie – Dubai Hills Golf Club.

When: 29th November, 10am to 6pm

Cost: AED 195 which includes soft beverages, AED 345 which includes house beverages and AED 445 which includes sparkling wine. Kids under 12 are AED 95 whilst children under 6 join in for free.

To book: Please call 800 – 666 – 353, email or visit the Hillhouse Brasserie website.

An Afternoon Tea with Santa at Choix

Spend a magical afternoon tea with Santa himself at Choix! Bring your friends and family and enjoy delicate finger sandwiches, delicious pastries and mouth-watering cakes with a Parisian twist. This fabulous event is taking place on 21st December, so one day only! There’s even a special kids version of this festive afternoon tea and every little one will get the chance to meet Santa and take home a sweet treat. Best get booking, ladies, because the kids will love this!

What: Afternoon tea with Santa at Choix.

Where: InterContinental Dubai Festival City.

When: 21st December, 3:30pm – 5pm.

Cost: AED 149 per person and AED 75 per child.

To book: Please call 04 701 1127/8 or email or visit the Choix website.

Pantomimes: Magic Phil, Cinderella and Peter Pan delights this Christmas

Join Children’s Magician and Radio Star Magic Phil as he takes you on another fun-filled Pantomime Adventure on 13th December. Magic Phil brings you a show full of songs, dance, illusions and non – stop audience interaction with a traditional style British Pantomime and adaptation of the famous story ‘Wind in The Willows’. There are three shows, taking place at 10am, 1.30pm and 5.30pm. Book your tickets here.

The annual Dubai Panto is back again this year, this time with Cinderella from 18th to 27th December. Cinderella is everyone’s favourite fairy tale, which will be told in classic British musical theatre style with sumptuous sets, colourful costumes, musical magic, comedy capers, and plenty of audience participation. Taking place at Fairmont The Palm this year, you can look forward to a magical theatre in their ballroom and a very special festive treat for all the family! Book your tickets here.

Flying onto the QE2 for the Festive season, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell bring you a magical adventure. Join our high-flying hero on 24th December who refuses to grow up as he transports Wendy, John and Michael to Neverland on an adventure they will ever forget as we set sail for the ultimate pirate pantomime adventure. Book your tickets here.

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