List Of Dubai’s Best 2018 Christmas Markets Worth The Trip

Shop for gifts this Christmas festive as you treat across the city

Do you see? It’s almost Christmas! And it’s okay to dress the tree with beautiful ornaments as a decoration and starlights hanging out the windows. Do you also hear what I hear too? Ah! The sound of the bells ringing, carols sung inside the church, Christmas songs being belted out in the cars and people sharing their recipes of cake and turkey with some weird waves of laughter and giggles.

The season of advent sounds wonderful filled with cravings for food, toned up carols and bump into Santa. But now is the time to slip off and shop a Christmas tree, sing along and carve in for some shopping.

So why not check out some of Dubai’s astounding festive markets this year – and treat yourself while picking up some best presents. Cheer in the holiday season into the aura of Christmas. Have a holly jolly Christmas in the city of Skyscrapers, Dubai.

Do you think the place of festive matters? No! For people celebrating Christmas in Dubai get no feel of snowfall but in return, they get the feeling of tenderness and magic.

Here is an ultimate guide for places to visit in Dubai this Christmas to celebrate festive markets as a holiday treat this 2018:

Greet the Santa at Maison Mathis Santa’s Grotto

First up things to do in Dubai for Christmas activities, get started from Santa’s Grotto at the restaurant Maison Mathis in Arabian Ranches. Their unique and exclusive 2018 edition – the Winter Wonderland is featuring a meet and greet with the Santa every Monday for the kids.

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The little ones will get a chance to snapshot with him and get a free gift for behaving good the entire year. If planning to stay in Arabian Ranches, you have to get your kids here and celebrate Christmas in Dubai.

Fort Island’s Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah

Soak up some festive cheer at Madinat Jumeirah as it welcomes back the annual Festive Market this year from December 20th to 28th. From riding on an Abra boat with Santa to German-inspired market featuring the exclusive 1,750 square meter winter wonderland for kids including dozens of slides and games, a North Pole train for the little ones and a giant snowball zone to keep your little one busy.

Get to know the story of a tiny mouse who sets a journey on understanding of why only humans can celebrate the festive seasons by a heartwarming play on “The Night Before Christmas” to be shown in Madinat theater with 50 minutes of perfect show for family and kids aged from three to seven.

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For adults, there will be traditional foods such as roasted chestnuts and seasonal beverages, as well as festive menus at many of the restaurants inside the resort.  

Reform Social & Grill Dubai

Catch the magic with a return of Christmas event at Reform Social and Grill Dubai for a long weekend night. Enjoy the Christmas treats as you shop for some gifts, catch in the action of Magic Phil with some tricks (a magician), and ask your kids or brothers/sisters to write a letter to their secret gift man – the Santa himself before meeting them.

Prick up your hears with live carol concerts inspired by German markets and go hit some snowballs fighting for more fun and entertainment by yourself.

Extravagant festive feel at Habtoor Palace

One of the best Dubai Christmas markets, this hotel will be hosting from December 4th to 21st of this year. Huge festive treat with Winter Garden market meshed into dazzling decorations and activities to enjoy.

A big featuring of Christmas carols – enchanting winter wonderland inside the hotel’s beautiful gardens, along with fun rides for kids and delicious festive food treats.

Cherish the moments every day (above mentioned dates) from 3 pm until midnight. Get yourself a chance to meet Santa, as he will be visiting each day at 6 pm. On the first night of the festive market at Habtoor Palace Christmas tree will be lit up to bring a festive feel.

Christmas Family Fair at Palm Jumeirah

Take the plunge at the Fairmont The Palm this coming Saturday, December 22 from 2 pm to 4 pm for a complete different experience of Christmas holiday with your munchkins as you head into the Falcon Kids’ Club, where you and your baby boy/girl meet Santa and click some pictures to create a beautiful winter memory. Thinking of what’s more? Pitch in to decorate the Gingerbread House and have fun shopping around the plaza of festivals.

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Dubai Themed Festive

Christmas isn’t a season, it’s a feeling. A feeling of miraculous warmth of joy for each other, so let’s indulge in a festive-themed culinary surprise down the city. Get into the winter spirit that’s happening on 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th December 2018 at Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta.

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With these wonderful events like watching the live cooking, stroll in for some special Christmas beverages and kiddos can whack through some exciting activities including gingerbread house decoration, face painting, and screening of Christmas movies this winter season.

Grab the best Dubai Christmas brunch avail at the price of festive- themed, AED 340 with soft drinks and AED 445 with house beverages.

La Farine Dubai

Visit an impressive life-size giant gingerbread house, an entrance outside of La Farine Cafe & Bakery this whole December.  

Take joy strolling around the pop-up market, where the guests can purchase the seasonal gift hampers to take back home and chow down the samples of delicious seasonal cakes, handmade waffles, hot chocolate and strawberry fondue on offers. This can be the magical time of the year for everyone celebrating Christmas tradition in Dubai.

Christmas Grand Events in the MOE (Mall of the Emirates)

Knock yourself to the year of Festive offers with bodacious experiences in the Mall Of The Emirates. Encounter some titillating music, heart throbbing entertainments, shopping centres including decorative ornaments and traditional Christmas eateries, and of course a precious and special meet and greet with Santa. Stopover at MOE for more shopping and fun, if you live near or in the Al Barsha community, come and celebrate Christmas from December 7th to 25th.

A Brr… Juman Winter at BurJuman

Pop into another Mall in Dubai for Christmas celebrations, the BurJuman. Join in the Fa La La this December 6th to January 10th, 2019, from 2 pm – 10 pm. A powerful, popular, bigger and better award-winning event called “ A Very Brr…Juman Winter” sharing a festive tradition.

A new recommendation for a complete makeover of the mall; transform into Winter Wonderland, with beautiful seasonal decorations, alluring photo moments, and lots of complimentary fun activities. Some free of charge + unlimited adventures for your kids, Ice Skating, dressing the snowman, separate snow fight zones for kids between 2 to 4 years and 4 to 12 years of age.

The clock is already ticking down for you to buy gifts for your family and friends. Soak up some early festive cheer with a trip to a Christmas market with us.


2018 Dubai Christmas Markets

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  

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Regina Phalange

A Travel Blogger & Content Writer by profession but a Dancer by choice. Regina with her roots from North-East India, Tripura, her love for nature is in her blood. Traveling, eating and sharing stories of her travel journey are the things she enjoys the most. She believes in sustainable living just as she believes in Solo traveling. Reaching the top of Mount Everest is on her priority list and she is sincerely striving for it to happen. She often backpacks and nurtures the journey to the fullest with impromptu plans. She is a True Travel Animal!

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