List Of Dubai's Best 2018 Christmas Markets Worth The Trip
19 July, 2019

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

Shop for gifts this Christmas Season as you tread across the city

Do you see? It’s almost Christmas! And it’s okay to dress the tree with beautiful ornaments and hang starlights over 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 waves of laughter and giggles.

The season of advent sounds wonderful, filled with cravings for food, toned up carols and meet-ups with Santa. Now is the time to slip off and shop a Christmas tree, sing along and indulge in 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 festivity matters? No! The people celebrating Christmas in Dubai get no feel of snowfall but they can 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 take a snapshot with him and get a free gift for behaving well the entire year. If you are 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 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 to understand why only humans can celebrate the festive seasons through a heartwarming play titled ‘The Night Before Christmas’. The 50-minute play, which is family and kids, will be shown in Madinat Theater.

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

Prick up to the live German-inspired carol concert and go hit some snowballs for more fun and entertainment.

Extravagant Festive Feel At Habtoor Palace

Habtoor Palace will be hosting one of the best Dubai Christmas markets from December 4th to 21st of this year. The market features huge festive treat with Winter Garden market along with dazzling decorations and activities to enjoy.

You can also enjoy a beautiful rendition 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, a 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 completely different experience of Christmas holiday with your munchkins as you head into the Falcon Kids’ Club. You and your baby boy/girl can 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 the gingerbread house decoration, face painting, and screening of Christmas movies this winter season.

Grab the best Dubai Christmas festive- themed brunch which can be availed at the price of 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.  

Enjoy 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 centers 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

Drop 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” will be sharing festive traditions.

A new recommendation for a complete exploration of the mall; transform into Winter Wonderland. It offers beautiful seasonal decorations, alluring photo moments and lots of complimentary fun activities. There are some free of charge adventures for your kids such as 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 away 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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