Residents can ring the bell at the happiest time of the year with light shows, shopping sprees and Christmas-themed treats
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Like every year, shopping malls, restaurants and public places in the UAE are dressed in festive colors for the holiday season. Christmas trees, giant red Santa Claus mailboxes, and winter markets can be found in public spaces across the country.
Residents of the UAE can ring the bell at the happiest time of the year with light shows, shopping sprees, and Christmas-themed treats. Here is a list of the ten best Christmas attractions in the United Arab Emirates.
1. Global festive traditions at Dubai Expo 2020
From December 20 to 27, the Expo 2020 Dubai site will be a festive wonderland filled with Christmas trees, Santa boxes and other decors that honor tradition with a modern twist. Don’t forget to check out the 3D printed snowflakes at the Czech Republic Pavilion and Lucia’s 400-year-old tradition at the Sweden Pavilion on December 27.
2. Have you seen Santa Claus parachute in Global Village?
Last weekend, Santa Claus parachuted into Global Village to light up the tree and start the festive fireworks display. Global Village’s now famous teddy bears have donned their Santa hats all around the park to add to the festive atmosphere.
3. The Festive Brictacular at Legoland
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Fancy a Christmas tree made entirely of Lego bricks? Legoland Dubai has it covered. The kid-friendly destination kicked off its daily Christmas countdown on December 5 and will run through December 25 in Miniland.
4. Experience the Imagine show at the Dubai Festival City Mall
The Winter Wonderland will delight guests through December 30 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily with highlights including an elf workshop, daily tree lighting, and a letterbox for sending letters to Santa Claus.
5. Festive family fun at Madinat Jumeirah
Until December 30, revelers can enjoy popular local favorites, including the annual Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market, which features a popular ice rink and seasonal treats such as hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts.
6. Winter fun in shopping malls: Explore the decor of the Mall of the Emirates and Wafi Mall
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Mall of the Emirates hosts its annual festive market, where people can discover a carbon neutral LED Christmas tree that changes color. Like every year, Wafi Mall has done everything to offer residents of the United Arab Emirates an unforgettable December.
seven. Furry friends enjoy hanging Christmas tree
My Second Home Dog Park and Day Center has festive decorations, including a giant hanging tree.
8. Witness the wonders of ballet with The Nutcracker
The Dubai Opera will be filled with Tchaikovsky’s most recognizable songs, including the Flower Waltz and the Plum Fairy Dance, as dancers from the Russian State Ballet bring the famous Nutcracker story to life. December 23 to 25.
9. Drone Shows on Santa’s Secret Island and Snow Caves at Bluewaters
Santa turns all Bluewaters into his personal secret island. From December 17 to 26, the tranquil island paradise will transform into a snowy winter paradise with exciting activities and sites for the whole family.
ten. Create your own gingerbread house
Popular Mister Baker Bakery offers a custom, fully assembled and decorated gingerbread house that can be ordered online or in store for Dh180 and is a perfect decorative item for any festive setup! Or get the Gingerbread House DIY Kit, which includes walls, a roof and a door to assemble your own house. The mounting tray, royal icing and decorations are included and there is only one instruction: have fun while you decorate.