WEEKEND HOTLIST: 12 Things To Do During The Christmas Weekend


The weekend is here and it brings with it so much to do!

Here are a bunch of fun things to check out so you can start the fun this Christmas weekend

Merry Christmas to all!


12. Banyan Tree has got you covered for the whole festive season

Banyan Tree Dubai has opened its doors and announced some fabulously festive activities to ensure you all have an amazing Christmas! Embark on a journey of culinary delights, festive entertainment, and rejuvenating spa treatments…

From heartwarming Christmas dinners to a spectacular New Year’s Eve gala, Banyan Tree Dubai has something to offer everyone, ensuring an unforgettable holiday experience for you and your loved ones.

Where? Banyan Tree, Blue Waters Island

When? Christmas eve, Christmas Day, New Year!

All the info here!

Make your bookings here ASAP! For more information, please call +971 4 556 6666 or email guestservice-dubai@banyantree.com 

11. DM us right now and get 2 tickets to Nucleya live at Zero Gravity

FASTEST FINGERS FIRST! (I feel generous) A special festive surprise for you for reading this. DM us with the code: WEEKEND and we will send you 2 tickets to Nucleya live at Zero Gravity.- CLOSED! (winner selected)

Prepare to immerse yourself in the world of music crafted by India’s No. 1 electronic music producer, Nucleya, who has single-handedly forged a distinctive bass music lexicon unique to India. Nucleya, also known as Udyan Sagar, stands as one of the most prominent and influential independent artists in the Indian music scene.

Where? Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina

When? Saturday, December 23

Time? Doors open at 8pm

Tickets start at AED 150, Book here! 


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10. Treat yourself to a delightful warm beverage as you cosy up at home

Because taking a break is sometimes the best gift you can give yourself.

Check out our Top 10 Hot Chocolate list here 

OR go OG and check out our Top 10 Karak list here.

Served best with the lovely weather!

9. Make your Christmas Day plans

Feeling naughty or nice?

These amazing Christmas packages and deals are going to have you singing carols out loud. All the festivities and cheer to keep you having the most wonderful time of the year- it doesn’t matter if you’re naughty or nice!

CHECK OUT: 21 Christmas Brunches In Dubai To Have A Jolly Good Time!

8. Messfest will be taking over the OliOli® outdoor area

Get ready to jump into the messy fun with crazy colours, epic bubbles, and muddy volcanoes at the messiest and most memorable event of the year!

Kids will dive into sensory-rich activities with sand, water, and paint, fostering creativity, curiosity, and fine motor skills. These experiences will be discovered in awesome stations such as Paint Palooza, Splash Mania and Mud Madness, each offering the messiest and most exciting activities – plus an unmissable show to end the day, including rainbow fountains and epic experiments that will leave you in awe!

Secure your spot with early bird offers starting from AED 95 for a 1-hour session for 1 Child + 1 Adult, available until December 24th, 2023, or while stocks last.

Where? Al Quoz

When? Dec 25 to 30

7. There’s a FREE Snow day at Gymboree Play and Music

As the festive season approaches, Gymboree Play & Music Dubai is offering a Free entry to its Snow Day. The early childhood development centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland.

The Snow Day event promises a winter wonderland experience for children, complete with real snow and an array of activities to spark the holiday spirit. Children will have the opportunity to play in real snow, create snowmen, engage in snowball fights, and enjoy the thrill of a snowy day. Kids can also look forward to surprises and treats, including free giveaways, and meet and greets.

Where? Springs Souq Dubai

When? Sunday, Dec 24

Time? 11 am to 2 pm

Registrations: +971504646500 or info@gymboreeclasses.ae

6. Check out ÒAK- a new Asian inspired woodfire restaurant and lounge

A new culinary destination is set to make waves in Dubai. ÒAK, an Asian-inspired, woodfire concept restaurant with lounge. With its authentic yet modern Asian cuisine, artistic presentation, and captivating ambience, ÒAK has become a favourite hotspot for dining, socializing, and entertainment.

Where? Umm Sequim 3, Villa Number 2, Jumeirah 3

Time? 1 pm – 12 am
When? Monday to Sunday
Reservations? Call +971547944441 https://www.sevenrooms.com/reservations/oak

5. Delicious Christmas Brunches by Marriott Bonvoy

Here are a few participating outlets that’ll guide you to flavor town and ensure your festive season is as delicious as it gets.

  • Above Eleven
  • Akira Black
  • Al Hadiqa Restaurant
  • BASTA!
  • Bliss Lounge
  • Bounty Beets
  • Jones the Grocer
  • Prime68

Join and become a member of Marriot Bonvoy for free today and enjoy exclusive benefits till the 31st of December 2023.

Download the More Cravings app now to enjoy a fuss-free festive season across their collection of exceptional restaurants here!

4. Magical Experience at Winter City – Expo Dubai

Bringing the festive holiday cheer to the kiddos right here in Dubai. In fact, Santa, Mrs Claus, the elves and the reindeer are ready to welcome you at the Winter City!

Not only is it going to celebrate the lovely season but it’ll tackle the topics of climate awareness and greener living. This is your invitation to join Santa’s mission to save the North Pole from the impacts of global climate change.

Don’t miss out on the 5 magical experiences of Santa’s House, Frosty’s Farmhouse, Santa’s Toy Factory, Letters To Santa, Mrs. Claus’ Bakery and much more.

When? December 15 – January 7

Where? Al Wasl Plaza, Expo City Dubai

Price? AED20 for entry


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3. Wonderland Experience at Wafi City!

Are you ready for a magic fix that will make your holiday season truly special? Look no further than Wafi City, your ultimate destination for all things jolly and joyful.

Prepare to be dazzled by the sight of one of Dubai’s tallest Christmas trees, a magnificent 52-foot-tall masterpiece that will leave you in awe.

Capture picture perfect moments with your friends and family, visit Santa’s Grotto and join in for live music and entertainment

When? December 7 – December 24

Time? 8:30 am – 9:30 pm

P.S: If you Buy a grotto ticket you automatically enter the raffle draw for a chance to win 15,000 Dirhams worth of Wafi City gift vouchers, along with exciting giveaway prizes. Your holiday wishes might just come true!

2. Christmas Eve Dinner at The Ritz Carlton RAK

Enjoy a family style Christmas dinner at Shore House. Dwell in the feast fit for the festive season with main course inclusive of traditional roasted turkey and an array of side dishes, along with a glass of bubbles.

Where? Shore House, The Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

When? Sunday, Dec 24

Time? 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Price? AED 250 per person

Advanced reservations are required

1. Appreciate the slow with Heinz

Heinz hijacks F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi by performing a race of its own. While everyone was talking about speed during Abu Dhabi Formula 1 grand prix, Heinz is changing the narrative by having the slowest race. 

Get set for an adventure with SlowMaster57™. A true test of patience and a fun twist to your usual routine. SlowMaster 57™️ in four simple steps:
3. GO

Swing by @hiveboardgamecafe for a fun session with your pals or visit @talabatuae today to get your hands on this Heinz exclusive.

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