It’s that time of the year again- when you want to pick special presents for loved ones, buy Christmas decors for home and just soak in the festive spirit with friends and family. With festive season in full swing, Dubai’s shopping malls are buzzing with sales and discounts, but there are also some wonderful traditional Christmas markets in Dubai that can offer a unique seasonal shopping experience along with fun-filled activities for the entire family. Below is our round-up of Christmas markets in Dubai and festive fairs you’d love to attend:
Marina Souq – 6th Dec
Marina Souq is a monthly market offering trendy and exclusive fashion and lifestyle goods. From Home Decor to Fashion, Kids Wear to Accessories, it is one of the popular markets you must check out for all your Christmas gifts and treats.
Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017, from 9 am to 6 pm
Venue: Arabian Ranches Polo Club, Dubai
Winter Market at Dubai Winter Festival – 6th to 9th Dec
Now in its 6th year, the Dubai Winter Festival is everything you love about Christmas, all in one place. Visit Santa’s grotto, shop at the winter market, build a snowman, have a snowball fight, watch the official tree lighting ceremony, experience the thrill of the funfair and enjoy live stage performances! There are loads of fun things to do for the entire family. The winter market at the festival is UAE’s largest Festive Christmas Market. From real leather bags, Art prints, Jewellery, Home Decor, cupcakes, toys, pottery and many more unique treats, you are sure to be able to pick up the perfect Christmas present for your friends and loved ones!
Entry: Buy tickets on http://dubaiwinterfestival.com/tickets/
Venue: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Date: 6th December – 9th December 2017
Timings: 4pm – 10pm
Arabian Ranches Christmas Market Day – 8th Dec
Arabian Ranches Christmas market day offers a fun filled evening for the whole family with numerous entertainment activities like face painting, bouncy castles, games for kids, food and several tables selling pre-loved items and handmade stuff.
Date: Friday, 8th December 2017
Venue: Village Green, behind ALMA, Arabian Ranches, Dubai
ARTE Christmas Festive Market at Wafi- 9th to 11th Dec
ARTE is the UAE’s specialist and largest bi-monthly handmade urban arts and craft market, featuring work from a eclectic community of makers living & creating right here in the UAE. Find up to 150 contemporary and highly original makers and designers and shop items as diverse as fine and casual jewellery, visual arts from photography to water colours to oils & mixed media, clothing by local designers, gourmet foods, toys, sculpture, fine pottery, woodwork, furniture, stained glass, accessories and much more. ARTE’s Christmas Edition Festive Market will be held at Wafi Mall, near the Big Christmas Tree that goes up every year at Wafi.
Venue: Wafi Mall, Dubai
Date: 9th to 11th December 2017
Timings: from 10 am
DBS Winter Wonderland – Dec 7th
Dubai British School winter wonderland offers a festive market along with seasonal activities, entertainment and fun for all the family. ARTE, The Makers Market be will there too, so you’ll be able to stock up on some amazing and unique Christmas gifts from their wide range of handmade goods and crafts stalls. Festive zones include:
– Santa’s Grotto at the North Pole
– Jack Frost Games Stalls
– Snowflake Souq
– Polar Bear Photo Booth
– Frostie’s Food Court Rudolph’s
– Play Zone Enchanted Forest
Date: 13th December 2017
Venue: Dubai British School, Springs/Emirates Hills, Dubai
Madinat Jumeirah Christmas Market – 16th to 27th Dec
Get your dose of festive fun at the Madinat Jumeirah Christmas market! Spread across a 1,750 square metres, the festive market is a beautiful winter wonderland with a large, glittering Christmas tree in the center, a lovely Christmas market and various rides and attractions creating magical moments for the entire family. Attractions for kids include a snow park where children can enjoy snow fights and make their favourite snow-man, ride a mini polar express train, take an abra ride, decorate the gingerbread house and cookie garden. Entry to the market is free but the rides and other children’s attractions have an entrance fee.
Venue: Madinat Jumeirah / Souq Madinat
Date: 16th to 27th December 2017
Timings: 3pm to 1am on weekdays and 12pm to 1 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Christmas Market at Reform Social and Grill – 9th Dec
Held in the beautiful garden at Reform Social and Grill, you can enjoy a fun weekend of shopping, eating and drinking with your family and friends with a special Christmas feel. Find over 30 vendors selling trendy bags, clothes, beachwear and accessories. There’s also festive themed face painting, festive arts and crafts, Magic Phil shows and of course Santa’s grotto to keep all of the family entertained!
Venue: Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Hills, Dubai
Date: 9th December 2017
Timings: 12 pm to 6 pm
Pretty Chic Christmas Market – 9th Dec
Enjoy a Pik-Nik in the beautiful gardens at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi and shop with Pretty Chic market on the lawns. The market will have 15 local boutiques showcasing the latest trends in fashion, accessories, homeware and much more. Visitors can enjoy live music, kids entertainment, bouncy castle and of course the gorgoeus picnic hampers for 4 for AED 250!
Date: Saturday, 9th Dec 2017
Venue: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah.
Baby Bazaar – 9th Dec
To buy some quality pre-loved baby, toddler and maternity clothes and items, head to the popular Baby Bazaar. This month the festive edition of Baby Bazaar will be held on 9th December 2017.
Venue: Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Timings: 9am – 2pm.