It’s that time of the year again-when you want to pick some special presents for the people you love, buy stuff to decorate your home and just soak in the festive spirit. With the festive season in full swing, the next couple of weeks in Dubai are all about Christmas and shopping! While the Malls are bustling with sales and discounts, the traditional Christmas markets in Dubai are not to be missed out. Below is our round-up of Christmas markets in Dubai and festive fairs that can offer you that unique seasonal shopping experience and fun-filled activities:
Marina Souq – 7th 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: 7th December 2016
Venue: Fishing Harbour, Umm Suqueim/Jumeirah, Dubai
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
Date: 7th December 2016
Venue: Dubai British School, Springs/Emirates Hills, Dubai
Winter Market at Dubai Winter Festival – 8,9,10 Dec
Now in its 5th year, the Dubai Winter Festival is everything you love about Christmas, all in one place. From Santo’s grotto and Christmas tree lighting to a buzzing winter market, 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: 8 December – 10 December 2016
Timings: Thursday, 8 Dec 4pm – 10pm, Friday 9 Dec 3pm – 10pm, Saturday 10 Dec 12pm – 6pm.
Arabian Ranches Christmas Market Day – 9 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, 9th December 2016
Venue: Village Green, behind ALMA, Arabian Ranches, Duabi
Festive Baby Bazaar – 10 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 on Saturday, 10th December 2016.
Venue: Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Timings: 9am – 2pm.
ARTE Christmas Edition Festive Market -16 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 have some amazing workshops & activities to make this time of year special for the whole family!
Venue: Time Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Date: Friday, 16th December 2016
Timings: 12pm to 7pm
Madinat Jumeirah Christmas Market – 17th 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, alovely 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: 17th to 27th December 2016
Timings: 3pm to 1am on weekdays and 12pm to 1 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Family Winter Fair at Reform Social and Grill – 15, 16, 17 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 some hottest boutiques selling trendy bags, clothes, beachwear and accessories.
Venue: Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Hills, Dubai
Date: 15-17th December 2015
Timings: 15 Dec – Thursday – 5 to 10 PM – Music, Santa & Fun for Kids
16 Dec – Friday – 12 noon to 10 PM – Market, Santa & Fun for Kids
17 Dec – Saturday – 12 noon to 6 PM – Market, Santa & Fun for Kids
Pretty Chic Christmas Market – 17 Dec
Pretty Chic market will have 20 of favourite Dubai boutiques as well as live music, kids entertainment, bouncy castle and of course the gorgoeus picnic hampers!
Date: Saturday, 17 Dec 2016
Venue: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah.
Life-Sized Gingerbread House and Festive Market at JW Marriott Marquis
Made using 600kg of flour, 500kg of honey, 150kg of sugar, 30 litres of milk, 60kg of spices, 250kg of icing sugar, 150 litres of egg and 5 litres of lemon juice, the impressive Gingerbread house makes for serious eye-candy. Discover the atmospheric Festive market, where guests can enjoy exquisite cakes made by the acclaimed cake artist, a roasted chestnut cart, hot toddies, mulled wine and more. Guests can even purchase festive hampers to take home or give away as gifts.
Date: 4 – 26 Dec (Open 24 hours a day)
Venue: JW Marriot Marquis
Festive Family Carnival at Arabian Ranches Golf Club – 15 Dec
The fun festive carnival will offer a host of colourful activities including face painting, bouncy castle, drumming session and more. This is just a fun carnival, there won’t be a market on this day. (However, Arabian Ranches will be have a Christmas Market Day on 9th Dec)
Venue: Water’s Edge, Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Time: 4pm-9 pm
Price: AED 180 per adult and AED 125 per child inclusive of soft beverages
Marina Promenade Kids Fun Zone – 23 Dec
A public event for small kids featuring kids activities, covered play area, Mascots, Clowns, Face Painting and games. Open to all. This event will not be having a market.
Date: 23rd Dec 2016
Venue: Marina Promenade outside The Waves by Damac tower in Dubai Marina.