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YOUR ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN CALENDAR
- Aquarius magazine
- Published: 16:27 November 29, 2012
Your festive calendar
FRIDAY DECEMBER 21ST
WATCH A PANTO... at the Madinat Theatre. No Christmas is complete without a trip to a traditional panto and this year sees The Wizard of Oz playing at The Madinat Theatre, until December 31, with morning, matinee and evening performances. Dh165, visit www.madinattheatre.com to book.
ORDER YOUR ORGANIC TURKEY… roasted, with all the trimmings today from Organic Foods & Café. Dh280 per kg. Orders to be made by December 22. Call 050-6548813.
ENJOY A WINTER WONDERLAND PARTY… at Etoiles nightclub and restaurant, Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi. The club will be transformed into snowy scene, with ice sculptures, stilt-walking princesses and human statues, plus Santa will be giving out gifts to all those on his ‘bad list’.11.30pm-4am. Plus, dance the night away to RnB and house.02-6908960.
DIG INTO A FESTIVE BRUNCH AT… The Market Café, Grand Hyatt Dubai. There’ll be a huge festive buffet on offer, as well as Gingerbread Man Baking Classes for little chefs. 12.30-4pm. Dh200 adults. Dh100 kids, aged six-12. 04-3171234.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 22ND
INDULGE IN... festive cocktails at the festively decorated Armani/Lounge. From today until December 28, you can sip on a specially created red and green Christmas cocktail (Dh65), while enjoying a front-row view of The Dubai Fountain. 04-8883444. SEE SANTA AT… children’s play place Caboodle, The Dubai Mall. Today, the man in red and his elves visit Caboodle, from 3-6pm. Little ones can have their photos taken with him. Dh50 for one hour’s play.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 23RD
FEEL FESTIVE WITH… mulled wine and mince pies at The Gramercy as part of their 12 Days of Christmas. 04-4377511.
ENJOY A FESTIVE LUNCH... with colleagues or friends today at Armani/Peck, which is offering a seasonal set lunch the Italian way (Peck Natale) for just Dh400, including soft drinks. 04-8883444.
MONDAY DECEMBER 24TH
SING ALONG TO… some joyous Christmas carols today at 6pm in the lobby lounge, Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, 02-5108888.
HAVE A FESTIVE FEAST AT… Traiteur, Park Hyatt Dubai. There’ll be shucked oysters, rotisserie meats, beef tenderloin, lobster, French veal, roasted potatoes with hazelnut butter… and that’s just for savoury. Dessert-wise, there’s a crepe station, chocolate fountain and praline station. 7.30pm-midnight. Dh525, including a glass of champers and free-flow beverages. 04-6021234.
PICK UP ANY LAST-MINUTE GOODIES FROM… The Hamper Shop at Jumierah Emirates Towers. There’s cookies, turkey, cakes, as well as little gifts that will make great last-minute stocking fillers. 10am-10pm. 04-3198088.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 25TH
CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCHES THE IVY Tuck into a five-course menu, including a turkey, beef or pan-fried seabass main, with stilton, fruit cake, coffee and mince pies to finish. Dh500 per person. 04-3198767.
THE MARKET CAFÉ At this Grand Hyatt Dubai restaurant, indulge in five different food stations, offering Italian, Arabic, Indian, Grill and Dessert. 12.30-4pm. Dh250 adults. Dh125 kids, aged 6-12. 04-3171234.
EWAAN Indulge in a Christmas Day brunch – think oysters, Foie Gras, turkey and trimmings and fresh seafood – at this Oriental all-day dining restaurant. Dh600 with selected beverages. Call 04-4287806.
GINGER Treat you and your family to a lavish but budget-friendly brunch at the Park Rotana Abu Dhabi. For Dh235, you get a full buffet brunch, a glass of vino, as well as entertainment – think a Christmas choir performance and a visit from Santa Claus. 04-6573333.
ALFIE’S At this trend restaurant in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, enjoy a traditional four-course Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Star with a glass of champers on arrival, as well as enjoying an artisanal cheese buffet and mulled wine. 12-4pm. Dh265. Kids aged 4-12, half-price. Kids under three, free. 04-3198088.