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17 Free Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in the UAE

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we're celebrating with family friendly tree lighting ceremonies

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No Christmas is complete without the decorated tree and the lighting ceremony.

St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor (Santa Claus!)

Join The St. Regis Dubai for an evening of magic and wonder to celebrate the onset of the festive season. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the live carol singing, entertainment and holiday favourites, before Santa arrives in a red Bentley to light up the spectacular tree. The event is free but you will require to email them to secure a spot

Location Winter Garden Market, The St. Regis Dubai Cost Free (registration is a must) Timings December 3 from 6pm to 8pm Contact 04 4355555

Le Meridien Dubai

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Light up the Christmas tree and let your kids aged 3 to 10 take part in a free gingerbread making class.

Location Airport Road, Al Garhoud Cost Free Timings Tuesday, December 12 at 6.30pm Contact 04 7022443

Crowne Plaza Dubai (Santa Claus!)

Kick off the festive season at the Crowne Plaza Dubai’s official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Bring the whole family and sing along with the hotel's choir. Sample some traditional seasonal treats and delight the little ones with a visit from Santa Claus.

Location Shaikh Zayed Road Cost Free Timings Thursday December 7 from 6pm to 7.30pm Contact 04 3311111

Grand Hyatt Dubai

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Head over to the Grand Hyatt for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Panini as they officially mark the beginning of the festive season.

Location Oud Metha Cost Free Timings Thursday December 7 from 6pm to 8pm Contact 04 3171234


McGettigan’s Christmas lights parties are the best way to kick of the festive season! Guests can see Santa turning on the lights, enjoy the enchanting carol singers ( at McGettigan’s JLT only) and dive into complimentary homemade mince pies and mulled grape. A turkey and ham Christmas dinner with all the trimmings will be available for guests to enjoy for Dh109 and will continue as a daily special throughout the month of December. Top of the festive fun with a screening of the Christmas comedy Elf (McGettigan’s JLT) on November 29. It’s the perfect evening for all of the family.

Information Sunday November 26 at 6pm in McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Tuesday November 28 at 6pm in McGettigan’s DWTC, Wednesday November 29 at 6pm in McGettigan’s JLT

Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate

Head down to the Movenpick to watch the Christmas tree light up. A perfect place to take the kids. The lighting ceremony will start at 6.30pm.

Location Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai Cost Free Timings TuesdayDecember 5 from 6pm Contact 04 4440000

TIME Oak Hotel & Suites

Check out the tree lighting ceremony in this neighberhood hotel. 

Location TIME Oak Hotel & Suites in Al Barsha Heights Cost Free Timings Thursday December 7 from 6pm Contact 04 4377888

Sofitel the Palm

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Get into the holiday spirit at Sofitel the Palm’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and join in marking the start of the festive period at Sofitel the Palm. Christmas will be brought to life in front of your very eyes, as you enjoy uplifting festive carols by the Sofitel the Palm Christmas Choir, followed by the Sofitel candle ritual.

Location Sofitel the Palm Jumeirah Cost Free Timings December 17 from 6pm onwards Contact 04 4555656

TIME Grand Hotel

If you live in the older side of town, enjoy an afternoon Chirstmas tree lighting at Time Grand Plaza Hotel in Al Qusais.

Location TIME Grand Plaza Hotel - Damascus Road,Al Qusais Cost Free Timings Thursday December 7 from 4pm Contact 04 2334444

Intercontinental Dubai Marina (Santa Claus!)

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Feel the warmth of the holiday spirit and kick off the season with the lighting of the hotel's grand Christmas tree. Indulging in hot chocolate, mince pies, Christmas cookies and enjoy the melodies of the in house choir. A certain white-bearded man is expected to make a visit, making it an excellent opportunity to spend picture-perfect moments with loved ones.

Location Hotel Lobby, Intercontinental Dubai Marina Cost Free Timings Wednesday, December 6 from 6pm onwards Contact 04 4466777

Pullman Hotel 

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Head down to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and start the Christmas Season off the right way. Enjoy an evening filled with Christmas caroling, delicious seasonal snacks and festive refreshments. Bring your friends and family and join in on the festive fun!

Location JLT Cluster T Cost Free Timings Thursday, December 7 at 6.30pm to 7.30pm Contact 04 5671100

Double Tree by Hilton (Santa Claus!)

Get into the festive spirit and spend a fabulous afternoon at the Double Tree. Join the Christmas Tree Lighting celebration with Christmas carols, Santa Claus and complimentary beverages. 

Location JBR  Cost Free Timings Thursday, December 14 at 6.30pm Contact 04 5671100

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai

Mark the beginning of the festive season at the hotel lobby and see the beautiful Christmas tree come to light. Come together with friends and family for a sing along with the hotel choir and some scrumptious seasonal treats.

Location Shaikh Zayed Road Cost Free Timings Tuesday, December 5 from 6pm to 8pm Contact 04 3438888

City Seasons Hotel (Santa Claus!)

Enjoy Christmas carols, mocktails and finger food. The little ones will be thrilled to receive their gift from Santa!

Location Al Nakheel Lobby Lounge, Airport Road Deira Cost Free Timings Thursday, December 7 from 7pm to 9pm Contact 04 2942777

Fairmont The Palm

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If you want to see Santa in action, he will be kicking off his schedule at the annual community Christmas Tree lighting ceremony! Dubai 92's Breakfast Show, will be the events personal Masters of ceremony for the evening keeping all guests laughing throughout the night.

Location Lobby, Fairmont the Palm Lobby Cost Free Timing Wednesday December 6 from 5pm Contact 04 4573388 

Irish Village Dubai

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The Irish really know how to kick off the festive season! They are hosting their annual traditional Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. While you’re there enjoy some choirs and carols as well as mulled beverages and home baked mince pies. Children of all ages are welcome.

Location Irish Village, Garhoud Cost Free Timings Monday December 4 from 7pm to 10pm Contact 04 2824750

West 14

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If you want a true Dubai beachside Christmas tree lighting, head over to West 14 on the palm to enjoy a special day out with the kids to light the Christmas tree. 

Location West 14, Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah Cost Free Timings Thursday December 7 at 6.30pm Contact 04 4477601