Carol singing at Winter Garden Market, St Regis Dubai Image Credit: Supplied

1. Winter Garden Market

St Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City

St. Regis Dubai is hosting a Christmas-themed market in its sprawling garden, which has been transformed into a winter wonderland. You will find plenty of items ranging from gifts to seasonal food. The place has also lined up activities for kids and entertainment for the whole family besides carol singing.

When: Until December 26

2. A Very Brr…juman Winter

BurJuman Mall, Bur Dubai

A magical winter wonderland with stunning seasonal décor, festive activities, snowball fights and artificial snowfall in the snow park awaits you at BurJuman. Enjoy a picture perfect moment on the fairylike carriage – to snap a family festive photo. You will also find yourself transported to an enchanted, glistening world with a new addition this year, the virtual reality experience.

When: Until January 6

3. Festive Fun at LegoLand

LegoLand, Dubai Parks & Resorts

LegoLand is celebrating the holiday spirit with loads of family-friendly fun with its annual ‘Christmas Bricktacular’. Kids are invited to participate in a festive themed building experience and visit the Elves’ Workshop to create a personalised holiday card and take away limited edition Christmas LEGO Bricks. You can also design your personalised Christmas cookies for only Dh29 per person. Don’t miss the 10 metre tall LEGO Christmas tree, which was built using 364,481 bricks in 2,852 hours, weighing 4,000 kilograms.

When: Until January 8

4. Festive Market

Galeries Lafayette, Dubai Mall

Enjoy a Christmas-themed ‘Parade Show’ where every child will get a complimentary gift from Santa. The place has lined up an array of activities for children, including arts and crafts, gingerbread decoration, face painting, tree lighting and more.

When: Until December 23

5. Fort Island’s Festive Market

Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim

The popular annual event at Madinat Jumeirah will host a German-style market this year and feature a shimmering interactive LED Christmas tree. Activities include abra ride with Santa, snow fights, snow train for kids and special performances every day.

When: Until December 27

6. Festive Fun

Boutique Le Chocolat, City Walk

Get festive this season with Boutique Le Chocolat as you encourage your child’s creativity and indulge the family in all things sweet. The place is hosting children’s chocolate workshops, including lollipop and chocolate bar decoration, wrapping and designing. Kids can decorate their own item or create a cute customised stocking filler gift with a family photo. Pre-booking is recommended.

When: Until December 25

7. Dubai Snowfest

Ice Rink, Dubai Mall

Get a feel of Lapland at Dubai Ice Rink at the recently launched Snowfest. Get into the holiday spirit with an array of ‘cool’ activities ranging from skating sessions to playing with snowballs. There’s a snow slope for more winter fun plus an arts and crafts zone.

When: Until January 5

8. Festive Village

Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah

The Poseidon Court at Atlantis, The Palm has been turned into Santa’s Elf workshop. Take your pick from traditional cakes, mince pies and cookies, gingerbread houses and gift hampers. While you can attend sand art and glitter tattoo classes, children can make the most of the ‘chocolate river’.

When: Until January 8

9. Christmas Souq

Dubai Garden Centre, Al Quoz

The Garden souq has been themed around Christmas. Get fairy lights, life size reindeers and penguins for your home. Select from a wide range of gifts, stocking fillers, goodies and much more. Enjoy live music, live cooking and free activities for kids. You can also find fresh Christmas trees imported from Sweden.

When: Until December 23

10. Winter Wonderland

Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates

The indoor ski park at Mall of the Emirates has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Special effects like snowfall, Santa’s Grotto and hot chocolate stations with Christmas décor have given the 22,000 square metre ice park a festive look. Enjoy the famous Penguin March on weekdays at 7pm during the Christmas season.

When: Until December 24

Where you can meet Santa:

1. Fairmont, The Palm: December 21–25, 7.30pm onwards

2. Dubai Garden Centre: December 23, 10am to 12.30pm

3. Madinat Jumeirah: Every day till December 27, 5pm and 7pm

4. Galeries Lafayette: Every day until December 25, 3pm onwards

5. Dubai Ice Rink: 
Every day until December 26, 7pm onwards