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In Abu Dhabi over the Christmas weekend and looking for things to do with the family? Check out these festive options across the emirate
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At The Galleria Al Maryah Island, families can visit Santa Claus and take photos in his snow-filled Winter Village from 10am to 10pm today and tomorrow. Little ones can also visit the Letters to Santa station where they can pen personal letters to Father Christmas to be entered into daily prize draws.
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At Yas Mall, young shoppers can ride the magical Santa Express train to the Elf Toy Factory while listening to festive performances from the mall’s live band. Children can also demonstrate their artistic flair by creating their very own gingerbread house or pose for a Snowball Photo Op.
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At Deerfields Mall, a Festive Barasti Zone is open daily from 4pm to 10pm until January 5, featuring a traditional souq selling perfumes, homemade cheeses and labneh, as well as traditional clothes. What’ll keep the kiddos entertained while you shop is the multi-level virtual reality ‘Tippy Tree’ experience, which offers shoppers the chance to digitally simulate decorating a Christmas Tree, with each level getting harder for participants as the decorations increase in size and they try to avoid toppling over the virtual tree. Families will also enjoy the Snow Park at the Main Atrium filled with snowmen, winter-themed arts and crafts, and snow toys. It’s open from 2pm to 10pm.
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The Festive Market at Abu Dhabi Mall features holiday decorations, arts and crafts, handmade accessories and unique gifts for the whole family, while Santa Claus is returning for a kids’ meet-and-greet opportunity in the Winter Village. It’s open today and tomorrow from 11am to 9pm.
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At Al Ain Mall, a range of festive programming throughout December includes performances by Nutcrackers and Big Elves, a kid’s Christmas workshop, live shows by the Royal Mariachi Band and more.
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