Christmas market brings out the holly jolly holiday spirit. And this year, Dubai has many markets for all to pick options and to check out. Prepare your Christmas list while the kids gear up to meet Santa and started with some festive activities, gingerbread decorating and more.
Planning to quick start the Christmas celebrations as soon as possible? Of course you can plan a festive market to Dubai’s Silicon Oasis at the end of the month so you don’t have to wait much longer. On Friday November 20 from 11:00 to 17:00, wear your Santa hat and festive jumper to attend the Christmas fair at Radisson RED. Various local shops are selling an assorted range of products including Desert Runway, Hi Maintenance, Beach Box UAE, The Gloe Company, Loxx.me and Shea Good and more. It’s the perfect time to make a good start on your Christmas shopping.
Free. 11:00 – 17:00 Fri Nov 20. Radisson RED Hotel Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai Silicon Oasis Industrial Area, Dubai (+971 4 571 4343).
The first ever Studioville Festive Market is al set to kick off on December 12 from 10:00 to19:00. Held in the courtyard, the festive market will have various stalls, where you can grab a last minute gift or simply enjoy a Christmas day out with the family. There will be free pizza for the kiddos and fun festive workshops provided by Busy Kids Studio to keep the little ones entertained while you browse the stalls fort gifts, homemade treasures and stocking fillers.
10:00 – 19:00 Dec 12. Studio One Hotel, Dubai Studio City, Dubai.
Bab Al Shams
The desert festive market is on at Bab Al Shams from 18:00 to 22:00 every day between December 12 and December 20 where one can pick up some last-minute gifts. And with a massive Christmas tree complete with Santa Claus carriage, mulled grape, hot chocolate, festive sing-a-longs with mince pies and more, there’s a lot to get everyone to jingle into the spirit of the holidays. It’s Dhs50 for kids, which is redeemable against food and drinks, while adults get in for free.
*Dhs50 (kids), free (adults). 18:00 – 22:00 Dec 12-Dec 20. Al Forsan Garden, Bab Al Shams, BAS.Alforsan@meydanhotels.com (+971 4 809 6202).
The Ripe Market
During the cool months in Dubai, The Ripe Market is packed with people enjoying the atmosphere and looking for unique gifts and homemade trinkets at the various stalls dotted around Academy Park. This year, The Ripe Market is wearing its elf hat to go all out Christmassy. Every weekend from December 4 to December 26, there will be a number of festive fun for everyone. Little ones can meet Santa in his grotto, get involved in some gingerbread making, decorate some cookies and participate in some Christmas workshops while you browse the stalls for some unique gifts. You can even get a real Christmas tree, just make sure it fits in the car! Then get together around the Christmas tree at the end of the afternoon to watch the tree lighting ceremony.
09:00 – 19:00 Fri, 10:00 – 19:00 Sat, Dec 4 – Dec 26. The Ripe Market, Academy Park, Dubai, Web: www.ripeme.com
For a festive market with a difference, Butcha and Babaji at Dubai’s City Walk is all set to be hosting a Christmas-themed Turkish bazaar. Expect Turkish ice cream and all the fun with the metal rod pounding, plus Turkish coffee, retail artisan items for sale, kids activities such as face painting and a lot more. Kids can eat at various eateries for less with plenty of special offers to take advantage of. The best offer this season, it’s all for free to attend.
*Free. Dec 3 – Dec 5 and Dec 24 – Dec 26. Butcha and Babaji, City Walk Dubai.
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