Your Complete 2021 Guide to Celebrating Christmas in Abu Dhabi • Our Globetrotters

How to bring some seasonal magic to your expat posting in Abu Dhabi

A concern of many Christian families when they first hear they will be posted to a Muslim country is, “will we still be able to celebrate Christmas?”.  

Or are you seeking some winter sun over December and wondering if there will be any festive events going on in the UAE? 

It might surprise newcomers and visitors just how many festive celebrations you will find in Abu Dhabi. In this guide, we will help you with:

Please note that we are continuously updating this page as information becomes available – we are yet to fully update all listings for 2021 as we await clarity from venues on timing and dates. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Abu Dhabi Emirate, events are still subject to capacity limits and social distancing, maximum tables of 10 and guests must be seated. Takeaway dinners are again likely to be in popular demand, so book early!!

This post is part of our Expat Life series – come and read more above living in Abu Dhabi as well as things to see and do in the UAE 

Christmas Decorations how we celebrate Christmas in Abu Dhabi

Pre-Christmas celebrations in Abu Dhabi

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the city will start to come alive with winter festivity.

Conveniently, the country’s national colours of Red, Green, White and Black fit pretty neatly into the traditional colours of Christmas – so as soon as the National Day holidays are finished (2-3 December), attention in the retail stores and hotels becomes solely about Christmas.

What is there to do in Abu Dhabi at Christmas? Christmas Markets, Events & Performances

Winter Wonderland – Al Maryah Island

While the outside temperatures might not feel wintery (you can expect around an average of 26c for Christmas Day), the Winter Wonderland event on Al Maryah Island does its best to bring a touch of magical seasonal fun to the heart of the city.

The Galleria promises a range of festive delights including beautiful decorations, roaming entertainment, a winter village and the opportunity to meet Santa himself!

Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be in place and a slot with Santa must be booked in advance through this link. Book early to avoid disappointment as this Santa is usually a good one!

New for 2020 is the festive-themed sensory rooms (on level 2) where you can awaken your senses with a variety of festive scenes and aromas! There will also be a winter sale for shoppers as well as other festive treats!

From December 6th – December 26th 2020 from 10am to late – TBC for 2021.

For more details visit the Galleria website.

Worried you will have a full house at Christmas?  Look at these options for apartment hotels in Abu Dhabi for your extra guests

Le Royal Meridien, Breakfast with Santa

Join Santa Claus for a festive breakfast filled with jolly delights. There will be stories, games and singalongs to really bring the magic alive! Saturday 4th, 11th and 18th, and Monday 14th & 21st, Wednesday 15th & 22nd and Thursday 16th & 23rd December 2021 from 9-11am.

Suitable for children aged 4 and over. Tickets can be booked through Virgin megastore or directly though Market Kitchen.

Magic Phil’s Jolly Jingle

Theatre by Erth, a new Abu Dhabi theatre venue based at the old Armed Forces Officers club, presents the UAE’s favourite children’s entertainer Magic Phil on December 12 & 13 2021. You can buy tickets here.


The festive pantomime CInderella will bring some fairy-tale magic to the capital this December, with performances between the 16th and 27th 2021 December also at Theatre by Erth. Tickets start at AED 96 and are available here.

Westin Festive Market & Family Fun Day

Always one of the best days out on the Abu Dhabi social calendar, enjoy market vendors, school choirs, dance performances, cookie decoration, wishing tree and the famous Santa Chase (limited numbers, registration required, run by age groups)

Westin Hotel, Sas al Nakhl. Cancelled in 2020 but check back soon for details in 2021.

Swiss Christmas Market

Run by the Swiss Business Council, this annual event is a showcase for local crafters to show their goods. The market features dozens of little Swiss chalets to give a European market feel. Expect evening carol singing and lots of festive food and drink!

Held at the Beach Rotana. Cancelled in 2020 but check back soon for details in 2021.

Christmas Market Stall

Festive Family Fun Day at Saadiyat Beach Club

Includes a market, with various food and beverage offerings.  Also running a Santa Chase event, pre-registration is required (free entry if you register before 1 Dec).

Cancelled in 2020 but check back soon for details in 2021.

Whilst there may be no Festive Family Fun Day in 2020, from the 3rd to the 24th of December you can visit the Gingerbread House of Treats as well as sample the delicious festive menu at Safina restaurant!

Al Muneera Beach Plaza Market

This seasonal market returns to the relaxed beachfront setting of Al Muneera. Enjoy crafts, food stalls and live entertainment every evening while watching the sunset over the water.

Cancelled in 2020 but check back soon for details in 2021.

Sanderson’s Christmas Fair

One of Abu Dhabi’s favourite community cafe’s will play host to a festive fair with local handicrafts and plenty on offer by way of kids entertainment and great food in this one-day event.

Cancelled in 2020 but check back soon for details in 2021.

Abu Dhabi Mall Festive Market

A collection of more than stalls, along with Santa photo sessions (see more below) and crafting workshops

Abu Dhabi Mall, TBC for 2021. Learn more here

St Josephs Christmas Festival

This annual parish event brings a whole day of festive activities, shopping bizarre, food stalls and fun activities for the kids.

St Josephs Cathedral. Cancelled in 2020 but check back soon for details in 2021. Learn more here

Shams Boutik Winter Festival

Inside the “Waitrose Mall” on Reem Island there will be several days of festive fun including choir singers, gingerbread and cupcake-making activities and rumour has it the big man himself will be making an appearance though no confirmed times yet. 

Cancelled in 2020 but check back soon for details in 2021.

Yas Island Christmas Events

Winter Carnival – You will find this large outdoor event held at Gateway Park South. Starts at 2pm daily and they will have a tree lighting ceremony every night at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 9pm.

Cancelled in 2020 but check back soon for details in 2021.

Expect kids activities and rides (some paid), as well as a Christmas Market and entertainment including a snow zone. Learn more about the winter carnival here

Ferrari World will also be hosting its own ‘Winter on Italian Street’ celebrations from 5th November 2021 until January 8th 2022, which will include socially distanced performances, arts and crafts and a gingerbread factory (tickets sold separately). Learn more about Ferrari World here

You can also celebrate Christmas with Batman and Bugs Bunny at Warner Brothers World’s Winter Spectacular! In previous years there have been beautiful decorations and magical Christmas shows as well as lots of other festive treats. The celebrations for 2021 started on 5 November and will run until 8 January 2022. For more details click here.


Murder Mystery at the Office Christmas Party!

Guests could work out ‘who done it’ whilst enjoying a three-course festive dinner! Victor’s Bar and Restaurant, Millenium Capital Gate, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th December 2020.

Whilst this event has not been confirmed for 2021, In the detail events are offering Murder Mystery Christmas parties. Contact In the detail directly for more information.

Christmas Wreath Workshop

Get crafty and creative this Christmas at this thoroughly festive Christmas wreath making workshop.

Market Kitchen, Le Royal Meridien, Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th December 2020. Not confirmed for 2021.

The Christmas Songbook

Theatre by Erth is offering a real treat this season with ‘The Festive Songbook’! Sing along behind your face mask as the Divas and Maestros belt out some festive favourites on the 28th and 29th December 2021. Tickets start at AED 96 and area available here.

Festive Aperitivo at The St. Regis, Saadiyat Island Resort

From the 1st December head to the beautiful St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and indulge in a specially selected selection of christmassy canapes and unlimited festive cocktails.

AED 250 per person

From 5pm daily from the 1st December 2020.

A Merry Gin & Tonic Christmas at Hidden Bar, The Rosewood Hotel

Gin, Sushi, Sashimi and Oysters are the menu at this Christmas Eve with a twist.

From 6pm on Thursday 24th December 2020.

Christmas Carols and Religious Services

The most famous run in the city is by St Andrews church, their annual Carols in the Desert.  You can read a full write up on this event here.

Sadly this wonderful event had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and may no longer run as the key organisers have left the country.   Please look up their Facebook page here to see if the situation has changed.

You will also find carolers at many of the tree lighting events and Christmas Day Brunches we list below.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies taking places in Abu Dhabi

Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Abu Dhabi

A fun evening for the kids can be attending annual tree lighting ceremonies at the various hotels all over town. There are often carol singers, mulled wine and mince pies and sometimes even a visit from Santa Claus! Here is a list of some of Abu Dhabi’s most beautiful Christmas trees:

Confirmed for 2021

  • 4 December 2021 Saadiyat Beach Club 6-8pm
  • 4 December 2021 St. Regis on the Corniche, time TBC
  • 8 December 2021 Saadiyat Golf Club 7-10pm
  • 15 December 2021 Yas Links Golf Club 6-7pm

Usually around 10 December

  • Anantara, Eastern Mangroves
  • Fairmont, Bab Al Bahr
  • Jumeirah at Saadiyat

Usually around 12 December

Always check directly with the venue to confirm timings and whether booking is necessary.

The impressive Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Christmas Tree
The impressive Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Christmas Tree

Where you could get a photo with Santa in Abu Dhabi 2020

Please check back in December for up to date information about where to see Santa in 2021!

Other than at the events mentioned above, in 2020 you could visit Santa at beautiful grottos or gingerbread cottages at the venues listed below. Most venues are still to confirm arrangements for 2020 (In Abu Dhabi Christmas tradition, Santa sightings only seem to be confirmed very last minute).

  • Abu Dhabi Mall
  • Galleria Mall – Santa’s Grotto ran from 6 to 26 December 2020; Advance booking was required. Click here for more details.
  • World Trade Centre Mall – TBC
  • Yas Mall – TBC

Yes some of these Santa’s seem to work very late at night, but as you will see being here a while, it’s a very stay up late culture and Santa crosses over all races and religions when it comes to kids entertainment! Don’t be surprised to see yourself in line with children in national dress. 

Santa Grotto Yas mall
Santas Grotto at Yas Mall; Generally has pretty short lines

Please check back in December for up to date information about where to see Santa in 2021!

Gingerbread activities in Abu Dhabi

A festive family favourite in Abu Dhabi is attending a Gingerbread workshop or party. A number of venues cancelled their workshops in 2020 and most are still to announce workshops for 2021.

Last year, the Maglis lounge in the Rosewood offered Gingerbread House and Nutcracker decorating from AED 200 per piece. Special offers were available if you combined making your gingerbread house making with the Festive Nutcracker Afternoon Tea.

Le Royal Meridien, in collaboration with In the Detail events, were also able to offer small socially distanced group workshops at your request. For more information contact In the Detail Events directly.

Jones The Grocer will be offering a Gingerbread House decorating webinar in 2021. The webinar is free but you must purchase a gingerbread house making kit from Jones the grocer for AED119. For more details click here.

The only confirmed (in person) GIngerbread making workshop for 2021 so far is at the St. Regis on the Corniche at 3pm on Saturday 4th December at a cost of AED 200 per child and coincides with the St. Regis’ Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Last year, the Al Wathba Resort hosted an Al Fresco Gingerbread House Workshop on the 18th of December. There was popcorn, hotdogs and lots of other little treats to give the little chefs energy while they worked – all for an amazing AED 120!

Note: Always book in advance for these sessions! The fee is per child but if you enquire nicely, siblings may be allowed to share one project. 

Festive afternoon Teas in Abu Dhabi

A new sensation in Abu Dhabi is enjoying an afternoon tea in the lead up to Christmas, with all sorts of bite-sized festive-themed treats you’re sure to get into the Christmas spirit.

  • The Ritz Carlton – 16 December 2020 to 6 Janaury 2021 2pm to 5pm, 160AED per stand
  • Conrad at Etihad Towers – Observation Deck & Lobby Lounge both offer a festive tea at 220AEDpp from 4th December 2020.
  • The Westin are serving up a beautiful festive tea for149 AED per couple, December 1st -31st 2020
  • The Shangri-La are offering a ‘Polar Afternoon Tea’ from 3rd December 2020 priced at AED 110
  • Maglis at The Rosewood will have a ‘Nutcracker’ themed tea from November 24th 2020, 3-6pm from 250AED per stand.
  • The Al Wathba Hotel are offering a french themed festive afternoon tea from December 1st, 4pm-7pm, AED 195 per person.

Other family events

Maker Space in Al Zeina are offering a variety of crafty Christmas themed workshops including wooden gingerbread houses on the 4th December. You can book a slot between 1 and 2pm or between 2.30 and 3.30pm by phoning 02 558 8624. 200AED per family. Suitable for ages 4 and up.

Shopping for gifts and supplies in Abu Dhabi

Yes, you can get Christmas decorations and other supplies in the UAE. They may not be as plentiful as in some other countries but you do not have to dig deep to find the. Year on year more and more is becoming available,

ACE Hardware store is well known for having their plastic trees and decorations ready from about September!

You will also find most of what you need in Carrefour, Lulu’s and many other supermarkets and speciality shops (including Pottery Barn, Marks and Spencer (Yas Mall and Marina Mall Branches) and West Elm) from November. You can also try reliable old IKEA! 

Not saying items are particularly cheap, but they can be found.  Daiso is one of the better budget options but you do get what you pay for.

Shopping for your ornaments, trees and other christmas supplies in Abu Dhabi is getting easier

As for Christmas presents for the kids – don’t suppose you’ve got anyone arriving from overseas shortly? While we have plentiful malls with international brands, expect to pay top dollar.

Some big companies do deliver direct to the UAE, and you can use Shop & Ship services, but by the time you add shipping cost, import taxes – it may well be cheaper to buy your flight overseas, stock up with full suitcases and bring them back.  Plan ahead from the summer!!!

Related Reading: 15 Christmas Facts and Traditions around the world

Christmas Day in Abu Dhabi

Now not forgetting it is still a Muslim country, Christmas Day is NOT a public holiday.

That said, with children on school holidays, a lot of understanding employers will allow their Christian employees a day of leave – but not all.

(Psst, one awesome thing is all the shops are still open! So forgotten batteries, Santa fails, last-minute lunch details, no problem!)

Christmas Brunch in Abu Dhabi

If you think Friday Brunch is a big thing in Abu Dhabi, wait until you see Christmas Brunch!  Hotels will pull out all the stops for one of the most spectacular spreads of the year.  Save the cooking for another day and have someone else do the dishes!

Almost every hotel will have some variety of Christmas lunch but the popular ones will book out early (normally by end of November/early December) and require full payment upfront to guarantee your seats.  You will find most have a Christmas Eve option, too.

(Always when booking something like Brunch check if tax is included, and cut off ages for children discounts)

Christmas Brunch with choir welcoming at Fairways, the Westin Abu Dhabi
A choir welcomes diners to the Fairways Brunch at the Westin Abu Dhabi

Here are a few of our favourite Christmas brunches for families – thanks to our many readers for these suggestions over the years:

Ritz Carlton – Giornotte


A spectacular spread across Giornotte Restaurant, through to their lavish dessert room, including Santa arriving on camelback, live entertainment and a kids magic show.  As well as all the traditional Christmas trimmings, don’t forget they also have Abu Dhabi’s finest cheese room!

Prices starting from 495AED, Children 6-11 50% off, under 6 free.

Timing: 1pm to 4pm

Westin Abu Dhabi (next to Abu Dhabi Golf Club)


An incredibly popular family offering at their Santalicious Brunch.  The action spills from their usual Friday Brunch setting at Fairways, onto the balcony then a chilled vibe on the lawn for dancing and more drinks post-lunch. Always a big line up of kids entertainment, games, bouncy castle.

Kids enjoying the extra entertainment at the Westin Christmas Brunch

Prices start from 345 AED, child 129 AED.  They also offer packages that include pre-purchase vouchers for the famous after-party on the lawn.

Timing: 12.30pm – 5pm & 5pm until late

Four Seasons  – Al Maryah Island

There are three choices at the Four Seasons in 2020; Butcher & Still (1-4pm) for sizzling meats and a cheerful holiday atmosphere; Cafe Milano (12-4pm) for an Italian Christmas lunch and Crust (12.30 -4pm) for a wide variety of international delicacies and a visit from Santa!

Adult prices start at AED 340

You can see our review of the regular Crust Friday Brunch here.

Fairmont Bab al Bahr


The Fairmont will be offering a fabulous international buffet with live cooking stations, chilled seafood, pizza and pasta as well as a turkey station that will feature stuffing and cranberry sauce!

Prices starting from 395 AED, Children 6-12 195 AED, Under 6 free

Timing: 12.30pm to 4pm

(Every time we have booked as a group at Fairmont we always get return vouchers to come back and use the pool!)

The Fairmont Bab al Bahr, Abu Dhabi | Discover the UAE Hotel Review | OurGlobetrotters.Com

W – Yas Island

Garage Restaurant will be hosting a candy shopped themed brunch in 2020. You’re promised a sugar rush as well as the chance to see Santa whizzing around Yas Marina Circuit!

Prices starting from 365 AED per person, Children 7-11 150 AED

Timing: 1 – 4pm

Emirates Palace

This year the Emirates Palace is offering an A La Carte menu at La Vendome on Christmas Day, there will also be a festive menu at Hakkasan priced at AED398 per person.

St Regis Abu Dhabi

The options for Christmas Day 2020 are a sumptuous 5-course Italian set menu at Villa Toscana and decadent seafood options at Catch. Sadly there is no Christmas Day Brunch in The Terrace this year.

Options at Catch include Caviar and Champagne at AED950, Lobster and Oyster at AED 550 and Crab and Scallop at AED 450.

See our review of the regular Terrace on the Corniche Brunch & a Christmas Staycation here

Timing: 1pm to 4pm

St Regis Abu Dhabi during the Festive Season
Spectacular gingerbread creation in the St Regis foyer

St Regis Saadiyat – Olea


Enjoy the alfresco setting of Olea including live entertainment, live cooking stations, seafood, carving stations and heavenly dessert spread.

Prices starting from 380 AED, children 6-12 180AED, Under 6 free

Timing:  1pm-4pm

Conrad at Etihad Towers

Get one of the best views in the city up high at the Nahaam/Sole Christmas Brunch. This year sees a fusion of Seafood and Italian in a combined mega-brunch! There will be live music as well as a visit from the man in red.

Prices starting from 550 AED, children 6 to 12 years 200 AED, under 6 free

Timing: Lunch 12.30pm-4pm


There will be an a la carte ‘Festive Style’ Christmas Dinner at Sambusek from 6pm on the 24th and 25th December as well as a ‘Festive Yum Cha’ Brunch at Dai Pai Dong from 12 noon. A set menu is also available at GLO from 6pm.

If Christmas dinner isn’t Christmas dinner without turkey from 12 noon on the 25th and 26th December, Hidden Bar is the place to be with its ‘Chrismassy Gin ‘O’ Clock Celebration!

For more details contact The Rosewood Directly.

Related Reading: Abu Dhabi’s Best Family-Friendly Brunches 

Christmas Turkey Takeaway

Still want Christmas at home but someone to help with the heavy lifting?  Why not look at some Turkey cooking (and delivery) options.

These are just some of the venues we know will do a preparation service – though we are struggling to find ordering details for some.

You are best to call and get their packages and delivery timeframes.

  • Abu Dhabi City Golf Club 19th Street (02 445 9600)
  • Abu Dhabi Golf Club (056 536 2230)
  • Al Maha Arjaan Cafe 302 (02 610 6666)
  • Aloft Abu Dhabi (02 654 5193)
  • Anantara Eastern Mangroves – Ingredients (02 656 1166)
  • Beach Rotana (02 697 9011)
  • Belgian Beer Cafe – Radisson Blu Yas Island (02 656 2406)
  • C-Mondo (02 409 6514)
  • Circle Cafe (056 771 4908)
  • Courtyard by Marriott 5th Street Cafe (02 698 2222)
  • Dusit Thani – Urban Kitchen (02 698 8137)
  • Fairmont Bab Al Bahr (02 654 3333)
  • Four Seasons – Crust (02 333 2222)
  • Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi (02 657 4888)
  • Jones the Grocer – Various locations (
  • Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana – The Lounge (02 657 0167)
  • Le Meridien (02 644 6666)
  • Le Royal Meridien – Wheat (02 674 2020)
  • Marriott Downtown – Central Grounds (02 304 7777)
  • Park Rotana (02 657 3319)
  • Ritz Carlton – Giornotte (02 818 8282)
  • Rosewood (02 813 5520)
  • St Regis Abu Dhabi (02 694 455)
  • St Regis Saadiyat – The Drawing Room (02 498 8888)
  • Saadiyat Beach Club (02 656 3555)
  • Saadiyat Beach Golf Club – Hawksbill (02 499 8100)
  • Saadiyat Rotana (02 697 000)
  • Sheraton Abu Dhabi (02 677 3333)
  • Sofitel Abu Dhabi (02 813 7777) – Sofitel will also be providing Christmas hampers in 2020.
  • Southern Sun – Filaments  (02 818 4888)
  • The One Bistro (02 641 1040)
  • Westin – The Lounge Festive Hampers (02 616 9999)
  • W Abu Dhabi – W Lounge (02 656 0600)

Make sure you book early as some of the best, most convenient mealtime slots disappear early!

Most will require a min 72 hours notice up to 7 days and might give early bird booking discounts too.

Expect anywhere from 450 – 695 AED roughly depending on the size of the bird and trimmings (and from experience the trimmings are never enough vs size of the bird;  be prepared with emergency backup supplies)

Christmas Staycations

We await details of staycation packages for 2020

If you are seeking a “home away from home” here are a few options of resorts in the UAE that will include a special spread for Christmas to make it a truly unique event:

Ritz al Wadi Desert Resort

Head over to the beautiful deserts of Ras al Khaimah for a truly unique experience.  As well as your desert resort stay, there are two Christmas lunch dining choices in the Kaheela Restaurant or at the Farmhouse with magnificent Desert views.  Musical entertainment, Santa & his helpers and a live jazz band set the tone.

Christmas Day Brunch, 295AED soft, 395AED Drinks.

Check here for current accommodation pricing for the Ritz over Christmas.

Ritz Al Wadi Desert Christmas

We talked about why the Ritz is one of our favourite Desert Resorts here

Qasr al Sarab, Liwa Desert

Anantara Qasr al Sarab Best desert resort in the UAE

Deep in the desert dunes, Qasr al Sarab is synonymous with desert luxury in the UAE, and what more unique way to celebrate the festive season than in the opulent surrounds of this desert resort.

Santa will arrive at Al Falaj, their Bedouin venue at 5.30pm followed by dinner at Al Waha from 540AED.

Alternatively, dine under the stars of the empty quarter with Jazz in the Dunes, an opulent Bedouin spread with live entertainment from 540AED, 7pm start.

There is also a lunch option for those with kiddy’s who would like to dine earlier at Ghadeer with a la carte menu.

Learn more about Qasr al Sarab Christmas Events Here  |  Check current prices for Christmas accommodation here

Barracuda Beach Resort, Umm al Quwain

Barracuda in Umm al Quwain has your Christmas sorted – from your beverages down to your real Christmas trees and Panettone.

Well worth a drive up the highway, you can make it a day trip to pick up your supplies, or stay and enjoy a weekend staycation at the newly refurbished Barracuda Beach Resort with discounted tickets to the adjacent Dreamland waterpark. 

Learn more about Barracuda here  |  Check current prices for Christmas accommodation here

Got overseas visitors to impress over Christmas?

There are two unique UAE events that coincide with Christmas that can add a wonderful local spin to your festive plans.  We recommend you add these to your visitor bucket list in December:

Al Dhafra Festival

The Al Dhafra Festival is held in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi every December (usually the last fortnight) to celebrate the culture and tradition of the Bedouin people.  Events range from date packing to goat milking, Saluki racing to camel racing – but our favourite event and the one that draws competitors from across the region with huge tribal support and massive prize money is the Camel Mazayna – a camel beauty competition.

You’ve got to see it to believe it, an utterly unique and incredibly warm and welcoming event for foreigners to embrace more of the UAE culture.

The festival will run from the 5th November 2020 – January 29th 2021. Strict COVID-19 precautions are in place. No casual visitors are permitted this year.

You can read our tips for taking kids to the Al Dhafra Festival here, as well as a Beginners Guide to the Al Dhafra Festival (know thy camel!)

Al Dhafra Festival & the Camel Beauty Contest | Discover the UAE | OurGlobetrotters.Com

Zayed Heritage Festival 

Held in Al Wathba just outside of Abu Dhabi city present a great opportunity to continue the festivities and traditions that surround National Day into the winter months.  Through song, dance, food and craft experience not only the UAE in-depth but the international cultures that make up the country.

There are also modern elements including nightly light and laser shows, funfair, fireworks displays (Thu, Fri, Sat evenings 8pm) and a daily World Heritage Parade at 5pm.

Held from the 20 November through to 20th February 2021 – social distancing in place, Learn more here

More of the UAE Outdoors

Don’t forget it’s also the coolest time of year in the UAE which makes it just perfect for getting out and exploring all over the Emirates without the stifling heat. 

We have a bumper list of ideas on how to keep the whole family entertained outdoors on our sister website Family Travel in the Middle East

Make sure you grab your downloadable checklist to keep your winter months brimming with ideas.

More Abu Dhabi Expat Resources

Don’t forget to check out our full collection of articles about expat life in Abu Dhabi, including:

Got more questions or want to continue the conversation?  You can connect with the Globetrotters Page on Facebook, we also run a local kids activity page on Facebook called With the Kids to help stoke your weekend and after-school ideas in the UAE.

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How to celebrate Christmas in Abu Dhabi, UAE. An extensive listing of festive celebrations across all religions in the UAE capital every December

Do you have a favourite way to celebrate Christmas living in the UAE?  We’d love to hear more about how you celebrate abroad – or do you prefer to head home with family & friends each year?

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