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In pictures: Hug Santa and dance in the snow as Expo City Dubai opens its Christmas paradise – News

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Published: Saturday 16 Dec 2023, 18:13

Last update: Saturday 16 Dec 2023, 18:14

From the North Pole, the Claus family arrived in Dubai in full force as Expo City became a Christmas wonderland.

Shortly after world leaders wrapped up COP28, the festive village opened to residents and visitors on Friday with a 52-foot Christmas tree illuminated in the middle of Al Wasl Dome.

To the delight of the crowd, the star of the show, Santa, appeared with his entire clan to applaud everyone. Mrs. Claus was there, as were the reindeer, the gingerbread man, a team of helpful elves, and a trio of giant candy canes.

That was just the dazzling opening: residents and visitors will have time to see the gang and enjoy the snow and festive treats in the Christmas Village until January 7, 2024.

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Winter City is open daily from 3pm to 11pm and admission costs Dh20. Admission is free for children under 12 and ticket holders to the Carol by Candlelight show. Additional charges apply for some activities and workshops.

Here are some snapshots from Day 1 of Christmas Wonderland:

What awaits visitors?

  1. There is an eco-toy factory where children can make their own toys from recycled materials and learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  2. Young visitors can join Santa on his quest to help save the North Pole and its precious wildlife from the rapid and dramatic impacts related to climate change.
  3. Mrs. Claus will regale them with stories about saving our polar habitats and share tips that encourage young bakers to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  4. Visitors can write their names on Santa’s “naughty” or “nice” list.
  5. Festive favorites such as hot chocolate, mince pies and gingerbread will capture the spirit of sharing, ensuring a great community experience for all visitors.
  6. Carols by Candlelight will be presented from December 20 to 24, with a variety of food and drink packages available to sweeten the offering, along with nightly projection shows and whimsical snowfall sessions.

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