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Dubai lights up for Christmas: gingerbread house, surfing Santa Claus and six more things to see – News

Published: Mon Dec 18, 2023, 6:00 am

With the festive season just around the corner, Dubai has become a magical winter wonderland. From giant Christmas trees and gingerbread houses to snowy playgrounds and surfing Santas, there’s a lot to offer in the city right now.

Here is a summary of some of the most exciting, festive and fun activities in the city:

Gingerbread House Dome: You may have seen several gingerbread houses, but here is a different one. In the lobby of H Dubai, visitors can see a magnificent 6 meter long, 2.5 meter wide and 2 meter high gingerbread house inspired by the Al Wasl dome, echoing the essence of the COP28.

This exhibit will be a fixture throughout December, where visitors will be able to view it and take photos with it.

Surfer Santa Claus: Visitors to Wild Wadi Water Park can have fun with the fantastic surfing Santa Claus. Dressed in shorts, Santa will conquer the waves every day at 12 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm on the Flowrider.

What’s more, the park will host family-friendly Water Olympics every day at 4pm on the Flood River, with races and challenges ranging from tube races and upstream walks to the bucket challenge.

Festive garden at Palm Jumeirah: Nakheel Mall will be transformed into a festive garden with a unique Christmas tree, water fountain displays, flowers, gazelles and rabbit installations.

There is also an arts and crafts station where kids will have the opportunity to make holiday decorations, paint holiday jars, and make candy cane beads this season. Then, you can head to West Beach to see the lights of Dubai.

Movie marathon: Gather your friends and family to enjoy some classic movies with delicious holiday treats. Every Saturday at 2pm, Roxy Cinemas hosts Holly Jolly Matinees at Dubai Hills Mall, featuring heartwarming festive classics like The Elf and Home Alone, and new releases like Wonka, plus Santa meet and greets.

Enjoy some seasonal treats like Christmas Spiced Popcorn, Turkey and Brie Sandwich and Pizza, and Santa’s Special Hot Chocolate.

Let it be a “green” Christmas: Green Planet Dubai and Nature Park has a festive winter wonderland that runs until January 7.

With snowfall and eco-friendly Christmas carols, Wonderland also has a Christmas tree made from recycled materials, built in collaboration with GEMS Education.

Madinat Jumeirah Winter Market: The annual winter market returns this year with a 36-foot-tall tree, seasonal food stalls and family-friendly activities. Spread over a huge area of ​​1,750 square meters, the winter market also features live Christmas tunes, abra rides, a Venetian carousel, a four-lane bungee, a North Pole train and more.

Santa arrives on Sheikh Zayed Road: Santa has traded in his reindeer for a classic convertible car right in the middle of Sheikh Zayed Road.

Take a photo with this caravan outside the Gevora Hotel in Dubai, where Santa poses with his gifts and minions throughout the month.

5D Winter Galaxy Show: Enjoy an immersive winter galaxy show at the Madinat Jumeirah Digital Art Theater starting December 22.

The 45-minute interactive show will transport viewers through a world of dazzling lights, science and Santa Claus, who will deliver gifts to all children in attendance. With prices starting at Dh300, it is suitable for children over 4 years old.

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