The UAE is a Muslim country, but although Christmas is not a priority for many around here or even an official holiday, the festive season has officially arrived in Abu Dhabi.
Malls, supermarkets and hotels are carefully decorated and filled with Christmas motives from head-to-toe.
And you won’t believe the number of activities planned for the month of December!
Here are a few for you to try!
Swiss Christmas Market
The Swiss Business Council is hosting the 10th Swiss Christmas Market Abu Dhabi. This time around, the Beach Rotana courtyard will be transformed into a Swiss alpine village, filled with chalets selling seasonal gifts and entertainment for the entire family.
There will be snow showers, chocolate treats at the Lindt live chocolate kitchen, choir singing, storytelling, live music by Swiss folklore band ‘Original Appenzeller Streichmusik Alder’ and an appearance by Santa Claus.
For more information visit SWISS CHRISTMAS MARKET
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 11, 6 pm
The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal has partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation® UAE for the second year to reveal a Make-A-Wish Tree during the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the grand lobby.
Mince pies, hot chocolate and traditional treats freshly baked by the pastry team, a choir performance in the grand lobby and Santa will all be waiting for you.
And the best part is while you participate in festive activities, you can also make donations to support local charities.
For more information visit CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY RITZ CARLTON
December 12, 3pm
Hit the road and join hundreds of people for some caroling in the desert. That’s right - the desert.
Carols by Candlelight is a free community event, which means you’re responsible for bringing your food, drinks, chair, blankets and whatever else you might possibly need to spend a comfortable afternoon in the company of family and friends.
For more information call +971 50 827 1604 or visit CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
The Santa Chase
December 13, 4 pm
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa will host its popular annual Santa Chase event on the outdoor grass lawn. Children will have a blast!
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
December 15 & 16
What a better way to introduce your little ones to classical ballet then with The Nutcracker, the story of Clara and the special gift she gets from her Godfather on Christmas Eve - a beautiful, hand-carved nutcracker with magical powers?
The Nutcracker will be performed by the Moscow City Ballet, one of the world’s most loved touring ballet companies, at the Emirates Palace.
Tickets are on sale at TICKETMASTER