Dubai: From giant gingerbread dome to 5D galaxy show; 8 ways to celebrate Christmas in UAE

As the holiday season unfolds Dubai undergoes a transformation, into a captivating winter wonderland offering an array of activities. The H Dubai warmly welcomes visitors with a one of a kind gingerbread house that measures 6 meters in length 2.5 meters in width and 2 meters in height. Inspired by the Al Wasl Dome and reflecting the essence of COP28 this stunning display serves as a backdrop for photos.

At Wild Wadi Waterpark the festivities come alive with Surfing Santa, who fearlessly conquers the waves wearing board shorts. You can catch him showing off his skills at 12pm, 3pm and 5pm on the Flowrider. Additionally the park hosts family Water Olympics every day at 4pm at the Flood River. These thrilling races and challenges take place amidst eco snowfall and cheerful Christmas carols.

The Madinat Jumeirah Winter Market is back with its grandeur! Featuring a towering tree standing at a height of 36 feet this festive market spans across an area of 1,750 square meters. You can indulge in food from stalls while enjoying live yuletide tunes. Take an abra ride or experience joy on a carousel—the options are endless!. Guess what? Santa trades his reindeer for a classic car as he cruises down Sheikh Zayed Road.

Over at Nakheel Malls Festive Garden on Palm Jumeirah you’ll discover enchantment at every corner. Admire their Christmas tree accompanied by mesmerizing water fountain displays. Immerse yourself in installations featuring flowers well, as graceful gazelles and playful rabbits—truly a sight to behold!

Enjoy the flavors of the holiday season with treats, like Christmas Spice Popcorn, Turkey and Brie sandwiches and Santas Special Hot Chocolate.

Experience the winter wonderland at The Green Planet Dubai and Nature Park until January 7. Meanwhile at the Gevora Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road you can find Santa posing with gifts and adorable minions throughout December.

For an adventure head to the Theater of Digital Art, in Madinat Jumeirah where they will be showcasing the 5D Winter Galaxy Show starting from December 22. This captivating 45 minute spectacle will take you on a journey filled with lights, scientific wonders and of course Santa himself who will generously bring joy to all attending children.