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The best way to get into the holiday spirit is to explore Dubai’s Christmas markets. These lovely markets offer a delightful opportunity to shop for your Christmas celebration while taking in the festive spirit.

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Find out the best ones to visit this year with our list of must-go Christmas markets in Dubai this year.

Expo City: Winter City


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The Mobility District, Surreal waterfall, and Al Wasl Plaza at Expo City Dubai will be transformed into enchanted winter wonderland from end of November to early January 2023. This area will be packed with cosy-looking cabins, Christmas markets, pine trees, entertaining funfair games, and a letter-to-Santa station.

Habtoor Palace: Winter Garden


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Start off your Christmas celebrations with the Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace. You can expect some pop-up stores, a variety of family-friendly activities, performances, exciting attractions, and more. With a wide range of culinary choices like Shawarma Vibes, Aloha Dubai, and Sauce Diner to keep you satisfied throughout the celebrations, you won’t go home hungry!

Starting November 1 through December 31, the Habtoor Palace Winter Garden will be open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight. Pets are welcome.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah: Festive Market

This December, the annual Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market is back. The popular Christmas market will run from Thursday, December 15 to Friday, December 30.

In addition to shopping and family-friendly entertainment, the market features a live band playing festive music. Fill up on special holiday fare, take a trip to the North Pole, and seize the opportunity to ride the Abra with Santa while you spend time at the festive event.

This market will open daily for free, from 3 PM until midnight on Monday – Wednesday, and 12 PM until midnight from Thursday – Sunday.

Winterfest at Dubai Media City

Through the course of the football competition, McGettigans will host the first Christmas market in Dubai Media City Amphitheatre as an addition to an epic World Cup fan zone.

On Sunday, November 20, there will be an event to light the Christmas tree, followed by 4 weeks of Christmas-themed activities such holiday market and Santa’s grotto. A fan zone ticket—which starts at just AED 50 and can be redeemed for food and drink—will include access to Winterfest.

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Christmas Lights Party by McGettigan’s Madinat

Along with the World Cup fan zone in Dubai Media City Amphitheater, McGettigans will also host a Christmas Tree Lighting party for the families on Monday, 14th November 2022. The party will start at 5 pm and the entry tickets for adults is only for AED 50, while kids under 12 years old can enter for free.

Christmas Market at Hillhouse Brasserie

This holiday season, Hillhouse Brasserie got you and your dear ones covered. They will not only host your Christmas brunch, but their winter market will be open with a variety of enjoyable activities.

A magical performance will start at noon, and Santa will be in his grotto waiting for all the little ones at two. Everyone can then come together at the gingerbread factory and write their letters to Santa Claus. Last but not least, Spinney’s Christmas tree farm will be set up for you to choose your ideal Christmas tree. The Christmas Market will be held on December 3, from 10 PM to 6 PM.

Winter Wonderland at Reform Social & Grill

During the holiday season, Reform Social & Grill transforms its grounds into a winter wonderland, which this year includes a Christmas market on Monday, December 11.

The little ones can play in a snow park that comes with mailboxes for them to send their wish lists to Santa Claus. Daily events will get everyone in a holiday spirit, and there will be plenty of opportunities to buy Christmas gifts to fill your stockings.


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