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Updated January 2023
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.Book cheap flights to Dubai
Find out the best ones to visit this year with our list of must-go Christmas markets in Dubai this year.
Disclaimer: Dubai Christmas markets are publicised closer to the festival every year. No information is available about Dubai Christmas markets for 2023 as yet, but this article is in review and will be updated as and when the details surface.
The Dubai Christmas markets for 2023 are yet to be announced. Till then, take a look at the 2022 lineup and hope for even bigger events in 2023!
Expo City: Winter City
The Mobility District, Surreal waterfall, and Al Wasl Plaza at Expo City Dubai were transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland from the end of November to early January 2023. The area was packed with cosy-looking cabins, Christmas markets, pine trees, entertaining funfair games, and a letter-to-Santa station.
Habtoor Palace: Winter Garden
Hundreds of Emiratis started off their Christmas celebrations with the Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace. You could 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 wouldn’t have gone home hungry!
Starting November 1 through December 31, the Habtoor Palace Winter Garden was open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight. Pets were welcome.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah: Festive Market
The last December, the annual Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market was back. The popular Christmas market ran from Thursday, December 15 to Friday, December 30.
In addition to shopping and family-friendly entertainment, the market featured a live band playing festive music. Shoppers filled up on special holiday fare, took a trip to the North Pole, and seized the opportunity to ride the Abra with Santa while spending time at the festive event.
This market was 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 hosted the first Christmas market in Dubai Media City Amphitheatre as an addition to an epic World Cup fan zone.
On Sunday, November 20, there was 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 started at just AED 50 and could be redeemed for food and drink— included access to Winterfest.
Christmas Lights Party by McGettigan’s Madinat
Along with the World Cup fan zone in Dubai Media City Amphitheater, McGettigans also hosted a Christmas Tree Lighting party for the families on Monday, 14th November 2022. The party started at 5 pm, and the entry tickets for adults were only for AED 50, while kids under 12 years old could enter for free.
Christmas Market at Hillhouse Brasserie
The last holiday season, Hillhouse Brasserie had got you and your dear ones covered. They not only hosted your Christmas brunch, but their winter market was open with a variety of enjoyable activities.
A magical performance started at noon, and Santa was in his grotto waiting for all the little ones at two. Everyone then came together at the gingerbread factory and wrote their letters to Santa Claus. Last but not least, Spinney’s Christmas tree farm was set up for you to choose your ideal Christmas tree. The Christmas Market was held on December 3, from 10 PM to 6 PM.
Winter Wonderland at Reform Social & Grill
During every holiday season, Reform Social & Grill transforms its grounds into a winter wonderland. This included a Christmas market on Monday, December 11, 2022.
The little ones could play in a snow park that came with mailboxes for them to send their wish lists to Santa Claus. Daily events got everyone in a holiday spirit, and there were plenty of opportunities to buy Christmas gifts to fill your stockings.