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Every year people eagerly await the arrival of the holiday season, and for good reasons! It is during this period that our calendar is packed with numerous fun activities and bonding opportunities with our families and friends. With things starting to get back to normal, albeit subject to precautionary safety and health measures, people are now up and about scouting for the must-visit spots and events this holiday season. 

Dubai is teeming with diverse activities for people of all ages to enjoy. If you are still looking for ways to better spend the festive season, we have rounded up some of the best attractions and sites in the emirate below:

Bab Al Shams – Festive Market

If you are a music lover, then this place is for you. Live music and entertainment, including daily carols, are performed in this biggest festive-themed desert market. A 40-foot-tall Christmas tree further adds to the happy ambience of the place. 

The Ripe Market

At the Ripe Market, you can buy Christmas trees and gifts and enjoy numerous family activities and live festive music. While here, why not visit Santa’s grotto, join wreath-making workshops and gingerbread decorating activities, or check out various food and beverage stalls?

Ski Dubai

A wide range of festive activities awaits you and your families and friends at Ski Dubai. In the morning, Santa stops by for a visit and eats breakfast with the visitors. Don’t forget to enjoy other events as well.

Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace

You can find this gem at Al Habtoor City. Bring your entire family to the winter garden to take part in fun rides and check out its dedicated play area and art displays, amongst others.

Times Square Center

Jolly activities await you and your families at the Times Square Center.

Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market

This immersive market is a haven for people who love shopping and entertainment, including listening to a live band. It features an enchanting winter wonderland, diverse food selections, a North Pole train ride, and the much-anticipated ride with Santa.

Theatre of Digital Art

Do you love artwork? If yes, then the Theatre of Digital Art is perfect for you. Prepare to experience a realistic and picturesque winter scene thanks to its immersive Christmas-themed digital multimedia show.