1. Music in the city
There’s more than just amazing rides to keep visiting Bollywood Parks and Resort this month. The themepark will be hosting a slew of concerts by Bollywood singers starting with Indian musical duo Vishal-Shekhar on December 21 at 8pm. On December 28, leading South Indian playback singers M G Sreekumar (top), Shweta Mohan (above left) and musician Haricharan (above right) as well as popular Kerala-based band ‘Bennet and the Band’ will be performing. Tickets cost Dh49 for guests who are exclusively visiting the park for the concert and tickets cost Dh99 including the show as well as a full day at the park; visit platinumlist.net.
And for some rhythm divine, head to The Pointe where Spanish crooner Enrique Iglesias (top right) will set the waterfront stage on fire with his performance today. The new Palm Jumeirah destination will see him perform at 9pm after an action-packed line-up of music shows and entertainment programmes that start at 4pm. Ticket holders can also access the show’s after-party at The Pointe, with special dining and entertainment offers until 3am the following day. Tickets from Dh150 at ticketmaster.ae.
Relive the Fab 4’s magic this festive season with the Le Meridien Abu Dhabi’s The Beatles tribute show happening today. Singers John and Paul (who also resemble the original John and Paul) will unleash beatlemania with their rendition of iconic hits such as Please Please Me, Hey Jude or Love Me Do at the vintage-style outdoors concert. Free entry, show starts at 7pm at The Village. Call 02 644 6666.
2. Winter Wonderland
Since the North Pole’s quite a long way off, why not make a trip to Al Maryah Island instead? The destination is transforming into its annual Winter Wonderland until December 26 replete with Santa’s Grotto, roaming performances, live stage shows, carnival games, enormous LED sculpture of Santa’s sleigh and reindeers as well as appearances by Santa and his elves. Kids can keep busy with fun acuities such as snow globe making, cookie decorating, visits from six Disney princesses and for some serious snowy fun head to the Snow Zone — an immersive snow globe. Visit almaryahisland.ae.
3. A tough cookie
The Little Gingerbread Man, a musical adaptation of the popular folktale takes the stage today at the Meraki Theatre and Arts Centre, Dubai’s newest performing arts space in Hartland International School. Produced by Lollipop Theatre, this interactive adaptation combines puppetry, audience participation, an original musical score and a script packed with wit, slapstick comedy and singing and dancing to bring alive the classic tale about a gingerbread man’s escape. Three performances of the show today at 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm; Dh95.
4. Revisit history
The DCT Abu Dhabi is conducting a Royal Bisht workshop on December 18 and an Archaeological Excavation workshop on December 19 at Al Ain’s Qasr Al Muwaiji, the birthplace of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. At the Royal Bisht workshop, you’ll get to explore exquisite bishts — traditional men’s cloaks that have been hand-tailored for Emirati rulers. Meanwhile, the Archaeological Excavation will see you get down and dirty with a simulated dig site under the guidance of Emirati archaeologists. Workshops are free. Visit visitalain.ae.
5. Here they come a wassailing
You could play your favourite Christmas songs on repeat, or to truly get into the festive spirit get your tickets for Jingle Bell Favourites. The live concert at the Dubai Opera today and tomorrow will see The London Concert Orchestra Show Band and Capital Voices Choir perform Christmas hits such as Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Silent Night and more. Conducted by Freddie Tanner and West End star soloists, Alison Jiear and Matt Little, 48 students from the Gems Choir will also be joining in the holiday cheer. Tickets from Dh175 at dubaiopera.com. Morning show at 11am today and matinee shows at 3pm today and 2pm tomorrow; evening shows at 8pm and 7pm tomorrow.