Gear up for a 22-week programme of art, entertainment and events at Downtown Dubai. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Downtown Dubai, as part of the #MyDowntownDubai campaign you’ll see everything from themed events and community markets to food parks and compelling art installations. Stars, ribbons, leaves, doves and giant golden stags will bring a dreamlike scene to Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard. At Burj Plaza, the Snow Park with real falling snow means a white Christmas isn’t that distant a dream. Plus, there’re movies under the stars on the outdoor cinema screen, set inside Downtown Eats, a modern container park. The destination will also host art pieces by renowned artists — look for the stunning ‘Wings of Mexico’ by Jorge Marin, which seems to be giving the Burj Khalifa wings. And if you’re worried there’s going to be too much walking, there are electric scooters available until April 2019!
For an unbeatable Christmas feeling, head to The Festive Market at City Walk. Below charming glowing lights, you can cosy up with all manner of festive eats — hot choco, mince and pumpkin pies, fresh baked goodies (think eclairs, cupcakes and macarons) plus Asian street food. Kids can get pressies and pics with Santa. And if you’ve left the gift shopping to truly the last minute, there will be stalls selling everything from décor pieces to fashion — with a free customisation so that fussy relative will feel extra special. Until December 26. Entry is free.
Teaming up with Legoland Dubai, Robinsons will turn into a festive market complete with trees, ornaments, gingerbread houses and plenty of candy. There’s going to be snow man building, a white ball pit and a snowflake snow pit, and an ice castle. There’ll be a free Lego building experience. And at Laila Candy Cart, for Dh100 kids can enjoy six games and activities. Plus there’s a mailbox so little ones can tell Santa they’ve been good and send over wish lists to the North Pole. Until Christmas day.
Wake up and hear the coffee
Popular Malayalam band Masala Coffee are going to ensure you’re full of beans this festive season — the live band of eight young musicians from Kerala is performing at Al Nasr Leisureland today and will belt out their energetic alternative rock and folk music hits such as Kantha. Tickets from Dh50 at meraticket.com. Gates open at 7.30pm; show starts at 9pm.
Wreath for the stars
You could deck the halls with boughs of holly or for a more personalised touch go for hand-made wreaths. Floral company Florette is hosting wreath-making masterclasses this month under the guidance of expert florists. Masterclasses run throughout December, from 5.30-7.30pm, at the Florette store near Miracle Gardens. Dh330 per wreath and two people can work on a wreath together. Visit www.florette.ae.
Get set, ready, ho ho ho
Santa Claus isn’t coming to town on a sleigh today. At least not to the Dubai Festival City, which is hosting the first Santa Run on Friday, where participants will zip across Festival City in their own Santa costumes or wearing the free Santa T-shirt, hat and beard they’ll get as part of the race pack. Organised by RaceME, the run covers two distances — 2.5km for kids and beginners and 5km course for pros. The run starts at the Mall Promenade, winds through Dubai Festival City and finishes at the Festive Market. Race starts at 8.30am; visit raceme.ae/santa to register online.