Shopping galore

Dubai Festival City Mall is celebrating big this Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). The massive emirate-wide event – on until Sunday, January 30 – will see visitors enjoy one of the malls’ biggest ‘spend and win’ promotions of the year and spectacular fireworks to kick off the much-awaited DSF. With non-stop entertainment and family fun, Dubai Festival City Mall is going to be the season’s ultimate hotspot.

Park yourself there

Aventura Parks is bursting with things to do this festive season. On December 18 at 6.30pm there’s the Tree Lighting Ceremony that takes place in a ‘forest’. Children and adults alike can enjoy singing Christmas songs, meeting Santa, and spending time outside. There’s also a Winter Camp on until December 30. where kids can learn winter Life Skills. Located in the Middle East’s largest outdoor adventure park, the programme features five modules: Adventure, Nature Works, Team Building, Arts & Crafts, and Science Made Fun for youngsters. Climbing, ziplining, navigation, shelter building, water conservation, and more are just some of the activities that the Aventura Rangers will participate in as part of the programme. The camp is open to children ages six to 16 and costs Dh240 for a day pass and Dh840 for a full week. Two snacks, unlimited hydration, and lunch are included in the price of admission to the park. For more information, visit aventuraparks.com.

Finding candyland

Indulge yourself with all your favorite sweetmeats and walk away with goodies at the Candylicious festive shopping party at Dubai Mall on until December 17 from 5pm-7pm. To celebrate the festive season, Candylicious are giving everyone a very sweet reason to book their festive shopping party with Kidzapp. Not only will customers be able to pre-purchase their entry tickets from KidzApp at Dh99, when purchasing the tickets via KidzApp, they will also receive a complimentary Garrett Popcorn taster bag of the flavor of their choice, in addition to the picture with Santa (printed and digital) plus a personalized lollipop or candy bag. For more information, visit kidzapp.com.

Artsy getaway

Send your children on a journey up to the North Pole, enhance their art skills and boogie on jazz night at the Theatre of Digital Art (ToDA), Souk Madinat Jumeirah in for this holiday season. Enjoy an array of activities spread out through the month. Let your little ones have a decadent and creative festive season. Let your kids explore their interests and talents through the workshops and shows at ToDA. Tickets start at Dh60. For more details, visit toda.ae.

Party in Ras Al Khaimah

Take your family for a special holiday getaway at Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Ras Al Khaimah. Take advantage of the Rixos Bab Al Bahr’s winter staycation offer and avail of a 15 per cent discount when booking 2 nights or more in the Kids Escape Family Suite from December 12 to December 28. Indulge in the festive treats, music shows and live entertainment, a kids focused entertainment program, and more, all of which are sure to keep the whole family entertained throughout the season. Prices start at Dh1,299. For more information, visit rixos.com.

Fashion week

Fashion Week 2021 a three-day fashion extravaganza, on until December 18 will be hosted at Arena – IMG Worlds of Adventure. This is the first fashion week to showcase fashion with a twist of theatre. The show is open to all – free entry for adults and kids (over 10 years of age). Witness the best MENA and Asia designers. Alongside the glamour of the fashion show, is a community initiative termed ‘Bazaar’ which will display unique products from local micro and small businesses.

The Insomnia of a Serial Dreamer

Catch the insightful stories from Mohamed Soueid at Jameel Arts Centre until December 25. The stories are about his journey to getting a night of restful sleep and an ease in his insomnia. The Insomnia of a Serial Dreamer unfolds over time and locations across Beirut. The film is captured using different video technologies including a mobile phone, providing a personal account of Soueid’s wanderings through the city and the camaraderie of his day-to-day interactions. These intimate conversations evoke a sense of melancholy, longing, tenderness and personal histories. For more information, visit jameelartscentre.org

Christmas at BurJuman

This year, BurJuman Mall is going all out to bring in the festive spirit for everyone through its stunning Christmas fiesta, complete with seasonal decorations, a majestic Christmas tree, magical photo opportunities, festive parades, loads of fun activities and a visit from Santa himself. The glamorous 9-meter-tall tree adorned with led lights and Christams ornaments will be the crowning glory of this year’s Christmas celebrations at BurJuman Mall. From 2pm-10pm, guests of BurJuman Mall are welcome to wonder in the picturesque Christmas Village, located in the atrium. Children will love the surprising snowfalls, VR Snowball game, exciting photo zones, and the arts and crafts where they can express their creativity with countless festive activities. Enjoy these festivities until January 8. For more information, visit burjuman.com.

Going to the Kino

Calling all film buffs! Be one amongst the culture and art at the Moscow Animation Film Festival (MAFF) in Dubai. Experience the extravaganza of Moscow animation movies, art and cuisine with creative master classes that will entertain the children and families in the UAE. The first edition of Moscow Animation Film Festival (MAFF) will take place in the Yard, Al Serkal in Dubai. On until December 19. Bring your children to enjoy exciting animations from different cultures. Enjoy movies like The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands, Sheep and Wolves, Barboskins and much more. For more information, visit maff.moscow. Pre-registration is a must as per Covid safety protocols.

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