Holidays at Hollywood

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Enjoy the holidays at Motiongate Dubai and experience the Hollywood-inspired theme park that has been transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday lights and décor, festive shows, and even ‘snowfall’. Starting from playing in the snow to exciting rides around the park, get immersed in the magic of Hollywood and be a part of the Motiongate Dubai parade, which winds its way down Studio Central. Festive celebrations are on until January 9. Tickets start at Dh175. For more information, visit motiongatedubai.com.

Drone away

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The second edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) Drone Light Show has returned to Bluewaters. With three different shows rotating over the duration of DSF, set to the much-loved ‘Ya Salam Ya Dubai’ song by Rashed Al Majed and RedOne; the Expo 2020 anthem, ‘This is Our Time’ featuring Hussain Al Jassmi, Almas and Mayssa Karaa; and David Guetta’s global hit ‘Titanium’ featuring Sia; the DSF Drone Light Show showcases mesmerising choreography and tell the story of the UAE’s past, present and future while incorporating Augmented Reality elements. The shows are on until January 30.

Yas time

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Prepare for a treat with a wide variety of jolly activities for the whole family at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, running until December 25. Shopping is made merrier with live entertainers roaming around the mall, while guests can capture precious moments and make this a festive season to remember with the mall’s perfectly themed décor and enthralling activities. Frolic with Santa and enjoy the Nutcracker jukebox this Christmas at Yas Mall. For more information, visit yasmall.ae.

Clymbing up

Develop a new hobby at CLYMB Abu Dhabi, UAE’s indoor adventure hub. Clymb Abu Dhabi includes the world’s biggest indoor skydiving flight chamber and the region’s tallest indoor climbing wall for guests of all ages and competency levels. Guests aged 3 and above can go skydiving by signing up for the Junior Flying Club where they will get one-on-one coaching sessions with expert instructors. Aspiring climbers aged 14 and above can sign up for the Bouldering and Auto-belaying group courses. For more information, visit clymbabudhabi.com.

Go Barca!

Calling all FC Barcelona Fans for two months of Barca magic. The Barcelona Exhibition is in Dubai until February 2. Soak in the atmosphere of Camp Nou on game day and be one with the interactive experience set inside a 360 degrees space. Take a trip down to the past and learn about the club’s history while also seeing the future of the next-gen of Barca. Shop for exclusive merch and also check out the 65 HD projections and a special simulation area. Tickets start at Dh120. For more information, visit barcaexhibition.com.

SPLASH-tastic

Thrilling rides, splash induced giggles and surges of adrenaline is how Yas Waterworld is welcoming this winter break. Inspired by Emirati culture and following the waterpark’s original story ‘The Legend of the Lost Pearl,’ guests will get to experience exhilarating rides and legendary adventures with an authentic local feel at the only Emirati themed waterpark in the world! Buzz through exciting rides like the Liwa loop, Cinesplash, Bubbles Barrel, Hamlool’s Humps, Falcons Falaj and Dawwama. Tickets start at Dh220. For more information, visit yaswaterworld.com.

Nutcracker night

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This festive season, indulge in art and culture at the Dubai Opera. Witness the exquisite rendition of the famous ballet, the Nutcracker. Experience a spectacular performance from the dancers of the Russian State Ballet and Opera House. The score is filled with Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing tunes, including Waltz of the Flowers and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, which will all be played by a live orchestra. See the spectacle of young Clara and the Nutcracker and their journey to defeat the Rat King. The performances are on until December 25. For more information, visit dubaiopera.com.

Magical Winter Carnival 2021

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The Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud, Dubai, will come alive from 2pm to 11pm on Friday (December 24) as the Magical Winter Carnival 2021 kicks off. A family community event, the fun-filled evening will be packed with plenty of live entertainment including fashion shows, music and dance programmes not to mention a DJ spinning discs, Santa appearance and more. There will also be a mega raffle. Not to be missed is a special performance by Children of Determination where they will be showcasing their talents for a good cause.

Head to the park

Umm Al Emarat Park is giving visitors the chance to get in the festive spirit and meet Santa Claus this weekend at the Park Market. Young ones can meet Santa Claus and take pictures with him in his very own Christmas booth! Visitors can also explore a lot of other fun family-friendly activities at the Park Market. There are also a variety of food dining options and the op to shop sustainably from local retailers. Every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 11pm. visit ummalemaratpark.ae for details.

Santa's here

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With the start of the Festive Season, Santa has skydived into Global Village to light up the giant tree. To add to the festive feel, snow flurries are falling over Celebration Walk and Festival Wheel every day until January 8. Santa is singing his favourite songs from his golden sleigh in Arabian Square. Guests can also stop by the Mini Festive Market at Celebration Walk, to enjoy festive treats and trinkets while admiring the giant tree. Carnaval is also celebrating with festive music and lights. Santa also gives kids a chance to realise their wish. For more information, visit globalvillage.ae.

Get messy

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From December 24 to 30, the OliOli parking lot will be transformed into a space that celebrates the joy of getting messy, with mud cakes, rainbow pop rockets, paint catapults and more... the messier the better! You can look forward to five fun-filled stations such as bubble lab, paint palooza, and splash mania packed with messy experiences and exciting activities. End your messy celebration with an exhilarating show with rainbow fireworks and liquid nitrogen explosions – running every hour starting from 10.45am, last show 6.45pm. Timings: 10am to 7pm (last booking slot 4pm) Tickets Dh156. Visit olioli.ae/mess-fest21 for details.

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