As the rest of the country takes down their Christmas trees and decorations according to the Gregorian calendar, festive cheer is only reaching a peak for the Orthodox community of Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and Kazakhstan, which celebrates Christmas on January 7 in accordance with the Julian calendar. These six restaurants are decking their halls for the occasion.

Armani/Mediterraneo at Burj Khalifa is celebrating Orthodox Christmas Russian-style with a menu that includes dishes from Red Square to the Russian steppes on January 6, 6.30pm-10pm, Dh280 per person. Call 04 888 3888. Millennium Airport Hotel takes the celebrations outside with a poolside BBQ brunch at its Oasis Pool Bar on January 7 from 1pm-4pm. The buffet will feature salads, meat and seafood and desserts. From Dh109 per person. Call 056 506 0983. Oléa, the Mediterranean restaurant at St Regis, Saadiyat Island, will serve a buffet featuring traditional dishes from eastern Europe, Russia and Greece on January 7, 12.30pm-3pm. From Dh170 per person, Dh85 for children six to 12 years old and free for children under five. Call 02 498 8443. Shores, the all-dining restaurant at Ramada Plaza JBR, has a dinner buffet to ring in Orthodox Christmas on January 7 with packages from Dh199 per person, 7pm-10.30pm, call 04 439 8888.

Burj Al Arab’s Grand Russian Christmas Celebration will take place in Al Falak Ballroom on January 6 and 7 will include a cocktail reception where guests will enjoy live music from the accomplished musicians of Evgeniy Morozov’s Quartet, a lavish dinner and a performance by Russian singer Lubov Uspenskaya. Tickets available at and start from Dh550. Doors open at 8pm.

Vesna, located in Conrad Hotel, will celebrate Russian Christmas with a set menu of 12 courses which will include delicacies such as kutya, vareniky with potatoes and plum pie on January 6.