Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December and is one of the most festive holidays in many countries worldwide. Despite the UAE being a Muslim country, there are plenty of places to celebrate Christmas in Abu Dhabi.
Visiting Abu Dhabi as a family or with friends is an excellent opportunity. Alternatively, if you live in Abu Dhabi, you can enjoy the city’s festivities.
From festive tree lightings to Christmas markets and winter wonderland shows, kids and grown-ups are in for a fun-filled Christmas in Abu Dhabi.
We’ve gathered everything you need to know about celebrating Christmas in Abu Dhabi with your family and friends. With so many of the free activities, it is easy to enjoy the celebrations.
- Festive Christmas tree lighting
- Christmas markets and winter wonderlands
- Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day brunches
If you fancy having a takeaway Christmas dinner, we have a complete list of places in Abu Dhabi doing scrumptious take-out hampers. Check out the festive turkey takeaways in Abu Dhabi here.
The restaurants and hotels may require you to make a reservation, so please confirm your booking and reserve your slot well in advance.
Roll up your sleeves as we introduce you to some of the fun filled Christmas events Abu Dhabi has to offer.
Best Things To Do At Christmas in Abu Dhabi
1. Conrad Etihad Towers Festive Celebrations
Celebrate the holiday season at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers with a festive lineup. On December 8, head to the Lobby Lounge for the annual Tree Lighting ceremony, featuring music, seasonal drinks, and holiday treats from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Indulge in the Festive Afternoon Tea starting December 9, also available at the Lobby Lounge and Observation Deck at 300. Enjoy seasonal sandwiches, scones, and sweet and savoury pastries with breathtaking views of Abu Dhabi.
For Christmas Eve on December 24, Ray’s Grill offers an à la carte menu or festive dishes like roast cooked Organic Turkey, starting from AED 350 per person (6:30 pm – 11:00 pm).
Alternatively, Jose By Pizarro offers festive tapas and live music from 3:00 pm to 10:30 pm, while SOLE serves authentic Italian flavours from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
On Christmas Day, Nahaam & Sole present a lavish Christmas Brunch with live music, starting from AED 535. Ray’s Grill offers a sophisticated dining experience from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm, priced at AED 400 per person.
Make the holiday season stress-free with Turkey to Go, available from November 23 to January 7. Pre-order a festive hamper for AED 899, featuring a whole turkey with trimmings serving 8-10 guests.
For more details and reservations, contact Restaurant Reservations at +971 (0)2 811 5666 or visit the website.
2. Saadiyat Beach Club Christmas Day Brunch
Celebrate Christmas Day with a festive brunch at Safina Restaurant Tromionozona on December 25th.
Indulge in a feast featuring fresh seafood and a lavish barbecue that caters to every palate, where you can watch your food being prepared to order.
Enjoy live entertainment, a saxaphone player and Santa will be making an appearance. If that wasn’t enough enjoy refreshing cocktails by the pool with views of the Arabian Gulf. Prices start from 570 AED.
For reservations, call 0097150152842 or email.
3. Radisson Blu Yas Island Christmas Events
Celebrate Christmas with a trio of festive experiences at Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson. Filini Garden invites you to “Supper with Santa,” a four-hour Italian culinary adventure with house beverages.
The Belgian Beer Cafe hosts the “Spirit of Christmas” dinner, featuring live entertainment and delectable choices.
Amerigos offers a Mexican twist with “Noche Buena,” a lively Christmas Eve celebration with live stations. Prices range from AED 175 to AED 350 for a unique experience.
On Christmas Day, savour international flavours at Radisson Blu and Park Inn. Assymetri at Radisson Blu will have a traditional Christmas day selection with live turkey carving, a singer, and Santa’s visit for the young ones.
Prices start from AED 195 for soft drinks or AED 295 with unlimited select house beverages.
Additionally, on December 26th, Filini Garden hosts Bellissima Santolinas Party- Ladies Night festive edition with a live DJ.
Enjoy house beverages for AED 95, with a 50% discount on oven items. Unwrap the magic of the season in style with these festive offerings!
4. Christmas Brunch, Khayal, Mariott Hotel Al Forsan
Celebrate the holiday season in style at Khayal, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, with their Christmas Day Brunch.
Indulge in various festive dishes across six live stations, creating the perfect setting for quality time with friends and loved ones. Enjoy live music and a special appearance by Santa Claus, adding an extra touch of magic.
Choose from three packages: AED 310 for the Soft package, AED 450 for the House package, or AED 550 for the Champagne package.
Children are welcome at AED 99, and those below six years old attend for free.
Join the festivities on December 25th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Secure your spot by calling 02 201 4131 or visiting www.marriottalforsanlife.com
5. Grand Hyatt Christmas Events
Celebrate the upcoming holiday season at Grand Hyatt, kicking off with a Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Grand Lobby on December 8th, 2023, starting at 6:00 PM. Expect festive treats and carollers to set the tone!!
The Festive Afternoon Tea offers a delectable selection of cookies and classic Christmas cakes.
You can enjoy this experience for AED 160, which includes unlimited hot beverages and mocktails, or for AED 240, including unlimited sparkling wine and cocktails.
It will be held at Pearl Lounge from December 8th, 2023, to January 7th, 2024, between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
Bring the kids to Pearl Lounge from December 15th to 17th, between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM for a fun gingerbread cookie decorating workshop. This complimentary activity features candy floss and a dedicated Kids’ Corner.
On Christmas Eve in Sahaa Restaurant, there will be a traditional Christmas buffet with all the festive goodness, including roasted turkey festive desserts, and Santa will visit. The event will run from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Prices start from 260 AED.
Perfect for families with little ones, Verso will hold the La Famiglia Brunch with Santa on Christmas Day from 1 pm to 4 pm.
The kids can enjoy the activities and entertainment, including face painting, ice cream, balloon art and a popcorn station, whilst parents relax. Prices start from 260 AED.
For reservations, call 0097125101234 or email
6. Cyan Brasserie Christmas Eve Brunch
Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with a gastronomic feast featuring holiday favourites at Cyan Brasserie.
Prepare your taste buds for a festive journey prepared by a skilled chef. The exquisite menu combines classic Christmas flavours with a modern twist, ensuring an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
Featuring a Live Turkey station, festive duck specials, decadent brunch dishes and mouthwatering desserts infused with cinnamon and pumpkin spice, there’s something to please every palate.
Additionally, the mixologist will guide you in crafting the must-have festive choice for Christmas Eve.
A live raffle draw will happen during the evening with a chance to win a staycation at Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi.
Dates: December 24th 2023
Timings: 18:30 PM to 22:30 PM
Cost: AED 250 for the soft drinks package
AED 350 for the house drinks package
AED 450 for premium bubbly all-inclusive
Location: Andaz Capital Gate – ADNEC – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
7. Crowne Plaza Yas Island Christmas Events
Celebrate Christmas at Jing Asia with a special Christmas Eve dinner and a delightful Christmas Day brunch.
Enjoy Asian delights and international cuisine, accompanied by live guitar melodies during the Christmas Eve dinner from 7 PM to 11 PM. Prices start at AED 185 with soft drinks or AED 285 with unlimited house beverages.
On Christmas Day, savor an exquisite brunch starting at AED 195 with soft drinks or AED 295 with limitless house beverages, lasting from 12:30 PM to 4 PM.
Join the festive fun at Crowne Plaza Yas Island with face painting, Santa’s gift-giving, and more for an unforgettable Christmas celebration.
Prices for both events include special rates for children aged 6-12, while kids below 6 years old attend for free.
8. Yas Island Rotana Christmas Events
Celebrate Christmas at Yas Island Rotana with a global gastronomic journey. On Christmas Eve, indulge in a scrumptious buffet featuring flavours worldwide, including a carved turkey and classic sweet treats.
Prices start at AED 185 with soft drinks or AED 285 with limitless select house beverages.
Continue the festive adventure on Christmas Day with a delectable brunch at Choices, starting at AED 225 with soft drinks, AED 325 with unlimited house beverages, or AED 395 with endless bubbly.
Enjoy the season with family and friends, and witness Santa Claus’s visit while our talented chefs showcase live cooking stations. Prices include special rates for children aged 6-12, while kids below 6 attend for free.
9. Oak Room Christmas Roast
Oak Room is well known as a British steakhouse in the capital. However, they also do pretty good Christmas celebrations with a splash of sophistication!
This premium dining experience is a 3-hour affair that starts with a choice of starters followed by a roast with all the trimmings and a variety of tasty desserts.
The atmosphere is set to be filled with happiness and warmth, with soft Christmas music playing in the background. For reservations and more information, call 02 208 0000.
Dates: December 25
Timings: 1 PM to 5 PM
Cost: AED 395, inclusive of coffee, tea and soft beverages
AED 525 inclusive of selected house beverages
Bubbles available on a la carte basis
Dress code: Casual
Location: The Abu Dhabi EDITION, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi
10. The Christmas Brunch at Alba Terrace
Delight in a festive Christmas feast with family and friends at Alba Terrace. The Christmas Brunch will feature winter favourites, including Braised Lamb Shank and freshly baked treats from the poolside wood-fired oven.
Little ones can indulge in treats from the candy trolley, while adults can sip on signature Aperol Spritz and an elevated selection of Amalfi-inspired cocktails.
Live music will enhance the festive atmosphere for the occasion.
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm, 3-hour experience
Price: AED 345 per person, including tea, coffee, and soft beverages
AED 445 per person, including selected house beverages
Bubbles will be available on a la carte basis
Location: Alba Terrace, The Abu Dhabi Edition
11. Sofitel Christmas Events
Get ready for holiday season with Le Corniche’s Christmas Eve Dinner! With their mouth-watering turkey carving station, live BBQ, and decadent festive desserts, they are guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds and leave you feeling merry and bright.
Timings: 7 pm to 12 am on December 24th 2023
Price: AED 249 per person
Kids (6-12 years) receive a 50% discount.
Also at Sofitel is the festive brunch at Grills & Chill ‘O. Live entertainment will feature Christmas songs, creating a joyful atmosphere as you indulge in a brunch filled with delicious food!
Timings: December 25th 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price: AED 325 per person with soft beverages
Add on AED 149 per person for free-flowing alcoholic beverages
Add on AED 445 for the champagne package
50% FOR KIDS 6-12 YEARS
Sofitel, Abu Dhabi, Corniche
12. Christmas Eve ‘Feast of the Seven Fishes
Drawing inspiration from the classic Southern Italian Christmas Eve tradition, Café Milano presents an exclusive Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes menu, which is set to be a truly unique experience in Abu Dhabi.
Highlighting the finest fish and shellfish worldwide, guests can enjoy delectable seafood starters and main courses, including baked herb-crusted meagre fillet, roasted monkfish, and succulent jumbo prawns.
Leave some room for Café Milano’s distinctive signature desserts to top off the Christmas Eve festivities.
Timings: Sunday December 24th
Price: Dishes are priced a la carte.
Location: Café Milano – Four Seasons Abu Dhabi
13. Butcher and Still Christmas Brunch
Dive into a unique Christmas brunch at Butcher & Still, inspired by the elegance of the 1920s. Its distinct character makes it undeniably one of the best places to celebrate Christmas in Abu Dhabi.
Enjoy the tantalizing scents of slow-roasting meat and a curated menu featuring the finest Christmas favourites, making it a perfect day for festivities.
The buffet-style brunch blends live barbecue stations and pass-around sharing platters personally delivered to each table.
Timings: 1 pm – 4 pm on Monday December 25th
Price: AED 495 per person, including soft beverages
AED 620 per person, including grapes
AED 750, including champagne.
Location: Butcher and Still, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi
14. Family Christmas Brunch at Vendome
Treat your family to a delightful Brunch this Christmas at Vendome. The elegant all-day dining restaurant is in the iconic Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi.
Utilizing the freshest local produce and seasonal ingredients, indulge in a dining experience with live entertainment within a modern, spacious setting.
Timings: 25 December from 12.30 to 4 pm
Price: AED 550 with soft beverages
AED 650 with house beverages
AED 750 with bubbles
Vendome, Emirates Palace, Mandarin Oriental
15. Christmas Eve Dinner At Le Bistrot
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort’s Le Bistrot is an excellent choice for guests looking for a peaceful yet joyful festive dinner the night before Christmas.
Le Bistrot’s signature menu dishes are prepared with authentic French ingredients and paired with world-class wines to ensure diners dine in style and elegance this Christmas in Abu Dhabi.
Timings: 24th December 7 PM to 10:30 PM
Price: AED 249 with the soft drinks package
AED 399 with house beverages and grape.
Dress code: Smart Casual
Location: Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort – Corniche – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
16. Falcon Terrace
The Abu Dhabi Golf Club is going all out this festive season! Starting on December 9, the Winter Market commences with the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at 6:30 pm, officially inaugurating the festivities.
Some of the included activities include a Best Christmas Booth competition, Santa Photo Booth, Huge Christmas Tree Lighting, and a contest for the Best Christmas Costume.
Weekend highlights feature Christmas Carollers, live performances of Christmas songs, 20+ booths and exhibitors, a Kids Area with inflatables, and a Santa Photo Booth for capturing special moments.
The festive atmosphere includes balloon twisters, face painting, clowns, henna artistry, and a Christmas-themed food and beverage section offering treats like cotton candy and popcorn.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club in Khalifa City welcomes families and friends to join in the festive cheer.
Timings : Winter Market runs from 9th to the 24th December 2023
Friday – Sunday 4pm -Midnight
Price : AED 10 per person
Contact: +971 2 885 3555
Festive Tree Lighting At Christmas In Abu Dhabi
Christmas celebrations in Abu Dhabi commence a few weeks before the day. It starts with the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Many hotels do a special event for the lighting.
17. Christmas Tree Lighting At Beach Rotana
The Annual Christmas tree lighting at Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, takes place during the first week of December and is not to be missed.
Standing at a staggering height of 33 feet, clad in red and gold Christmas ornaments. Kids and grown-ups alike will feel joyful this Christmas in Abu Dhabi.
Date December 6th, 5 pm Onwards
Location: Al Zahiya, Abu Dhabi
18. Emirates Palace Christmas Tree Lighting
Regarding Christmas tree lighting, Emirates Palace Hotel stands out, with their tree valued at a little over $11 million. The 42-foot tree will leave you mesmerised.
Adorned in 24K gold, diamonds and precious gems, it is a sight. The live Christmas choir will make you want to sing and dance.
Dates: December 9
Timings: 6 PM at the Grand Dome
Location: Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi
19. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club Christmas Tree Lighting
This exciting pre-Christmas event at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is set to happen during the first weekend of December and has a lot in store for the kids and grown-ups.
Starting with the Festive tree lighting, a live Christmas choir will sing festive tunes alongside a BBQ.
Santa will also drop by with a sack filled with treats and has arranged a meet and greet for the kids.
Dates: Sunday 3rd December
Timings: 6 PM to 10 PM
Price: AED 220 For ages five to 12 years old AED 120
Children four and under are free. Advance pre-payment is required at the time of booking.
Location: Clubhouse Lobby, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Sheikh Khalifa Highway, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
20. Christmas Tree Lighting Sofitel
Sofitel will have a live performance from a talented choir this year, filling the air with festivities this season. Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance at this Christmas tree-lighting event.
Take the opportunity to snap some photos with Santa!
Timings: 6 pm – 7 pm
Location: Sofitel lobby area
21. Yas Links Christmas Tree Lighting
Yas Links, Abu Dhabi, hosts the Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in mid-December and is something to look forward to if you are visiting Yas with your kids.
Take your family and friends and watch this magnificent tree being lit up. You can indulge in cheeky treats such as Christmas cookies and Gluehwein at this fantastic venue with loads of fun activities.
Please call 02 404 3077 for more information
Dates: December 9
Timings: 7:30 PM – 8: 30 PM
Location: Yas Islands, Abu Dhabi
Christmas Markets And Winter Wonderlands
A Christmas Market is typically a street market associated with celebrating Christmas during the four weeks leading up to the day.
Even though Markets originated in Germany, it is now held worldwide in many countries and cities, including Abu Dhabi.
Wander around excellent Christmas markets in Abu Dhabi and experience the joy the holiday brings.
22. Winter Wonderland at Al Maryah Island
The outdoor Winter Wonderland is set on the Al Maryah Islands promenade outside the Galleria Mall.
It is between the Four Seasons and Rosewood Hotel waterfront, entertaining visitors with exciting shows and performances.
Last year, kids enjoyed activities such as a Tube slide, snow zone and Christmas craft stations.
There were also food stalls with an assortment of Christmas treats. Live performances, such as juggling dance moves by a professional troupe and singing, will keep everyone entertained during the celebrations.
The Galleria Mall also has lots more going on, including Christmas lights and decor and a winter village set up at the food courts where the kids can meet Santa.
Timings : 9th – 31st December 2023
Free entry for all
Location: Al Maryah Island waterfront, Abu Dhabi
23. Ferrari World At Christmas In Abu Dhabi
Stroll with your family and friends at the award-winning- Italian Winterfest at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi.
Holding a record of being the world’s largest indoor park, it also houses the world’s fastest rollercoaster and the tallest loop in the world.
Amidst the thrilling rides, kids are in for an adventure with loads of fun activities.
This year, guests will be treated to a spectacular Ice Skating show, treasure hunting at the “Winterfest”, playing mini golf and craft sessions at the Gingerbread factory, to name a few.
The live entertainment is not to be missed. The music band and elves will have you singing carols and dancing around the festive tree this Christmas.
Dates : From 8th December 2023 to 7th January 2024
Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
24. Yas Marina & Yas Bay Waterfront
Following the traditional tree lighting on December 8, Yas Bay Waterfront and Yas Marina will host a month-long festive extravaganza.
Yas Bay Waterfront boasts a modern take on the classic Christmas tree, adorned with charming lights, glittering baubles, and winter-themed decorations.
Visit Santa’s Post Office at Yas Bay Waterfront, where you can write a letter in exchange for a cheerful surprise after dining at one of the diverse eateries. From family-friendly spots to chic fine dining, there’s something for everyone.
Explore Snowflake Lane into the Winter Market for festive shopping, treats, and gifts. Nearby at Yas Marina, Santa’s Grotto awaits with story readings and elves’ meet-and-greets.
Yas Marina transforms into a festive wonderland throughout December with candy canes, twinkling lights, and life-size snow globes.
Don’t miss the weekend festive parade from 15:00 to 20:00, featuring captivating circus performers. It’s a season of joy and enchantment at Yas Bay Waterfront and Yas Marina!
25. Abu Dhabi Mall At Christmas In Abu Dhabi
Last year, the markets surrounding the 49-foot tree at Abu Dhabi Mall were a treasure trove of unique, personalized handcrafted goodies and Christmas ornaments, all crafted by local artists and merchants.
Visitors had the opportunity to explore ongoing sales. At the same time, children enjoyed a playful train ride around the mall and engaged in various activities at the giant gingerbread house during the holiday season.
A highlight from last year was the unique chance for kids to meet Santa Claus. Stay tuned for updates on this year’s events!
Location: Al Zahiya, Abu Dhabi
26. Galleria Mall At Christmas In Abu Dhabi
Galleria Mall always brings an extra level of awe-inspiring festive decorations to its interiors, and this year is no different. The main central hall is sure to have an incredible festive display.
Santa has travelled from the North Pole to meet the children of Abu Dhabi at The Galleria this season. Starting at 10 am on December 9th, he will be available, with a special moment scheduled at 6 pm to officially kick off the festive season.
Timings : 9th to the 24th December
Location: Galleria Mall
27. Warner Bros World at Christmas
Last year, Warner Bros World converted its venue into a winter spectacular theme park, making it a holiday season to remember.
With festive lights shows, dancing, ice skating at the Gotham-themed ice rink and world-class rides, your whole family will be in for a day of unforgettable fun.
Dates: November 12 to January 8
Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Christmas Turkey Takeaway
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Rosewood Abu Dhabi offers fully cooked turkey for your at-home Christmas celebrations. Various tempting ingredients accompany the perfectly roasted Turkey, including different sides and sauces.
The 5 -6kg turkey comes with various tantalizing ingredients, including apple and apricot chestnut stuffing, one potato side, one vegetable side, and two sauces.
Location and date: Pick up from lobby – 23rd November to 28th December
Price: 625 AED per box, additional sides & sauces AED 55 per serving
Booking is required 24 hours in advance, perfect for those without time to make arrangements for the festive period.
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