Bring in the New Year with a bang: festivities in Abu Dhabi are some of the best in the world, promising extravagance and magic. From ice skating and building snowmen to relaxing on the beach and enjoying a Christmas cocktail, you can guarantee that spending the holiday season in Abu Dhabi will suit every visitor and every taste.
Hotels and restaurants all over the city put on large Christmas lunches, serving turkey with all the trimmings. There are places to buy Christmas trees, though nearly everywhere in Abu Dhabi makes a special effort to decorate their mall, hotel or restaurant.
The Galleria Festive Market resembles a traditional Christmas market, with stunning decorations, gingerbread houses, a snow ball park for children, as well as Father Christmas’s grotto! Music and live performances take place during the day, meaning there’s always something to get you in a Christmassy mood.
For the ultimate Christmas experience, pay a visit to WinterFest. Held at Ferrari World throughout December and the beginning of January, this festival spectacle has everything from a Christmas market to snow globe dancers, an animatronic polar bear and an ice-skating rink! Children can also play in the snow and expect a visit from Father Christmas himself.
Marina Mall is also bustling with Christmas cheer. Starting on Christmas Day every year for two days, the mall hosts a winter musical on ice. This is another of Father Christmas’s stopovers, who pops in to give good boys and girls a special present each.
You don’t have to succumb to the winter blues every Christmas – head to Abu Dhabi and spend the holiday season in style, surrounded by snow, sea and sun!