Six Of The Most Festive Christmas Markets Around Dubai

Every Christmas, we dress up “warm” and venture out to the festive markets. Here’s our round-up of the best festive markets in Dubai.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

From live performances to abras and an array of stalls, this annual market offers an array of festive traditions! Every December, Souk Madinat Jumeirah transforms into a massive festive market with a line-up of festive offerings, quick bites and musical performances to set the tone for a Christmas vibe. The market is open till 28th December, from 3 pm-midnight.

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Dubai Festival City

Located in Dubai Festival City’s bay area in the shadow of the Intercontinental Hotel, their festive market hosts everything from a huge Christmas tree to live carol performances and food stalls. The best part, their popular ‘Imagine’ show will have a Christmas version, accompanied by their water fountains. The market remains open till 25th December, 5:30 pm onwards.

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Dubai Ice Rink

If you’re looking for a festive experience indoors, this is probably your best bet. Dubai Ice Rink has put up a festive market with Christmas treats, alongside a snowball zone. The market is free to enter and goes on till 6th January.

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Santa’s Secret Island at Bluewaters

New to Dubai’s hangout spots, but making waves already. Bluewaters is transforming its island into a magical wonderland as Santa’s secret island this Christmas. The island will host snow-laden trees, little eateries and a range of little eateries. Plus, there’s an entirely dedicated ‘Freeze’ wall serving as a perfect backdrop for ‘Grammable photographs. The festive market remains open till 5th January and is of free entry.


Get into the spirit of the season at Downtown’s ongoing festivals. The tourist hotspot is home to a snow park, Downtown Eats-a fresh dining concept with little eateries serving a variety of cuisines from Asian, German to Arabic, as well as Downtown Market, home to festive shopping, live performances and much more.

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