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31 fun and festive things to do in Dubai this December

Here’s how to make the most of the month ahead.

It’s the start of a new month, which means it’s time to fill up your cultural calendar. From festive dining destinations to concerts and sporting events – we have some exciting things to do in Dubai for every day this month.

Friday 1 December

Party with Peggy Gou

Mark your calendars for an electrifying night as Soho Garden Palm Jumeirah hosts Peggy Gou for a night of revelry. Renowned for chart-topping hits like (It Goes Like) Nanana and Starry Night, Peggy Gou will grace the decks, delivering an unforgettable performance. Friday 1 December, from 10pm. Tickets from AED 150.

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Saturday 2 December

Celebrate National Day

From landmark destinations to shopping precincts, celebrate the spirit of the union for the 52nd UAE National Day with fireworks, cultural showcases, and a whole lot more. Firework displays will occur over the long weekend at Al Seef, Bluewaters Island, and JBR. Feeling cultural? Visit the Etihad Museum, which commemorates the founding of the United Arab Emirates and preserves its heritage.

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National Day fireworks

Sunday 3 December

Have tea amongst the polo fields

Meliá Desert Palm will serve their popular Polo Afternoon Tea in a stunning setting overlooking the equestrian resort’s verdant polo fields. This perfect afternoon combines the excitement of watching a polo match with the elegance of enjoying a traditional afternoon tea. 

GO: Email or call 04 602 9323 for reservations and more information.

Dubai's best afternoon teas

Monday 4 December

Tuck into the new menu at Chic Nonna

The FACT Award-winning Chic Nonna has curated a new menu rooted in seasonal ingredients and meticulously sourced premium products. Expect appetisers such as Tartare di Tonno, Vitello Tonnato, and Fiori di Zucchine, while hearty mains cover Pizzettes, pasta, risotto, and meat and seafood options. The largest wine cellar in the region complements the meal, while a wide range of expertly concocted cocktails transports guests across Italy. Available daily, from 12pm to 2:30pm and 6pm to 3am.

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things to do in December

Tuesday 5 December

Experience festive feels

Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre welcomes you to enjoy festive flavours with a Christmas Afternoon Tea that blends sweet and savoury inspirations. Commence your experience with a heartwarming welcome mocktail, followed by non-alcoholic eggnog and homemade hot chocolate. Every guest will also receive a complimentary Christmas gift. Available from 3 to 23 December, from 3pm to 6pm. AED 175 per person.

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Mother's Day in Dubai

Wednesday 6 December

Indulge in a festive treat

This festive season, La Maison Ani invites diners to savour the enchantment of Christmas with a selection of seasonal specials. Commencing the celebration is the Terrine de foie gras, pain brioche et confiture de pêche—a meticulously crafted dish featuring a velvety foie gras terrine nestled between layers of soft brioche bread, complemented by a perfectly balanced peach jam. The celebration continues with the Homemade Tagliatelle, allowing guests to relish tender pasta enveloped in a rich cream sauce, heightened with the subtle essence of white truffle. Concluding the festive feast is a Christmas pudding served with velvety vanilla ice cream. Available daily until 31 December, from 9:30am to 11:30pm.

GO: Call 04 456 1989 for reservations and more information.

things to do in December

Thursday 7 December

Feast on festive favourites

Throughout December, diners at the FACT Award-winning Chez Wam are invited to embark on a gastronomic adventure with the restaurant’s new festive suggestions menu options. Chef Hadrien’s recommendations include the indulgent Foie Gras Tatin Pie as a starter, followed by Poached Toothfish as the main course. Conclude your dining experience with a choice between the Christmas Black Forest Ball served with Cherry Sorbet or the tempting Mont Blanc Pavlova with candied chestnuts for dessert. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 6pm to 2am.

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New Year's Eve in Dubai

Friday 8 December

Sing along to The Kid Laroi

Australian rapper The Kid Laroi is coming to Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena on 8 December. The Kid Laroi started off by uploading music onto SoundCloud and signed a development deal with Sony Music Australia. His singles include Addison Rae, Diva, Go, Thousand Miles, Without You, and Stay, a collaboration with Justin Bieber. Over his career, he has collaborated with Miley Cyrus and Tokyo’s Revenge. Tickets for The Kid Laroi are on sale now and start from AED 195.

GO: Visit for more information.

December in Abu Dhabi

Saturday 9 December

Watch Slava’s SNOWSHOW

Indulge in out-of-this-world experience as Slava’s SNOWSHOW hits Dubai for the first time. This enchanting winter-themed show is a treat for both young and old, whisking you away to a world of pure imagination and nostalgia at Dubai Opera. Available from 8 to 10 December. Tickets from AED 225 per person.

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Snow Show

Sunday 10 December

Visit Sole DXB

Leave it to Sole DXB to outdo itself year after year, edition after edition. The time around, the region’s ultimate youth and contemporary culture festival is joining forces with Nas-backed entertainment company Mass Appeal to celebrate 50 years of Hip-Hop. Expect live music, DJ sets, fashion, film screenings, talks, workshops, sports tournaments and youth clinics. The American superstar Busta Rhymes will perform on 10 December. Tickets are available now via Platinumlist, starting from AED 349.

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Sole DXB

Monday 11 December

Laugh out loud with Russell Howard

Russell Howard, one of the UK’s most prolific comedians, will grace the stage at Dubai Opera, promising an evening filled with side-splitting humour and uncontrollable giggles. Russell’s second Netflix special, Lubricant, received an overwhelming response, amassing one billion views. He has also carved a niche for himself in the entertainment world with TV and radio. Now, his brand-new show, aptly titled Russell Howard Live, promises to bring fresh material, unrestrained wit, and an evening of unadulterated fun.

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Russell Howard Dubai

Tuesday 12 December

See Tinariwen perform at Dubai Opera

Tinariwen, the Grammy-winning superstar from Mali, is coming to Dubai to sweep you away with their irresistible beats and soulful tunes. Brace yourself for a fusion of traditional African music and blues that’ll make your heart sing and your feet dance. 

GO: Visit for more information.


Wednesday 13 December

Party on a DIFC rooftop

Situated atop CLAP Dubai in DIFC, Ongaku offers revellers an immersive experience that blends views of Dubai’s skyline with pulsating beats. Wednesdays are for Osaka House, a night dedicated to the coolest beats with views of Emirates Towers and the Museum of the Future. FNX Omar, Marioo and Hisham K will take to the decks on Wednesday, 13 December, from 8pm to 3am.

GO: Follow @ongakubyclap on Instagram for more information.

things to do in December

Thursday 14 December

Step into a winter wonderland

Jumeirah Emirates Towers will present its inaugural Winter District against the stunning backdrop of the Museum of the Future. Nestled on the hotel’s Plaza Terrace, visitors can immerse themselves in various Festive delights, including gourmet food and beverage choices, handcrafted treasures, and artisanal gifts from Lady Mauve and FAAMS. Adorned with enchanting decorations and a forest of Christmas trees, the venue hosts a spectrum of activities, including carnival games, a carousel, snowball fight areas and live music. Available daily, from 14 December to 4 January.

GO: Follow @winter.district on Instagram for more information.

things to do in December

Friday 15 December

Shop until you drop at a Festive Market

Madinat Jumeirah has been transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland. Visitors can expect a 36-foot Christmas tree, family-friendly activities and traditional food stalls selling holiday favourites. The festive feels continue with gingerbread house decorating, a North Pole Train the opportunity to take a scenic abra ride with Santa along the winding waterways. Available daily from 15 December to 7 January.

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things to do in December

Saturday 16 December

See Gunna at AFROWORLD

Now in its fourth edition, AFROWORLD brings together state-of-the-art production and stunning visuals at Coca-Cola Arena Dubai. The American rapper Gunna will be headlining the event. Gunna, real name Sergio Giavanni Kitchens, was born in Georgia, United States. In 2018, he rose to fame with his mixtape, Drip Season 3 and Drip Harder. His songs include Drip Too Hard with Lil Baby, Lemonade with Nav and Power with Drake. Over his career, he has also been nominated for four Grammy Awards. 

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Sunday 17 December

Watch The Nutcracker live in Dubai

You have probably watched The Nutcracker plenty of times, and now’s your chance again. The Ballet Theatre and State Opera Orchestra of Astana from Kazakhstan invites you to relive the magic at the Dubai Opera. So snag your tickets now and follow the journey of Clara as her nutcracker comes alive this Christmas. Available from 15 to 17 December. Tickets from AED 300 per person.

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Dubai Opera

Monday 18 December

Have breakfast with Santa

Delight in a joyous breakfast with Santa at North 28 inside Ski Dubai. Revel in festive delicacies like snowman pancakes and the daily serving of signature hot chocolate at 8am. This package is ideal for families with toddlers under two years old and comprises one breakfast dish and one beverage. Available from 10 to 25 December. AED 150 per person.

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things to do in December

Tuesday 19 December

Visit Al Habtoor City’s Winter Garden

Al Habtoor City’s Winter Garden is back for a new season, featuring more street food kiosks, live entertainment, and enjoyable children’s activities than before. Experience a selection of dining experiences from Casa Pons, Gelato Divino, Mama Cita and Sauce, while LabLicious will offer kids activities, including candle making, perfume making and soap making. Available daily until 31 January.

GO: Follow  @wintergardendubai on Instagram for more information.

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Wednesday 20 December

Experience festive fun at the beach

The FACT Award-winning Kyma Beach Dubai presents a Christmas journey to the Mediterranean coast. Specially crafted for groups of friends, family, and colleagues (with a minimum of 10 guests), the festive set menu showcases authentic Greek dishes. Standout plates include Asparagus Yiouvetsi with coconut, Roasted Lamb Leg, and the traditional Melomakarona. As the evening unfolds, guests can bask in the glow of Dubai Marina’s twinkling lights while moving to the vibrant beats of the resident DJ. Available from 1 to 30 December. AED 370 per person.

GO: Email for reservations and more information.

things to do in December

Thursday 21 December

Rap along with 50 Cent

The rapper 50 Cent – real name Curtis Jackson III – will perform at Etihad Arena on Yas Island as part of the World Tennis League concert series. The platinum-selling superstar will take to the stage in the capital, so get ready to sing along to his hits ranging from In Da Club to Candy Shop. The New York rapper rose to fame back in 2002, as he was discovered by Eminem and signed to Shady Records. Tickets are available via Platinumlist from AED 225. 

GO: Visit for tickets and more information.

50 Cent

Friday 22 December

See Akon & Ne-Yo live in Abu Dhabi

The R&B superstars Akon and Ne-Yo will also perform at Etihad Arena as part of the World Tennis League. Akon is a singer and songwriter, famous for his blend of R&B, hip-hop and pop music. His hit songs include I Wanna Love You, Lonely, Right Now (Na Na Na), and Smack That. Ne-Yo, real name Shaffer Cimere Smith, shot to fame with his hit songs Because of YouCloser, Let Me Love You and So Sick. Expect him to bring his soulful voice, signature moves and new numbers to the event. Tickets are now available via Platinumlist and start from AED 199.

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Ne-Yo World Tennis League

Saturday 23 December

Immerse yourself in a night of Reggae

UB40, The Original Wailers, and Trojan Sound System will perform in a special Reggae Night concert at Etihad Arena on Yas Island. The Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson, the sole member of the Bob Marley and The Wailers mid-1970s line-up, will perform classics such as No Woman, No Cry. Elsewhere, UB40, featuring lead singer and founder Ali Campbell, will close the evening by performing smash-hit singles like Falling in Love With You and Red Red Wine. Tickets are available via Platinumlist, with prices starting from AED 225.

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Sunday 24 December

Spend Christmas Eve at Signor Sassi

Savour the enchanting flavours of Signor Sassi’s Menu Di Natale this Christmas. Embark on a four-course culinary odyssey through Italy, meticulously crafted to immerse you in the magic of the season. Dine on Homemade Cheese and Truffle Ravioli, Octopus Salad with Potatoes, Sicilian Pie with Beef Ragu alla Bolognese, Sliced Veal with Tuna Sauce and Wagyu Beef Fillet with Porcini Mushroom Sauce. As tradition dictates, conclude your meal with the fluffy almond-glazed Panettone con Mascarpone. The Menu Di Natale is available for lunch and dinner from 24 to 25 December. AED 575 per person.

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things to do in December

Monday 25 December

Celebrate Christmas at CÉ LA VI Dubai

Indulge in an enticing Christmas Day lunch in a sky-high setting at the FACT Award-winning CÉ LA VI Dubai. Guests can immerse themselves in the holiday spirit with a set menu featuring a special roasted turkey crafted by Executive Chef Howard Ko. Desserts include the Holiday Berry Swirl Delight or the timeless Panettone washed down with festive beverages. Monday 25 December, from 12pm to 3pm. AED 180 per person.

GO: Visit or call 04 582 6111 for reservations and more information.

CE LA VI Festive

Tuesday 26 December

Craft some gingerbread

The entire family can embrace their creative spirit as The Restaurant at Address Beach Resort hosts a Gingerbread House Making session, bringing the enchantment of the holiday season to life. It’s the perfect holiday activity where kids can explore their architectural skills while relishing a delightful sweet treat. Available on 22, 23, 25 and 26 December, from 1pm to 5pm. AED 250 per gingerbread house set.

GO: Email or call 04 879 8866 for reservations and more information.

things to do in December

Wednesday 27 December

Luxuriate at Armani Hotel Dubai

At the heart of Armani Hotel Dubai lies the magnificent Armani/Lounge. Be captivated by the splendour of the Armani Christmas tree while immersing yourself in the holiday spirit with a signature Afternoon Tea. The lounge combines relaxed elegance with family-friendly dining, creating a Christmas wonderland filled with entertaining activities for kids. Available from 15 to 30 December, from 2pm to 6pm. AED 199 per person or AED 359 per couple.

GO: Email for reservations and more information.

Armani Hotel Dubai festive

Thursday 28 December

Ride the Dubai Balloon

It’s time to go up, up and away with The Dubai Balloon. The new attraction in Atlantis Aquaventure is a helium-filled balloon, which takes visitors up to 300 metres in the air. Enjoy the stunning sunrise or sunset panoramas with your loved ones for a truly memorable experience, and capture some fantastic photos of Palm Jumeirah to remember it.

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The Dubai Balloon

Friday 29 December

Sip on a festive afternoon tea

Immerse yourself in the captivating ambience as you partake in Palazzo Versace Dubai’s festive high tea experience at Mosaico. Delight in a curated selection of artisanal tea, coffee, and a tempting array of holiday pastries and cakes, complemented by an assortment of homemade jams and sandwiches. Available 10 December to 7 January, from 10:30am to 7pm. AED 360 for two guests.

GO: Email or call 04 556 8805 for reservations and more information.

things to do in December

Saturday 30 December 

Witness two legends live

Summer may be over, but with hits like Temperature and We Be Burnin under his belt, Sean Paul will surely bring the heat when performing at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena. The Jamaican artist is known for his infectious rhythms and charismatic stage presence. Sean’s breakthrough came in the early 2000s with the release of his album Dutty Rock, which featured the international hit singles Gimme The Light and Get Busy, which propelled him to global stardom. A feature on Beyoncé’s 2003 smash hit single Baby Boy sealed the deal. Sean Paul will be joined by American rapper T.I., known for his ability to seamlessly switch between conscious rap and club bangers with tracks like Live Your Life, Swagga Like Us and Whatever You Like.

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Sean Paul Dubai

Sunday 31 December

Ring in the New Year with Sting

Start 2024 off in style because British singer Sting has announced he is coming to Dubai. The hitmaker will perform at The Atlantis, The Palm’s New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner. Sting’s career spans five decades and his hit songs include Fields of Gold, Shape Of My Heart, Roxanne, Englishman In New York, Every Breath You Take and Message In A Bottle. He has won an impressive 17 Grammy Awards with The Police and as a solo artist. Atlantis The Palm’s New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner takes place on a custom-built deck under the starlit sky. The evening includes a 30-piece live band, a buffet with dishes ranging from lobster to caviar, and live cooking stations. Tickets start from AED 4,500.

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Sting Atlantis

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