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If you’re in Dubai for Boxing Day, we’ve got all the festive activities you’re looking for. From brunches, to live music, to some hidden markets for the traditional holiday fun.

Special Boxing Brunch by #PlayaNomade

Where: Playa Nomade Dubai, Rixos, The Palm

When: 12 noon – 4pm

About: In addition to their normal weekend brunches, Playa Nomade is hosting a special Christmas brunch on the big day. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the winter solstice in the style of Tulum. So dive into the azure blue waters of the winter solstice and submerge yourself in a wonderful journey.

Image from Playa Nomade Instagram

Christmas Day in a Treehouse

Where: Treehouse Dubai, Taj Hotel, Business Bay/Downtown

When: 6pm-3am

About: The celebrations will run long into the night and Treehouse is ready to host the perfect after party for this wonderful time of the year. Sing along to classic Christmas carols and lift up your mood with heart-warming mulled wine. Listen to the soulful house tunes of a resident DJ whilst indulging in an artful menu of ‘Mediterr-Asian’ bites as creative mixologists fashion potions with a penchant for alchemy.

Sophistication at BiCE Ristorante

Where: BiCE Ristorante, Hitlon Dubai Jumeirah

When: 24-25 December from 7pm, Brunch 25 December 12-4pm

About: If you’re craving a little sophistication this holiday season, then maybe some live piano is more your thing. You can enjoy a nice, warm holiday meal from the 4-course Italian menu while a live pianist serenades with your favourite festive melodies. There’s also a brunch on Christmas Day. 

For the Traditionalists: The Festive Markets

Jumeirah Festive Market

Where: Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre & Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

When: 20-28 December, Timings for 24 & 25 December are 12 noon till late

About: Sometimes it just isn’t Christmas without a little snow. The Jumeirah Festive Markets feature a snow fight zone where you can get all your inner child out. Additionally, true to Dubai form, there’s more! You can also enjoy a bungee jumping area and many more winter festivities to keep the child at heart happy. 

Image sourced from Rayna Tours

Santa’s Secret Island

Where: Bluewaters, near JBR

When: 13 December – 5 January, 1-11pm

About: Dubai’s brand new man made island and development is right off JBR and ready for visitors!! That where you’re seen that giant wheel, Ain Dubai (Eye of Dubai). The venue promises to entertain you with loads of activities and instagram worthy snapshots


Where: Emirates Golf Club

When: 21-25 December, 6pm-midnight

About: This is a festive carnival of the Christmas season. There are a whole host of games, music, dancing, food and drinks to enjoy at this outdoor venue. And we’re lucky there’s a nip in the air (by Dubai standards). Also, visitors get a 50 dirham voucher for How’s that for a little gift for yourself?