A free five-day winter carnival is coming to Abu Dhabi

It may still be 30 degrees outside, but winter is coming to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi this December, with a free five-day festival for the whole family to enjoy.

The carnival will be held at Gateway Park South from the 11th to the 15th December, and will run from 2pm daily. There will be carnival rides, a funfair, snow play zone, the UAE’s largest winter market, gingerbread making, kid’s zone, live music on the big stage, and a firework extravaganza every day.

Giant Tree Lighting Ceremony

The festival kick-starts with the countdown to the official tree lighting ceremony taking place at 6pm on Tuesday 11th December. There will be non-stop entertainment, choirs, performances and live music playing festive tunes on the main stage.

Build A Snowman

Experience the magic of snow falling – on the hour, every hour – at Gateway Park South as kids get the chance to build their very own snowman or take part in a cheeky snowball fight at the Snow Play Zone.

Carnival Rides & Funfair

Open to the whole family, the funfair will feature traditional rides guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Young or old, there’s something for everyone to get your adrenaline racing and with unlimited rides wristbands to purchase, you can ride the carnival and funfair rides as much as you want.

The UAE’s Largest Winter Market

Wander through the UAE’s largest ever festive winter market and discover the perfect holiday gifts. There will be everything from fashion accessories, art prints, jewelry, home decor, cupcakes, toys, pottery and much more to pick up the perfect present.

Kids’ Zone

Keeping the little ones entertained the Kid’s Zone will include festive arts & crafts, inflatables and face painting. Grab an unlimited activity wristband and the kids will enjoy non-stop fun. For the ultimate Yas Winter Carnival experience go for a gold wristband and the kids gets unlimited access to carnival rides, funfair and kid’s zone.

Gingerbread Making & Decorating

Take a break from all the action and have some creative family fun as you decorate your own personalized gingerbread cookies. Form frosted roofs to colorful candy accents you’ll be provided with all the tools to personalize and take home your very own gingerbread creation.

Mystical Magicians

You’ll have to keep your eye out throughout the festival for seasonal magic as roaming magicians make objects vanish before your eyes and reappear in festive fun.

Festive Fireworks

The Arabian night sky will be illuminated with a festive firework display above Gateway Park South every evening at 9pm.

Details: Entry for Yas Winter Festival is free; simply register at www.wintercarnival.ae for your free passes. Unlimited experience wristbands are also available from AED 60 onwards. 

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