Fabulous things to do during the winter break in the UAE
Looking for ideas to keep the whole family entertained during the winter break? Here are our suggestions
Snowman Bao making at Mogao
At this family-friendly restaurant, two kids under the age of 12 can customize their own Snowman Bao when parents spend a minimum of AED 100 on dining in. Create happy winter memories this festive season and encourage your child’s inner artist at Mogao.
December 24 to January 1 from 12-10:30pm. Call +9714 554 8220 and visit Instagram
Indulge in The Cake Boutique’s limited-time-only Christmas special cakes
Get into the holiday mood this festive season with the Christmas-themed cakes, cakesicles, and hot chocolate bombs from The Cake Boutique. Award-winning cake decorator Beth Lauren’s combinations of colours and flavours continue to delight all year long, from the traditionally festive to the delectably decadent.
MessFest at OliOli®
Get ready to enter a festival filled with wild colours, crazy science, epic bubbles, and unmissable fun where children can promote their creativity and curiosities while also improving their fine motor abilities and social-emotional skills.
Playing with unprocessed materials like dirt, paint, sand, and water gives kids the freedom to be creative and unrestrained, stimulating their curiosity and developing their knowledge.
December 24 to 28. Early bird offers available until December 23 (or till stocks last): 1 hour Messfest ticket for AED95 for 1 Child + 1 Adult or OliOli’s 3-hrs all-access ticket, available for a limited time at a discounted price of AED146 for 1 Child + 1 Adult. Call +9714 702 7300 and visit the website or Instagram
Magical Winterland at OliOli®
Magical Winterland is a special temporary installation that will showcase families and children the wonder and magic of miniature models.
The immersive attraction includes more than 700 miniature elements, including animated buildings, picturesque landscapes, secret portals, wizardly worlds, model trains, and a fun-filled carnival, all of which are tucked away in the magic of snow-capped mountains.
Crafting workshop at Spill the Bean
This winter, Spill the Bean, in collaboration with The Craft Window are introducing the ideal festive workshop in a creative setting to get those creative juices flowing. The session aims to embrace the flow of abstract painting and will be followed by delightful healthy bites.
December 22 from 4-5:30pm. AED100 per person. Call +9715 2505 9022 and visit Instagram
Winter Wonderland at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
This Christmas, the grand Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland, where jingle and happiness are waiting to transport you to a delightful world of celebration.
Experience an immersive holiday playground at the first-ever holiday market at the Waldorf Astoria. As the sun sets, the main event of the day kicks off with a thrilling parade that leaves from the gigantic, mystical Christmas tree, where the elves awaken, open their windows, and prepare for work. The large man in red appears as they depart from the tree to go to their factory, turning the “dreamland switch” to activate a brilliant light display, traditional holiday music, and unexpected performances.
From December 22 to January 8 (closed on December 31) from 5-9pm. AED25 registration fee, fully redeemable towards F&B at the Christmas market (kids below 6 years old enter for free). Call +9717 203 5555 and visit the website or Instagram
Winter camp, ‘Hospitality Ninjas’, at Millennium Place Barsha Heights Hotel
Through entertaining activities such as baking and cookie design, culinary relays, an introduction to the hotel’s own kitchen garden, and pizza courses, kids can have fun and learn more about hospitality during the festive season.
The Hospitality Ninja course is available for children from 5 to 10 years old, inclusive of all meals and a fun day of activities where they can meet new friends, pick up new skills, and receive Ninja’s certificate of participation.
Until December 30 from 9am-3pm. AED125 for one day and AED485 for five days. Nutritious snacks, soft beverages and meals are included, along with a Team Hospitality Ninja shirt. Call +9715 8606 0844 and visit the website or Instagram
Eco Glice Skating Rink at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
Glide your way into the holidays as the renowned holiday display at Wafi Mall expands the enchanted Christmas experience from Santa’s Grotto and interactive activities at his academy to an outdoor skating rink at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk.
The award-winning hotel’s eco-gliding rink, which is connected to the mall and situated on the terrace of the stylish café, Bijou Patisserie, provides for the ideal family adventure for only AED50—which includes a bucket of VOX Cinema’s finger-licking good popcorn. Additionally, experience a meet-and-greet with Santa, a personalized gift, and a framed photo for AED70.