15 Fun Things To Do in Dubai During the Christmas Holidays

There is soooo much happening in Dubai in the next couple of days, and we’ve rounded up the best of what’s going on! From karaoke nights to biryani festivals, there’s something for everyone…

Thursday, 21st December

1. Biryani Festival

Is biryani your one true love? If so, this is where you need to be on Thursday! Bombay Urban Cafe in Al Barsha invites all the biryani lovers to try 7 of its biryanis! Better yet, you’ll even get free portion of gulab jamun! Yummmm. Check the Facebook event for more info.

Price: From AED 45
When: 12pm onwards, until Sunday 25th December
Where: Bombay Urban Cafe, Rose Park Hotel, in Al Barsha

2. Dubai Marina Music Festival

Get ready to groove and listen to some awesome homegrown talent at this year’s Dubai Marina Music Festival! From open mic sessions to street performers, this event aims to bring music to life.

Price: Free
When: 6pm to 10pm, until Saturday 23rd December
Where: Dubai Marina Promenade

3. Festive Improv’ Night

Kick off your weekend with some festive fun and laughter as the actors from The Courtyard Playhouse put on show for you. You can also enjoy a festive menu while watching the show.

Price: Free entry
When: 8pm to 9pm
Where: Rove Trade Centre, near the Trade Centre roundabout

Friday, 22nd December

4. Soho Garden Launch Party

Party with Roger Sanchez this Friday, at the launch of Dubai’s newest lounge Soho Garden! On top of dancing all night long, you’ll be able to explore the garden, taste the new menu and enjoy the drinks on offer.

Price: Free entry
When: 9pm onwards
Where: Soho Garden, at Meydan Dubai

5. Rainforest Yoga

Wake up early on Friday morning for an energising yoga session amidst all the flora and fauna at The Green Planet – Dubai’s indoor rainforest! The session will end with some guided meditation.

Price: AED 100
When: 8am to 9am 
Where: The Green Planet, at City Walk 

6. Glitter Disco

Get your sparkle on this Friday, at Mahiki’s Glitter Disco night! Glitterbox will be on hand to adorn you with glitter makeup, and ladies will even get glittery treats on arrival.

Price: AED 200 for unlimited beverages
When: 7pm to 12am
Where: Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Saturday, 23rd December

7. Food Truck Jam

Foodies in Dubai, Truckers UAE is finally back this weekend! Make your way to Emirates Golf Club with your mates this Saturday to enjoy chill vibes, live music, and awesome food from local food trucks!

Price: Free
 5pm to 11pm

Where: Emirates Golf Club, for contact details click here 

8. Frankie’s Comedy Night

Spend your Saturday laughing at Frankie’s Comedy Cellar! As always, the hilarious Simeon Goodson will be hosting the show, with Dubai’s best comedians taking the stage throughout the night.

Price: Free, but reservations are recommended
 6pm onwards

Where: Frankie’s Comedy Cellar, JBR

9. Poolside Salsa Night

Grab your dancing buddies and enjoy a night of salsa under the stars this Saturday. Don’t know how to salsa? No worries, come along to learn some moves. There will be Latin hits playing all night long.

Price: Free
 9pm onwards

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR

Sunday, 24th December (Christmas Eve)

10. Gossip Sundays

Ladies, get your girlfriends together and head to Bazxar for its ladies night every Sunday! You will receive 3 complimentary drinks when your order a dish, as well as a 25% discount on the total bill!

Price: Free
 6pm to 11pm

Where: Bazxar, in DIFC

11. Burger Nights

Did you know that Friends Avenue Cafe has its own burger joint? Melt Burger Company has a brand new burger menu, and every night is burger night at the Motor City branch! Head there with your burger besties to try it out.

Price: A la carte
 6pm onwards

Where: Friends Avenue Cafe, in Motor City

12. Festive at The Beach

From an ice skating rink to a winter parade to a festive market filled with cute gifts, The Beach really knows how to celebrate Christmas! Get your friends and family down there for an entire day of festive fun!

Price: Free, except for the ice rink (AED 15)
 3pm to 11pm, daily until Monday 25th December

Where: The Beach, at JBR

Monday, 25th December (Christmas Day)

13. Karaoke Madness

Miss Wang is one of Dubai’s coolest hole-in-the-wall spots, and they even have weekly karaoke nights! Dj Reesha will play your favourite hits all night, while you sing your heart out and enjoy 50% off on selected beverages.

Price: A la carte
 8pm to 1am

Where: Miss Wang, in Bur Dubai

14. Rockin’ Around Cook Hall

Celebrate Christmas at Cook Hall this Sunday, with delicious festive food, creative drinks and lots of old school Christmas tunes. As an extra treat, there’s also a happy hour until 8pm!

Price: A la carte
 5pm onwards

Where: Cook Hall, at the Westin Habtoor City

15. Back to the 90s

Ready for retro night? Make your way to Backyard this Monday for Time Machine – its super cool throwback night! This week’s theme is Mariah Carey, and DJ Rain will be on the decks playing her best hits from over the years. Get ready to lip sync to win prizes!

Price: Free entry
 8pm onwards

Where: Backyard Dubai, Business Bay

Still want more? If you’re looking for some Christmassy fun, here are some awesome Christmas markets to check out, or if you love food, check out these 23Christmas dinners and brunches in Dubai! Have an amazing break, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas!