Christmas Day Celebration Ideas

It’s exactly 7 days until Christmas and I’m sure you are also cramming and haven’t planned your Christmas brunch or dinner until now. Don’t fret for I have scoured the emirates to find the best places to eat and celebrate this special day. Whatever your budget is, if you want something simple or extravagant, I’m sure you can find something in this list that suits you best. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the best and most festive places in the city that is sure to bring out and fill you with the Christmas spirit.

Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira CreekGinger House-2.jpgDelight in holiday delicacies with the famous Christmas Brunch located on the Pool Terrace with festive carols, Santa appearance and presents for the little ones. Enjoy the beautiful view, great weather and delicious food from eight restaurants with complimentary pool access.

December 25th 2016, From 12.30pm to 4pm, Price starting from AED 225  For bookings, click here

Bazxar DIFCimg_3614Make it a December to remember at the buzzing hotspot Bazxar at DIFC with a Christmas Set menu starting at AED330 with live music provided by Rita & The Rogues.

For reservations, call +971 4 3551111 or email

Sky Lounge Thirty One, Grand Millennium Al Wahda Abu DhabiSkylounge1.jpgEnjoy an unforgettable Christmas Eve by heading up to Sky Lounge Thirty One for unlimited shisha, bubbles and bites. Add some live beats from resident DJ Kozy, plus views of the twinkling Abu Dhabi skyline by night, and the atmosphere is sure to be festive.

Time: 7pm-11pm, Price: AED 275 for unlimited shisha, bubbles and bites. For more info, click here

Intersect by Lexus Dubai – Christmas Day BrunchIntersect by Lexus Main Entrance View.jpgSpend your holidays indulging in a deliciously contemporary flavorful feast at the creative eatery. INTERSECT BY LEXUS is kicking off the holiday cheer with a bespoke festive menu that will be available daily throughout the month of December, with three special events at the centerfold including a pre Christmas brunch, Christmas eve dinner and a Christmas Day brunch.

Date: Sunday, December 25th Time: 1-4pm Price: Soft Beverage Package AED 325, House Beverage Package AED 425, Bubbly Package AED 625  

For reservations: +9714 355 9524, Facebook   Instagram  Website

Firebird Diner – Christmas Day BrunchFirebird-Diner.jpgA spectacular Christmas day brunch awaits, with a buffet brimming with festive foodie favourites. • 295 AED per person (inclusive of non-alcoholic beverages) • 495 AED per person (inclusive of house alcoholic beverages) • 695 AED per person (inclusive of champagne)

Movenpick Hotel JLT – A Very Merry Christmas Day Brunch MovenpickJLT.JPGThis experience celebrates all the classics. nosh through an array of all the finer things in life including fresh seafood, oysters, sashimi, sushi, foie gras, duck and a touch of tradition with roasted lamb and turkey with all the trimmings.Those with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed.

The Christmas Day Brunch is available from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm or 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm, at AED 199 per person, including buffet and soft beverages, or AED 299 per person, including buffet and unlimited house beverages. 

For more information or reservations about festive dining at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, call +971 4 438 0000 or email

Yalumba, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel + Conference CentreYalumba restaurant - Copy.jpgChristmas themed buffet and festive brunch with free-flow of house beverages that starts from 1pm-4pm. Happy hour 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm with 20% off on all beverages

Price: Dhs599 with Bollinger Special Cuvee N.V., house beverages, fine wines, beers and house spirits. Contact: 04 702 2455,

Holiday Inn Dubai Al BarshaIMG_8443.jpgExperience a lavish Christmas Buffet with Turkey Carving Station, kids activities, Santa’s visit offering gifts for the little ones, Christmas choir performing live, surprise shows by the hotel’s resident entertainers, Christmas Bazaar and complimentary pool access from 3pm.  The brunch starts at 12noon to 4pm @ The Gem Garden and they have an Early Bird Offer: 10% Discount for bookings made before December 20th. 

AED 145 per person inclusive of soft beverages, AED 75 per child (5-12 years old), AED 225 per person with unlimited selected house beverages.

For Bookings & Inquiries, please call: +9714 323 4333 or email:

Copper Dog DubaiChristmas Turkey.jpgOn Christmas Day; families will be prompted to choose from either an early or late sitting for their delectable three course set menu detailing dishes Smoked Salmon, Foie Gras, Roast Turkey and Roasted Cod as some of the available options on the aptly named menu. Adding to the already generous culinary offering; Copper Dog are including 3 hours of bottomless selected house beverages for only AED 600.00 per person, coupled with live music provided by Good Fellows.

Christmas Day | 25th December | 12.00 Midday – 5.00pm For more info, click here

The Daily, Rove Hotel Downtown DubaiScreen Shot 2016-12-18 at 9.51.41 PM.pngDubai residents and visitors can ‘rove’ around The Daily this festive season at the popular family friendly weekend Bench Brunch. With the unlimited ‘Bench’ buffet featuring festive foodie favourites to the sound of seasonal tunes, The Daily offers the perfect place to sit back, relax and celebrate the season in casual style with family and friends.

The Daily staff will be parading their festive jumpers and if you join in (go on, come dressed in your favourite unwanted gift) you will enjoy a hot grape beverage on a complimentary basis.

AED 99 per person / AED 49 for children aged 6-12 years / children under 6 years free. Timings: 11.00 am to 3.30 pm on 23, 24 and 25 December 2016. For more information, visit, follow Rove Hotels on Facebook and @rovehotels on Instagram and Twitter.

Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu DhabiCrowne Plaza - Cho Gao.JPGThis is a Christmas Brunch, Asian style. Delight in the impressive Cho Gao brunch, and enjoy all your festive favourites from slow roasted turkey to Christmas puddings from 12pm – 4pm.

Price: AED 175 net including iced tea and soft beverages, AED 225 net including unlimited house beverages, For bookings: +971 (0) 2616 6801/6802

McGettigan’s Madinat JumeirahMCGETTIGANS INTERIOR 081816 MID RES (31 of 85).jpgMcGettigan’s is known as a home away from home by expats living in Dubai especially during the festive season. From office parties to festive gatherings with friends, McGettigan’s award winning foodand beverages, together with the best live music is a recipe for Christmas perfection.

On Christmas Day, enjoy a delicious 3 course meal featuring McGettigan’s traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings & 5 house beverages for AED349 or AED399 for a free flowing beverage option anytime between 12-4pm. Reservations are recommended, email

Sea Fu – Festive FeastBanner2.jpgChristmas Day is best celebrated beach side at Sea Fu for a festive feast. Stunning views and the refreshing sea breeze is the perfect complement to delightful Asian cuisine.

Christmas Dégustation l Price AED450 including food and soft drinks from 12:30pm – 4pm and 7pm – 11pm. For bookings, contact +971 4 2707880 or visit

West 14th west-14th-festive-menu.jpgDitch the cooking in favour of a relaxed festive meal thanks to the West 14th Christmas Day BBQ, which is taking place on the beach at Palm Jumeirah. Guests can enjoy a selection of salads followed by BBQ Christmas Turkey, Turkey & Stuffing Skewers and Lamb Roast. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s also a tempting selection of festive desserts. There will be a very special visit from Santa Claus, as well as live entertainment.

Date: Sunday 25th December, Time: 1pm-4pm, Cost: AED250 per person for food and unlimited soft drinks, AED420 per person for food and unlimited house beverages, AED499 per person for food and unlimited house beverages and bubbles, Kids: AED99 for food and soft drinks 6 to 12-year old’s, Free for children 5-years old and under, Children 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult. To book a table, click here

Dusit Thani Dubai – The Christmas Brunch at the 24th FloorDusit-Thani-Dubai-Dining-Pax-Restaurant-hi.jpgRoast and toast to an unforgettable Christmas holiday on 25 December 2016 with your family, friends and loved ones this year at Dusit Thani Dubai. Make your way through an array of sumptuous gourmet options including grand turkey carving, authentic specialty cuisines and overflowing drinks.

Price: AED 295 with soft drinks and chilled juices, AED 395 with house wine and house beer, AED 495 with sparkling wine and house spirits and AED 595 with Champagne. For reservations, please call +971 (0) 4 317 4515 or email

Plaj, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray – Festive Barbecue Celebrationjumeirah_zabeel_saray_-_plajEnjoy the weather with delectable festive barbecue delights, and the pristine private beach as the backdrop at the beachside dining venue, Plaj. It starts at 1:00pm up to 4:00pm on Christmas Day

AED 395 per person inclusive of soft beverages, AED 535 per person inclusive of full house beverages, AED 735 per person, inclusive of house beverages and free-flowing bubbly, Children between 4 and 12 years enjoy a 50% discount, Children below the age of 4 dine. To book, click here

Warehouse, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel + Conference CentreWarehouse-Beer-Garden.jpgDance all you can then eat and drink to your heart’s content from 1pm- 4pm. Happy hour starts from 4pm-9pm with 20% off on all beverages

Price: Dhs299 with house beverages. Children below 12 years are welcome to join the Kids’ Club located at Jules Bar free of charge. Contact: 04 702 2455,

Cipriani Yas Island – Festive Celebration with À La Carte MenuIMG_0050.jpgLet Cipriani be your home away from home and join for an unforgettable dinner and enjoy a beautifully decorated venue with a live tree and a special visit from Santa Claus himself! The menu includes Home Made Veal “Tortellini” with Cream, Oven Roasted Christmas Turkey with Chestnuts and traditional Italian Christmas dessert Panettone with “Mascarpone” sauce or a Vanilla Meringue.

Timings: 6pm until midnight, 24th and 25th Dec. For reservations or enquiries call 02 6575400, or alternatively, email

GauchoGaucho Venue 1.jpgTis the season to be Gaucho! The time for friends and family to join and relish in the holiday spirit with a taste of the Christmas Menus has finally come. Gaucho will be welcoming all for their sumptuous Christmas Eve and Christmas Day set menu with all the trimmings, as well as a Boxing Day roast and the usual luscious Friday brunch with that all-important Christmas theme and special beverages and sweets to go with it.

Christmas Themed Brunch 23rd December (Asado – 320 AED, Signature – 395 AED, Virtuoso – 495 AED) 24th Christmas Eve and 25th Christmas Day Set Menu – AED 380 per person and A la Carte available, 26th Boxing Day Roast

For further information visit:, For reservations or enquiries call +971 4 422 7898, or alternatively email:  Instagram

Ting IrieTing Irie - Festive Food 1.jpgIndulge in a true Christmas eve and Christmas day Jamaican experience with an elaborate menu filled to the brim with the finest delicacies from the Caribbean that comes with all the festivities and decorations you could ask for.

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day-24 – 25 December – 295 AED p/person, Family style set menu, Pickneys under 7 years old EAT FREE. For further information, please visit, For bookings or enquiries, call 04 557 5601 or email:

Miss Lily’s DXB11741217_982835651755993_7746628518595112856_o.jpgThe Christmas Brunch taking place on 23 December offers a pre-fixe menu (AED 320 per person) with dishes including: Roast Leg of Lamb, Prime Rib Roast and Pumpkin Cheesecake. It’s traditional in the fact that roasted meat remains the focal point, however, this is where the comparison ends and the Caribbean heat kicks in.

Enjoy a playlist of reggae tunes whilst soaking up the famous Miss Lily’s atmosphere and signature interiors – think bright colours and wild, clashing patterns that evoke an 80’s Jamaican diner aesthetic. I bet you’ll leave wanting to make friends with at least one member of staff.

5th Floor, Miss Lily’s, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai | For reservations please contact: 043544074

Burger & LobsterB&L THE BEAST BURGER AED127 3.jpgThe Burger & Lobster Merry Christmas Package includes everything from welcome bites, starter sharing platters so everyone gets to try the best of Burger & Lobster classics, followed by Lobster mains and your choice of desserts, all washed down with selected festive tipples! 

24th-25th December 2016 – 451 AED PP (4 PAX), For reservations: +971 (0)52 521 3405, Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-12AM (bar 2AM), Location: Burj Daman Building, DIFC

Kempinski Hotel Ajman – Christmas Day Brunch with Santa_MG_0229_HDR-Edit.jpgEnjoy an entire afternoon of festive family fun with a mouthwatering buffet of traditional Christmas food, live-cooking stations, musical entertainment and a designated kids’ playground, accompanied by a surprise visit from Father Christmas with a sack full of gifts.

Friday, 23 December, From 1:00pm to 4:00pm, AED 185 net | Brunch Only, AED 250 net | Beach & Brunch, AED 290 net | Beach & Brunch with selected alcoholic beverages

For reservations and more information: +971 6 714 5582 |

The Tap House
 The beachfront restaurant and bar situated in Club Vista Mare on the shoreline beach –Palm Jumeirah also has their own festive offering. The cool industrial interiors, chilled ambience and relaxed beach terrace makes THE TAP HOUSE a perfect hangout for everyone. Christmas Day 25th December: 3 COURSE BRUNCH (a la carte will not be served during the brunch hours) Time: 12pm – 4pm

Price: AED345 per person with unlimited house beverages (includes select bottle beers, house spirits & wines). AED195 Non alcoholic packages (includes soft drinks, juices and water). AED120 per person for children below 12 yrs (includes soft drinks, juices and water). Extended drinks Package: AED199 from 4pm – 7pm (includes select bottle beers, house spirits & wines) Website –

Bistro Des Arts – Christmas BrunchLobster benedict - Christmas Brunch.jpgBistro Des Arts offers traditional family, fun and merriment with a festive ‘Un Brunch a La Marina’ available 23rd – 26th December. Central to the Christmas Brunch is the ‘Social Table’ from which guests are free to indulge to their hearts content from the extensive selection available. Celebrate Christmas in a familiar and laid back setting that offers the perfect rendezvous for friends and family to gather.

Date: 23rd, 24th, 25th & 26th December from 10am-3pm. Unlimited selection from the ‘Social Table’, one serving from the ‘Cuisine’ and ‘Creperie’ selection per guest: AED 199 per person food only, AED 299 per person inclusive of food and selected beverages (2 jugs of 50 cl per person) To book, call 04 5511576 or click here


Le Vendome – Emirates Palace Christmas Lunch
Christmas brunch is a big production. Why not leave it to the team of talented chefs at Emirates Palace to prepare your Christmas feast, so you can actually enjoy it rather worrying about the not so glamorous preparation and post-party clean up? Emirates Palace has pulled all the stops to make your Christmas dinner one to remember. The buffet and beverages will leave the adults full and jolly, and the desserts and visit from Santa Claus and his elves will have your children buzzing about having had the best Christmas ever at Emirates Palace. Christmas is just one day a year, so make it memorable, sharing festive fare with the ones you love.

December 25th from 12.30pm-3.30pm, AED450* (inclusive of soft drinks), AED600* (inclusive of grape selection), AED700* (inclusive of free flow bubbly) For more information or reservations, please call +971 (0) 2 690 7999 or email

Origins, Yas Viceroy Hotel – Festive Brunchyas-harbor-night-1280x720.jpgThere’s no better way to kick-start your festive day than with an elaborate brunch with loved ones. Tuck into a premium selection of holiday specialities as you share the festive cheer at the Origins brunch, and let them look after everything for you. Children will have a jolly good time with their own play area packed with fun.

From 12.30pm to 4.00pm, AED 450* per person, with premium grape, hops and Italian bubbly, AED 650* per person, with French bubbly, AED 195* per person, kids buffet. 

For dining reservations, please call +971 2 656 0600, email, or visit

Scannapoli, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabiceec94c3cd84b491122499fb9f52787d.jpgBring your family and friends to Spaccanapoli and celebrate Christmas the Italian way – by indulging in award winning cuisine! An antipasti buffet, choice of pizza or pasta, and beverages are all yours for 3 hours – any time of the day!

Time: 12:00 – 23:00, Price: AED 199 net including unlimited brew or grape beverages.  For bookings: +971 (0) 2616 6801/6802

Ramusakeramusake.jpgRamusake has their own version of Christmas Day where you’ll enjoy live entertainment by resident singer Laura Lopez with her soulful acoustic versions of popular hits. Order off from the extensive a la carte menu and pair with exclusive seasonal additions such as the ‘Yule Log’ and “Mulled Sake’

For those seeking a beverage-led package, you can enjoy 3 hours of bottomless select beverages for only AED 250 per person. For more info, visit

Al Badiya, Tilal Liwa Hotel – Festive Day BrunchDSC_8028_toned.jpgExpect nothing less than a holiday feast of wholesome festive offerings. A fabulous start to your festive celebration, this spectacle of culinary delights will leave you and your loved ones absolutely mesmerised from 12.00 pm to 4.00pm

AED 175* per person inclusive of soft beverages, AED 250* per person inclusive of house beverages, Children between 6 to 12 years dine at half price and those below 6 years dine complimentary

For enquiries and reservation, please contact Tilal Liwa Hotel at 800 TLHOTEL (85 46835) or email or visit and check out other amazing offers.

Al Bahou – Movenpick Hotel IBN Battuta GateChristmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Day Brunch in Al Bahou.jpgGuests can soak up the festive spirit with this Classic Christmas Brunch at Al Bahou. An amazing exquisite dishes from all of our restaurants showcasing each of their unique cuisines. There’s plenty of entertainment and fun activities for children from all ages, including face painters, a movie theatre, a bouncy castle, Christmas carols and a jolly visit from Santa as well as live music throughout the afternoon.

Guests have the choice of three free-flowing beverage packages; AED 449 with soft beverages, AED 599 with house beverages and AED 799 with champagne package. Children between the ages of 7-12 years dine for AED225, children between the ages of 3-6 years dine for AED 99 and children up to 2 years of age dine complimentary. For more information, click here

Ramada Downtown DubaiIMG_3717.JPGCelebrate the festive holiday with your family and loved-ones with a sumptuous brunch at Kenza Restaurant. The special Christmas feast will include a succulent roast turkey with cranberry sauce, a salad and cheese bar, live pasta and barbecue station, and more. For the little ones, there will be a chocolate hunt activity, plus a cotton candy and popcorn station, which will keep them occupied while waiting for Dear Old Santa to distribute gifts.

From 1:00 to 4:00 pm, priced at AED 149/ per person, inclusive of soft drinks or juices. Kids aged six to 12 will enjoy 50% discount while children below six years old are free of charge. For more information or bookings, please visit, call 04 303 9472 / 04 330 7330, or email

Sheraton JBRSJBR_002_080715.jpgSavor the famous Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort’s Brunch with Family and Friends. Sheraton has something to offer for all the members of the Family; Supervised Kids Activities, free Camel Ride and Cuban Band for a Great Music. Rumor has it, Santa will come with surprises!

Price: Buffet, soft drinks and water AED 355, Buffet and unlimited house beverages AED 555, Buffet, unlimited house beverages and bubbly AED 655 For more info, click here

Le Rivage, JA Ocean View Hotellerivage.jpgIf you’re into festive live entertainment on Christmas Day, check out Le Rivage at JA Ocean View Hotel. Santa’s visiting and will be giving gifts to children in Xmas themed Kids’ Corner. The brunch starts at 12:30pm to 4pm and price starts at AED 235* per person including soft beverages and AED 365* per person including selected house beverages

For bookings or more information, please call 04 814 5590 or e-mail

BU’s Festive Take OutBU Festive 1.jpgIf you just want to stay at home, at least let the BU! kitchen team help with your home feasting by ordering a turkey takeaway from the award-winning Abu Dhabi restaurant. Expect a 6kg turkey with all the trimmings including mashed sweet potato, rice with corn, asparagus house salad and dessert of apple pie treated with traditional flair. The festive take out costs 900AED and must be ordered 48 hours in advance.

Price: AED 900 for 6kg turkey with two side dishes and dessert, Serves: 4-6 people. For reservations, contact BU! on +971 2 666 8066 or email

Porters English Pub, Grand Millennium Al WahdaPorters_2_014.jpgThose looking for the kind of festive atmosphere only an English pub can offer should head down to Porters. On Christmas Eve guests can enjoy an All You Can Eat Turkey Carvery (AED 89) with a free pint of hops or festive gluhwein, all while toe-tapping to Christmas classic tunes performed by the resident live band and DJ. On Christmas Day, the festivities will start at 4pm with a post brunch party of live entertainment and unlimited selected beverages for just AED 125 until 7pm. For more info, click here

Sheraton Grand Dubai5T0B7308.jpgSparkle your holiday spirit with a genuine festive experience at Feast Restaurant. On December 25, gather with family and close friends around a legendary roast accompanied by savory affair from the live cooking stations.

Soft Drinks package starts at AED 245 and House Pours  at AED 345. It starts at 1pm – 5pm and to book, you may click on this link

Giraffe, Yas Mall Abu DhabiGiraffe Festive Burger.jpgTo mark the festive season, family friendly all-day restaurant giraffe has created a range of special dishes and drinks sprinkled with yuletide spirit. The Turkey Schnitzel Burger (69AED) topped with beef bacon, brie, lettuce, tomato and apple & cranberry relish makes a tasty alternative to the traditional turkey dinner.

Time: available from 12pm all throughout December  Price: Festive Burger Dhs69, Festive Tart Dhs35, Festive Spice drink Dhs24  Contact: 02 565 0711,

Truckers DXB Christmas Weekend15350497_1277912612281460_5331605150659220184_n.jpgCome experience a very original yet funky Christmas Festival! The same cool vibes of the Food Truck Jam and #TruckersDXB but with a special Christmas touch.

Date: 23, 24 & 25th of December, Emirates Golf Club from 12 noon to midnight every day!
Entry: Just AED 50 (inclusive of a welcome drink) Tickets can be purchased via

Horizon, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by RotanaGingerbread House.jpgCelebrate the magic and joy of Christmas with a festive dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas day lunch with family and friends. A delightful buffet with a range of traditional dishes including wonderful desserts for the guests.

Date: December 24 and 25, 2016 Price: AED 185* per person inclusive of soft drinks and water. Contact: +971(0)2 6570200 or email



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