Top Christmas Activities for Children in Dubai

09 Dec, 2014 / Posted By Mayuri

Season's Greetings! Christmas, even in Dubai, is arguably one of the best times of the year. The wonderful Middle-Eastern winter, the Secret Santa presents, and, of course, the festive food! And who else but our little ones know how to enjoy this fantastic festivity in the best way possible.

So the elves at RoundMenu have been busy compiling a RoundMenu Christmas Tree with ornaments that reveal all the places you can take your children to in order to make their Christmas all the more magical. Click on each bauble to discover!


PaulWafi Winter Garden Wonderland | Paul Bakery  (14th and 15th December) 

A beautifully lit up Christmas tree looms over the cutest grotto in town. Head over to Wafi mall for a postcard Christmas experience, complete with a festive light and sound show as well as a free arts and crafts workshop.

While your kids are busy and in good hands, head over to Paul Bakery to have their goat’s cheese and sun-dried tomato crêpes and their season special “merry macaroons”. 

Location: Wafi Mall, Oud Metha
Cuisine: Café
Price per person: AED 60

Dubai Christmas MarketBookMunch Café (16th -18th December) 

This magical place is pulling out all stops to make your child’s Christmas a special one. From building and designing their own personal gingerbread house to spoiling them with milk and cookies… BookMunch Café’s seasonal activities will keep the little ones entertained all month long.

And there’s a little extra something for the grown-ups too: tuck into their moreish lime and chili kebabs or their indulgent sticky toffee pudding for the ultimate winter satisfaction.

Location: Al Wasl Square
Cuisine: International
Price per person: AED 90


Ski DubaiSki Dubai | Après (19th – 21st December) 

Get your children in the ultimate holiday mood by heading over to Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates. They can enjoy the winter wonderland experience, which is running for a limited period. Inspired by Disney’s Frozen, the set up is complete with traditional Nordic chalets, costumes, face painting and festive treats.

While the tiny tots are frolicking away in the ski slopes, get transported to the Swiss ski lodges by heading over to Après bar at the Kempinski, which overlooks Ski Dubai.

Location: Mall of the Emirates | Kempinski Hotel
Cuisine: European
Price per person: AED 200 for Aprés


RossoRosso (22nd and 23rd December)

Brunch at the terrace, cool Arabian breeze, and the aromas of a hearty Christmas feast infused in the air, Rosso is a beautiful place to spend a Christmas meal with your loved ones. Not only is the food incomparable, the entertainment provisions, that have been arranged especially for this season, will wow your young ones.

Christmas carols, fun workshops and visits from Father Christmas and Frozen-inspired characters such as Princess Elsa and Princess Anna will keep the children happy all afternoon.

Location: Amwaj Rotana, JBR
Cuisine: Italian
Price per person: AED 150



CaravanThe Gulf Lawn | Caravan (24th December) 

The JBR branch of the Ritz Carlton is organising a wonderful Christmas Day afternoon feast, complete with a gingerbread house decoration workshop for your children as well as a visit from Santa.

Make a booking in the terrace at their newly opened Caravan restaurant, and soak in the winter sun with your family while listening to the festive jazz band set the mood for the day.

Location: Gulf Lawn and Caravan, The Ritz-Carlton, JBR
Cuisine: International, Arabic, Indian
Price per person: AED 575 - AED 995 for adults, AED 300 for children aged 5 to 12 years.



BubbaliciousBubbalicious (25th December) 

This infamous brunch at the The Westin is incredibly popular with the kids all year round, so we could think of no better place to celebrate this festivity with the family.

Bubbalicious will be serving their usual, countless variety of dishes as well as a traditional Christmas spread, so you can rest assured that there’s something for every palate here.

For children, they have a petting zoo, jugglers, a kid’s corner, arts and crafts, a Chinese circus act, an appearance from Father Christmas himself, and ice cream vans… heaven! 



Location: The Westin Mina Seyahi
Cuisine: International, Arabic, Pan-Asian, Indian, European
Price per person: AED 590 to AED 850 for adults, AED 300 for children aged 6 to 11 years.


QubeQUBE Sports Bar (26th December) 

Qube is ideal for that Boxing Day slump that every family goes through after a fortnight of partying. Go to this sports bar at Meydan for the perfect way to relax with your children over a game of darts.

Challenge your little ones to a round of pool or tuck into a seasonal feast for that lingering Christmas longing. Sorted!

Location: Meydan Hotel
Cuisine: International
Price per person: AED 279




To finish things off in a jolly note, here are a few Christmas printables for your little ones:  

  • Help get Santa back to the North Pole from the Dubai desert through this fun maze!

  • Colour in this yuletide cartoon, and give it to your favourite person as a personalised Christmas card!

  • Can you spot the 10 differences in this picture of Father Christmas? 















Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!


By Mayuri Gidwani

Content Editor for RoundMenu

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