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Where to Meet Santa in Dubai This Festive Season

Be one of the first to see Santa in the emirate at our 8th annual Festive Fair

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4 November 2019

ExpatWoman's Festive Fair 2019

Santa Claus is coming to Dubai this year... And here's where you can find him!

It wouldn't be the holiday season without a chance to meet the main man himself. That's right, our hugely popular Festive Fair is returning this November and as always, we're giving you and your little ones the chance to be one of the first to see Father Christmas in Dubai this year.

Happening on Friday, November 22, we're bringing the 8th edition of our biggest, free-entry event of the year to you at our brand new location in Dubai Sports City. Plus, we've extended the times to 10 AM until 9 PM, so you can enjoy all the festive fun for longer.

SEE ALSO: What's new at this year's ExpatWoman Festive Fair

Between all of the festive fun - from free kid's activities, live entertainment onstage, carolers and Christmas shopping - visit Santa Claus at his grotto this year, while your kids share their Christmas lists with him.

Whether they're on the naughty or nice list, they'll walk away with a gift from Santa* and his elves.

Where to see Santa in Dubai

1. ExpatWoman Annual Festive Fair

So, make sure to join us on Friday 22nd November 2019 at the Sports Park in Dubai Sports City. Santa's Grotto will be open from 10 am until 6 pm, after which, he'll be taking a stroll around to meet kids and their parents throughout the event.

Important details to know

  • When: Friday 22nd November, 2019
  • Where: Sports Village, Dubai Sports City
  • Time: 10am - 9pm
  • Location Map: Click here

*Please note: Santa's Grotto tickets cost AED 50 per child, and each child will receive a toy worth AED 100+. We encourage you to arrive early to ensure you get a slot with Santa.

2. Wafi Mall

Every year Wafi Mall features a variety of festive activities from gingerbread-decorating workshops to Christmas performances, but the star is Santa's Grotto where kids can receive a framed family photo with Santa Claus and a cuffly stuffed toy.

Important details to know

  • Cost: Typically AED 100 or more.
  • When: Daily until December 24
  • Where: Wafi Shopping Mall
  • Time: 9 AM to 10 PM (Sunday to Friday); 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM (Saturday)

3. Times Square Center

Times Square Center presents an annual festive-themed snow park where children can meet Santa and his elves.

Important details to know

  • Cost: Usually FREE upon spending AED 100 or more at Times Square Center
  • When: TBA
  • Where: Times Square Center
  • Time: TBA
Best places to meet Santa in Dubai

4. Ibn Battuta Mall

Find a jolly Santa Claus at his grotto in Ibn Battuta Mall along with fabulous, snowed Christmas trees.

Important details to know

  • Cost: Free
  • When: Until December 24
  • Where: Ibn Battuta Mall
  • Time: TBA

5. The Irish Village

You can visit Santa Claus at the Irish Village's annual tree lighting celebration on Wednesday, December 11. From 7 PM, the popular Garhoud destination will also be welcoming families with carol singing, free mince pies for children, and delicious grapes for mums and dads.

Important details to know

  • Cost: Free
  • When: December 11
  • Where: The Irish Village, Garhoud
  • Time: 7 PM to 10 PM

6. Fairmont, The Palm

The luxurious Fairmont in Dubai will hold a holiday bash on Monday, December 9 with a Christmas tree light-up, free festive treats, and the chance to meet Santa at his musical grotto. Cinderella will also be making a special guest appearance for family photos. Other activities include gingerbread making and live Christmas carols.

Important details to know

  • Cost: Free
  • When: December 9
  • Where: Fairmont The Palm, Jumeirah
  • Time: 5 PM to 7 PM
Where to meet Santa Dubai 2019

7. The Ripe Market

The popular community market is gearing up to celebrate Christmas all throughout December 2019. Children and parents can enjoy the festive spirit at the Ripe Market as the park will have plenty of Christmas activities. Kids can see Father Christmas in his grotto, board the Polar Express train as it travels around the park, build a gingerbread man or gingerbread house, and try their hand at some holiday-themed sewing.

Important details to know

  • Cost: Free
  • When: Every Friday and Saturday throughout December
  • Where: Dubai Police Academy Park, Umm Suqeim
  • Time: 9 AM to 7 PM (Friday), 10 AM to 7 PM (Saturday)

Keep checking back to this page as we'll update it with all the places you can see Santa in Dubai this year! Stay tuned...

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