In the absence of natural snowfall in the UAE, the festive season is ushered in through various Christmas markets and winter festivals, particularly in Abu Dhabi.
Yas Winter Fest
The Yas Winter Fest spans five days on Yas Island, offering daily tree lighting ceremonies and mini musicals featuring beloved songs from Disney’s Frozen. Attendees can enjoy the talents of magicians and jugglers, and even have a personal encounter with Santa Claus. For a fee of Dh15 per child and Dh25 per adult, visitors can partake in rides, explore an artificial snow park with a maze and slide, and engage in festive activities at Santa Land.
Winter Wonderland at Snow Abu Dhabi
Transforming Reem Mall into a Winter Wonderland until December 25, Snow Abu Dhabi offers various meet-and-greet packages with Santa, complete with surprise gifts crafted by Santa’s elves. Additionally, attendees can opt for breakfast with Santa at the Lodge, featuring themed dining options like snowman pancakes and hot chocolate. The venue also boasts thrilling rides such as Troll Bowl, Flight of the Snowy Owl, and Drift’s Downhill Run. Operating from 10 am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 am to 10 pm on other days, packages for this winter experience start at Dh150.
These events collectively bring a unique and magical holiday spirit to the region, providing families and friends with festive entertainment and a winter wonderland experience that embraces the joy of the season.