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Mince pies, Santa AND carol singing? It must be tree lighting time!

With festive season upon us, the best way to start feeling Christmassy is to pop along to one (or all) of the numerous tree lighting ceremonies across the capital. As well as the lights, you will be treated to festive refreshments, get a chance to meet Santa, as well as hear carol singing. Here are some of our favourites events in the city.


Find a tree lighting event near you:


🌲 Thursday 5th December 2019

  • Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, at 6 pm

The property will be hosting a Tree lighting ceremony at its lobby and will feature festive treats including egg nog and cookies.

  • Abu Dhabi Golf Club, from 6 pm to 10 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/382292345985336/

  • Shangri La Abu Dhabi, from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/734016247098512/

  • Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, from 6 pm to 7 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/2438995113029689/

What a bright time, it is the right time to rock the night away… at Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi! Get into the festive spirit as they mark the start of the season with their annual Festive Tree Lighting Ceremony accompanied by traditional, cheerful carols that will fill your hearts with joy. Guests can also enjoy eggnog, cookies and juices during the ceremony!

Free entrance!

  • Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, from 7 pm to 9 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/417995772198062/

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Yas Island, from 7 pm to 9 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/572885993471775/

Join Radisson Hotel for a magical night of Christmas Tree Lighting on December 5th! Witness the Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island Christmas tree come alight whilst you enjoy a warm glass or two of that delightful mulled beverage paired with homemade festive sweets!

Welcome to all ages so save the date, dust off your Christmas jumper and let’s kick off the festive season!

To make it more festive the hotel is giving 20% discount for all Christmas and NYE booking during the Christmas Tree lighting. Don’t miss your chance! See you all on 5th Dec!

  • Marriott Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi, from 6 pm to 8 pm
    (at the lobby lounge)

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/560408274709936/

Join together with the local community and feel the holiday cheer as you watch the Festive lights being turned on, marking the start of this year’s Festive Season. Enjoy choral entertainment, complimentary beverages and canapés for all.

Spectator will receive a complimentary access for all Festive non-alcoholic drinks and canapés will be served to all attendees of tree lighting ceremony after the event.

For more information, call 02 201 4131 or email [email protected]

🌲 Saturday 7th December 2019

  • Saadiyat Beach Golf Club – from 6 pm to 11 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/533157653924034/

RSVP before 29th November to get free entry

Start off the Festive season with an array of Festive treats and watch the tree light up, a live performance from the Festive carolers and a jolly visitor from the North Pole with his bag of magical surprises! Children will have a meet and greet with Santa Claus and a play area to keep them entertained.

To get into the Festive spirit, join the Open Air Cinema Festive theme movie. Wrap up warm, kick back in a deckchair or beanbag and sip hot chocolate available at the Festive stalls. A magical Festive movie experience like no other.

Members: Free entrance
Guests: AED 30 food and beverage consumable
Children below 5 years old are free

*Above prices are inclusive of all Tax
*Terms and conditions apply.
*Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions/discounts/vouchers.
*Pre-booking is required.

For reservations or more information about The Festive Tree Lighting, please contact +971 56 660 8780 or email us at [email protected]

  • Saadiyat Beach Club, from to 6 pm to 7:30 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/640377389825897/

Feel the warmth of the holiday spirit and kick off the season with the lighting of our grand Christmas tree! Enjoy the melodies of Christmas carols, a special visit from the North Pole, along with canapés, mulled grape and treats for the little ones, making it the ideal evening to spend with loved ones!

AED 50 per person | Complimentary access for children

For more information: 02 656 3555 | 056 730 8334

🌲 Sunday 8th December 2019

  • Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, from 5 pm to 6 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/2457517704463113/

Let the festivities begin and feel the magical season come alive! Placed proudly at our atrium, adorned with festive decorations and lights, watch our tree light up to the tune of carols, delicious treats and a jolly visitor from the North Pole, with his bag full of great surprises. Pass by at the Gingerbread house to take home freshly baked festive goodies.

Sunday, 8 December 2019
From 5.00 PM – 6:00 PM

🌲 Tuesday 10th December 2019

  • Emirates Palace

This festive season, the Emirates Palace’s Grand Dome will be filled with guests, candlelight, songs, festive spirit and special surprises. Feel a part of the magical festive season when their glorious Festive tree is lit with thousands of twinkling lights. Don’t leave without sitting with Santa Claus and letting him know what’s on your Christmas list.

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