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Between 5 and 24 December

Children can explore and enjoy a number of festive areas and activities, including a spectacular display in the central atrium, Santa’s Grotto, a Narnia-themed winter maze, a Candyland arts and crafts zone, roaming entertainment and an opportunity to write to Santa.

The American Community School of Abu Dhabi choir will also perform at The Galleria’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony on 11 December at 6 pm.

The central atrium of The Galleria will feature Santa and his reindeer flying through 75 sleigh bells, which come to life every 20 minutes with a spectacular synchronized light and music show. Throughout the season, roaming entertainment such as gingerbread characters, snowmen, a toy soldier marching band, and winter ballerinas will add festive cheer each weekend.

The letter to Santa

Children of all ages can write a letter to Santa and post it in The Galleria’s festive letterbox. Every day from 5 to 24 December, one lucky winner will have their wish granted and will receive a gift voucher from The Toy Store of AED 500. A special letter template will be available for download from The Galleria’s website. It will also be available to pick up in person at Candyland on level 3. Guests just need to fill in why you have been a good boy or girl this year, write your festive wish list and post it to Santa in the dedicated letterboxes to make sure it gets to the North Pole on time.

Santa’s Grotto

Children will be amazed by Santa’s Grotto where they

can meet and get a framed photograph with Santa Claus. Located in the north atrium, next to Debenhams, Santa’s Grotto is open from 3 pm until 9 pm daily from 5 to 24 December. Visitors are encouraged to share their magical experiences on social media by tagging #AtTheGalleria.

Narnia-themed Winter maze 

Families won’t want to miss The Galleria’s Narnia-themed Winter maze located on the southbridge by the level 2 food court. Visitors can meet the Ice Queen and get a photo on her throne. The journey into the magical realm begins through a wardrobe and continues through a winter-themed forest.

Candyland play zone


There will also be a Candyland play zone especially for little ones from 4-10 years old, located on Level 3 next to Central Kitchens. Children can discover the special winter play area and enjoy kids’ entertainment, face-painting, arts and crafts and much more. Letters to Santa will also be available at Candyland for children to fill out and post in a Santa’s Letterbox.


Festive season to transform the Waterfront Promenade and The Galleria to a magical Winter Wonderland with a variety of winter-themed attractions

The event runs every day from 16:00 – 22:00, starting 12 December and ending on 26 December, 2019.

Al Maryah Island promises to be a very cool family destination to visit this winter break with a lot of fun and festive activities.

The annual Winter Wonderland on Al Maryah Island is returning and welcoming guests to the promenade once again. From 12 to 26 December, the Promenade is set to transform into a winter village, with snow-covered cottages and festive decorations. Abu Dhabi’s business and lifestyle destination along with The Galleria Al Maryah Island will offer guests a one-of-a-kind experience during the winter season.

Visitors can begin their journey by enjoying outdoor family fun on the sliding slope park, a snow zone and a wax ice rink, all against a backdrop of extravagant festive decoration. The youngest visitors will also get to tour the island’s spectacular views on an exciting train ride.

After all the outdoor fun, visitors can be spoiled for choice with the wide selection of festive food and beverage offerings by the different food stalls and trucks. Lining the promenade will be a large number of workshops including festive bath bomb making, slime making, gingerbread house making and fun-fair games such as Spin the Wheel, Ice Rush and Snowball Blizzard for visitors with competitive side and seeking a challenge.

A full schedule of live performances throughout the week will keep the whole family entertained including professional dance troupes and spectacular group singing performances. This year, the show line-up includes Winters Ball, Jingle Bell Rock, Royal March, Tinsel Town and A Winters Dream.

Moreover, roaming artists such as Gingerbread men, Bubble Performers, and the Jack Frost Juggler will offer exciting experiences and photo opportunities for visitors. Guests and visitors will also be able to capture their most memorable moments at the photo booth located in the enchanted forest, offering custom filters.

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