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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:

🌲 Saturday 1st December 2018

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

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/2057722530952478/

Feel the warmth of the holiday spirit and kick off the season with the lighting of their grand Christmas tree. Enjoy the melodies of the in-house choir.
A special guest from the North Pole is expected to make a visit, making it this the ideal evening to spend picture-perfect moments with loved ones.
Pre-Booking required, book before 29th November to get a FREE ACCESS!

Book a table for an optional turkey buffet after the Christmas Tree is shining, from 7 pm.
Email [email protected] contact +971 (0)56 536 2230 and get a complimentary festive goodie bag!
Member AED 130 | Guest AED 170 |Kids AED 80
ALL DETAILS HERE | https://www.adgolfclub.com/Festive.aspx

🌲 Tuesday 4th of December 2018

  • Beach Rotana – 6 pm onwards in the Grand Lobby

Start off the festive season with an array of Christmas treats and watch the tree light up to the tunes of carols and a jolly visitor from the North Pole with his bag of magical surprises!

  • Le Royal Meridien – 6 pm to 8 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/1945243045780886/

  • LARTE Abu Dhabi – from 5 pm to midnight

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/276736646368578/

On the 4th December, LARTE will be ushering in the start of the festive season with the Lighting of the Tree. Their courtyard will come alive when they switch on the lights and present a truly UAE Christmas experience.

5 pm – 7 pm: Canapes and Christmas beverages | 120 AED for adults and 50 AED for children
7 pm: Christmas Tree Lighting, Larte outdoor area
7:30 pm: a la carte restaurant resumes as usual


🌲 Wednesday 5th December 2018

  • St Regis Abu Dhabi – 6 pm onwards

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/373397899869068/

  • Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences – From 5 pm onwards

Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences will kick off the most awaited time of the year with their annual Christmas Tree-lighting ceremony. The service will be held in the hotel Lobby on 5 December from 18:30 onwards, with festive food and beverages to follow.

To elevate the spirits of the congregation, a children’s choir will be on hand partaking in joyous Christmas caroling, taking the festivities up a notch. The Christmas Tree lighting is a symbol of the beginning of the holiday season and all are invited to join in the cheery fiesta.

Starting 6 December, this winter wonderland will also display a merry assortment of Christmas-themed foods and treats, all available for purchase.


🌲 Thursday 6th December 2018

  • Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara – From 6 pm to 8 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/999624376908333/

  • Traders Hotel – 6 pm to 7 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/2242606829309375/

  • Shangri-la, Qaryat Al Beri – 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/255414115155541/

  • Radisson Blue Hotel – 6 pm to 8 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/1130036093831163/


🌲 Friday 7th December 2018

  • Grand Millenium Al Wahda Hotel – 6 pm to 8 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/433499560514667/


  • Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort in RUWAIS – 6 pm to 7 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/2170384519724613/

  • Hilton Abu Dhabi – 6 pm to 7.30 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/344615289429843/

Join the renowned Tree Lighting Ceremony in the hotel lobby, accompanied by a magical team Christmas Choir.
Free festive treats and beverages will be passed around!
For more details call 02 692 4247


🌲 Saturday 8th December 2018

  • Fairmont Bab Al Bar – 7 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/729080817192301/

  • Saadiyat Beach Golf Club – from 6 pm to 10 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/1937270343053942/

Mark the beginning of the festive season with family and friends and see the beautiful Christmas tree come to light. Enjoy an evening filled with Christmas caroling, kids’ activities and live entertainment. Bring your friends and family and join this evening of festive fun!
Buffet will start on conclusion of the carol singing by the Club Members!
Book your BEFORE 3rd of December to get a FREE ENTRY!
Visit their event page, Call 0566608780 or email them at [email protected]


🌲 Sunday 9th December 2018

  • Emirates Palace – 7 pm to 9 pm

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

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/2285827371636703/

  • Sofitel Abu Dhabi – 6 pm onwards

EVENT PAGE | https://www.sofitelabudhabicorniche.com/festive-season/christmas-tree-lighting/


🌲 Monday 10th December 2018

  • Al Raha Beach Hotel – From 7 pm to 11 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/1915300798524599/

The hotel will ring the bells and light up the Christmas tree. The Grand Ballroom will be decorated in festive mood with a gingerbread house. Join and watch the joyous carolers and enjoy the biggest Yule Cake. Kids will go crazy with the special entertainment and Santa gift for every kid.
Entry Fee:


🌲 Tuesday 11th December 2018

  • Royal Rose Hotel – From 7 pm to 8 pm

EVENT PAGE | https://www.facebook.com/events/357433905020860/


🌲 Wednesday 12th December 2018

  • Dusit Thani – 6 pm onwards




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