Christmas is fast approaching so why not head here for traditional mulled grape and chestnuts. It’s the time of year for sharing and caring, so bring your loved ones to delight into the festive treats together, nestled in the lush garden of this al fresco venue.
Throughout December, 7pm-10pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).
2. Blu Sky Lounge & Grill
Gather your friends and colleagues and head to Blu Sky for an unforgettable festive evening with a hand-crafted festive menu. DJ Cliff Townley will be playing classic Christmas tracks to get you in the festive spirit. So grab your Santa hats and Christmas jumpers and get down there pronto!
Dhs169. Nov 30-Dec 21, 7pm-10pm (DJ 9pm-1am). Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street (02 818 4888).
A take on their weekly Hola Chicas night, this celebratory festive ladies’ night for the chicas encourages you to don your Christmas hats for a night of old school tunes and a lot of gingerbread cookies. There will be a host of festive-themed complimentary beverages – aside from the usual the free drinks and 30 percent off food, an extra complimentary drink will be given to those who sport festive gear. And fellas, it’s you’re lucky day because boys are included this month.
Monday, December 11, 8PM. The Hub at The World Trade Centre, Al Markaziyah (02 666 8066).
Every Monday from November 27 until the end of the year, music and nightlife lovers will be treated to buy-one-get-one-free at the popular Latin spot. What better way to celebrate the season of giving? DJ Alex Twin will play deep house in the lounge.
Every Monday, 10pm-1am. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).
5. La Cava
Get in the mood and pretend you’ve actually really liked your friends and colleagues all year with this festive package – book 48 hours in advance and enjoy two hours of free-flow sparkling, red and white grape as well as turkey carving, festive bites and pecan pie.
Dhs250.Throughout Dec. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5552).
6. Le Méridien
Discover a variety of Christmas handmade goodies and sample classic delicacies as you stroll around the stalls at Le Méridien’s Christmas market. Enjoy the enchanting surroundings at the garden while searching for some Christmas gifts for your loved ones back home.
Free entry. Sat Dec 16-Sat Dec 23, 4pm-9pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 644 6666).
Top Mexican hot spot Loca is set to make this festive season a memorable one with three weeks of a festive menu. All main courses are served with a glass of fresh fruit mixed drink. The menu includes roast turkey enchiladas and grilled turkey fajitas. That sounds great to us.
From Sun Dec 10. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 582 3639).
Enjoy a festive aperitivo and get in the mood with some seasonal-themed mixed drinks based on Santa Claus and apple pies. Prices range from Dhs28 to Dhs35 and visitors receive a complimentary light snack with every drink.
Dec 1-30 4pm-8pm. The Galleria, Al Mariyah Mall (02 627 9009).
The sports bar is getting in the festive spirit by celebrating 24 days of Christmas. Wear your Christmas jumper and get a selected pint for just Dhs10 between 4pm and 7pm every day in December until Christmas Day.
Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).
10. Yas Marina
Yas Marina is set to transform into a dazzling festive winter wonderland with the return of its Let it Snow festival. The tree lighting ceremony with a visit from Father Christmas will take place on December 8 and 9, followed by a winter market with a real snowball fight on December 15 and 16. There will be live music to add to the festive atmosphere and those in the marina can indulge in seasonal specialties, warming drinks, and Elf boat rides from 2pm-9pm for Dhs25 with Captain Tony’s.
Free entry. Dec 8-Jan 02. Yas Marina, Yas Island (800 627 4627).
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