Huge Christmas festival and market coming to Abu Dhabi

Yas Island will host a free five-day festive bonanza

Huge Christmas festival and market coming to Abu Dhabi

Yas Island will be transformed into a winter wonderland as a five-day Christmas festival comes to town.

Yas Winter Carnival will bring a whole host of festive favourites, including a huge market, a funfair, a snow play zone, live music and fireworks displays.

The five-day bash is free to attend and will take place across December 11 to 15 at Gateway Park South.

It kicks off with an extravagant Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 6pm on Tuesday, December 11, with choirs and live entertainment on the main stage.

A carnival will provide plenty of thrills and spills for young and old, with a string of cool rides and attractions.

While organisers claim to be bringing the UAE’s largest Christmas market to Yas Island for the occasion.

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Similar events in Dubai's Media City have proved a massive success and organisers will hope the capital gets into the spirit too.

Visitors can shop ‘til they drop with a string of stalls selling everything from fashion accessories, art prints, jewellery, home furnishings, toys and more.

And each night at 9pm, festivalgoers will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display lighting up the skies above.

Entry to the festival is free, with visitors advised to register at

Some of the rides require passes, which can be bought on the website.

Free. December 11-13 2pm-10pm, December 14-15 2pm-11pm. Gateway Park South, Yas Island.

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