Abu Dhabi's best family-friendly Christmas day brunches 2018

Your guide to where to spend the big day with family

Abu Dhabi's best family-friendly Christmas day brunches 2018

Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara
The huge buffet at Ingredients features traditional dishes and live carving stations.
There’s also kids’ club for the younger ones to enjoy too.
Dhs320 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs160 (kids aged five-12). 12.30pm-4pm. Al Salam Street (02 656 1000).

Emirates Palace
A palatial Christmas spread awaits at Emirates Palace where Le Vendome restaurant will be fully ready for festivities, serving up dishes from all around the world.
Don’t forget the sweet tooth – there will be plenty to satisfy it too.
Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs600 (grapes), Dhs700 (bubbly). West Corniche Road (02 690 9000).

Four Seasons Abu Dhabi
Crust is the Four Seasons’ market-inspired neighbourhood restaurant, and it’ll be turning into a festive wonderland for Christmas brunch.
From kids’ entertainment to a visit from Santa, it’s all part of the afternoon.
Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs490 (house beverages), Dhs180 (kids aged six to 12), Dhs70 (kids under five). 12.30pm-4pm. Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
If you’re looking for a Mediterranean Christmas day meal, you’ll find Italian festive favourites at the Etihad Towers. The three-course Natale menu includes a guinea fowl tortellini, pan-roasted red snapper with winter truffle, panettones and more.
Dhs250 (per person). Noon-3pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi (02 811 100%5).

Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi
A traditional Christmas brunch complete with a visit from Santa Claus himself. There’s also a performance from a violinist, games, face painting, and a special buffet area for kids.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (mixed drinks), Dhs349 (bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Dhafeer Street (02 657 4856).

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana
Horizon restaurant will be offering a wide selection of festive dishes including roast meats, vegetable sides and desserts.
Plus loads of activities for kids.
Dhs225 (soft drinks).12.30pm-4pm. Corniche Road (02 657 0200).

Marriott Hotel Al Forsan
The festive buffet at Khayal is hosted by Santa himself, who’s also bringing along some gifts for the little ones.
The feast featured live cooking stations, roast meats and all the trimmings
Dhs375 (soft drinks) Dhs500 (house beverages), Dhs600 (sparkling), Dhs125 (kids), Free (kids aged five and under). 12.30pm-4pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Al Forsan International Sports Centre (02 201 4000).

For a buzzing atmosphere and some seriously good seafood, Nahaam’s got you covered for Christmas brunch – grilled to order, too.
Santa will be there to spend some time with little ones and grown-ups can enjoy the beats of the DJ and sax players.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs575 (bubbly). 12.30-3.30pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi (02 811 100%5).

Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi
International dishes spread along a variety of food stations for the whole family make up Park Rotana’s Christmas Brunch at Ginger – and it’s complemented with live band entertainment, a choir and a visit from the jolly man in the red suit.
Dhs249 (soft beverages), Dhs375 (selected beverages), Dhs139 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids aged six and under). Eastern Ring Road, www.rotana.com/magicalseason (02 657 3333).

Choose from Christmas favourites from around the world in a feast that showcases the best of festive food.
Dhs395 (per person). 12.30-3.30pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi (02 811 100%5).

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
You know what comes to mind when someone says market? Food, lots of food.
And this is what Sim Sim’s Christmas Market Brunch is all about, featuring farmer’s market-style dining and tons of cooking stations.
Dhs335 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs165 (kids aged six to 11 years old), free (kids up to five years old). 1pm-4pm. Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).

The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
The Ritz’s elegant vibes will be complemented with festive cooking stations for Christmas Day brunch at Giornotte restaurant, with favourites including slow-roasted wagyu beef with cranberry sauce and Yorkshire pudding, fresh seafood.
And there are plenty of delicious specialties from the Dolce dessert room such as traditional panettone, decadent chocolate fondue, Christmas cookies, mince pies and yule logs.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs695 (bubbly), 50% off (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). 1pm-4pm. Al Maqta Street (02 818 8282). 

The Scene
If you’re looking for a more home-like ambience, The Scene’s Christmas Day brunch is for you.
It’s a five-course meal with dishes such as beetroot salmon and foie gras parfait and more traditional options such as chicks in a blanket and cherry brownie sundae.
Santa and his merry elves will be bringing gifts for little ones on this magical day, and what’s more, Santa says kids under six for free.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged seven to 12), free (kids up to six years old). Yas Island, eat@thesceneauh.com.

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
The Santalicious brunch taking place at The Westin is a feast with all the trimmings.
From a mouth-watering buffet and desserts to a petting zoo, bouncy castle and live entertainment, it’s one that’s not to be missed.
You’ll be tempted to join the after-party outdoors, too. See you on the lawn.
Dhs549 (house beverages), Dhs429 (soft drinks), Dhs129 (kids). 12.30pm-5pm. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas al Nakhl (02 616 9999).

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