Christmas parties in Abu Dhabi 2015

Find out the places hosting great Christmas parties in Abu Dhabi this year

Christmas parties in Abu Dhabi 2015

Listen up Scrooges. If you’re not in the mood for Christmas yet, bah humbug to you! Thankfully, if your festive mad friends haven’t done so already, Time Out Abu Dhabi has put together a cracking list of all the places you can go to before the big day, making sure your sour frown gets turned upside down. So, hold on to your Santa hats – it’s Christmas!

Fancy rocking around the Christmas tree? We Rock Abu Dhabi is hosting Lebanese rockers Chady and the Band who’ll be performing in Aloft’s Splash Garden. Plus, there will be another great live performance by VISNE Band, who’ll churn out Gary Moore, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd covers, and many other classic rock tributes.
Dhs250. Fri December 18, 9pm-2am. Aloft Abu Dhabi, next to ADNEC, (056 614 7018).

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
In the mood for something a little different this Christmas? Swap baubles for bass, as DJs Maceo Plex and Adriatique guide you from day to night at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE. Adriatique is a dynamic DJ duo from Switzerland and has stormed Ibiza for the past three years. DJ Maceo Plex, the man from Miami, is a producer who’s performed all over the world and will no doubt have the crowd whipped into a frenzy – no Slade requests, sorry.
Free entry. Fri December 18, 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot Al Jazira Hotels and Resort (056 113 3400).

Crazy Christmas party pub crawl
Hosted by DJ Chris Delaney, this is a raucous pit-stop tour of the island’s finest pubs and clubs. Fancy dress is a must and there will be drink discounts for all those saving for present shopping. First stop will be at PJ O’Reilly’s, Le Royal Méridien. Good luck!
Free. Sat December 19, 6pm-late. For more details follow Chris Delaney at

Yas Beach
Squeeze in one more ladies’ night for before Christmas Day at Yas Beach. The Christmas Eve Ladies’ Night sees three complimentary drinks for ladies with the addition of a few festive surprises. Resident DJ Albert Casanovas will be on the decks, with rumours of an international DJ to appear too – but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Free entry. Thu December 24, 7pm-1am. Yas Beach Club, Yas Island (056 242 0435).

Pacifico Tiki Dining & Lounge
Yes, we know it’s strange celebrating Christmas in the sun, being on a beach and applying suncream, instead of layers of festive knitwear. So if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? Head to Pacifiko TIKI at Al Bandar to enjoy a four-course turkey dinner, Christmas pudding and a mulled grape drink, with views of the marina, Al Muneera beach and Yas Island. What could be better?
Dhs275 per person. Thu December 24. 8pm. Pacifiko TIKI Dining & Lounge, Al Bandar (02 565 0007).

Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant
You’d be surprised if Cooper’s wasn’t having some sort of soirée, wouldn’t you? Thankfully, the team over at Park Rotana has put together a great day for those looking to party in true Cooper’s style. From midday to 11pm, you can enjoy the two-course Christmas menu for both lunch and dinner – the smoked duck salad sounds good to us – while the well-decorated pub gets you in the festive mood you’ve been longing for.
From Dhs95. Thu December 24, midday-11pm. Cooper’s, Park Rotana, Khalifa Park area (02 657 333).

Heroes addicts – including us – will be very tempted by this party. You can enjoy a festive roast dinner and pudding in the pub before resident rockers The International Playboys set the tone for your Christmas Eve night.
Dhs89 for dinner and pudding. Dhs125 for entrance and three complimentary drinks for gents; free entrance for ladies. Thu December 24. Heroes, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street (02 616 6166).

The B Lounge
One of the mellower parties this year – in fact, it’s more of a get together. The B Lounge has transformed into a cosy outdoor venue where you can sit under the stars with a toasty hot chocolate or mulled grape beverage. Sundays in December see The B Lounge offering a mulled drink and chestnuts taster for every guest, while Mondays is two-for-one on Christmas drinks. Finally, Tuesdays in December give you the chance to grab a complimentary treat with your drink.
Free entry. Sun, Mon and Tue throughout December. Times vary. The B Lounge, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Corniche (02 677 3333).

Yacht Club
One of our favourite venues in the capital for its energy and drinks selection, Yacht Club at the InterContinental has been hosting parties for as long as we can remember – so when it throws a Christmas Eve party, you know you’ll be starting the weekend with a bang. The Black & Gold Christmas Eve Party will offer a tremendous a la carte spread as well as some of the expected perks for being a lady. DJ Rabih will once again be behind the decks, making sure you’re suitably entertained until the early hours of the following morning. If that doesn’t do it for you, the professional dance troop will liven things up and will no doubt be dressed, you’ve guessed it, in black and gold. Stunning!
Dhs100 for entrance and two drinks, Dhs1,750 minimum spend per booth. Thu December 24. 5pm-3.30am. The Yacht Club, InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen area (02 666 6888).

If you’re wanting to stay in the city and you’re not particularly in the mood for slogging all the way up to Yas Island, we recommend heading to Holiday Inn Downtown for a spot of Christmas cheer. The hotel is home to Harvesters, a place where you can have a good sing-along with the fantastic resident band, Summersile. With the crowd being predominately expats, there’ll be plenty of festive fun to be had here to start your Christmas weekend off with a smile.
Free. Thu December 24, 9pm-late. Harvesters, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown, Electra Street (02 615 6666).

Jazz’N Fizz

Ladies, you’ll be well looked after this year before December 25. Jazz ’N Fizz at Sofitel Corniche is offering not one, but two ladies’ nights – that’s right, Christmas has come early. From 8pm until midnight, ladies can enjoy complimentary drinks with a festive twist; what that is we don’t know, but we’re expecting to see green and red drinks somewhere during the night. If you wish to continue partying into the wee hours, you’ll be glad to know there’s a 20 percent discount off your bill for all guests. You may also want get your Christmas costume on as there’s some prizes up for grabs – yes ladies, you can use Santa’s little helper outfit for more than Halloween this year…
Free entry. 8pm-late, Tue December 22 and Thu December 24. Jazz ’N Fizz, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche (02 813 7777).

If you missed the Time Out Abu Dhabi Christmas Jumper Party last week at McGettigan’s, shame on you. But all is not lost as the Irish pub is holding a Christmas Eve traditional dinner and dance party. Good food and good tunes – sounds good to us. Tuck in to some turkey and all the trimmings, or if you have a large party, why not book the three-course party menu? There’ll be plenty of merry music for you to get down low to.
Free entry. Thu December 24, 12pm-10pm. McGettigan’s Abu Dhabi, beside Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha Beach (02 652 4333).


Tired of turkey and have a penchant for ponzu this Christmas? Head over to The Collection on Saadiyat Island and enjoy Koi’s Christmas Eve four-course set menu. This chic restaurant is the perfect way to have a more ‘grown up’ party, with sumptuous food and grape pairings. Famous for its black cod, this swanky venue can also throw down a thumping festive party in the bar area.
From Dhs395. Thu December 24, 6.30pm-midnight. Koi Restaurant and Lounge, The Collection Saadiyat Island (02 768 3334).

Not many people will be able to say they were in a club that straddled an F1 track on Christmas day in the morning – but you will. Head to Rush on the eve of the 25th for plenty of pop, house, RnB and festive tunes, all mixed by DJ Cliff Townley and co. You may even see a snow canon or two if you’re lucky.
Ladies free, gents Dhs100. Thu December 24, 10.30pm-3.30am. Rush, Yas Viceroy hotel, Yas Island (02 656 0600).

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