Christmas 2022: The best tree lighting ceremonies in the UAE

Get into the festive spirit and spread seasonal cheer with these fantastic tree lightings across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

Thursday 1 December: Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection will kick off the festive season with a magical Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Santa Clause will be stopping by to participate in carolling, so don’t forget to listen out for the ringing of sleigh bells. Thursday 1 December at 6pm.

GO: Email hgrs.fbreservation@habtoorhospitality.com or call 04 399 5000 for reservations and more information. 

Sunday 4 December: Waldorf Astoria Dubai The Palm

Kick off the festive season and delight in a magical celebration with a tree lighting ceremony at Peacock Alley. In partnership with Egyptian jewellery designer Azza Fahmy, the incredible display of ornaments and décor perfectly combines Egyptian cultural heritage with a traditional festive look. While live entertainers lift the mood with holiday tunes, guests will be treated to a selection of canapés, desserts, and festive cocktails. A visit from Santa Clause is sure to be the night’s highlight. Sunday 4 December, from 5pm to 7pm.

GO: Email dxbpd.fbreservation@waldorfastoria.com or call 04 828 2245 for reservations and more information.

Thursday 8 December: Jumeirah Emirates Towers

As part of their festive celebrations, Jumeirah Emirates Towers will be lighting up their first-ever hanging Christmas tree that encompasses six floors of the hotel. Guests are invited to discover a unique festive atmosphere in the hotel lobby lounge as pass-around drinks, spiced beverages and canapés are served. The event will feature live entertainment, including a special appearance by Santa Claus. Thursday 8 December, from 6pm to 8pm.

GO: Call 04 330 0000 for reservations and more information. 

Friday 9 December: Raffles Dubai

Raffles Dubai starts the festive family journey with its 20-foot Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Guests can nibble on festive treats and sip on warm mulled wine as Santa Claus makes a special appearance with a sack full of gifts for the little ones. Friday 9 December, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

GO: Visit www.raffles.com or call 04 324 8888 for reservations and more information.

Thursday 15 December: Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai

Usher in the festive season with a sparkling tree lighting ceremony at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai. Guests can enjoy festive food and mulled wine while a choir kicks off the celebrations with a selection of festive tunes. Thursday 15 December, from 6pm,

GO: Email restaurants.exoticadubai@tajhotels.com or call 04 275 4444 for reservations and more information.

Abu Dhabi
Thursday 8 December: The WB Abu Dhabi, Curio Collection by Hilton

The festivities at the world’s only Warner Bros. themed hotel will begin with a glittering Christmas tree lighting ceremony that will take place in the lobby. Guests can sing along to their favourite carols with the choir, whilst little ones will get the chance to meet resident characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Festive treats will be passed around to end the evening on a sweet note. Thursday 8 December, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. 

GO: Email dine.thewbabudhabi@hilton.com or call 02 815 0000 for reservations and more information.

Friday 9 December: Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island 

The festivities at Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island will begin with a dazzling Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Osmo – Lounge & Bar. Sing along to carols with the choir, whilst your little ones will have the chance to meet Santa Claus, who will be handing out special surprises. Complimentary treats and beverages will be served to welcome the festive season. Friday 9 December, from 6pm to 6:30pm.

GO: Email dineatosmo@hilton.com or call 02 208 6900 for reservations and more information.

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