The festival promises a blend of arts and culture against the stunning desert landscape.
Saudi Arabia is fast becoming a tourist hotspot. And now, it’s ready to treat guests to Winter at Tantora, the region’s culture, art, and music festival. Back for its fifth edition, Winter at Tantora promises a month-long extravaganza that showcases the very best of AlUla. Running from 21 December to 27 January, the festival is set to captivate cultural explorers, entertainment enthusiasts, fashion admirers, music fans, sports fanatics, and nature lovers.
Tantora Celebrations: 22 to 31 December
Deeply rooted in AlUla’s cultural history, Tantora Celebrations are all about kicking off the winter planting season. For 10 days straight, Old Town undergoes a magical makeover, turning into a buzzing hive of activity, discovery, and full-on celebrations, all in honour of a tradition that’s been rocking for generations.
Tales After Dark: 22 December to 21 January
This magical journey with light projections up at four awesome spots in AlUla once the sun decides to take a break. Brace yourself for an experience that’s all about turning the night into a canvas of wonder — a perfect excuse to snap some photos for the gram.
Word of AlUla: 22 December to 21 January
This month-long fiesta is all about the Arabic language and culture. Imagine a lineup of cool workshops, mind-blowing exhibitions, chit-chats, and live performances – giving a dive deep into every nook and cranny of Arabic and its impact on art, literature, music, and society.
Shorfat AlJadidah: 22 December and 28 to 29 December
Get ready to groove at the Shorfat AlJadidah concert featuring The Saudi National Music Band. Kicking off the musical fiesta, they’ve got the beloved Saudi National Orchestra and the Egyptian choir Rouh Al Shard bringing their A-game to the stage.
Jamil and Bouthaina: 22 December
The Jamil and Bouthaina musical is hitting the Maraya stage promising a mesmerising live performance that weaves together poetry, stories, and enchanting visuals. Backed up by the renowned Caracalla Dance Theatre, it’s a feast for the senses that you won’t want to miss.
Poet Nights: 28 to 29 December
Coinciding with the year of Arabic poetry, Poet Nights is a fantastic celebration of the art. Picture local talent taking the stage for live performances under AlUla’s dreamy starry night sky. It’s a two-day poetry extravaganza with a diverse lineup of wordsmiths, ready to enchant you with poetry.
Magida El Roumi: 29 December
Get ready to be swept off your feet because legendary Lebanese singer, Magda El Roumi, is about to rock the Maraya stage. Be a part of an evening of pure enchantment as she belts out ancient melodies and flaunts her operatic prowess. This star has been shining bright since the ’70s, dropping a whopping 14 albums and championing all sorts of good causes as a UN Goodwill Ambassador.
AlUla Citrus Festival: 5 to 6 January and 12 to 13 January
Taking place at the harvest’s peak, this citrus extravaganza is full of zesty activities. We’re talking family fun, live cooking shows, and stalls where you can snag some fresh, fruity goodies straight from the hardworking farmers.
Tafoni Store: 9 January to 25 February
Tafoni is a curated lifestyle concept store showcasing the best local and regional designers. Here, you’ll be surrounded by high-end fashion, beauty, and home and lifestyle brands that capture the vibe of AlUla.
AlUla Trail Race: 11 to 12 January
Get those running shoes ready because it’s time for the AlUla Trail Race. This event is like a runner’s dream, taking you through the desert landscapes and past some seriously iconic spots in AlUla. Whether you’re up for an ultramarathon challenge or just a fun run for the kiddos, there are routes for everyone.
Abadi Al Johar: 12 January
AlUla is rolling out the red carpet for the one and only Saudi artist and composer, Abadi al Johar. This musical legend, with more than 50 albums under his belt, is set to work his magic on the oud – his trusty sidekick — at the Maraya stage. Brace yourself for a night of timeless melodies that will sweep you off your feet.
Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo: 17 to 20 January
The Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo is making a comeback, turning AlUla into the coolest polo spot in the desert. This edition promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience for horse lovers and visitors.
Hegra Candlelit Classics with Ludovico Einaudi: 18 January
Nestled in the UNESCO site of Hegra, this magical event is all about blending classical tunes with the soft glow of candlelight. The concert will take you on an enchanting journey of Ludovico Einaudi’s works. And as if that wasn’t dreamy enough, the flickering candles will turn the whole experience into pure magic.
AlUla Fashion Show: 25 January
The closing weekend of Winter at Tantora is nothing short of spectacular featuring a fashion show. Strutting the runway are collections from international powerhouses Givenchy and Tiffany & Co. Immersive fashion experiences are also on the agenda that’ll make you feel like you stepped into a style wonderland. Plus, there’s a couture collection in the works, all inspired by the magic of AlUla.
GO: Visit www.experiencealula.com for more information.