A New Festive Market is Opening in Dubai — With FREE Entry!

Kicking off the festivities this holiday season is Dubai Festival City Mall, with a magical Festive Market for the whole family to enjoy. An hourly snowfall, a 20-metre high festive tree and a Santa’s grotto with elves… this brand-new outdoor market is set to turn Festival Bay into the ultimate winter wonderland! Here’s what to expect…

Santa’s grotto & a 20-metre festive tree

Dubai Festival City Mall’s Festive Market kicks off on Thursday, 6th December, with Santa Claus and his elves all set to make a unique entrance with a special show at Festival Bay.

A massive – and we mean massive – Christmas tree will also be lit up at the official tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, followed by holiday carolling and an actual snowfall! The Festive Market will even feature a Santa’s grotto where you’ll be able to stop by for a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Santa (photo souvenirs will be available for purchase starting from AED 50). The meet-and-greets will take place every day:

  • From 3pm to 10pm on weekdays
  • From 4pm to 11pm on weekends

Pay, play and win awesome prizes!

Looking for fun ways to spend time with the family? The Dubai Festival City Mall Festive Market is the perfect destination for your next family day out, with everything from carnival rides and activities for kids to face painting and pop-up games. Up for a challenge? There will be a number of different skills games at the market that lets you pay, play and win awesome prizes. Take a break from all the festive fun at the various chill-out zones, where you can kick back on beanbags or picnic benches while enjoying a delicious festive treat.

Still not feeling the festive spirit? Wait until you witness the special festive-themed IMAGINE show which is set to take place every day after sunset. This jaw-dropping light, water and laser show has broken world records, with its giant aqua screens, 30 lasers and fountains, and impressive surround sound. Don’t miss it!

Pop-up stores and festive treats

From shopping to dining and everything in between, this magical market is guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit in seconds. Expect to find an array of pop-up stores by popular retail and food brands such as Robinsons, Pinkberry, Holland House Mini Pancakes, Booktopia and so many more!

The need-to-know details:


  • The opening event will be held on Thursday, 6th December from 5.30pm onwards (entry is free!)
  • The Festive Market will then continue to run at 2pm daily until Tuesday, 25th December

Where: Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City Mall

Price: Entry is free and open to the public

Say goodbye to Festival Bay and hello to ‘Festive’ Bay as this is a one-of-a-kind event not to be missed this December!

You’ll catch us there getting into the festive spirit at the opening event, so be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming video!

For more information about this family-friendly Festive Market, visit the Dubai Festival City Mall website.

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