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Top 10: Visit Winterfest at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina hosts a festive market, enjoy live music at The Yard Sessions at Alserkal Avenue, and more
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi presents Winterfest, a festive tradition inspired by Ferrari that features the Fairytales on Ice skating show, Bjorn the polar bear and a snow-play area, an interactive elf school for children, a candy-cane hunt and more for the whole family to enjoy.
Daily until January 6, 11am to 10pm until Thursday; 10am to 10pm, December 22-30; 10am to 8pm, December 31-January 6, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com
Cinema Space presents two films tomorrow. The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 film that sees Kermit the Frog and his friends in a puppet-driven version of the Charles Dickens classic. Michael Caine plays Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. See a 20th-anniversary presentation of Titanic, the James Cameron film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as star-crossed romantics who meet on the doomed voyage of the RMS Titanic.
Tomorrow, 4pm for The Muppet Christmas Carol; 7pm for Titanic, free with registration, auditorium, Cinema Space, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Yas Marina will host a winter market with real snow to entertain the whole family. Find festive gifts, produce, jewellery, and sweet treats at more than 40 stalls run by local vendors and artisans. Take part in arts and crafts, enjoy elf-boat rides, live music and more. Plus, visit the snow zone for snow games including a snow-ball fight, snowman-building and more. Santa will be on hand, arriving by boat daily at 3pm and stopping by the marina to take pictures and spread festive cheer.
Today and tomorrow, 2pm to 9pm for elf-boat rides with Captain Tony’s, from Dh25; 3pm to 7pm for Santa visits, free; Dh30 per person for one snowball fight and snowman-building session, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarina.ae
Grand Hyatt Dubai presents a winter camp for children ages 5 to 12, with interactive games, arts and crafts, excursions, cooking activities and outdoor sports that will keep them entertained throughout their school break.
Sunday to Thursday, 9.30am to 4pm, from Dh1,000 per week; Dh300 per day, The Kidz Club, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Dubai, 04 317 2449, email@example.com
Visit Alserkal Avenue tomorrow, where you can enjoy live music all day at the Yard Sessions hosted by The Fridge. The mini music festival features regional artists Jay Abo, Ab Initio, As Per Casper, Vandalye and headliner Majaz, who will perform original compositions. Alserkal Avenue community members will also participate, including a pop-up studio, fresh coffee, sweets, cakes BBQ and healthy options.
Tomorrow, 4pm to 10pm, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.alserkalavenue.ae
Dubai Marina Mall Music Festival features an experiential musical showcase that lets visitors hear, feel, see and touch music in The Art of Sound. Visualise frequencies through colours, walk through a giant stringed instrument and give it a strum and more. A pop-up market includes shopping, food and art vendors and regional bands will also be performing at the event.
Daily until December 23, sunset to late, promenade surrounding Dubai Marina Mall and Marina Walk, Dubai, www.facebook.com/dubaimarinamall
Truckers DXB features two events this weekend as part of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival. Madinat Zayed in the Western Region will host Truckers Park, where visitors will enjoy top food trucks and performances by local bands and DJs. There will also be kids’ activities and a souq. Beach Feast at Yas Beach is inspired by Caribbean islands, and features Ting Irie Jamaican restaurant as well as street-food classics and local reggae bands performing, as well as DJ and singer Shaggy (Boombastic, Angel, It Wasn’t Me).
Today and tomorrow, 2pm to 11pm, Dh20 for Truckers Park, Madinat Zayed, Western Region, Abu Dhabi; 2pm to 11pm, Yas Beach, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.truckers.ae
Have some holiday fun at the Sunrise Market at The Sum of Us, where you can find creative products by local artisans. Plus, take part in a festive table-decoration workshop, where for Dh125 you can create a Christmas centrepiece. The breakfast menu with artisanal dishes and unlimited coffee and juices is available for Dh135.
Tomorrow, market from 8am to 11am; breakfast from 9am to 10.30am, The Sum of Us, Burj Al Salam, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, thesumofusdubai.com
See the exhibition 10 Years of Emirates Photography Competition at Manarat Al Saadiyat. The winning works from the past 10 years will be showcased, with the exhibition divided into two sections: Spotlight, which features works by 10 of the best Emirati and international photographers in areas such as nature, wildlife, portraits, sports, colour and travel, and Through Time, a selection of shortlisted photographs from previous years.
Daily until March 31, 9am to 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5800, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae
Graffiti artist Insa, who is known for his trademark stop-motion animated graffiti called “GIF-iti” will unveil street art created on stacked shipping containers at Green Planet at City Walk. The sci-fi genre works will be photographed and turned into a GIF, which can be viewed with a downloadable viewer.
Today and tomorrow, City Walk, Dubai, www.facebook.com/CityWalkDubai