VSIn December, there appears to be an unofficial competition to see who can erect the largest, most densely decorated Christmas tree in all of Dubai. Hotel lobbies are where you’ll find the winners, with clusters of gift-wrapped boxes and gingerbread houses larger than some London apartments. Book well in advance to participate in one of the fabulously over-the-top festive parties and parties held throughout the month of December with additional toppings on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and new Year’s Day. Whether you are looking for a Christmas getaway or a bit of winter heat, a festive break in Dubai awaits.
Atlantis, the palm
Famous for its elaborate Atlantis exhibits, The Palm goes all out during the holiday season with no less than 27 trees adorned with 7,500 decorations and half a mile of fairy lights. A pop-up party village, easily identifiable by the giant gingerbread house so large it requires 435kg of frosting, is overseen by elves offering candy canes, and Christmas lunch is served at 10 restaurants. Guests looking for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve gala dinner can head to the Asateer Tent where around AED 2 million of champagne is tasted as part of the “freely available” packages. The Imperial Queen room rate also includes complimentary access to Club Lounge facilities, Aquaventure Water Park and The Lost Chambers Aquarium, should families (or couples) need a short break from the festivities .