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8 Free Winter Activities for Families in Dubai

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Exploring Dubai’s Seasonal Festivities with Children

Dubai offers a plethora of activities for families to enjoy during the winter, many of which are free and cater to children. Here are some notable attractions:

  1. Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market: This Christmas bazaar at Madinat Jumeirah is a hit with children. It features an upbeat vibe, live music, abra rides, pop-up shops with homegrown brands, a bungee lane, and a North Pole train, creating a festive atmosphere for families to enjoy the winter season​​.
  2. Dubai Police Carnival at City Walk: Running from January 4 to 7, this carnival includes musical performances, stunt shows, and displays of Dubai Police vehicles. The event is known for its thrilling motorcycle team performances, featuring stunts and acrobatics​​.
  3. Hatta Festival: This festival, located in the picturesque mountains of Hatta, offers an array of culinary experiences and colorful displays at Hatta Fort. It’s an ideal getaway from the city, offering a blend of nature and cultural festivities​​.
  4. Performing Arts of Dubai – DSF: The Dubai Shopping Festival showcases global and regional talents in various performing arts. From dance and music to theater and water shows, these performances are held at various locations across the city​​.
  5. Etisalat MOTB at Dubai Design District: This open-air market, operating from January 5, features a wide range of homegrown and international brands, live entertainment, and on-stage competitions. It’s an ideal spot for families to explore and enjoy diverse cultural experiences​​.
  6. DSF Drone Shows at Bluewaters and The Beach, JBR: This drone light show, the longest-running in the region, offers a spectacular display of drone technology against Dubai’s coastline. Shows occur nightly at Bluewaters and The Beach, JBR, until January 14​​.
  7. The Grand Picnic at Safa Park: Hosted by Flat12 Cafe on January 21, this community event at Safa Park includes catering from various eateries, and displays of classic and rare motors, trucks, and bikes. It’s a perfect setting for a family picnic and entertainment​​.
  8. Happening at The Harbour: Dubai Harbour is transformed into a festive community space offering food, fun, and activities for all ages. The event runs until March 28, making the most of Dubai’s excellent winter weather​​.

These attractions not only offer free entertainment but also provide an opportunity for families to bond and create lasting memories. From cultural festivals and markets to thrilling shows and serene picnics, Dubai’s winter season is filled with experiences that cater to every age and interest.

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