Planning a family feast without tackling a turkey, burning the bread sauce or dealing with dirty dishes this Christmas mamas? We’ve rounded up the best brunches that still have space for you and your brood on Christmas Day, some traditional and some not but all guaranteed to let you sit back, relax and enjoy plenty of festive family fun.
There are still places available at this mega popular Christmas spot that guarantees fab food, a beautiful setting plus plenty of festive fun for the kids (the man in red will definitely make an appearance), leaving you to enjoy your turkey (or seafood, steak, cheese…. the selection is vast and you’ll want it all!) in peace. Hurry hurry if this is top of your list, we can’t guarantee that they won’t be sold out soon!
From AED 500
AED 250 per child aged 4-12 years old
Under 4 years old, free
Al Qasr, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Tel: (+971) (0) 4 366 6730
Anantara, The Palm
Expect a memorable festive celebration this year, if you decide to join in the fun at Anantara, The Palm. Enjoy Christmas Day lunch at Crescendo, accompanied by lively seasonal tunes from the live band (we all love some good Christmas music to get us in the mood) and don’t worry there is plenty to keep your little ones entertained in the dedicated kids corner with face painting, balloon sculpting and a visit from the man of the moment himself. And don’t forget to take a peek at the Gingerbread house at the entrance of The Lotus Lounge – it is filled with cookies and chocolates and you are invite to take your pick – yay!
From AED 300
AED 150 per child 6-12 years old
Under 6 years old, Free
Crescendo, Anantara, The Palm
Tel: (+971)(0)45 68 888
Bab Al Shams
There’s something very magical about driving into the desert for Christmas Day – and Bab Al Shams gorgeous setting in the dunes is just the ticket. The resorts’ Al ForSan restaurant is offering a family friendly Christmas Day brunch with oodles of entertainment including bouncy castle, magic show, pony and camel rides, carol singing – and of course gifts from Santa. With masses of space for the kiddos to enjoy, this is a perfect option for anyone whose children are happier running riot than sitting at a table (yes, that’s most of us!). And we love the sound of their hybrid menu, combing traditional Christmas dishes with Arabic favourites. A win win all round.
From AED 395
Children aged 5 – 12 AED 197
Under 5’s, free
Tel: (+971) (0)4 809 6100
Ballaro Christmas Brunch
Who wants to meet Santa? We are sure most of your little ones are desperate for this opportunity so lets put a smile on their faces mamas, and make all their dreams come true this Christmas. Start by enjoying a family festive brunch of all things delicious at Ballaro and then sit back and watch your children’s eyes widen, as Father Christmas himself pays a surprise visit to the eatery armed with a sack full of gifts for those that have been good this year.
From AED 395
Children 6-12 at 50%
Children under 6 are free
Ballaro, Conrad Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)44 447 444
Beach Combers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Fancy chrimbo on the beach without lugging a picnic across the sand and with all food/entertainment taken care of? Beach Combers at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is ideal if you’re looking for a relaxed family friendly venue that guarantees fun for the kids and includes Santa, face painting, clowns, presents and a beach to frolic (or fall asleep) on.
From AED 450
Children aged 4-11 AED 312
Under 4’s, free
Tel: (+971) (0)4 4068999
Emirates Golf Club
Emirates Golf Club houses award-winning fine dining restaurant, Le Classique, presenting exquisite French dishes and since Christmas is a special occasion, this could be the choice for you! Upgrade from the more casual dining options on offer at the Club and enjoy a smart 4 course gourmet meal this Christmas. There will be entertainment for your kids in the form of face painting and a bouncy castle, and Mr Claus himself will be making a special guest appearance too!
From AED 295
Emirates Golf Club
Tel: (+971)(0)44 179 999
Fairmont The Palm
One of our favourite family spots, Flow Kitchen at Fairmont The Palm is doing Christmas day traditional style (think turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings – plus a dessert station that needs to be seen to be believed and which calls for elasticated waists). Santa will drop in for a surprise visit and a dj will spin seasonal tunes guaranteed to get you grooving. Bored of turkey? Try Frevo for Christmas Brazilian style, the Gaucho Christmas Day Brunch features 18 different cuts of grilled meat and a live band to add a little carnival spirit.
Don’t want to spend Christmas day chasing the kids around the dining room? The Fairmont’s Falcons Juniors Club are offering a variety of games and entertainment that will guarantee a magical time for the littlies and therefore a relaxed lunch for mama!
Flow Kitchen Christmas Brunch from AED 295
Kids aged 6-12 years from AED 150
Below 5 years, free
Kids club access AED 200 per child
Tel: (+971)(0)4 457 3457
Frevo Gaucho Christmas Brunch from AED 350
Kids aged 6-12 years from AED 175
Below 5 years, free
Kids club access AED 200 per child
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
Tel: (+971) (0) 4 457 3457
Imperium, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
What the French don’t know about food frankly isn’t worth knowing – so if a gourmet Christmas is high on your agenda then Imperium is the place to go mamas! Complete with the obligatory buffet selection of traditional festive favourites and International treats, you can also expect plenty of French flair including a cheese selection that you’ll need to save room for, live jazz and stylish seasonal surprises. Ooh la la!
From AED 375
Children aged 4-12 from AED 175
Under 4’s, free
Tel: (+971) (0) 44 530 444
Offering the usual bouncy castle and face painting activities as their weekly brunch, coupled with a visit from Santa and his sack full of gifts, the Gate Hotel has really taken it to the next level for Christmas Day. This brunch comes highly recommended and is amongst the most family friendly around, and the foods good too! Expect a buffet with a range of different treats as well as roast turkey and all the trimmings. There will even be festive choir singers who are sure to get you in the mood and movie theatre to keep the kids entertained that tiny bit longer. Don’t forget to use the Christmas photo booth to capture your family’s special smiles!
psst….can’t get in for Christmas day? book in for Boxing Day Brunch instead – just as good and a great excuse to keep celebrating (and keep eating mamas!)
Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel
Tel: (+971) (0) 44 440 000
Indulge in a foodie, fun and festive day at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. With a mouthwatering buffet of traditional food, live cooking stations and mixologists, you are sure to be a happy little elf by the end of it. What’s more, the kids will have great fun too as their favourite white bearded friend will keep them entertained with games and gifts galore. Sounds perfect!
From AED 330
Kids 6-12 AED 175
Below 5yrs free
Tel: (+971) (0) 42 308 571
Palmito Garden, Jebel Ali Beach Hotel
We may not have snow, pine forests and the need for wooly hats but we do have beaches, swimming pools and plenty of glorious sunshine – so pack a bikini and book in for Christmas Day Brunch Dubai style at the Jebel Ali Beach Hotel. Including a delicious lunch, visit from Santa, pony rides, magic show, arts & crafts plus free pool and beach access, bring your sunblock and be prepared for plenty of fantastic family fun!
From AED 360
Children aged 6-12 AED 180
Under 6’s, free
Tel: (+971) (0) 4 8145500
If you want the most magical Christmas but with none of the fuss then Raffles Christmas Day Roast will be up your street. The Raffles Ballroom will be transformed into a “Winter Wonderland” theme (sounds enchanted!) and is sure to get you right into the festive spirit. The ballroom also overlooks the stunning Raffles gardens, so you can choose to enjoy your traditional dinner inside or alfresco with an amazingly picturesque view. For the kids there will be a dedicated area for entertainment and fun, as well as a visit from Santa himself, and we hear the children will also be mesmerized by the amazing huge life size gingerbread house. Now we want to see that!
From AED 400
2 Kids free per couple (from 0-6 yrs)
7-12yrs AED 200
Raffles Hotel, Wafi
Tel: (+971) (0) 43 248 888
Reform Social and Grill
The lakes club will come alive this Christmas Day with a four course menu brunch on offer and a fabulously fun line up for the kids. Enjoy starters of foie gras or smoked salmon, before feasting on the usual roast turkey with all the trimmings. Also on offer will be confit of duck, roast salmon and roast pork, and desserts will come in the form of delicious Christmas pud, chocolate Yule and pavlova. The meal will finish with a cheese course, so make sure you leave space mamas!!! If the kids Christmas menu isn’t enough to keep your little ones busy for hours on end, then rest assured there will be plenty of entertainment at the club with many activities arranged for all ages, and Santa will even be there to grace the kids with his presents (Excuse the pun!).
From AED 395
The Lakes, Dubai
Tel: (+971) (0) 44 542 638
Riva Beach Club
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Christmas on the beach is cool. Fact. Dine al fresco at the RIVA Beach Club where an amazing festive feast awaits and the chance to walk it off on the sand and dip your toes in the ocean follows. The kiddos will be entertained by Santa (on his whistle-stop tour of Dubai’s brunches) and masses of fun activities plus outdoor space and sandy beach to run about and build Christmas castles in.
From AED 275
Building 8, The Shoreline Palm, Jumeirah Dubai, 75870 Dubai
Tel: (+971) (0) 44 309 466
A trip to Ruth’s Chris Steak House this Christmas is certainly top of our wish list. The set menu on offer sounds mouthwatering with Fine de Claire oysters and beef carpaccio amongst the appetisers. Enjoy an entrée including the New York Strip (the best Prime cut around!) and then feast on the traditional Christmas Turkey with all the trimmings, such as Yorkshire pud, garlic mash, and Brussels with chestnuts and turkey bacon. Oh and if you have space for dessert, expect New Orleans style bread pudding with a tipple in the sauce – yum! This is our recommendation for those with older kids who are looking for a relaxed meal with their family and who will leave the games and entertainment until when they get home…
From AED 399
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Dubai Marina
(+971) (0) 44 549 538
Sheraton Christmas Chocoholic Brunch
There is nothing more important at Christmas than indulging in a mountain full of chocolate (come on mamas, we have January to revert to our healthy eating regimes!) so why not try the Christmas Chocoholic Brunch this year. There will of course be a turkey carving station with all the trimmings on offer, but the piece de resistance will be the renowned chocolate room, which will be bursting at the seams. You wont be able to hold the kids back ladies, so don’t even bother trying! If choccies aren’t your thing, then fear not there will be stollen, gingerbread and mince pies aplenty! We can’t wait!
From AED 175
Sanabel, Sheraton, Mall of the Emirates
Tel: (+971) (0) 43 772 353
If you are not a turkey lover, then fear not. Many of Dubai’s vast range of eateries are offering other meals to feast on and Zuma is sure to be one of our favourites. Think festive Daikoku menus, including wagyu beef, lobster and dishes featuring decadent Alba white truffles. Sound delicious? Well let’s be honest ladies, we are never disappointed at Zuma. The quality of food is always top notch and if you are a Japanese food lover, like us, then you will love dining here on Christmas Day with family and friends, whilst rejoicing in the spirit of the season. One of the classier options around!
From AED 595
Tel: (+971) (0) 44 255 660