With enchanting festive surprises including daily tree lighting ceremonies, Santa sightings and more, Yas Winter Fest is the place to be
PARTNER CONTENT: Get ready to embrace the magic of the holiday season like never before as MENA Live Events proudly presents Abu Dhabi’s newest, biggest Winter celebration, expected to attract over 35,000 guests over five days.
Taking place from 6-10 December at Gateway Park South on Yas Island, Yas Winter Fest is a spectacular event which promises an unforgettable winter wonderland for families and friends of all ages.
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A snowy paradise awaits, as families and friends can frolic in the (artificial) snow zone, and enjoy exhilarating snow-inspired activities including a mega ice-like slide and more. All the fun without the cold!
In the North Pole Zone, guests can get the chance to write and post a letter to Santa, snap some instagrammable moments, and even take a go in Santa’s workshop where ornament decorating, crafts and gingerbread decorating will be in full swing.
Lights, Fireworks, Action! Prepare to be dazzled each evening at 9pm by an enchanting fireworks display lighting up the Yas Island sky. At 6.30 pm daily, witness the grand tree lighting ceremony, which will be sure to spread the holiday cheer in a twinkling show of magic and lights.
Food, glorious food!
Looking for a new festive recipe? Stop by the Kibson’s Festive Cook School to learn classic holiday recipes and cook along with professional chefs. The best part? Cook School sessions are included FREE with your ticket.
Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect at the Kibsons Festive Cook School, and the Chefs who will be leading you through:
- Turkey wrapped fruity stuffed chicken breast with Celebrity Chef Jenny Morris; Festive pancake cake with Celebrity Chef Jenny Morris; Holiday smoked salmon and prawn terrines; Christmas french toast with Anika Panikker; Festive seafood chowder with Dubai 92 radio host and Chef Rich; Festive Tirimasu with Dubai 92 radio host and Chef Rich; Seabass with pomme de terre crust with Dubai 92 radio host and Chef Rich.
- Plus enjoy food trucks serving up some special holiday items, including specially curated holiday deli items from Spinneys F, Gino’s Deli, Pizza Express, Pick, Bon Bird, Dunkin Donuts and Al Areesh.
- An Artisan Vendors Village will also be in full merry swing, where local producers and brands will sell their goodies and trinkets. Some vendors selling gourmet foods and delicacies include Merika Café, French Bakery, Casa Pons, Queen Bee Honey, Praisethree, Garrett Popcorn and Brooklyn Creamery
Guests after an adrenaline thrill can explore in the Carnival Zone, featuring rides for adults and kids, plus skill games and more! Fancy some shopping, snacking and sipping? An artisan village will feature local festive creations perfect to knock some items off your Christmas list, while food trucks will serve up classic Winter favourites.
Pumping from day to night, the festive stage will feature non-stop wintertainment, including bands, Christmas carol sing-alongs, school choirs and more. Jugglers, magicians and Santa himself will spread the Winter cheer on stage and in a magical parade throughout the event.
Bringing some little elves with you? While the Snow Zone, Santa’s Workshop and Carnival grounds will all feature activities for kids, little ones will also have their own dedicated kids-only zone, where they can celebrate winter like never before on the Winter themed bouncy castles, a zipline, bungee jump, soft play area and more!
Enjoy FREE Activities!
Yas Winter Fest will feature a host of chargeable activities and rides for kids and adults across different zones, but be sure to keep an eye out for these free features: Kibsons Box Challenge sessions, letters to Santa, ceramic ornament painting, a snow maze, Aldar’s North Pole Community model home experience and stage giveaways throughout the week.
Learn a festive recipe at the Kibsons Box Challenge
Instead of going out for a festive meal, why not learn to cook something new? Stop by the Kibsons Box Challenge to learn classic holiday recipes made with fresh Kibsons products, and cook along with professional chefs. The best part? Cook School sessions are included FREE with your ticket. Simply register on-site one hour before the desired session.
Write and post your letter to Santa
Forgot to mail your wish list? Yas Winter Fest has still got you covered and has arranged a special North Pole express post to ensure everybody’s wishes are sent straight to Santa to get read in time. Stop by Santa Land zone at Yas Winter Fest and grab a pre-addressed letter, fill out your wish list, and drop it in the big red post box.
Non-stop festive entertainment
Pumping from day to night, the Festive Stage will feature non-stop wintertainment, including big brass bands playing holiday classics, mini musicals, Christmas carol sing-alongs, school choirs and more. Jugglers, magicians and Santa himself will spread the holiday cheer on stage and in a magical parade throughout the event twice per day!
Plus, watch as Tag 91 and Yas Bay’s Choir competition finalists battle it out on stage for AED 13,000 of cash and vouchers to spend at any of the exquisite dining outlets at Yas Bay!
Enjoy the fun of Winter without the cold
From a snowball fight maze, (artificial) snow play area, giant inflatable slides and more, there is something for every excited kiddie to let out some steam! More of a budding artist? Little ones can take part in a host of arts and crafts in Santa’s Workshop, and even decorate their own gingerbread cookies in the Santa’s Workshop!
Your favourite app for all things kids will be featured at Yas Winter Fest, with photo ops, giveaways and more! Don’t forget to collect the cool Kidzapp stickers at the Kidzapp stand, and keep an eye on the main stage as there are exciting giveaways to offer!
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Explore Aldar’s newest community
We may be familiar with Aldar’s exquisite communities in Abu Dhabi, but now they’re expanding a little further north…the North Pole to be exact! Visit Aldar’s North Pole Community model home, designed exclusively for the North Pole’s elf community. Be transported as you explore two show rooms of festive curiosities, and even snap some photos to share later!
Save with Careem – arrive in style!
The Yas Winter Fest official mobility partner, Careem are offering an exclusive discount for rides to and from the event. Here is everything you need to know to avail this awesome offer: Code name: YASWINTERFEST, 15 per cent off six rides, max discount: AED15 per ride, valid to and from the event and valid on Comfort, Executive, Max and Kids car types
Don’t miss your chance to snag your tickets to this extraordinary Winter extravaganza. Advance tickets are on sale until 11:59pm on 5 December. Purchase your tickets in advance and skip the queues at the door and ensure you don’t miss out on the holiday magic.
For more information and to stay updated on event details, visit yaswinterfest.com and follow: Instagram: @yaswinterfest; Facebook: facebook.com/YasWinterFest, Tiktok: yaswinterfest
Gateway Park South on Yas Island
For more information and to stay updated on event details, visit Yas Winter Fest. Tickets can be purchased at abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/87770/yas-winter-fest-abu-dhabi
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