The time to be jolly and merry has arrived and there is no better way to celebrate this Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi than a delicious dinner or a bountiful brunch.
Warm up for the big day with an intimate festive dinner or hype up the excitement with a wonderful brunch.
Ready for Christmas Eve?
Here are some of the best brunches and dinners in Abu Dhabi to experience on Christmas Eve.
CONRAD ABU DHABI ETIHAD TOWERS
One of liveliest brunches in Abu Dhabi will have you and friends rocking around the Christmas Tree from 12.30pm to 4pm.
Sample a series of exquisite seasonal dishes from live cooking stations and when the action heats up, remember to cool off at the pool overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
But if you miss Christmas Eve, Nahaam will be once again bring seasonal jolly to the capital on Christmas Day.
For reservations call 02 811 5555
Jumeirah At Saadiyat Island
Sample a splendid Christmas afternoon tea on 24 December in Majlis. Nibble on sandwiches, scones, cakes and sip on cups of tea, all dusted with Christmas cheer as you look forward to the big day.
For reservations, call 02 811 4342
The Abu Dhabi EDITION
The Festive Spritz at Alba Terrace
On Christmas Eve from 12.30pm to 5pm, join with family and friends for festive five-course feast including highlights of homemade spagetti vongole, panettone and other warming, fresh delights from the poolside wood fired oven while enjoying expertly crafted Italian mixed drinks to the backdrop of live entertainment and music.
Christmas Brunch at Oak Room
Take on the best of British cuisine at the Oak Room’s Christmas Brunch on 24 December from 12.30pm to 5pm, starting with signature Oak Room sourdough with Marmite butter before moving onto tantalising starters to share, choosing your perfectly cooked roast main course with all the trimming and satisfying quivering sweet teeth with desserts, mince pies and Christmas Puddings. From 12.30pm to 5pm.
To book your reservation, call 02 208 0000
RIXOS PREMIUM SAADIYAT ISLAND
Warm up for the biggest dinner of the year with a Christmas-themed dinner at Turkish-inspired restaurant on Saadiyat from 7pm to 10.30pm.
Dressed up in festive cheer, guests can tuck into a variety from different cuisines, roast turkey and trimmings, special beef wellington and more while listening to the sounds of Christmas.
Celebrate the season with a fabulous five-course Christmas meal in luxury surroundings, overlooking the pristine white sands of Saadiyat and the crystal-clear blue waters of the Arabian Gulf from 1pm to 4.30pm.
For reservations, call 02 492 2222
W ABU DHABI – YAS ISLAND
Festive Night Lights at WET Deck
Head up to the roof of the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island and get your festive kicks with DJ James playing the best of urban and pop classics from 8pm to 11pm.
This funky venue is telling brunchers to go B.I.G. for their Christmas Eve brunch from 1pm to 4pm. Indulge with family and friends at a range of fancy cooking stations while bopping to the tunes of the hotel’s resident DJ.
And the big man in red is slated to make an appearance on the world-famous Yas Marina circuit to spread some Christmas cheer.
To book, call 02 656 0000
Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Resort
With an opulent buffet of traditional flavours and live carving stations surrounded by seasonal decorations, savour Christmas Eve in the backdrop of the desert from 6pm to 10.30pm.
To book, call 02 866 2088
COYA ABU DHABI
Surrender to wonderful views of Al Maryah Island and a moreish food card at one of the most fun and colourful brunches in the whole of the capital.
Gastronomes can expect to enjoy signature seafood and meats dishes while be serenaded with Peruvian chimes from 12.30pm to 4pm.
To book, call 02 306 7000
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
Sim Sim Restaurant
Christmas Eve Dinner
Countdown to the big day with family and friends as you share a memorable meal at Sim Sim. Tuck into a flavourful selection of seasonal favourites such as panettone and stollen bread from 7pm to 10.30pm.
LA CENA DELLA VIGILLIA
Feast like an Italian at this intimate meal the night before Christmas. From 7pm to 11pm, there will be a mix between of semi buffet and table family platters all with an Italian twist.
For reservations, call 02 697 0000
Cove Beach Abu Dhabi
Christmas Eve 808
Get into the festive feeling with all your favourite Christmas tunes played by DJs DVS, Keeny and Nuf while you enjoy a four-course set menu brunch from 1pm to 5pm with unlimited beverages.
But if you’re not available for some festive fun before 6pm, go for a three-course set-menu plus one complimentary mulled grape on arrival.
For reservations, call 056 398 7895
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Christmas Eve Festive Dinner at Grills@Chill’O
Add some je ne sais quoi to your Christmas proceedings with a Christmas Eve Festive Dinner at Grills@Chill’O.
Whether you decide to dine indoors in comfortable surroundings or out on the beautiful terrace with views of Abu Dhabi’s corniche, tuck into French fare including Coq au Vin, Boeuf a la Bourguignonne, Duck Confit, and Foie gras Pate.
But should you be looking for something a little closer to home there will be plenty of Arabic as well as Indian and Mediterranean options on display at the huge buffet.
And rumour has it that even the jovial, big man will be making an appearance from 7pm to 11pm.
For reservations, call 02 811 7777
Erth Abu Dhabi
On Christmas Eve you can warm up for the big day with a hearty breakfast in the company of Cinderella and co at Al Rimal.
Build the excitement to Christmas Day as you meet and mingle with the cast of the ongoing production as you tuck into first meal of the day from 8.30 am to 10.30am.
For more details or dining reservations, call 02 441 5900
St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Christmas Eve Dinner at Villa Toscana
Taste the flavours of Tuscany with the Christmas Eve Dinner at Villa Toscana.
Experience Italian hospitality from 7pm to 11pm with an exceptional four-course menu of traditional recipes including sumptuous lobster tail served on pumpkin cream and topinambur sauce for starters before tucking into moreish veal tenderloin au gratin with wild herbs and wild mushroom sauce.
Round off the Christmas Eve feast with local Italian desserts.
Christmas Eve Dinner at The Terrace on the Corniche
Take in a Christmas Eve dinner full of festive merriment in the contemporary surrounds of The Terrace on the Corniche.
Showcasing the finest in international cuisine, diners are promised, pan-seared duck breast, beef brisket hash, high-quality beef and salmon at live a barbeque station, roasted turkey and duck at the carving station, and much more delightful fare the night before Christmas from 7pm to 11pm.
For reservations, call 02 694 4444
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
Cheerful Festive Brunch at Urban Kitchen
Get into the festive mood at one of the most popular brunches in the capital from 12.30pm to 4pm on Christmas Eve.
Marinated in Christmas fare, you and the family can help yourselves to a luxurious buffet of global cuisines, enticing dishes and an array of moreish desserts.
For reservations, call 02 698 8137
Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi
Christmas Eve Dinner
Warm up for the big day at Kuzbara in the Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi with a delightful Christmas Eve dinner from 7pm to 11pm.
Serving up a tantalising buffet with multi-cuisines and live stations, feast on roasted leg of lamb, vegetables and kebabs before indulging in a happy-inducing dark chocolate yule log.
And when you have had your fill, grab a present off Santa Claus who will offering up gifts.
To book your place, call 02 304 7777
Set up yourself up with a supreme Christmas Eve dinner with a sumptuous three-course Christmas set menu including Ahi Tuna Tartar as amuse bouche, Foie Gras with Black Truffle, Lobster Tail or Roasted Butternut and Chestnut Soup as appetiser.
For mains, it’s your choice among Grilled Wagyu, Lamb Rack or Organic Salmon from 6pm to 1pm.
For reservations, call 02 657 3333
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl
LA Dolce Christmas Eve at Verso
From 6pm to 10.30pm, sample Italian delights on Christmas Eve in a relaxed setting.
Christmas Eve Grand Brunch at Sahha
Indulge in buffet full of festive favourites and Yuletide desserts from 12.30pm to 5pm.
To book, call 02 510 1234
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
Christmas Eve Dinner at The Café
Enjoy a jolly Christmas Eve dinner while taking in live entertainment from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. And we have it on good authority that the big man in red will be there too.
To book, call 02 407 1234
*Please note that times, dates and menus are subject to change