Christmas in Doha

What to do and where to go with the kids. Your festive season sorted! Discuss this article

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December 1

Tree lighting at St. Regis
Gather family and friends at the St. Regis to watch the hundreds of lights being turned on, on the eight metre tree.
Free. 6pm-7pm. St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

December 4

Post your letter to Santa
Have you been well behaved this Christmas time? Post from the special North Pole letterbox in the main lobby of St. Regis.
Deliveries close on December 24. St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

December 6

Festive cooking classes for kids at Astor Grill
There are festive cooking classes for children aged four to 12. Pastry chefs share a secret or two to help out. Places are limited and booking is essential.
It’s QR120 per child and on from 11am-1pm.

Visit the Christmas Market at St. Regis
Entry is free and an array of festive snacks and drinks will be served alongside the tinsel and novelty present items. There will also be festive activities for children.
12.30pm-10pm. St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0211).

December 12

Drink tea with Santa
Have afternoon tea with Santa from 2.30pm-8pm.
Dec 5, 12, 19 and 26. St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0126).

December 13

Make your own gingerbread house
Build your own gingerbread house every Saturday during the month of December. Executive pastry chef Udesh Nalaka will guide you through all the special techniques to build and decorate the perfect holiday treasure.
QR65 per child. Dec 6, 13, 20 and 27. InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).

December 19

Tree lighting at Doha Marriott
Join the Doha Marriott for the tree lighting ceremony and enjoy performances from the Marriott Christmas Choir, as well as a ‘Christmas Treat’ pass around, traditional gingerbread houses and festive drinks from 7.30pm.
Santa will also be present. Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8499).

December 20

Listen to the choir at Doha Marriott
Daily performances from the Marriott Choir. Bring the family over to listen from 7.30-8pm.
Dec 20-24. Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8499).

December 21

Hang out with Santa
You can have a picture taken with Santa and two of his elves while listening to festive songs at 3pm.
Dec 21-24. Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat (4435 6666).

December 24

Where to eat on Christmas Eve?

Choices
A dinner buffet extravaganza with all the traditional festive decor, including sparkling lights and decorated tables. For younger guests, Santa will pay a visit. QR260 with soft drinks, QR345 with house beverages or QR475 with a special package.
Choices, Oryx Rotana, Airport Road (4402 3333).

Coral
There is a festive buffet dinner for QR350, including sparkling, red and white vino from 7pm-11.30pm. There is a Christmas choir and gifts from Santa for little ones.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Crossroads Kitchen
Three-course buffet with seasonal offerings, live cooking stations and a roast turkey carvery station from 6pm-11pm. This is priced from QR425. Santa will also visit.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

December 25

Christmas Day!
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Indulge in a festive brunch from noon-4pm with freshly caught seafood also on the cards. Children can enjoy festive movies and treats, as well as a visit from Santa. QR360 per person, QR170 for children 12 and under.
Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat (4435 6666).

Al Liwan
A seasonal and fun-filled brunch, with lots of treats for kids and games and activities from noon-4pm. Christmas carols start at 1pm. It’s QR320, or QR150 for those 12 and under.
Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat (4435 6666).

Astor Drill
A special family style sharing menu prepared by the executive chef.
Open from 12.30pm-4pm. QR700 per table of four (family style sharing). St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0211).

Belgian Cafe
Have carved turkey and à la carte dishes and listen to a festive choir from 12.30pm-3.30pm. Santa gives gifts to little ones.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Choices
Relax and enter the festive spirit with a brunch in Choices. There is a buffet with all the traditional dishes and a live cooking station, as well as music from the resident band and a visit from Santa for little ones. QR270 with soft drinks, QR335 with unlimited house beverages or QR475 for a special drinks package.
Oryx Rotana, Airport Road (4402 3333).

Fish Market
A Christmas brunch by the beach for QR395, inclusive of bubbly from 12.30pm-3.30pm, with a choir and gifts for little ones from Santa.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Hyde Park
From noon-3pm, enjoy Christmas day lunch inclusive of bubbly for QR290, or QR220 with soft drinks. Santa Claus will also pay a visit if you are good.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Salwa Road/C Ring road intersection (4428 1428).

Mykonos
There is a traditional festive lunch available here for QR250, with live music, a choir, and Santa provided from 12.30pm-3.30pm.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Restaurant Gallery
Featuring a selection of traditional Christmas roasts, holiday desserts and festive drinks from noon-4pm. There is also entertainment for children with bouncy castles, games and more.
Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8499).

The Grill
There is a large playground for children at this brunch, including bouncy castles, candy floss, face painting and a visit from Santa. Prices start at QR150 for children and QR295 for adults, or QR420 for adults with special beverages.
Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (77982400).

By Time Out Doha staff
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