Festive events in Doha 2014

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Classes for the little ones

Astror Grill
December 6

There are festive cooking classes for children aged four-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.
St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0211).

Quick Bites
December 6

Gingerbread making session for five-10 year-olds from 4pm-6pm. Registration is required. QR75, inclusive of snacks and refreshments for kids.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

Lobby Lounge
December 6, 13, 20, 27

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

Blue
December 13 & 20

Have a family get-together with the children and create your own gingerbread house from 3pm-5pm. Each parent/child team will be supplied with all the necessaries to get creative and make a colourful decorated gingerbread house. Sign up early as there are limited spaces available.
QR249 per house, including use of the tea and coffee station. Grand Heritage, Aspire Zone (4455 5522).

Al Qareb
December 21-22

Children aged five and above can create their own gingerbread house to take home from 10am-midday. It’s QR220 per child.
Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat (4435 6666).

Biscotti
Throughout December
Enjoy Christmas specialities and enjoy sweet and savoury treats throughout the month.
Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4449 1234).

Kempinski
Throughout December
Enjoy gazing at a massive gingerbread house while trying a selection of stollen and gingerbread delicacies from 7am-9pm. Go on, treat yourself.
Kempinski Residences & Suites (4405 3325).

Lobby Lounge
Throughout December
There is a life-sized gingerbread house in Lobby Lounge as you sample a selection of cookies, cakes and other festive delights. You can also purchase a holiday hamper to take home with you.
InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).

Palm Garden
Throughout December
Have a whole roast turkey to go without the trimmings for QR600, or with them for QR680. Give 24 hours’ notice and ring from 9am-5pm.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Salwa Road/C Ring road intersection (4428 1555).

Seasons Takeaway
Throughout December
Get turkey on the run and throw your own festive party, without spending hours in the kitchen. QR500 for a six kilogram turkey, accompanied by chestnut and bread stuffing and roasted potatoes with rosemary, and more.
Mövenpick Doha, Museum Park Street, Mirqab (4429 1111).

Vinatage Lounge
Throughout December
There is a special selection of festive drinks throughout December from 6pm-1am. Every Wednesday is ladies’ night, with special offers.
St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

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).

Drink tea with Santa
December 12

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

Make your own gingerbread house
December 13

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).

Tree lighting at Doha Marriott
December-19

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).

Listen to the choir at Doha Marriott
December-20

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).

Hang out with Santa
December 21
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).

St. Regis
December 1
Gather family and friends to watch the hundreds of lights illuminate the 8-metre tree, free of charge from 6pm-7pm.
St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

St. Regis
December 1-24
Have you been well behaved this Christmas time? Post from the special North Pole letterbox in the main lobby. Deliveries close on December 24.
St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

Quick Bites
December 1-25
There are a variety of hot dishes including roasted turkey roll, sausage and mash, braised lamb shank and more from QR55.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

Quick Bites takeaway
December 1-25
Fill in the order form and pick up your turkey festively played, with trimmings as well. From QR390. Order 48 hours in advance.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

St. Regis takeaway
December 1-25
Take a turkey to go with all the trimmings. It’s QR990, which will serve eight people. Give 48 hours’ notice.
St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

Doha Marriott takeway
December 1-27
Order a turkey to go with all the trimmings to enjoy until December 27. It’s QR790 for a 6-8 people sized portion, QR1,100 for 10-12 people.
Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8499).

KempinskiDecember 1-30
Order a ready-made turkey with stuffing, vegetables and potatoes. Place your order 48 hour in advance.
Kempinski Residences & Suites (4405 3325)

Quick Bites
December 1-January 6
There are cakes, cookies, hampers and other goodies available from QR40.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

Kempinski
December 3,10 & 17
Executive chef Vinon Yergu will create a three course meal while giving away culinary tips and secrets for QR225 per person.
Reservations only. Kempinski Residences & Suites (4405 3325).

Four Seasons takeaway
December 3-31
Enjoy a packaged festive goodie bag, including mascarpone pralines and stollen. Order 72 hours in advance.
Four Seasons Doha, West Bay (4494 8600).

Astor Grill
December 5
Get a culinary masterclass on how to make a great festive menu from 4pm-6pm. It’s priced at QR290 per person.
St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0211).

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

Astor Grill
December 6
There are festive cooking classes for children aged four-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.
St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0211).

Sarab Lounge
December 6
There is a traditional festive market held on the first floor terrace. Pick up some last-minute gifts for family and friends and enjoy spicy beverages.
St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0126).

Quick Bites
December 6
Gingerbread making session for five-10 year-olds from 4pm-6pm. Registration is required. QR75, inclusive of snacks and refreshments for kids.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

Cucina
December 6-24
Unwrap the 12 days of Christmas from chef Massimiliano’s specialities from noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm for QR85.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

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

Sky Lounge takeaway
December 10-31
Gather at home over traditional roast turkey, roast beef or have a little sugar rush with a festive Yule log. Order 72 hours in advance. Turkey QR590 (serves 10), beef QR940 (serves 10) and Yule log is QR170 for one kilogram.
Oryx Rotana, Airport Road (4402 3333).

Quickbites
December 12 & 19
An extensive buffet brunch, with New York Steakhouse specials in the mix as well, from QR320.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

La Varenne
December 12, 19, 26
There is a market-style brunch with a collection of seasonal treats. It’s QR280 for soft drinks and spiced apple punch, QR430 with sommelier’s choice.
Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0680).

Blue
December 13 & 20
Have a family get-together with the children and create your own gingerbread house from 3pm-5pm. Each parent/child team will be supplied with all the necessaries to get creative and make a colourful, decorated gingerbread house. Sign up early as there are limited spaces available.
QR249 per house, including use of the tea and coffee station. Grand Heritage, Aspire Zone (4455 5522).

InterContinental takeaway
December 13-26
The turkey to go returns this year, and there are also other specialities such as Christmas hampers to take away at the gingerbread house in the lobby.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Sky Lounge
December 14-January 8
There are a range of festive gourmet treats available, including gingerbread and Christmas cookies to take away and non-alcoholic eggnog.
Oryx Rotana, Airport Road (4402 3333).

L’ Espresso
December 15-25
There are seasonal sweets available, including gingerbread and mince pies for take away.
Mövenpick Doha, Museum Park Street, Mirqab (4429 1111).

Savor Lounge
December 15-31
There is a festive takeaway menu full of x-mas favourites.
Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park (4408 7788).

Doha Marriott
December 19
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).

The Torch
December 19, 20, 30
Enjoy a skyline dinner and start the New Year countdown early with an exclusive dinner for QR3,000. This includes a five-course meal, a personal butler and a special cake. This offer is for married couples only and advanced reservations are required.
The Torch Doha, Muraikh (4446 5600).

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

Lobby at InterCon
December 20-25
You can have festive afternoon tea from 3.30pm-6.30pm for QR95 for food only, or QR125 with festive drinks from 4.30pm-5.30pm.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Al Qareb
December 21-22
Children aged five and above can create their own gingerbread house to take home from 10am-midday.
It’s QR220 per child. Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat (4435 6666).

Al Jalsa Lounge
December 21-24
Have tea and festive treats with Santa and his elves for QR165 and young ones get to take home a teddy bear, from 3.30pm-5.30pm.
Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat (4435 6666).

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

La Varenne
December 21-31 (not available Friday 26)
There is a festive business lunch available from noon-3pm. Two courses come to QR85, three to QR95.
Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0680).

Al Sharq Village takeaway
Have a turkey to go for QR1,000 (serves up to eight). Book 24 hours in advance.
Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat (4435 6666).

Paper Moon
December 24-31
There is a special festive culinary menu with an Italian atmosphere.
Jaidah Square, Airport Road (4016 6000).

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

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