Christmas in Doha 2019: Family festivities

Here are six holiday-themed activities perfect for you and the kids

Christmas in Doha 2019: Family festivities

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and in between all the blowout brunches and festive feasts, it might be a good idea to spend quality time with the kids. Not sure what to do? No worries, we’ve picked the best family-friendly events including tree lighting and gingerbread house decorating for the holiday season.

Check out a workshop
The little ones have lots to look forward to this month. There’s a gingerbread house workshop for kids and it’s a great opportunity for them to express their creativity, learn something new and build an adorable little house. It’s the perfect time to bond, too. Seats are limited, so make sure you book in advance.
QR120 (per house). Dec 6 and 13, 11am. City Centre Rotana Doha, West Bay (4445 8888).

Decorate a gingerbread house
Try this fun family festive activity at InterContinental Doha The City. Teach your kids to decorate their own gingerbread houses. Each house comes complete with all the icing and sweet treats they’ll need to create their very own masterpiece. The chefs will also be around just in case you need some expert assistance to create that ultimate gingerbread house. At the very least, your kids will have something fabulous to take home and show off.
QR150 (per house). Dec 21, 3pm-6pm. Intercontinental Doha The City, West Bay (7021 8803).

Explore a factory
Gather with your kids and let them explore the beautiful Gingerbread House Factory where they can step into the snow and enter the woods. It’s the best way to get them into the festive spirit. The kids can also create the gingerbread house of their dreams together with the Sheraton’s master bakers.
QR175 (per child including snacks and soft beverages). Dec 22-23, 3pm-5pm. Sheraton Grand Doha, West Bay (4485 3000).

Find some festive cheer
Come experience the festive spirit at Oryx Rotana’s grand lobby. There will be a wonderful choir that will entertain you and your family while a spectacular tree lighting ceremony commences. The cheery man in red will also pass by and spread some holiday joy. Send your kids over to take a few snaps and collect their gifts. It’s going to be a real celebration and you don’t want
to miss this one.
Free. Dec 19, 4pm-onwards. Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwailina (4402 3333).

Have fun with the family
Grab the kids and head over to The Ritz-Carlton Doha. You can decorate your own gingerbread house with your loved ones and enjoy all the festive feels. Refreshments are included.
QR210 (per house including refreshments). Dec 19, 11am-1pm, 3pm-5pm. The Ritz-Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8522).

Light a tree
Start the festive season with Marsa Malaz Kempinski’s tree lighting ceremony. A lovely choir will serenade all the guests and the chef will serve up some really indulgent special hot chocolate (we’re most excited about this).
Free. Dec 20. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5555).

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