What to do at Expo Dubai in December?



December marks the third month EXPO2020 has surprised, excited and delighted visitors. Aside from the 192 country pavilions open to explore there is live entertainment as well as family friendly events and fun to be had throughout the month. After admiring the exquisite site architecture, there are enough varied activities to ensure even the fussiest of children are not bored! We’ve put together some of the highlights for the month and we highly recommend a visit.


Head to the Estonian Pavilion on December 15th for their Day of Universities: personalised medicine and smart city, an informative event on further education and learn about female pioneers in culture and education from Arabia and the Muslim world at the Women’s pavilion on December 16th at 4pm in the Sustainability district. For the foodies amongst us, on December 20th you cannot go past Hellenic Republic as they host a mouth-watering panel discussion on ‘The South Aegean as an international gastronomy destination’ where you will get to learn about the cuisine and then enjoy a dinner prepared by some of Greece’s top chefs. If you have an upcoming wedding to plan, Wedding Fantasy will be shown on the Jubilee stage at 7pm on December 21st exploring Sri Lankan wedding customs and showcasing Sri Lanka as a wedding destination.


Christmas at EXPO2020 will be a celebration of epic proportions. There will be Christmas trees and decorations scattered around the Expo site, and between December 20-28th witness Al Wasl Plaza transform into a magical winter wonderland full of festive fun. For the children, Santa has made time in his busy schedule and will be on site from December 17-22nd 11am-8pm. There is a post box to send last minute Christmas wish lists to the North Pole and some of his elves will be walking around for photo opportunities. All whilst rocking out to some epic Christmas carols of course! Classic Christmas movies will be played on the big screen such as Home Alone on December 23rd and on December 25th there will be live performances by the London Community Gospel Choir, Joe Stilgoe and Lea Salonga amongst others. For those looking for something creative, Bread Ahead in the Mobility Pavilion is offering Festive cooking classes over numerous dates but if DIY is not your thing, you will find plenty of festive foodie delights from different countries around the venue.


Help Morocco celebrate their national day with Giant Karakize performances at 11:30am and 5pm on December 26th and on December 29th join in the celebrations at the Italian Pavilion as they host the International Opera Awards where guests will be treated to live performances by both Emirati and Italian opera singers. New Year’s Eve at the world’s greatest show will see fireworks, drone shows, live music and dance performances celebrated together with over 190 countries. Whilst we don’t want to give too much away, EXPO2020 is about bringing the best of the world together so it’s guaranteed to be a night to remember.


We have saved the best news until last…The magic of the festive season has become all the more accessible with the Expo2020 ‘Festive Pass’. For only 95AED per person, enjoy unlimited access for the month of December and enjoy visiting the pavilions, family fun events and live performances. You can also upgrade this pass to a season pass for an extra 150dhs. To purchase a festive pass please visit: https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en/tickets-and-merchandise/tickets