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Christmas Tree Lighting, Gingerbread Houses and Winter Wonderlands

Ring in the Christmas cheer with tree lighting ceremonies, carols, gingerbread houses and surprise Santa visits! Here is a compilation of the activities at Qatar hotels. This listing will be updated regularly, bookmark this page and come back for more updates!

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

Zest Winter House Wander into a winter wonderland. Immerse yourself in the season’s most indulgent delights. Come to Zest Café during December 2018 and January 2019 to enjoy a special menu of warming winter foods and festive drinks. Relax and soak up the seasonal spirit surrounded by dazzling winter wonderland décor, nibbling on fresh gingerbread and delicious handmade sweet treats.

When: December 2018 and January 2019, 11 am–8 pm
Where: Zest Cafe

Banana Island

For reservations, call 4040 5116 or email

Festive Spa Indulgences Give the gift of a pampering spa package, crafted exclusively for the festive season. Treat yourself or a loved one to a special New Year spa treat. Select from a range of seasonal spa packages created specifically for the holiday period and available only via gift card. Enjoy a healing ritual, relax in our Moroccan Hammam or sink into a Signature Anantara Spa journey.

Packages available for gift vouchers:

Pampered from Within Relax into an indulgent 30-minute body scrub that gently polishes and exfoliates the skin. Enjoy boosted immunity with a 60-minute massage therapy aimed at improving lymphatic flow. 90 minutes QAR599

Ladies’ Escape Enjoy an authentic 45-minute Moroccan Hammam experience and let tensions melt away with a 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage. Indulge with unlimited access to Anantara Spa facilities. 75 minutes QAR450

For inquiries and reservations, call 4040 5158 or email

Doha Marriott Hotel

Tree Lighting Ceremony Christmas is right around the corner – let’s gather all the little guests of Doha around a brilliant tradition: the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy complimentary hot beverages and sweets, while children (and the child within your heart) get to start the festive week in a lively atmosphere.

Who knows, you may also witness a special visit from a famous guest with a white beard!

When: Thursday, 20 December, 6 pm onwards

Gingerbread Workshop - Doha Marriott

Gingerbread Workshop Gingerbread. Creativity. Christmas. Spend some quality time making a delicious masterpiece with your children at the Gingerbread Workshop. This year, Executive Chef Joseph went all out, built bigger houses and gathered a plethora of candies.
It will be fun, and it’s a once-a-year opportunity so do not miss it!

When: Friday, 21 December, 10:30 am–1 pm

Pre-bookings required | QAR150 per house

Contact Call 4429 8888 or 4429 8499 for more information.

InterContinental Doha The City

Gingerbread House Decoration

Gather with your little ones and enjoy a fun festive family activity – Gingerbread House Decorating! Each Gingerbread house comes complete with all the icing and sweet treats you need to create your very own masterpiece.

Intercon the city gingerbread

When: 22 December, 3 pm-6 pm

Price: QAR125 per house

For more information and reservations, contact 7021 8803 /

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

Festive Goodies

When & Where: 3 December 2018-6 January 2019, 6am–9pm, Quick Bites

Festive treats are wrapped up at Quick Bites filling the air with some holiday spirit. From gingerbread, cookies, chocolate puddings and so much more, bring home some sweetness and holiday cheer.

Cookie Decorating Workshop

Marriott Marquis cookie

When & Where: 1, 8 & 15 December 2018, 4 pm-6 pm, Quick Bites

This season, make your kids busy with some holiday activities. Register them at Cookie Decorating Workshop at Quick Bites and create some fondest memories they will always remember.

Price: QAR99 per child (4-12 years old)

Call 4419 5000 or visit

Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

Festive Wonderland Counter

When & Where: 5 December-1 January, 9 am-10 pm, Palm Garden

Visit the Palm Garden Festive Wonderland Counter and pick your favourite festive treats! Choose from an array of hand-crafted festive goodies for sharing this season, from a pocket of cookies to traditional European cakes, Gingerbread Houses, Stollen, Mince pies and Chocolate Santas.

Family Festive Party

When & Where: 21 December, 5 pm-8 pm, Giwana Ball Room

Family Festive Party_radisson blu

With seasonal music from the resident band and singing waiters and waitresses, a delicious buffet with something for everyone including cookie decorating, baking and a selection of games and activities for the kids- this is a party not to be missed! No festive party would be complete without a visit from the man in red and he will be there with a gift for each child. (aged 11 years and below).

Price: QAR100 per child (11 years and below). QAR150 per person (13 years and above). QAR150 per person (parent or guardian). QAR420: Family ticket, admits 2 adults and 2 children (aged 11 years and below)

All children must be accompanied by Parent/Guardian (ticket holder)

Doors Open at 5 pm.

Tickets required, call 4428 1555 for more information. 

Shangri-La Hotel Doha


Cooking Class for the Little Ones The little Master Chefs are invited to a fun and exciting
cooking and gingerbread decorating session at our Christmas Brunch in Sridan.

Christmas Sweater Discount Wear a festive sweater on 25th of December at Sridan and get 25% discount of your bill. *Discount only applicable for the person wearing the ugliest sweater.

Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Join us for a hot chocolate experience with marshmallows at the Lobby Lounge this December as we celebrate the festive season How much can you drink?

A Gift of Time Book any 60-minutes Facial Treatment or longer and receive a complimentary
30-minute bespoke massage of your choice.

Cinnamon Coconut Indulgence Experience the spirit of the season with a 60-
minutes Aroma Vitality Massage and a Cinnamon Vanilla Body Polish. Includes a
Hydrotonic pool session and access to the outdoor Swimming Pool. 90-mins / QAR590

For more details, email or call 4429 5000.

Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

Al Hubara Sheraton

Bear-y Merry Holiday Show

When & Where: 18—25 December, 2 pm—10 pm

Price: QAR 80 per person

The Polar Bears are throwing a bear-y holiday celebration at the North Pole and their guests from around the world are starting to arrive. But what is taking the Pandas so long? Join in the festive pandemonium when the bear-y small pandas finally arrive in true Vaudeville style and the party begins.

From the popular writing team of John Jacobson and John Higgins comes this clever holiday musical that will delight audiences of all ages.

On-group activities:

  • Bear parade at night
  • Snowman’s candy world
  • Photobooth
  • Winter arts and crafts
  • Toys and gifts fair
  • Food and beverage stalls

Gingerbread  Village Check out the gingerbread village in the hotel lobby.

When & Where:  20 December—9 January, Lobby

Gingerbread  House Factory The master bakers at Sheraton Doha will teach the kids the basics of crafting gingerbread houses.

When:  22 & 23 December, 3 pm—5 pm 

Price: QAR150 per child including snacks and soft beverages.

Festive Confections in the Pastry Shop Celebrate the festive season’s sweet creations by the culinary experts at the hotel.

When & Where: 22 December—9 January, Pastry Shop

For more information and reservations, contact 4485 3000.

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

Festive_Celebrations ritz-carlton doha

Celebrate this magical time of the year with the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Doha to enjoy a series of festive activities and culinary experiences that embrace the true spirit of the holidays.

Gingerbread House Bring your festive creativity and inspiration through our yearly tradition as you decorate your own gingerbread house with your loved ones.

When: 16–23 December, 2 pm–4 pm
Price: QAR200 per house including refreshments

Countdown to Festivities Revel in the true joy and wonder of the holiday season as we present festive cheer and unique experiences from across the hotel. Follow us on the social media to find out about each day’s festive offering, including memorable chef-crafted menus, delectable takeaways, festive spa treatments and hotel experiences.

Festive Afternoon Tea, Lobby Lounge Celebrate the season in grand style, savour the classic Ritz-Carlton’s afternoon tea experience with a festive twist.

When: 15–30 December, 2:30 pm–5 pm
Price: QAR160 per person

For further information and reservations, visit or call 4484 8000.

The St. Regis Doha

Gingerbread House at The St. Regis Doha

Festive Afternoon Tea The St. Regis Doha Afternoon Tea takes aficionados on an epicurean journey through delectable sandwiches and desserts paired with our traditional festive blend.

When & Where: 19–31 December 2018, 2:30 pm–8 pm, Sarab Lounge
Price: Children’s Afternoon Tea- QAR74 per child
Price: Caroline Astor Afternoon Tea –QAR149 per person

Festive Tree Lighting Ceremony The lobby of the finest address in Qatar transforms into festive Winter Wonderland. The centrepiece is the enchanting festive tree adorned with beautiful ornaments and crystal decors.

When & Where: 20 December 2018, 6 pm–7:30 pm, Sarab Lounge
Free entry

Gingerbread House Get into the festive spirit with our traditional gingerbread house built at the centre lobby of Sarab Lounge

All food & beverages and any gifts can be purchased upon consumption
When & Where: 20 December 2018, Sarab Lounge

For reservations and inquiries, call +974 4446 0105, e-mail  or WhatsApp +974 3387 0925

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

Westin- Hotel Exterior

Festive Cakes & Hampers at Luxe Lounge Explore the wide array of festive cakes and creative hampers at Luxe Lounge

When & Where: Throughout December, Luxe Lounge 

Festive Afternoon Tea at Luxe Lounge

Price: QAR140 for two persons
When & Where: Throughout December, Luxe Lounge 

Westin Winter Lodge This December, discover Qatar’s first and only Winter Lodge experience, Explore natural wood beams, private igloos, heartwarming food and memorable drinks which will transport you to your favourite European mountain resorts and occasional markets. This season immerse yourself into the Winter mood in a chic yet cosy ambience!

When & Where: 5 pm-2 am, throughout December. Mix Bar Lounge and Terrace 

The Westin Winter lodge is the place to eat, drink and unwind with your friends. Book one of the exclusive Igloos and be part of the ultimate snug Winter experience.

For more information and reservations contact or 33598514.

Important Note: Rates subject to change. Please check with the hotel before you confirm your reservation. 

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