Having concluded its role as the host of COP28, Expo City Dubai is set to undergo a magical transformation into a sustainable winter wonderland.
Embracing the spirit of the season, the iconic Al Wasl Dome will light up with a giant 52-foot Christmas tree, marking the beginning of festive celebrations on Friday, December 15, at 6 pm.
A Green Christmas Celebration
In a commendable nod to sustainability, Expo City has recycled last year’s Christmas tree, making it the centerpiece of this year’s festivities.
The Al Wasl Dome, now transformed into a Christmas village, is adorned with repurposed decorations and energy-efficient lighting.
Visitors are invited to partake in climate challenges, collect stamps, and engage in eco-friendly workshops led by Santa’s industrious elves.
Eco-Toy Factory: Where Creativity Meets Sustainability
One of the highlights of the winter wonderland is the eco-toy factory, where children can unleash their creativity and make their own toys from recycled materials.
The factory not only promotes artistic expression but also fosters learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on experiences.
Sustainable Festive Experiences
Building on the legacy of COP28, Expo City Dubai offers a range of eco-friendly festive experiences designed to raise climate awareness and encourage green living.
Santa’s sustainable house, Mrs. Claus’ bakery, an eco-friendly toy factory, and Frosty’s farmhouse are just a few of the immersive attractions awaiting visitors.
Save the North Pole Campaign
In a bid to engage young minds in environmental responsibility, Expo City organizers have crafted an activity where children can join Santa on a quest to save the North Pole and its precious wildlife from the impacts of global climate change.
Participants will encounter clues, climate challenges, and have the opportunity to collaborate with elves in eco-friendly workshops.
Sustainability at Santa’s House
Guests are welcomed into Santa’s house, where they can discover the ingenious ways Santa prioritizes sustainability in his abode.
From repurposed decorations to energy-efficient lighting, every aspect of Santa’s dwelling embodies eco-friendly practices, providing a delightful learning experience for all ages.
- Claus’ Green Tales
Mrs. Claus, not to be outdone, shares stories highlighting the importance of saving polar habitats.
Her bakery serves as a hub for educating young bakers on the principles of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Through engaging narratives, Mrs. Claus instills the values of environmental stewardship in the hearts of visitors.
Embracing Greener Lifestyles
For a touch of fun and reflection, visitors can inscribe their names on Santa’s “naughty” or “nice” list.
However, the twist lies in learning that embracing greener lifestyles significantly increases one’s chances of securing a spot on the coveted “nice” list.
Insta-Worthy Christmas Village
Expo City Dubai has curated every corner of the Christmas village to be Insta-worthy.
From a chalet-style Christmas market to snow-sprinkled trees, carnival games, and photo opportunities with the reindeer sleigh and the popular robot, Opti, the winter wonderland promises a visual feast for all.
Carols by Candlelight
Adding to the festive ambiance, Carols by Candlelight will enchant visitors from December 20 to December 24.
The event includes nightly projection shows and a variety of food and beverage packages to enhance the magical experience.
Winter Timings and Entry Information
Winter City welcomes visitors from 3 pm until 11 pm, with entry priced from Dh20 for adults and free for ages 12 and under, as well as Carols by Candlelight ticketholders.
Some activities and workshops may have additional charges. For more information and to plan your visit, explore the Expo City Dubai website.
As Expo City Dubai transforms into a sustainable winter wonderland, the convergence of festive joy and environmental consciousness sets a remarkable precedent for future celebrations, urging communities to embrace a greener, more sustainable holiday season.
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