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The Galleria Al Maryah Island is the festive destination for the community this season with the return of Winter Wonderland

The Galleria Al Maryah Island is the place to be this festive season. Make the most of the holidays and step into a world of unparalleled experiences as The Galleria transforms into a spectacular Winter Wonderland this December.

With a range of festive delights awaiting guests at The Galleria Al Maryah Island’s Winter Wonderland, family and friends are invited to celebrate the spirit of the season with a spectacular extravaganza of roaming entertainment, winter sales, a joyful Winter Village and Santa Claus himself amongst other activities curated to offer yet another year of unrivalled festive fun.

Running from 6 through 26 December 2020, here’s what The Galleria has in store this festive season, and it sounds like a whole lot of fun!

A Winter Wonderland EXTRAVAGANZA

Known for the captivating Winter Wonderland adorned with sparkling lights, festive bells and stars, there’s no shortage of photography inspiration at The Galleria. Guests can look forward to posing by an extravagant nine-metre tree and a spectacular illuminated reindeer installation. Families will be immersed in the magic of the festive season with extraordinary seasonal décor. Santa and his reindeer soar above the Central Atrium while giant baubles at the entrance provide the perfect backdrop for a new bank of insta-worthy shots, videos and timeless memories – no filter needed.

Ho Ho Ho, Santa Claus is coming to The Galleria’s Winter Village

No festive season is complete without the main man himself!

Creating priceless memories during the most wonderful time of the year, guests of The Galleria can meet none other than Santa Claus at the spectacular Winter Village, all while social distancing. Located in the North Atrium by Debenhams, family and friends can stop by Santa’s sleigh to pay him a visit and show how good they’ve been this year.

Running from Saturday to Wednesday between 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, guests can have their photo taken and emailed to them on the spot.

To ensure everyone’s safety, guests are required to book their meet and greet slot ahead of visiting the Winter Village through the online booking application: www.santaatthegalleria.com. Santa’s elves are there to help guide you to Santa’s sleigh on presentation of your booking confirmation.

Mail to: The North Pole

Head to the Winter Village on Ground Level or Central Kitchens on Level 3 to take part in the ‘Letters to Santa’ activation.

Little ones can send Santa a letter with all the reasons they should be on the good list this year, and a wish list of their most-coveted gifts from their favourite stores at The Galleria. Come and post letters to the North Pole early as children of all ages stand a chance to have their wish come true; 10 lucky children will have a wish come true wish on a weekly basis at The Galleria.

Awaken your senses at the festive themed sensory rooms

It's beginning to smell a lot like the holidays. Located on the Level 2 by the Food Court and Family Park, guests can look forward to visiting the magnificent festive sensory rooms, embellished with candy canes, gingerbread, and cinnamon sticks. Bringing to Abu Dhabi the true essence of the winter season, family and friends can immerse themselves in delightful aromas bound to put anyone in the festive mood.

With festive backdrops in every nook and cranny of the sensory rooms, it definitely is the ideal place to take those festive selfies to send to family around the world.

Shop till you drop at The Galleria’s Winter Sale

This one is an unmissable shopping spree.

Guests can spoil their loved ones with inspired gifts and bespoke pieces from The Galleria’s wide array of offers including; high street brands such as Zara, H&M, much loved brands such as Books Kinokuniya and Virgin Megastore, luxury brands such as Chanel and Dior, and exclusive brands like American Rag, Kendall + Kylie and Abercrombie & Fitch. The Galleria is where it’s at for festive gifting this winter! Running in tandem with Winter Wonderland is Retail Abu Dhabi’s ‘Abu Dhabi Shopping Season’, set to take place from 10 December 2020 until 14 February 2021, where shoppers can take advantage of unbeatable sales and promotions and win some amazing prizes.

Commenting on the festivities, David Robinson, General Manager, The Galleria Al Maryah Island, said, “Year on year our aim has been to continuously elevate the experience guests have at our annual Winter Wonderland event and our team endeavours to exceed all expectations. With the highly-anticipated festive season around the corner, The Galleria Al Maryah Island’s Winter Wonderland is set to return and welcome back visitors with some truly unforgettable experiences. We look forward to being able to spread joy and happiness for visiting families and friends at the end of a challenging year, and we cannot wait for revellers of all ages to experience the tailored surprises we have in store for them. As always, we remain committed to delivering the highest standards of health and safety for all and ensure our guests enjoy the most wonderful time of the year in a safe shopping environment.”

Offering the ultimate shopping experience, shoppers can enjoy a wide range of themed retail options, dining experiences, family entertainment and much more. Visitors are encouraged to share their magical experiences on social media by tagging #AtTheGalleria.

With a full calendar of seasonal celebrations, weekly activities and special events for the whole family, there's always something to see and do #AtTheGalleria. Promising guests a safe shopping experience, The Galleria was recently awarded the Go Safe certificate from the Department of Culture and Tourism and the Department of Economic Development. The program aims to enforce global standards for safety and cleanliness across all tourism and retail establishments in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Visitors of The Galleria are advised to play their part by wearing face masks, observing social distancing markers, sanitizing hands at all times and opting for contactless payments at all outlets and customer capacity limits.

Open on Saturday – Wednesday from 10 am to 10 pm and Thursday – Friday from 10 am to 12 am, The Galleria is located on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. For more information and updates on upcoming events, visit www.thegalleria.ae and follow The Galleria on Instagram and Facebook.