This time of year is all about celebrating with family, friends and good food, and we’ve got you covered with a round up of the best festive happenings in Bahrain. Have a read, take your pick, make the plans and reserve a table now!

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•The Ritz Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa

Celebrate this festive season and bring the holiday cheer with your loved ones to The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa. Indulge in an array of elegant events and attractive offers to make this a festive season to remember. Visit The Ritz Gourmet Shop and take away homemade items such as hampers, cakes and more treats. Savour the festive cakes, minced pies, cookies and chocolates, which make for great gifts and dinner party staples at your Christmas table. Enjoy the Santa Claus Afternoon Tea from December 17 to 23, from 3pm to 6pm in the Lobby Lounge.

This is the perfect picture opportunity for the family as Santa Claus joins in the fun, whilst you tuck into a delectable afternoon tea – priced at BD15++ per adult and BD10++ per child, including the chocolate buffet. On Christmas Day, there are two fantastic brunches to take your pick. Enjoy this most wonderful time of the year with culinary delights highlighting many of the fabulous creations by the hotel’s chefs – from live cooking and carving stations to a large seafood and prime rib corner. All of this, accompanied by live entertainment for both adults and kids, will surely give everyone the holiday cheer. Served in the Grand Foyer/Al Ghazal, priced at BD39++ per adult and BD20++ per child. There’s also an excellent Christmas brunch at La Med with and expansive festive buffet crafted especially for this festive time – priced at BD35++ per adult and BD18++ per child and served from 12.30pm to 4.30pm. It’s all about the festive spirit at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa!

GO: Call 1758 6499 or email rc.bahrz.restaurant.reservations@ritzcarlton.com for reservations and more information.


•Royal Golf Club

Mark the festive season with family and friends by enjoying a fabulous meal at the award-winning Royal Golf Club. Book now for a traditional Christmas Day buffet lunch with all the trimmings. The Christmas Day buffet lunch costs BD29 net (members’ discount applies) per person inclusive of unlimited selected beverages while children under the age of 12 can enjoy the day for just BD12 net (members’ discount applies) including unlimited selected soft drinks.

Santa will be taking a break from his rounds to drop off gifts for the little ones too! If all your loved one wants for Christmas is a hole in one, why not help them take a step closer by treating them to a Royal Golf Club golf lesson gift voucher this festive season? Buy a five x one hour Mini Package and receive a one hour lesson on top or take the 10 x one hour Full Monty Package and receive a one hour lesson and a nine hole playing lesson on top! Festive gift vouchers are available for purchase from the Club until December 31. Sounds awesome!

GO: Call 1775 0777 for reservations and more information.


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•Sheraton Hotel Bahrain

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout – we’re telling you why…Santa Claus is coming to Sheraton! Don’t miss the opportunity to get your holiday photos and collect your gift from Santa Claus at the popular Christmas Tree light-up on December 9. On Christmas Eve, celebrate with your loved ones at Al Safir Restaurant from 7.30pm to 11.30pm, and indulge in a lavish spread for just BD13.9++.

The hotel’s elegant Chinese restaurant, Soie, will offer a Romantic Christmas Eve dinner with a special set menu for BD14.9++ per person or BD19.9++ per person inclusive of selected beverages. Christmas Day is all about family, food and fun. The Sheraton has put together delicious seasonal favourites to make your Christmas Day meal one to brag about. From roast turkey to tenderloin steak medallions, to Christmas cakes and tempting desserts, you will find special dishes to satisfy your taste buds. There’s plenty on offer for children too!

Christmas Day lunch will be served at Al Safir Restaurant for BD19.900++. If you’re spending the day at home and would rather go out for Christmas Day dinner, enjoy great tasting seasonal dishes especially prepared for a spectacular Christmas dinner at Al Safir Restaurant. Served from 7.30pm to 11.30pm for a brilliant BD12.900++. It’s all about good festive fun at the Sheraton!

GO: Call 1753 3533 or visit www.sheratonbahrain.com for reservations and more information.


•Intercontinental Regency Bahrain

There are a fantastic number of dining promotions and festive happenings at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain, and here are just some of our favourite to check out. There’s a special set menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas lunch at Legendz Steakhouse, with five courses and vino pairing as well as Turkey carving in a family-style setting, all for a cool BD35 net. You can also enjoy the Christmas Margarita Promotions at Downtown Bar on December 24 and 25, when a great selection of margaritas will be available for BD5++.

On Christmas Day there’s an amazing Christmas Pool Party from 1pm to 4pm at Elements Pool & Lounge with a sumptuous buffet, live cooking stations, and unlimited sparkling vino for BD25 net. DJ Detour will be performing during this time as well so expect a great festive vibe!

GO: Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.


•Crowne Plaza Bahrain

On Christmas Eve head to La Mosaique and indulge in the freshest and finest this holiday season. Satisfy your cravings and take pleasure in a delicious buffet of festive fare, priced at BD26 net inclusive of unlimited selected beverages. Children under five-years-old eat for free, and kids aged five to 10-years-old pay BD11 net. Change it up and go for a seafood Christmas Eve dinner at Waves restaurant and indulge your taste buds with a great selection from the seafood market as part of a unique dining experience – priced at BD38 net including unlimited selection of beverages. Children under five-years-old eat for free, and kids aged five to 10-years-old pay BD18 net.

The Christmas Day brunch is a festive feast like no other, running across three outlets – La Mosaique, Harvesters and Cappuccinos. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, make all your dreams come true at this festive brunch which offers prizes for the best dressed. Father Christmas will also be attending to bring real holiday cheer to the celebrations. Brunch is priced at BD37 net inclusive of unlimited selected beverages. Children under five-years-old eat for free, and kids aged five to 10-years-old pay BD19 net. Celebrate with Crowne Plaza for a cracking time!

GO: Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information.


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•The Westin & Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre

One for the kids as well the parents to enjoy is the Make Your Own Gingerbread House Workshops running from December 5 to 12 from 4pm at Saveur restaurant. Take your little ones and their friends down to create a fun masterpiece of their own for just BD7++ per child. At T|Spoon you can pick up festive favourites like Stollen cake and Yule log as well as a build-your-own Gingerbread house kit (BD7++), until December 26.

Christmas Eve dinner buffet is served at Saveur with a festive roast turkey and traditional condiments, European cold cuts, homemade terrine, Yule log and Christmas pudding. All for a great BD16++ including soft drinks and water, or BD26++ including selected free flow beverages, from 7pm to 11pm. Baharat hosts a special Christmas Sparkling Brunch, on Christmas Day; a traditional feast with festive favourites and a visit from Santa! Come dressed as Santa or in Christmas theme and receive a festive goodie bag! BD18++ including soft drinks and water, or BD28++ including selected free flow beverages, from 12.30pm to 4pm. Live music from British and South African duo, Deux Sons, will amp up the festive mood!

GO: Call 1717 1000 for The Westin and 1717 1144 for Le Meridien reservations and more information


•Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa

Adding a touch of fun to the festive season is the fabulous happenings at Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa. On Christmas Eve enjoy a dinner buffet from 7pm to midnight at Lemon Tree, with an array of Christmas Eve favourites such as a selection of antipasti, roasted rib of beef, duck breast and an appetising turkey, as well as a sumptuous dessert counter including a Christmas cake and a fruit mince pie. The night will be accompanied by a live band and unlimited beverages served throughout the evening (BD18++).

You’ll also get free entry into the Xmas Eve party at Ibrida with special live performances from world-famous personalities! For a more intimate Christmas Eve, head to Ruka for a fabulous five-course set menu with vino pairing and chill out to lounge music by a famous DJ. On Christmas Day, there’s an extravagant brunch at Lemon Tree with a Turkey and trimmings plus more delicious food like roasted Scottish salmon and, for dessert, traditional and modern sweet treats alongside free flowing sparkling vino and selected beverages. There’s going to be lots of entertaining activities for kids too, like gingerbread making, receiving presents from Santa and much more – from 12noon until 4pm, for a great BD20++. Enjoy!

GO: Call 1711 1999 for reservations and more information


•Gulf Hotel Bahrain

Celebrate Christmas Eve with your friends, family and colleagues by indulging in the lavish Christmas Eve dinner buffet at Al Waha restaurant which will include the season’s special roasted turkey and a variety of other delectable dishes. Priced at BD20++, while children aged six to 12 get 50% off and kids under five eat for free. Christmas Eve dinner is also available in La Pergola – La Vigiliadi Natale is an important Christmas tradition in Italy. What really stands out in this celebration is the feeling of family and union that you see in every home. La Pergola brings this to you through its home-style dishes.

At Fusions, make this Christmas special by treating yourself to a perfect Christmas dinner as you enjoy the great panoramic views. Priced at BD26++ including a glass of sparkling vino. On Christmas Day the spectacular Christmas Lobby Brunch has it all; a lobby filled with cheer, a jolly Santa Claus, loads of children’s activities, live music and much more. The Christmas buffet will satisfy your every craving for international culinary delights. Priced at BD20++ for the soft drinks package, and BD27++ inclusive of selected alcoholic beverages. Children aged six to 12 get 50% off and kids under five eat for free.

Tickets are required and special discounts are available for Prestige Club/ NSA/Gulf Air members.

GO: Call 1774 6403 for reservations and more information


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•Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Tuck into a fabulous Christmas Eve dinner at Bahrain Bay Kitchen, with a buffet offering five different flavours of marinated salmon, roasted turkey with brussel sprouts and cranberry sauce, chestnut stuffing, roasted USA beef, Canadian lobster, French oysters, roasted butternut squash cream soup, wild mushroom and truffle risotto, alongside chocolate Yule log, Christmas fruit pudding and so much more. There’ll be festive carol singing to set the mood throughout the dinner, served from 7pm to 11pm and priced at BD30++ with soft beverages and BD36++ with the full beverage package.

Christmas Day Brunch also takes place at Bahrain Bay Kitchen with live music from a Canadian band along with carol singing and gifts for guests under 15-years-old. Served from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, priced at BD30++ with soft beverages and BD36++ with the full beverage package.

If you’re after something a little more exclusive and lavish, head to CUT by Wolfgang Puck for a four-course dinner, available on both Christmas Eve and Day, from 7pm to 11.30pm for BD40++. CUT also dishes up a fantastic Christmas Brunch on December 25 and 26 from 12noon to 3pm for BD29++.

Celebrate the elegance of the festive season with a Christmas afternoon tea at Bay View Lounge, running until January 7, and serving up traditional festive items such as honey glazed turkey, smoked salmon sandwiches, gingerbread spiced cookies and more (BD15++). Sounds yummy!

GO: Call 1711 5000 for reservations and more information


•Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

Preparations are underway for what could easily be called the event of the year at Sofitel Bahrain with an exciting and spectacular line up of food, drink and exhilarating entertainment. Celebrate Christmas in style with carefully prepared cuisine from around the world as well as remarkable musical perfomances to mark the festive season.

Join the hotel and guests for the Christmas tree lighting and carol singing on December 10 at 6pm. On Christmas Eve it’s all about enjoying delectable fare with your nearest and dearest at Saraya Restaurant. Served from 7pm to 10.30pm, the vast buffet selection includes a delicious turkey with all the trimmings and soft beverages, priced at BD22 net per person. Famed to be the longest buffet brunch on the island, the Christmas Day brunch will be spread over three restaurants, Saraya serving international cuisine, Wok with its Vietnamese offerings and Fiamma Restaurant’s authentic Italian delights.

A kid’s corner with various activities will be available as well as live entertainment from the resident Cuban Band. Christmas Day brunch runs from 12.30pm to 4pm and is priced at BD42 net per person, inclusive of free flowing selected alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. BD21 net per child (aged six
to 12-years-old). Children under six eat for free. Eat and be merry this Xmas!

GO: Call 1763 6363 or email H6722@sofitel. com for reservations and more information.


•Movenpick Bahrain

Let the kids fall into the fun festive spirit and experience the joy of baking (but without the mess) at the special Gingerbread House Making Workshop. With a delicious smell and hard case, Movenpick Bahrain provide these fantastic gingerbread houses for your little ones, all they need to do is get creative and decorate them. Join in the fun on December 12 from 3pm to 5pm (BD10). There will also be a special counter for the grown-ups to enjoy! On Christmas Day, indulge in the Movenpick’s famous brunch with traditional Christmas delicacies, such as eggnog, mulled wine, roast turkey with all the trimmings and chestnut stuffing,and much more. Priced at BD41, you’ll find everything you need for a great Christmas!

GO: Call 1746 0017 for reservations and more information.


•Bushido Restaurant & Lounge

Join the Bushido team on Christmas Day as they celebrate the festive season with a special Friday Brunch for all the family to enjoy. As Bushido’s Friday Brunch continues in popularity with a sumptuous range of various live cooking stations and dishes to enjoy, the festive mood will be in full force with some special additions to celebrate the occasion. Guests will enjoy special festive carvery options, including traditional turkey, roast beef and Bushido’s special oriental roast duck, all served with a selection of classic side dishes. The dessert selection will also include some special festive treats! Served from 12noon to 3.30pm, priced at BD22.2 net for unlimited food and drinks – BD29.4 net for the alcoholic package. Be sure to book your table asap!

GO: Call 1758 3555 or email reservations@bushido.com for reservations and more information.


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•Elite Resort & Spa

A lovely Christmas Tree lighting event will take place on December 7 from 6.30pm onwards. On Christmas Eve tuck into a plentiful poolside dinner at La Brasserie from 7pm onwards for BD20 net per person and BD5 net for children below 10-years-old. There’s also a festive party at Shift 7 on Christmas Eve with a BD5 entry from 7pm onwards. The Christmas Day Brunch is served from 12noon onwards, priced at BD20 net per person and BD5 net for children below 10-years-old.

GO: Call 1731 3333 for reservations and more information.


•Elite Seef Residence

On December 12 there’s a beautiful Christmas Tree lighting from 6.30pm onwards, definitely one for the little ones. On Christmas Eve enjoy a gala dinner at Oasis from 7.30pm onwards and on Christmas Day there’s a fun brunch as well as a BBQ dinner in Oasis, prices are as follows: BD35 per couple with buffet and unlimited vino and hops; BD25 per couple with buffet, soft beverages and juices; BD20 per person with buffet and unlimited vino and hops; BD15 per person with buffet, soft beverages and juices; and BD10 per child, aged between three and 12-years-old, with a kids club facility available. Have fun!

GO: Call 1758 3388 for reservations and more information.


•Camelot Restaurant & Lounge

The festive season kicks off on December 9 at Camelot with Nathalie Karlsson singing your favourite Christmas jingles while you sing-along and mingle, or whilst you’re tucking into the festive season menu, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Brunch set menu or simply savouring and relishing the fantastic seasonal favourites. Gather with your families, friends and loved ones and celebrate the spirit of Christmas with these wonderful and delightful offerings from Camelot.

On Christmas Eve you will be greeted with a five-course set menu for BD45++ per couple plus a special beverage package to get the celebration started. On Christmas Day, you can avail and enjoy the Christmas Day Brunch set menu for BD25+ 5% per person with unlimited selected beverages. Sounds like real revellery!

GO: Call 1771 7745 for reservations and more information.


•Rayes Restaurant & Lounge

December is the last month of the year, but for Rayes, it’s a start of a mesmerisng and memorable event to celebrate with you – the Christmas season. As we celebrate this very special and momentous event of the year, Rayes Restaurant & Lounge is here to treat you on Christmas Eve with a dinner set menu for only BD16++ per person with live entertainment by Lebanese singers and performers starting from 10pm onwards. The celebration continuous on Christmas Day with a buffet brunch for only BD16++ per person, starting from 12:30pm onwards and featuring the “One Man Show” from 2:30pm to 5pm. Bring the kids along as Santa Clause will be there to hand out special gifts for little ones!

GO: Call 1731 2700 for reservations and more information


•Swiss BelHotel

Swiss-Belhotel Seef goes into its second festive season with a programme especially tailored for everyone spending Christmas in Bahrain, along with family and friends. Starting on Christmas Eve with a traditional Christmas dinner buffet at the Swiss-café Restaurant and its panoramic outdoor terrace on the 10th floor, continuing with Santa’s visit at the Christmas day Family lunch buffet and followed by an International dinner buffet featuring Christmas dishes from all over the world. Christmas Eve – a quiet night. Indulge in a gastronomic five-course menu prepared by Chef Holger and his team and enjoy breathtaking views of Bahrain. On Boxing day, Swiss-Café Restaurant offers its somptuous Seafood Brunch featuring fresh seafood and fish display. Pick your favourite and the Chefs will prepare it to your liking. Accompanied by a wide choice of starters, salads and main courses and a colourful choice of home-made desserts and pastries.

GO: Call 6631 0039 for reservations and more information.


•Al Areen Hotel & Spa

Celebrate the spirit of Christmas and personalise your own Gingerbread house at BD8++ per child (inclusive of decorations for the house). From 1pm to 3.30pm on December 12 at the Events Area Foyer.

GO: Call 1784 5000 for reservations and more information.

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