8 great ways to make this weekend amazing

It’s beginning to look a lot like… the weekend!

All you need to do is take your pick from festive celebrations, live music, stand-up comedy and food events to make your weekend one to remember.

Thursday 13th December 

Get into the spirit of the season at Yas Winter Carnival where families can play in the snow fun zone, shop at the winter market, go on carnival rides at the fun fair, make gingerbread houses, watch a roaming magician, enjoy live entertainment and more. Plus, every night there is a fireworks show at 9pm that will light up the sky over Yas Island. Free, registration required. Yas Gateway Park South. Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 2pm-10pm. Visit: wintercarnival.ae 

Start the weekend laughing as Yalla Laughs returns to Up and Below to bring comedians from the Philippines, Canada, Singapore, India, US and the UK to the stage to help put a smile on your face. Free. Courtyard by Marriott, Hamdan Street. 8pm. Visit: facebook.com/yallalaughs 

Tantalise your taste buds with World of Food Abu Dhabi – part of Abu Dhabi Food Festival – where you can try cuisines from all over the world prepared from a host of international chefs while enjoying live music, competitions and activities for the whole family. From AED 60, plus AED 5 entry to the park. Umm Al Emarat Park, Al Mushrif. Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 2pm-midnight. Visit: worldoffoodad.com

Friday 14th December 

Louvre Abu Dhabi has unveiled a new cultural programme paying homage to the museum’s iconic architecture with the inaugural Rain Of Light Festival. Visitors to the museum can see an Egyptian dance presentation with The Nile Men In The Circle, The Ghost Project performance and innovate art installation La Transumante. Prices and times vary. Cultural District, Saadiyat Island. Contact: 600 565 566, louvreabudhabi.ae

Try some plant-based fare at the Vegan Market and see what some of the city’s restaurants, including Bareburger, Tawa Bakery, The Raw Place and Freedom Pizza, have to offer. Plus, you can sign up for yoga and Reiki sessions throughout the day. Free. Manarat Al Saadiayt, Saadiyat Island. Noon-5pm. Visit: bit.ly/2Pt7sRS

Unwind to the greatest hits by The Beatles as tribute duo John and Paul take to the stage to perform songs including ‘Please Please Me’, ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Love Me Do’ for Beatlemaniacs in the capital. Free. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah. 7pm. Contact: 02 644 6666, bit.ly/2BdvYS6

Saturday 15th December 

Break free from the same old chit chat with #EndSmallTalk and enjoy a session of deep and meaningful conversation with some new friends under the theme of gender roles and rights movements. Free, registration required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 4pm-7pm. Visit: endsmalltalk27.splashthat.com

Get into the festive spirit and enjoy a gingerbread house-making workshop with jones the grocer where your little ones can turn their hand to baking and decorating to make a festive feast that you can take home. AED 149. , Sultan bin Zayed the First Street, Al Nahyan. 4pm-5.30pm. Visit: jonesthegrocer.com

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to tag us in your photos at @adwuae on Twitter and Instagram and @abudhabiworld on Facebook – who knows, you might even be featured in the magazine!

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