Nothing quite announces the arrival of the Christmas period like some jolly old festive firs getting fired up
Four Seasons Bahrain Bay Kick off the festive season at the Four Seasons with a swish decorative theme and traditional carols. Tuesday December 1. 6pm. Four Seasons Bahrain, Bahrain Bay (17 115 000).
The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Listen to an enchanting choir in the hotel garden and join in for a sing-along before seeing the lights switch on at one of Bahrain’s most sophisticated properties. Tuesday December 1. 6pm. Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Al Seef (17 580 000).
The Westin Bahrain City Centre A youth choir will perform carols and get December off to a jolly start at the Westin’s official switch-on. There will also be free hot chocolate and cookies for kids as well as a visit by Santa Claus. And let's not forget seasonal beverages for adults. Tuesday December 1. 6pm. Westin Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 000).
Crowne Plaza Bahrain Drop in for the official lighting and join the choir for a seasonal singalong in front of the giant gingerbread house. Complimentary treats and cookies will be served. Thursday December 3. 6.30pm. Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (17 531 122). The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Already one of the island’s largest hotels, this Adliya favourite is about to become one of the most colourful as well when the official tree lights are flicked on. Plus there are carols! Thursday December 3. 6pm. Gulf Hotel, Adliya (17 713 000). InterContinental Regency The most musical tree lighting has performances by the house band, the InterCon singers and Saint Christopher’s School children’s choir as well as face painting, gifts and, of course, a decorative tree. Thursday December 3. 6pm. InterContinental Regency Bahrain, King Faisal Highway (17 227 777). Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Ever wondered what Santa does on the other 364 days of the year? Well we know for sure he will be dishing out gifts, looking at the Christmas lights and opening up the gingerbread house at the Ramee Grand on December 5. Saturday December 5. 5pm-7pm. Ramee Grand, Seef (17 111 999).
The Orangery Tea Room and Patisserie Mulled grape juice and cookies, a beautiful doll house, mince pies – the switching on of the lights at the Palace Boutique is the type of tradition we can get used to. Sunday December 6. 5.30pm. Palace Boutique Hotel, Adliya (17 725 000). Sheraton Bahrain Find festive beverages, cookies, carol singing and the switching on of the lights at the Sheraton Bahrain. Santa himself will be on hand to dish out free gifts. Wednesday December 9. 6pm-8pm. Sheraton Bahrain, Palace Avenue (17 533 533).
Elite Grande Swing by the Seef hotel and join in the celebration as the lights are turned on at the Elite Grande's signature decorations. Thursday December 10. 6.30pm. Elite Grande Hotel, Seef (17 558 200). Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa A beautifully-decorated tree is the centrepoint of the trimmings at the always stylish boutique hotel. A picture-postcard experience to remember. Thursday December 10. 6pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa, Zallaq Highway (17 636 363).
Diplomat Radisson Blu You have to hand over BD10 but you will be granted a gingerbread house and stacks of candy and sweet goodies. There are also games, songs and a sparkling tree with 5,000 lights to behold. BD10. Thursday December 10. 4pm. Diplomat Radisson Blu, Diplomatic area (17 531 666).