Things to do in Bahrain: December

Food, fitness and festive fun in Bahrain this month

Things to do in Bahrain: December

Artie’s Festival

Head along to this intimate music concert at the Bahrain National Theatre, featuring celebrated international musicians from Artie’s Chamber Orchestra. Established by cellist Herrmann Gauthier in 2008, the bi-annual festival, in collaboration with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in India, sees a small chamber orchestra perform special large-scale arrangements in a relaxed and friendly way that aims to promote intercultural dialogue. Hear masterpieces by the likes of Wagner, Mendelssohn and Mozart.
Prices vary. Fri Dec 9, from 7pm. Eight years old and up only. Bahrain National Theatre, Muharraq, www.culture.gov.bh. Tickets sold at Virgin Megastore, City Centre Bahrain, Seef (17 172 300).

Mark the winter solstice

Celebrate the winter solstice and this auspicious Chinese festival. On the longest night of the year, Meisei is throwing an Oriental bash with dragon dancers weaving through the building, plus Sally Potterton on the neon electric violin, accompanied by DJ Salime on the rooftop.
Free. Thu Dec 15, from 9pm. Meisei, Block 338, Adliya (17 007 770).

Cook this

Every Saturday at Furn Bakery, kids get a free hands-on baking session with the Master Bakers. While you unwind with coffee, they’ll have fun breaking eggs, making dough and then eating what they just made.
Free (kids three to 12). Sat 9am-10am. Limited spaces available. The Westin Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 441).

Learn to stir-fry in Wu

A cooking lesson for adults is taking place at Wu Restaurant & Lounge this month. Chef Mac is teaching punters how to create a pomelo and chicken salad, plus stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts (also known as kai pad med chicken). Whip up a masterpiece, then enjoy your creation with drinks.
BD19. Wed Dec 7, 11am-2pm. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111).

My Sweet Kitchen
If you, like us, are a big fan of world-renowned Chef Vineet Bhatia, then this event should definitely be on your agenda. Head to Rasoi by Vineet, where he’s presenting My Sweet Kitchen, a collection of dessert recipes with a book signing ceremony and cooking demonstration. Get your copy signed by the talented man himself.
Free entry. BD22+ (price of the book). Tuesday December 13, 3pm-5pm. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).

Awesome fitness deal

Get a head-start on your New Year’s Resolutions this month, as Downtown Rotana is offering up a great deal on memberships to its Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club. Book before December 31 and get a one-year package for BD399++ and either enjoy 50 percent off on the fee or an additional six months for free.
Until Sat Dec 31. Downtown Rotana, Manama (13 119 999).

I love Fiamma party

The Sofitel’s Italian kitchen, Fiamma, is rolling out a “belissimo” buffet to celebrate the passion of Italian cooking. Go here if you simply love food.
BD18 (food and two house beverages). Thursday December 15, 7pm-11pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa (17 636 363).

Truffle-inspired menu

It’s truffle season and so steakhouse Plums’ chef Yann Bernard Lejard has created an entire ensemble of dishes to inspire your taste buds, using the world’s most sought-after ingredient.
Prices vary. December 1-15, 7pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 586 499).

Four Seasons’ fun

The Four Seasons Bahrain Bay is going all-out this National Day with a themed brunch in Bahrain Bay Kitchen, locally inspired kids’ activities at Kids For All Seasons Club and special pamper treatments available at the spa.
BD27++ (brunch package), free (kids’ activities), prices vary (spa treatments). Fri Dec 16, timings vary. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 000).

Bahrain National Day island activities

On Saturday December 3, author Haya Al Khalifa is launching her pop-up adventure storybook Little Island Big Fort in an event at Bahrain National Museum from 4pm. Then, on December 8 and 9, from 4pm to 9pm, kids and adults can join in fun, arty activities and workshops at the Bahrain Fort Site Museum. Then, again on Thursday December 8, from 8pm, don’t miss Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdo live in concert at the Bahrain National Theatre.
Prices, locations and timings vary. Visit www.culture.gov.bh.

Baharat brunch

Mark Bahrain’s National Day at this international restaurant, where they’re hosting an exciting themed brunch. Got a residence permit? Well, don’t forget it because you’ll get 50 percent off!
BD22 (soft drinks), BD36 (house beverages). Friday December 16, 12.30pm-4pm. Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 441).

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