The Christmas season doesn’t really kick off until your tree is up and covered in baubles, tinsel and fairy lights.
For many families, it’s a tradition to get round up all the kids (no matter how old) and decorate it all together.
Read on for our round-up of all the best Christmas tree-lighting events this Christmas in Bahrain.
This beloved Irish-American restaurant is throwing its’ Christmas-tree lighting event on Friday December 6. There’ll be hot chocolate and Christmas treats, plus games for the kids and a live band to keep everyone entertained.
Fri Dec 6 7pm-8.30pm. Bennigan’s Restaurant, Amwaj Islands www.facebook.com/events/956497574734500/ (1603 0104).
Big Texas Barbeque and Waffle House
Head down to the Big Texas BBQ and Waffle House on Saturday December 7 for free Christmas treats and hot chocolate. You can belt out some traditional carols and meet Santa, too.
Sat Dec 7 7-11pm. Big Texas Barbeque and Waffle House, Best Western Olive Hotel, Juffair www.facebook.com/events/594642651365584/ (1736 0063).
Crowne Plaza Bahrain
The massive tree at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain is set to be lit on Thursday December 5. You’ll be treated to carols from a choir, and a visit from Santa and his elves for the kids.
Thu Dec 5 7pm-7.30pm. Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (1753 1122).
At the Irish Village’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Santa Claus will be bringing along gifts for all the little ones. There’s entertainment from carollers, and free mince pies for everyone. If you get peckish, you can also enjoy roast turkey plus all the trimmings and a glass of mulled grape for BHD8.8.
Tue Dec 3 7pm onwards. Irish Village, Adliya www.facebook.com/events/2488292634737623 (3220 8001).
Jumeirah Royal Saray
This year the Jumeirah Royal Saray is going all out for Christmas this year, turning into a true Winter Wonderland. To celebrate the opening of the festive village there will be a tree-lighting ceremony on Wednesday December 4 with hot drinks, live music and a visit from Santa.
Wed Dec 4 6pm onwards. Jumeirah Royal Saray, Seef (7770 7070).
Popular Irish pub McGettigan’s is having its Christmas tree lighting party on Thursday December 5. Everyone who attends will get free mince pies, while adults will get free mulled grape. Sign us up.
Free. Thu Dec 5, 6pm-7.30pm. McGettigan’s, Adliya (1700 0415).
You’ll need to head through a tunnel of stars and up a festive ramp to enter this tree-lighting ceremony, which is set to be super magical. There will be carollers, presents for the little ones, and treats available for you to buy.
Free. Wed Dec 11 6pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa, Zallaq (3888 5789).
Last but not least, Upstairs Downstairs will be throwing its tree-lighting event on Thursday December 5. You’ll be treated to free sparkling and mulled grape, and there’ll be plenty of music to keep you entertained.
Thu Dec 5 8pm-11pm. Upstairs Downstairs, Adliya (1771 3093).