It’s mid-November, which can only mean one thing: you’re about to be up to your eyeballs in Christmas events.
From festive-themed karaoke to craft fairs, there’s plenty of seasonal things to do in Bahrain this Friday (November 15) and Saturday (November 16).
And for the Grinches among you, there’s some very un-Christmassy events, including the finale of the BRAVE MMA competition.
Read on for our guide to all the events you should head to this weekend.
If you think the sound of your voice brings Joy to the World, head down to Txoko Lounge for the Christmas karaoke nights. Every Friday until December 20 there’ll be a huge competition going on at the bar, with three winners every night. These three winners will be put through to the grand final on December 27 where they could win a stay in one of the hotel’s luxury suites.
Free. Every Fri 4.30pm onwards. Txoko Lounge, The Domain Hotel and Spa, Diplomatic Area (1600 0000).
During this workshop, children will learn all about the fruit seasons in Bahrain before trying their hand at drawing some of the plants in the Archaeologies of Green pavilion in Muharraq. The event is open to kids aged between eight and 15.
Sat Nov 16 10am. Archaeologies of Green, Muharraq www.culture.gov.bh/en/events/events/Name,17805,en.php (1729 8777).
DJ Gianni Matteucci gig
Coming all the way from Italy, DJ Gianni Matteucci is set to rock CODA Jazz Lounge for one night only. Resident band Tarsha Thomas and the JazzKats will be performing from 9pm until midnight when DJ Gianni will take over.
Free (women and couples), BHD7 (single men, includes one free house beverage). Fri Nov 15 9pm-2am. CODA Jazz Lounge, Juffair (3434 2828).
Kids pool party
Let the kids enjoy the great weather by taking them for a splash at the Dilmun Club’s pool party. Entry is free for members, or BHD2 otherwise, and there’s a buffet for the little ones available for BHD3.15.
Free (members), BHD2 (non-members). Sat Nov 16 noon-4pm. Dilmun Club, Saar (3319 2820).
MMA competition finale
BRAVE CF29 is coming to an end this weekend, and the final fight is set to be unmissable. Khalifa Sports City Arena will be hosting the match between Jose Torres and Marcel Adur this Friday, and there’ll be plenty of other fights for you to watch during the event.
From BHD10. Fri Nov 15 4.30pm. Khalifa Sports City Arena, Isa Town https://tickets.virginmegastore.me/bh/others/8057/brave-29 (no number).
If you’re looking to get fit this winter, why not try outdoor spinning? Four Seasons Bahrain Bay hosts a monthly session on the beach deck, giving you the perfect opportunity to burn some calories and enjoy the weather.
BHD6 (spa members, in-house guests), BHD9 (outside guests). Sat Nov 16 9.30am-10.30am. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (1711 5045).
This year’s Sea Festival is set to end this weekend, so make sure you don’t miss out. There’s plenty of water sports for you to try, and live entertainment throughout the day.
Nov 7-16. Sun-Wed 4pm-10pm; Thu-Sat 3pm-11pm. Marassi Beach, www.seafestival.bh.
Snowflake craft fair
Get your Christmas shopping done early at the American Women's Association’s charity fair. You’ll find more than 150 vendors selling items including mosaics, decorations, and shawls. Entry is just BHD1, too.
BHD1 (age five and above). Sat Nov 16 11am-4pm. Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Diplomatic Area, Manama (3644 0238).