We know you have been looking forward to our Big Guide to Christmas in Doha 2016 – here it is!
You have options for Christmas Dinners, Buffets, Afternoon Teas, and Boxing Day Meals. We have also included details of activities being held over the festive period, including Tree Lighting and Gingerbread activities.
Whether you are spending the holiday season with family and friends, there is something for everyone with our guide to Christmas in Doha 2016!
UPDATE: For Christmas in Doha 2017 check out Doha’s Christmas Dinners and all those festive New Years events!
Be sure to keep an eye on the dates of events, and as always venues may change details last minute, so always double-check information before heading out to an event. Be sure to make a reservation for festive meals as popular venues may get booked out early.
For those of you looking to celebrate Christmas Day at home, we have provided options for a Turkey-To-Go dinner.
Please note that we will be adding to this Guide and updating listings, so keep checking back to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Enjoy your festive season!
UPDATE: For Christmas in Doha 2017 check out Doha’s Christmas Dinners and all those festive New Years events!
Christmas in Doha 2016 – Tips
- Book in advance – be aware that some venues require payment in advance. Make sure you know your preferred venue’s booking policy. Confirm all booking details, including prices and timings, via email in case of complications later.
- In Qatar the 24th December is usually treated as a ‘dry’ day out of respect for cultural customs. If you are booking a Christmas Eve Buffet or Meal be sure to double-check if this is a concern for you.
- If you are making a booking on behalf of a large group check for special dietary requirements or allergies. Be sure to make any requests clear to the management at the venue, and contact them in advance as they will find it easier to accommodate guests.
- Check dates, locations and timings of events and dining promotions! This is VITAL as venues may make changes due to unforeseen circumstances.
Doha Turkey Dinner Takeaway – Tips
- If you order your Turkey for Christmas at home, then be aware of the order policy at your chosen vendor. Venues offer Turkey-in-a-box dinners at different dates – so if you are looking to celebrate early then take a note of the dates for their Turkey promotions.
- Advance booking may be required (and advance payment) with some venues requiring 24-72 hours minimum notice. Most vendors require 48 hours. If possible, order early to ensure your Turkey Dinner is ready for Chrismas Day.
- When placing your order book the Turkey to be ready for when it will be served, so if Dinner is at 7.00pm book for the closest time – don’t be ordering it for the morning!
- Most venues require bookings for takeaway turkeys to be paid fully in advance, so be sure to double-check all the conditions for this service. If you order by email or fax expect an order confirmation reply – if you don’t receive one promptly then follow up by calling the venue.
- Make sure to check with your diners to see if they have any allergies or dietary requirements that you would have to take into consideration when placing your Christmas Turkey order.
- Order the correct weight of turkey based on the number of expected diners, and don’t forget to consider what the venue will provide if you do choose the ‘with trimmings’ option. Always ask for an email verification of your order with detailed costings.
- Will you be ordering your sides? Check exactly what is available, the full pricings and weight of side dishes. Consider supplementing sides with your own homemade ones.
- Write down all your order details and be sure to note down where to collect your Takeaway Turkey Dinner from and at what time. Keep the venue contact details with you so you can keep them updated if you are going to be late.
- Some venues also offer other proteins such as Roast Beef, so do take a full look at their offerings. If you need clarification call up the venue for more information.
- If you collect your Christmas Turkey order make sure to transport food carefully, and remember food safety!
Christmas in Doha 2016 Events
MORE VENUES TO BE ADDED!!
This guide to Christmas in Doha is in alphabetical order by venue. All festive dining promotions and activities are listed under individual venues. If you have any additions to add send us a message on our social media or comment below!
Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha
Enjoy the annual Christmas Tree Lighting in the Lobby of Kempinski with an appearance by Santa, cookies and hot chocolate around a Christmas tree.
Lobby | December 20th | 6.00pm
Like every year Gourmet House will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a gingerbread house theme.
Gingerbread, cookies and stollen will be on the menu. Special festive beverages include Valrhona homemade hot chocolate (QAR35), and non alcoholic mulled wine (QAR35).
Gourmet House | From December 19th | 7.00am – 10.00pm
A Christmas Turkey Dinner Takeway from Gourmet House includes signature stuffing and sides. Place your order through the hotel at least 48 hours in advance of desired pick-up time. Gourmet House | Priced at QAR 995, serving 5-6 persons | Available to order from December 19th.
The Festive Afternoon Tea includes selection of finger sandwiches, scones, and festive offerings.
Gourmet House | From December 19th | 12.00pm – 7.00pm | QAR 185 per 2 persons, includes coffee or tea.
Enjoy Christmas Eve Dinner with a four-course dinner menu, live Christmas tunes, and festive decoration.
Aroma | December 24th | 7.30pm – 12.00am | QAR 355 (soft drinks) | QAR 495 (special beverages).
Enjoy a family Christmas Brunch at Aroma with a buffet, a mini-corner children, Santa appearance and Christmas carols.
Aroma | December 25th | 12.30pm – 4.00pm | QAR 330 (soft drinks) | QAR 425 (special beverages).
For bookings and more information call +974 4405 3325 | 7449 1456 or email [email protected]
Centro Capital Doha
Enjoy a Turkey Takeaway with stuffing, sauteed brussel sprouts, sauteed carrots, broccoli, glazed nuts and cranberry sauce. 24 hours notice required for Turkey To Go orders.
C.Taste | Available until December 31st | QAR 299
Christmas Eve Dinner at C.Taste restaurant
C.Taste | December 24th | 7.00pm – 11.30pm | QAR 170 (food only) | From QAR 230 (special beverages)
Christmas Day Brunch at C.Taste restaurant
C.Taste | December 25th | 12.30pm – 4.00pm | QAR 199 | From QAR 275 (special beverages)
For bookings and more information call +974 4455 5000.
City Centre Rotana
Turkey Takeaway choices include Traditional, Arabic or Wellington from only QAR 690. Festive treats are also available including a range of cookies, truffles, cakes and christmas hampers.
Caramel Lobby Lounge | December | QAR 690
Enjoy Christmas Eve dinner with a sharing set menu featuring Thai, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and Italian cuisines.
Teatro | December 24th | From QAR 199 per person
Enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner at Olive Oil with a festive Italian buffet.
Olive Oil | December 24th | From QAR 145 per person
Choose something different for Christmas Day Lunch and enjoy a Lebanese festive lunch at Misk, with a special set menu featuring Lebanese dishes.
Misk | December 25th | From QAR 199 per person
Enjoy Christmas Day lunch with an Italian-inspired festive buffet that includes roasted turkey and all the trimmings.
Olive Oil | December 25th | From QAR 195 per person
For bookings and more information call +974 4445 8888.
Enjoy a seasonal Christmas Eve Dinner with traditional Christmas dishes including turkey and trimmings. Choices | December 24th | 7.00pm – 11.30pm | QAR 280 (food only) | From QAR 370 (special beverages)
Enjoy Christmas Eve Dinner at The Cellar with a special set menu, featuring contemporary favourites with a Spanish twist. The Cellar | December 24th | From 7.00pm | QAR 195 (food only) | QAR 295 (special beverages)
Enter a Winter Wonderland with a Christmas Day Brunch at Choices. Buffet includes traditional turkey with trimmings and live cooking stations. Live music, and Santa with gifts for the children. Choices | December 25th | 12.30pm – 4.00pm | QAR 290 (soft drinks) | From QAR 390 (special beverages)
Enjoy a Christmas Day Brunch with traditional favourites with a twist – inspired by ‘once upon a christmas’ theme. The Cellar | December 254th | 12.30pm – 3.00pm | QAR 195 (food only) | QAR 295 (special beverages)
For a Tex-Mex twist to your Christmas Day Dinner head to Choices (includes turkey and carving station). Choices | December 25th | 7.00pm – 11.30pm | QAR 215 (soft drinks) | QAR 350 (special beverages)
At Choices Restaurant enjoy an International Orthodox Christmas Lunch with friends and family. Choices | January 7th | 12.00pm – 3.30pm | QAR 195 (food only)
Enjoy the Christmas Day Brunch with a variety of hot and cold mezza and main course. Al Nafourah Garden | December 25th | From 12.00pm | QAR 210 (food only) | QAR 310 (special beverages)
Christmas Dinner Takeaway is available from Oryx Rotana with options of Roasted Turkey or Roast Beef. Festive Yule Logs also available at QR 170 per kg (serves 6 persons). All orders require 72hours advance notice. Sky Lounge | Until December 31st | Turkey 6-7kgs priced at QAR690 for 7 guests | Turkey 8-9kgs priced at QAR800 for 12 guests
For bookings and more information call +974 4402 3333.
Shangri La Doha
Order a Turkey Takeaway from Shangri La that includes a roasted turkey with brioche and sage stuffing. Sides also averrable and include cranberry sauce, potato puree and brussel sprouts. Orders can be placed until 25 December and 48 hours in advance.
You can also order Festive Hampers with options including Christmas Cookies, Sridan Shawarma Spice, Fuego Beef Seasoning Salt, Shangri-La Honey Jar, and German Stollen Bread.
Call +974 4429 5295 or email [email protected]. You can also go to the Shangri La Lobby Christmas Desk to place an order in person.
Shangri La | Turkey Takeaway | Priced from QAR 750 for 6kg Turkey (serving 6-7 people)
Enjoy a Christmas Eve Dimsum Brunch at Shanghai Club at Shangri LA Doha Hotel.
Shanghai Club | December 24th | 12.30pm – 4.00pm | QAR 238 (additional QAR 112 for special beverages package).
Enjoy a Christmas Eve Dinner at Shanghai Club with friends and family, with Sichuan Hot and Spicy or New Shanghai set menus. Deposit required of QAR 100 per person on December 24th Christmas Eve.
Shanghai Club | December 24th | 7.30pm – 11.30pm | QAR 288
Enjoy Christmas Day Dinner at Shanghai Club with dinner a la carte.
Shanghai Club | December 25th | 7.30pm – 11.30pm
Enjoy a New Year’s Eve Dim Sum Brunch at Shanghai Club. Deposit required of QAR 100 per person on December 31st New Year’s Eve.
Shanghai Club | December 31st | 12.30pm – 4.00pm | QAR 238 (additional QAR 112 for special beverages package)
Celebrate New Year’s Eve Dinner with a 8 course menu, served family style. Deposit required of QAR 100 per person on December 31st New Year’s Eve.
Shanghai Club | December 31st | 7.30pm – 11.30pm | QAR 388
Enjoy New Year’s Day Dinner with a la carte menu at Shanghai Cub with fiends and family.
Shanghai Club | January 1st | 7.30pm – 11.30pm
For bookings and more information call +974 4429 5295 or email [email protected].
Sharq Village & Spa
Enjoy Turkey Takeaway from Al Jalsa Lounge, with a choice of Arabic or Western spiced Turkey with all the trimmings and accompaniments. Place your order 24 hours in advance. You can also order French Buche Christmas log with chocolate ganache or chestnut cream filling.
Al Jalsa Lounge | Available until 25th December | QAR 1,000 per Turkey (serves up to 8 guests).
Celebrate the longest night of the year in Iranian tradition – Yelda – at Parisa with a Persian set menu.
Parisa Restaurant at Sharq Village & Spa | December 21st | 6.30pm-11.00pm | Priced at QAR 240 inc welcome drink
Enjoy the festive season with a Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea, with Christmas treat buffet and cocoa will delight the family and young ones. Features Traditional Christmas carols and Santa. Al Jalsa Lounge | December 20-24th | 2.30pm-5.30pm | Priced at QAR 185 per adult | QAR 90 per child (aged 5 -12).
Enjoy a Gingerbread House Making Class with Executive Pastry Chef Saban Cavlak – for adults and children. Al Jalsa Lounge | December 20-23rd | 10.00am-12.00pm noon | Priced at QAR 220 per child inclusive of coffee break
Join Sharq Village at its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with live traditional carols, and Santa appearance. Al Jalsa Lounge | December 20th | From 6.00pm
Celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner at Al Dana with a 4 course Mediterranean menu by Chef Evangelos Liakouris. Al Dana Restaurant | December 24th | 6.30pm-11.00pm | Priced at QAR 280 on welcome drink
Enjoy an authentic Christmas Eve Dinner awaits you and your loved ones at Parisa, with Chef Moghadam Najari’s festive set menu served family-style. Parisa Restaurant at Sharq Village & Spa | December 24th | 6.30pm-11.00pm | Priced at QAR 280
Enjoy a Christmas Evening Dinner Buffet at Al Liwan Restaurant with festive highlights including international and seasonal favourites. Al Liwan Restaurant | December 24th | 6.30pm-11.00pm| Priced at QAR 250 inc welcome drink | Children aged 12 and below dine complimentary
Celebrate Christmas Day Brunch with fresh seafood and Mediterranean signature dishes at Al Dana Restaurant. Includes Santa appearance. Al Dana Restaurant | December 25th | 12.30pm-4.00pm| Priced at QAR 325 (soft beverages) | QAR 425 (special beverages) | QAR 160 for children aged 6-12 | Children aged 5 and below dine complimentary
Enjoy Christmas Day Brunch with international favourites and traditional Christmas dishes. Features visit form Santa. Al Liwan Restaurant | December 25th | 12.30pm-4.00pm| Priced at QAR 325 (soft beverages) | QAR 425 (special beverages) | QAR 160 for children aged 6-12 | Children aged 5 and below dine complimentary
For bookings and more information call +974 4425 6666 or email [email protected]
Ritz Carlton Doha
Start the festive seasons with Gingerbread House Making Classes for the children. Each parent-child team receives handmade gingerbread pieces to assemble, decorate, and takeaway as a festive centrepiece for your home. Light refreshments will be served. Advance reservation is required. Ritz Carlton | December 16th, 23rd and 24th | 10.00am or 3.00pm | Priced at QAR 200 per house
Enjoy a festive cooking class and make a Christmas Turkey Dinner with The Ritz-Carlton Culinary Academy, which focuses on techniques, and plate presentation. Advance reservation is essential. For bookings and more information call +974 4484 8550 or contact Zyralen Mora at [email protected]
La Dolce Vita | December 17th | From 10.00am until 12.00pm noon | Priced at QAR 200 per person |
Enjoy a Turkey Takeaway with all the trimmings including fresh vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce. 48 hours advance reservation is required. Ritz Carlton | From December 22nd-27th | Priced QAR 999
Enjoy the classic Ritz-Carlton Afternoon Tea with a festive twist at the Lobby Lounge, with live piano music. Lobby Lounge | From December 16th-30th |From 2.00pm-5.00pm | Priced QAR 165
Enjoy the festive holidays with your family at a special Frozen Themed Picnic Brunch on 23rd December at Lagoon Restaurant, featuring all of your favorite characters in a snowy setting in Doha. Lagoon Restaurant | December 23rd |From 12.30pm-4.00pm | Priced QAR 249 per person (soft dinners) | QAR 349 (special beverages) | Kids under the age of 5 can dine for free | Kids aged 5-12 years old can dine at half price.
Enjoy traditional dishes for a Christmas Dinner at La Mer Bistro with a la carte menu. La Mer Bistro | December 24th-25th |From 6.30pm | A La Carte
Celebrate the holiday season with Italian spirit at Porcini for Christmas Dinner with a la carte menu. Porcini | December 23rd-25th |From 6.30pm | A La Carte
Enjoy Christmas Day Brunch at Lagoon Restaurant with traditional turkey brunch and all the trimmings. Features kid’s activities, live entertainment and a special appearance of Santa Claus.
Lagoon Restaurant | December 25th |From 12.30pm-4.00pm | Priced at QAR 349 per person (soft drinks) | QAR 499 per person (special beverages) | Kids under the age of 5 can dine for free | Kids aged 5-12 years old can dine at half price.
For bookings and more information call +974 4484 8000 or email [email protected]
W Doha Hotel
Order a Takeaway Turkey from W Café this festive season. Sweet desserts also availabe from QAR120 and includes Pecan Pie, and Apple Crumble. W Café | Available until January 6th |Priced at QAR 790 | Call +974 4453 5385.
Celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner with Market by Jean-Georges and a 4 course Christmas menu. Features live entertainment from Doha Jazz. Market by Jean-Georges |December 24th |Priced at QAR 295 per person | From 6.00pm – 11.30pm | A la carte also available
Celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner with Spice Market’s South East Asian menu infused with traditional festive flavours. Features live entertainment from Doha Jazz. Spice Market |December 24th |Priced at QAR 295 per person | From 6.00pm – 11.30pm | A la carte also available
Celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner at La Spiga with 4 course set menu from Chef Diego De Rosa with La Vigilia Di Natale. Features live entertainment from Doha Jazz. La Spiga |December 24th |Priced at QAR 250 per person | From 6.00pm – 11.30pm | A la carte also available
Celebrate Christmas Day Brunch at Spice Market, with live music from Doha Jazz. Spice Market |December 25th |Priced at QAR 350 per person (soft beverages) | QAR 450 (special beverages) | From 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Celebrate Christmas Day Brunch at Market by Jean-Georges with buffet favourites, and features live music from Doha Jazz. Market by Jean-Georges |December 25th |Priced at QAR 350 per person (soft beverages) | QAR 450 (special beverages) | From 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Celebrate Christmas Day Lunch at La Spiga for an Italian festive Natale Lunch celebration. La Spiga |December 25th |Priced at QAR 250 per person | From 12.00pm – 4.00pm | A la carte also available
For bookings and more information call +974 4453 5000
Original Feature Image Credit: Kempinski Residences