Many hotels in Qatar decided to postpone their Christmas events till after the Qatar National Day, that to let hotels focus more on celebrations for National Day on December 18.
This year also some hotels around Qatar will not make any tree lighting ceremonies, which may a disappoint hundreds of families who used to attend similar events previously.
But still some many hotels would hold children’s events such as visits from Santa and other activates throughout December.
Christmas events will not be held until after the start of the winter break for most nurseries and schools, a time when many people are traveling.
At the Sheraton Grand, gingerbread house making and children’s craft sessions will take place only on Dec. 22 and 23.
Sharq Village & Spa has teddy bear afternoon tea, with carols and visits from Santa, scheduled from Dec. 20-24.
Meanwhile, Marsa Malaz Kempinski will host afternoon tea with Santa from Dec. 19 until 24.
And Kempsinksi Residences and Suites in West Bay will transform its Gourmet House cafe into a giant gingerbread house from Dec. 19 and will have a tree lighting ceremony in its lobby, with Santa, cookies and hot chocolate on Dec. 20.
The St. Regis Hotel is one of the very few venues to have some children’s gingerbread and cookie decorating classes scheduled earlier in the month, on Dec. 10 and 17.
And the Hilton said it plans to have a gingerbread castle set up in its Starbucks lounge starting Dec. 6.
Also many hotels will do a lunch, dinner and afternoon tea events on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Dec. 26).
Its noteworthy to mention that last year Qatari Officials said that it is prohibited on all nurseries to celebrate with non-Islamic rituals as it violates the constitution of Qatar and violates the rules of the …Law no. 1 of the year 2014.”