As the the end of the year holidays approach, why don’t you embrace the Christmas season now by looking more closely at the various options available to you this Christmas? Our beautiful Beirut has a lot to offer in terms of end of year festivities ... Gastronomy, markets of all kinds, elaborate decorations and luminescent lighting ... everything is taken care of so that your farewell to 2017 and your Christmas Eve are unforgettable! Here‘s a little taste of what awaits you:
- The Song Festival of Beirut
Nothing better than to be carried away by a delicious sound of music ... For that, go to the Beirut Song Festival. It is scheduled throughout the month of December, from December 2 to December 23.
Every day, you will be able to attend an incredible concert in the most beautiful Cathedrals and Churches of Beirut. Many talented musicians will be there: orchestras, solo artists, contemporary bands- an event not be missed!
- The magical Christmas of Badaro
A paradise to fully enjoy the magical atmosphere of Christmas. Put on your ice skates and try the ice rink or visit the igloo set in an icy atmosphere (very "North Pole"). Or perhaps you prefer to attend the parades and dance performances or the live music. Children will not be forgotten: there will be shows, painting and games, and stands where they can find unique gifts and devour tasty Christmas cookies. You‘ve got to head there with friends or family! A little additional surprise: Santa's Village will be full of surprises and your children will have the great privilege of taking a photo with Santa in person!
- Taste the special foie gras at Chez Alain
Taste a touch of French gastronomy during your Christmas holidays! Participate in a foie gras tasting, delicately paired with a glass of wine offered in a luxurious setting at “Chez Alain". Perfect for an after work with colleagues or friends after a long day of work! You can enjoy this ideal combo every Tuesday starting December 19th to January 2nd (6-11pm) at the Grand Hills Hotel and Spa, Broumana. Bon appetit!
- Take a selfie near the decadent Christmas tree at ABC Mall
Each year, the most famous shopping malls compete for the best Christmas decorations: Sparkling windows, elaborate decorations, animations, you name it. As you go shopping for Christmas gifts at your favorite stores, stop by the ABC Ashrafieh Christmas tree, a must see! The ABC Dbayeh tree is so worth the drive as well just watch out for traffic!
- Enjoy a guided tour of Sursock Museum's lights at night
Passionate about modern and contemporary art? The Sursock Museum offers you the opportunity to walk there every Thursday evening until 9PM. You can discover its fabulous works of art and its special lighting. An added bonus- entry is free!
- Stroll through Beirut Souks
The Beirut Souks host all kinds of celebrations and festivities. And when it comes to celebrating the end of the year, the Souks are the place to go for a true Christmas feel: live music, entertainment shows, concerts, fashion shows, shopping... many activities are planned in December such as the Christmas village that includes a hundred stands and the Santa Claus parade!
- Go shopping at the Bristol Hotel Christmas Market
At Hotel Bristol, you can stroll and carry out your most luxurious Christmas shopping, from November 30th to December 3rd, 2017 in the "Christmas Square". You can find a selection of trendy items all chosen for their uniqueness and quality. All the latest trends in fashion, art, and jewelry will be showcased!
- The 11th Christmas charity concert of Beirut International College
Christmas is the season of sharing and giving, be it to gather around a good meal or share dishes cooked with love, or to offer gifts to your loved ones. These moments make us realize how blessed we are. Unfortunately not everyone is so lucky.
Christmas parties are an opportunity to show solidarity and compassion. So why not do a good deed while enjoying a great concert? Buy a ticket to listen to the "Little Angels" of the primary school accompanied by the choirs of the IC secondary school, ras Beirut branch
Support the Ayadina association, which aims to empower young people and women in difficulty. The concert will take place at the American College of Beirut, Monday, December 19th from 6PM to 8PM.
- Admire the fireworks of December 31st
Finally, to end the year in style, head to downtown Beirut to admire the beautiful fireworks that will be fired in honor of the New Year. Your eyes will be amazed by this show of sparkle and color!