Yas Island celebrates inaugural edition of Yas Winterland Festival

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Updated: December 15, 2016 2:38:17 PM

UAE's Yas Island is hosting the first edition of ‘Yas Winterland Festival’ for an entire month of family-friendly events, activities and offers this festive season

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UAE’s Yas Island is hosting the first edition of ‘Yas Winterland Festival’ for an entire month of family-friendly events, activities and offers this festive season. For the inaugural edition of the festival, various activities will take place such as Yas Marina’s Let It Snow celebrations, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s Winterfest, Yas Mall’s Festive Season, du Forum’s Winterland Carnival, and midnight fireworks shows to welcome the New Year. Additionally, Coldplay’s New Year’s eve – A Head Full of Dreams – live show is expected to draw a large number of visitors.

The ongoing Yas Winterland Festival will run until January 7, 2017.

“Yas Island is all about exciting experiences. The month-long Yas Winterland Festival captures the best of what Yas Island has to offer in terms of events, entertainment and leisure, with a fun winter theme. Our visitors will be able to create ever-lasting memories as they celebrate the cheery, festive winter season among their loved ones, friends and family,” said Mohamed Abdulla Al Zaabi, CEO, Miral.

Commenting on the addition of the Yas Winterland Festival to Abu Dhabi’s events programme, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), said, “A partnership approach to events development and delivery is expected to stimulate upward momentum in hotel bookings from domestic tourists and those from our key overseas markets who have the propensity to travel. Abu Dhabi is a leading family leisure destination full of captivating experiences, and the addition of these festive offers and activities across Yas Island provides even more compelling reasons for visitors to enjoy the emirate’s year-round appeal.”

Among the activities being held as part of its first ‘Let it Snow’ festival, Yas Marina will be hosting a tree lighting ceremony, while the seven restaurants and lounges will be offering their own experiences with weekly and festive promotions. The main area will stage a Yukigassen game – real snow battle for visitors. The winter market feature local retailers exhibiting unique wares suitable for people of all ages and tastes.

For the fourth consecutive year, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi offers its popular festival, Winterfest. Families can celebrate the festive season fromDecember 16, 2016 to January 7, 2017 and enjoy the line-up of activities and shows available at the world’s first Ferrari branded theme park, including Bjorn the Polar Bear, a tree lighting ceremony, an ice skating show, a snow slide and more.

From December 16 to 26, Yas Mall will host a daily line-up of live entertainment from the creators of ‘Jungle Cirque’ for acrobatic performances. Whereas, the Snow Fight Zone is where visitors of all ages are invited to take part in the Christmas tradition of playing with their friends and families in the snow. Yas Mall will also feature performances and international acts for New Year’s Eve with the ‘Evolution of Dance’, showcasing the various dance celebrations of different cultures from around the world.

Yas Island will welcome visitors to the first ‘Winterland Carnival’ to be held at the du Forum, from December 27 to 31. This free-to-attend event will see the du Forum featuring an ice slide, snowball fights, snowmen, a forest and more.

For New Year’s festivities, there will be a traditional carnival funfair offering games and rides suitable for all ages. Roaming performers will also entertain guests throughout their journey. Kids and adults are invited to experience the festive celebration and win prizes as well as enjoy a winter-themed market that will let guests browse local crafts and winter products featuring local artisans’ artwork and jewellery. The event will also host some of the most popular food trucks and a beverage zone.

Visitors to the island can also experience fireworks show at both du Arena and on the South part of Yas Island, near the du Forum on December 31 .

“Thanks to the collective efforts of our partners, the full line-up of entertainment, activities and offers available across Yas Island, the winter season this year will truly be unforgettable,” added Al Zaabi.

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