CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN LEBANON – 2019 EDITION

We are mid-December, a season that is usually seen as the most beautiful of the year. Times have been tough and rough for Lebanon, yet, Christmas is around the corner, and if shopping frenetically is not in the minds of most of us, we still want to feel the warmth of it all. And Christmas markets are one way to feel the magic. If many of the major markets have not been able to maintain their event this year, a few have managed to survive, and we want to give them a push. Here are the markets where you can go shopping for locally-made goods at decent price, and feel the cheer of the season. You deserve it !

THE CARNIVAL AT SANTA’S FACTORY – BEIT MISK

When: 20-28 December
Where: Beit Misk

One of the biggest Christmas events is back this year, after the success of its first two editions. A heart-warming personalized experience is waiting for you at BeitMisk.

It’s the Christmas Carnival at Santa’s Factory this year ! Gather your family to enjoy 4 Entertainment rooms, 4 activity stations, Fun+1 Christmas Celebration with your favorite Characters, the Holidays Parade and Meet Santa !

CHRISTMAS SOLIDARITY MARKET AT HOLDAL

When: Friday 13 December – From 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
Where: Holdal, Dekweneh, Lebanon

The Christmas Solidarity Market by Holdal is a 1-day market featuring 10 NGOs. Discover a wide variety of affordable Christmas handmade selections. All the proceeds will benefit hundreds of families in need (payment in cash only). Holdal will also be collecting unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories, toys and books and when you visit, you will find their goodwill boxes at the ground floor.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER MARKET – BEIRUT SOUKS

When: 12 December to 07 January
Where: Beirut Souks – Every day from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm

Fill your home with joyful plants and flowers this festive season from the Christmas Flower Market at Souk el Tawileh Beirut Souks

THE VILLAGE CHRISTMAS MARKET

When: 13-15 December
Where: The Village, Dbayeh – From 01:00 pm until 11:00 pm

In need of an escape for a few hours ? Join the Village Christmas market where Fa-la-la-la-local products will be displayed in collaboration with a list of wonderful local exhibitors. Pass by have some food, grab a warm drink and browse our ho-ho-holiday inspired market! Tis the Season to make spirits bright, after all !

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL EVENT BY SIN EL FIL MUNICIPALITY

When: Saturday 14 December
Where:  Municipality, Sin El Fil, Lebanon – From 03:00 pm until 07:00 pm

Christmas is right around the corner, and we all need a bit of cheer. Even better if we can support associations with the Christmas spirit ! In the spirit of the festive season, join the Sin El Fil Municipality in their mission on Saturday 14 December to help them in supporting humanitarian associations by donating & collecting clothes, food and toys new or used (but in very good condition), that will serve as gifts for poor families.

You can have access to parking lots under Sin el Fil municipality bldg if you use the magic word YOLO to get access…

HOMEGROWN CHRISTMAS FAIR AT BOSSA NOVA HOTEL

When: 19-20 December from 05:00 pm until 10:00 am / 21-22 December from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm
Where:  Bossa Nova Beirut Hotel

The Homegrown Christmas Fair at Bossa Nova Beirut is a 100% Lebanese initiative gathering 45 independent artists, designers and producers under one roof. Visit them to support Lebanon’s amazing local talents, show your solidarity, and do your Christmas shopping from a well curated selection of high quality products ranging from art, books, fashion, accessories, homeware, food and drinks. Workshops and group activities will also be scheduled for the little and the bigger ones, including book readings, film screenings, flower arrangements, origami tutorials, board-game sessions, wine tasting and cookie decoration.

Give back: A drop-off point for clothes and toys donations will be available to be given to associations who will redistribute them to the most vulnarable in our society.

“ZOUK DE NOËL” at Zouk Mikael

When: 14-15 December from 02:00 pm until 09:00 pm

Where:  Zouk Mikael

Visit La Maison de l’Artisan in Zouk Mikael this weekend, to discover Lebanese designers and brands as well as local associations that will showcase organic products, home-made sweets, handmade presents and crafts made out of recycles materials. The event will also feature art workshops for children and adults, various entertainment and music, as well as delicious treats for tasting. Come see Santa and help him spread the love !

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – HAMRA

When: 13-14 December from 10:00 am until 09:00 pm

Where:  Residence of Fadi and Imane Assaf – Commodore Street, Hamra, Beirut

The Assaf’s fundraising event is an initiative for Step Together School for kids with special needs. There, you’ll find a large range of goodies and delightful surprises that will definitely enhance the holiday season for you and your loved ones, and at the same time, you will be stepping up and helping children in needs.

CHRISTMAS MARKET AT THE FROZEN CITY – SEASIDE ARENA

When: 13 December to 05 January from 04:00 pm until 12:00 am

Where:  Seaside Arena at the Beirut Waterfront

The Frozen City will host the biggest Santa’s House Lebanon has ever witnessed!
Fully furnished with real indoor décor; navigate your way through Santa’s living room, bedroom, work space, and cook with Mama Claus in the kitchen! Browse an amazing assortment of Christmas decor, exclusive North Pole apparel, and a variety of instant photo opportunities with the jolly man himself! Santa’s Experience is brought to you by “HOMEPOINT”! Our beautiful Christmas Markets, sparkling with fairy lights, provide a truly unique and festive shopping experience.

CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA – ZAYTOUNA BAY

When: 13 December to 05 January from 04:00 pm until 12:00 am

Where:  Zaytuna Bay

The magic of the holiday season will spread love all along the decks at the very hype Zaytuna Bay, for the next 3 weeks. Go for a stroll, if you need to breeze the good vibes. Much needed lately.

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