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Cairo Events Guide: Christmas in the City

Cairo Events Guide: Christmas in the City
    written by
    Hannah Cooper

    Minus the gigantic fake
    pine tree smack in the middle of Citystars and the tacky Christmas decor in
    shop windows, it may not look much like Christmas in Cairo; but we know of some
    places that are making it happen.

    Christmas-related or
    not, this month is shaping up to be a busy one! Included are a slew of
    opportunities to get in on the giddiness of holiday consumerism, enjoy a few
    exhibitions and party down at a festival or two.

    December 3rd-11th: From now until Sunday, the 3rd
    Christmas Art Fair
    at the President Hotel provides an early start on
    shopping, while the Swiss Club will host its annual Winter
    for one day only. For a day of activities and a dose of awareness, the
    AIDS Day Festival
    will take place on Friday at the Gezira Youth Centre. Nacelle
    will heat up the nightlife once again on Friday night with special guests Parov
    Stellar & Max the Sax at the Shepheard Hotel. Friday through Saturday, a
    few of our favourites
    will perform at El Sawy’s Live
    Music Festival
    ; so check out the schedule and catch a few local bands. For
    the artist in you, the AUC theatre department will perform ‘Three
    with show times
    all week long, while the ‘Citizen,
    exhibition at Darb 1718 continues until the 10th.
    Last but not least, some incredible films are in the line-up for the 34th
    Annual Cairo International Film
    that shouldn’t be missed!

    December 12th-18th:
    Maadi Overstock will host a Christmas
    the entire month of December; so head to Maadi to catch a few deals.
    For a unique jazz fusion concert on the 12th, visiting artists Project
    Picasol & Guests
    will perform at the Cairo Jazz Club. If you’re tired
    of testosterone and looking for a little pampering, head over to the Four
    Seasons on the 13th and 14th for the Christmas Ladies
    . At the Cairo Opera House from the 15th to the 17th,
    catch ‘Miramar,’
    the first modern Egyptian opera in colloquial Arabic. The Riff
    will take the stage at El Sawy on the 15th, and The Indian
    Colour Festival
    will take place at the Indian Embassy in Zamalek on the 17th:
    from what we hear, it’s pretty awesome and should definitely not be missed,
    catch the latest exhibition titled ‘Doors
    & Windows’
    by painter Amir Wahib at the Nocchio Art & Design
    Gallery until the 19th.

    December 19th-25th: ‘Cairo
    is an exhibition by well-known local artist Mohamed Abla, which
    will continue at Zamalek Art Gallery through January 4th. Electrum
    Records presents Christmas
    in Vegas
    on the 23rd; an exclusive party featuring DJ Samba that
    is sure to be an end-of-the-year hit. On the 24th, the
    Intercontinental Citystars will host the 7
    Touch Christmas Bazaar
    , chock-full of handmade gemstones and silver
    accessories for sale. Also on the 24th, the El
    band will perform at El Tanboura Hall for a traditional night of Simsimeya
    and Damma music. It’s finally Christmas, so join in for the festivities at the
    Cairo Jazz Club for their Sleigh
    Bells Ring Charity Event
    on the 25th.  

    December 26th-31st: Get into the Christmas spirit with the ‘Nutcracker’
    at the Cairo Opera house, performing from the 23rd till the 29th. Showing
    until January 15th at Ayyam Gallery is the latest solo exhibition by
    Syrian painter Asaad Arabi, titled ‘Nostalgia’.
    On the 28th, Bad Mojo will take the stage at Cairo Jazz Club with their bluesy
    beats; perfect for a midweek break in routine. Party down with
    Byganz’s latest glitzy event, Hollywood
    at the Fairmont Heliopolis;  the theme
    presents an opportunity to go all out on glamorous costumes; so strike a pose
    and ring in the new year in style!