From Chrismas inspired meals, holiday treats and drinks, Emirates is making Christmas super special for travellers. Picture: Emirates.
From Chrismas inspired meals, holiday treats and drinks, Emirates is making Christmas super special for travellers. Picture: Emirates.
The First Class snack basket will feature limited edition festive treats. Picture: Emirates.
The First Class snack basket will feature limited edition festive treats. Picture: Emirates.

South African travellers on Emirates can looking forward to celebrating Christmas joy at 40,000 ft. this December with a delicious festive menu and nostalgic holiday films on board. The most popular holiday destinations for South Africans travelling on Emirates this festive season include Dubai, Mumbai, Phuket, Bali and Kuala Lumpur customers can enjoy several Christmas specials across all cabin classes on board and on the ground.

Here is a break down on what to expect:  

Christmas menus: With an extensive offering of festive favourites available all December, Emirates’ popular Christmas inspired menu will return for the third year in a row for those travelling from Dubai to select routes to Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States and South Africa.

 Passengers in Economy Class will be able to indulge in a delicious turkey roll with mashed potato, pan fried Vienna Chicken Sausage, green peas, baby carrots and cranberry jus lié prepared by Emirates’ award-winning chefs. For dessert, Emirates will serve milk chocolate mousse with cranberry compote topped with a reindeer chocolate button.

 Customers in First and Business Class can enjoy roasted turkey breast and apricot stuffing, roast potatoes with creamy brussels sprouts with turkey bacon and cranberry jus lié. For dessert, passengers will be served festive sweets such as a chocolate Yule log garnished with meringue drops, chocolate stars and a Gingerbread Man or a Chocolate Mint dome decorated with snow fondant and a festive leaf served with crème anglaise.

On Emirates A380 routes, First and Business class customers will also get a taste of Christmas in the iconic Onboard Lounge with a limited-edition Santa’s Spiced Amarula (a proudly South African liqueur) cocktail and mince pies.

Passengers flying First Class can also enjoy a decadent hot chocolate blend served with marshmallows and gingerbread men. Young travellers in First Class will be treated with sweet marshmallow biscuits inspired by snowmen.

 Throughout the festive season, passengers will be able to take advantage of Emirates’ wide beverage selection to complement their Christmas meals on board. Travellers can enjoy some of the finest wines and champagnes served in the skies to complement their Christmas meals. In addition, the airline serves a large variety of locally produced South African wines which are enjoyed by global travellers onboard.

There are also whiskeys, cognacs, gins, vodka and flavoured liqueurs served on all classes. 

Celebrations in Johannesburg and Cape Town Emirates lounges  

All 42 Emirates lounges across the network including OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport including the 7 lounges in Dubai International Airport will be serving a range of traditional Christmas dishes including roasted turkey, roasted lamb leg with a rosemary jus sauce; and a wide selection of festive sweets like Christmas apple cinnamon cake, yule log cake and stollen cake, from December 15 to 31. Emirates will also be hosting a Coffee Planet activation with special Christmas coffee drinks being served in First and Business Class lounges in Dubai from a specially designed cart during December. Drinks on offer include both Gingerbread latte and Caramelo latte.

Onboard treats for young travellers

There will be a chocolate lollipop featuring a reindeer as a treat with all children’s lunches and dinners. Young flyers will also be able collect a limited Emirates Fly with Me Animal toy, with Bell the robin available on board for a limited time in December to offer children a travel companion.In addition, limited edition Polaroid photo card sleeves will be available on all flights for both kids and adults.

 Festive films on ice

To get travellers into the spirit of the holidays, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system ice will feature a range of Christmas classics. New additions include Love Actually, Home Alone, Elf, The Polar Express, The Holiday and It’s a Wonderful Life. TV entertainment will feature children’s Christmas episodes including Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas and The Snowman.

Emirates will also be the first airline to screen the 1982 classic film E.T. in December, a month earlier than other airlines. 

Holiday gifting

Last minute Christmas shoppers can get gifts from the Emirates Official Store which has new Christmas inspired products in the festive airline collection. These include Christmas pyjama sets, Emirates festive greeting cards, Christmas sweaters and holiday mugs. These are also available in stores and online at