The holiday season is coming on quick, here are the very best things to do, see and wear
Words by Ashleigh Gribbon
‘Tis the season for mulled wine, German markets and quality time with loved ones – tied up in a bow with a chic, well-rounded wardrobe of course. So make the most of the holidays and let the good tidings roll with our special festive guide to the best of the cultural calendar.
Great Russian Nutcracker, USA
It’s not snowing in New York just yet, but a trip to the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a welcome alternative for inducing festive cheer. Expect lavish costumes and poetic performances (across several states during November and December) for the company’s 25th anniversary tour.
What to wear: The otherworldly grandeur of the theatre is no place to be a wallflower, so Miu Miu’s kitschy pastel coat slipped over a slinky, feather-trimmed dress is just the ticket.
Ferme de la Corderie, the French Alps
It’s the season to cosy up next to a roaring fire after a long day carving down the pistes - yes, the French Alps are calling you. With the most breathtaking views overlooking the village of Le Gets, the newly renovated Ferme de la Corderie is the chalet to stay in.
What to wear: Cult skiwear label Moncler Grenoble is perfectly placed at the crossroads between fashion and performance wear. The new-season edit transitions seamlessly from the slopes to après-ski drinks.
Our favourite part of the holidays is quite possibly the outrageously indulgent food. While it’s hard to beat the classics, Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Jamavar has a 4-course festive feast that just might. The lavish eatery’s Indian dishes are laced with subtle hints of a traditional roast dinner, like the Hampshire-lamb biryani.
What to wear: The jewel-like tone of Valentino’s loosely tailored midi dress perfectly complements the restaurant’s opulent interior.
Hanukkah with sufganiyot, Tel Aviv
Sufganiyot make for the perfect sweet treat during the Jewish Festival of Lights, and we know just the place to acquire the best doughnuts in town. Head to Dallal Bakery in the quaint neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, where the vitrine is lined with incredible French pastries reimagined with Israeli twists.
What to wear: Light layers are all that’s needed in Tel Aviv this time of year - Fendi’s penchant for cute embroidered jumpers and calf-grazing skirts is perfectly attuned.
Ice-Skating at Lake Louise, Banff
The Canadian Rockies - a year-round utopia for skiers – becomes particularly picturesque as the mercury dips below zero and Lake Louise becomes a natural, overwhelmingly scenic skate rink.
What to wear: Cool climates make knitwear a must. Sportmax’s signature minimalism is filtered through a fresh lens for AW17, with sporty, playful graphics takng centre stage.
Carols by Candlelight, London
The holidays are a time to give back, and Carols by Candlelight’s beautiful St Paul’s setting (and a generous helping of roasted chestnuts) makes for idyllic Christmas merriment too. All proceeds from the December 12th event will go directly to the Breast Cancer Care charity.
What to wear: Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s prim-and-proper collection for No21 is perfectly in keeping with this event’s comforting tone.
Altstadt Christmas Market, Salzburg
What better way to get into the festive spirit than a trip to this famous christmas market? Framed with medieval houses, the bustling stalls are piled high with hand-blown trinkets and gingerbread. Travel tip – head there at the weekend to enjoy a traditional kiachl as trumpeters play carols.
What to wear: With temperatures hovering around zero, you’ll need to wrap up warm in this season’s hero outerwear. We love Max Mara’s sumptuous alpaca-blend coat and head-to-toe tonals.