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Luxury Culture Events: Top 25 on the Calendar in December 2022

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Our Luxury Calendar provides a comprehensive overview of the top events unfolding around the world every month. Some are micro-luxuries (like a really good book) and others are on a grand, epic scale. Personally, if schedules and money were no object, and we could do anything we’d like, here are our top picks for the best luxury calendar events and experiences in the world in December 2022. Consider it your luxury calendar of the can’t-miss events in fashion, art, music, sports, travel and culinary arts in this month of December.

luxury calendar: how to have a brilliant december

The luxury flock touches down in glamorous locations both sub-zero and tropical this month.  From the famous Christmas markets of Europe and the annual Audi FIS Ski World Cup in St. Moritz to Art Basel Miami and the Antigua Yacht Show in the Caribbean, sparkle abounds. Pick up a new pair of kicks (to give or to keep) at the Sotheby’s Fifty sale celebrating 50 years of Nike, visit the newly opened John Waters inspired Hotel Ulysses in Baltimore or take in star studded Merrily We Roll Along at New York Theatre Workshop.

And if it’s tradition that you seek, you will find no shortage of that either. From enduring holiday traditions like Big Band Holidays at Jazz at Lincoln Center, a family friendly holiday presentation of The Magic Flute at the MET, the annual holiday blockbustersincluding Avatar: The Way of Water or the return of the annual Habits de Lumière in Epernay. There is no doubt, the world lights up this December.

the best events in the world of luxury in december

It’s hard to narrow the list down to just the top 25 picks in the world of luxury in December 2022, but here goes.

we want to see

1. the singapore biennale

The name of the ongoing 7th edition of The Singapore Biennale is Natasha. In taking a human name, the event envisions itself as an intimate and collective journey with artists and audiences – through Mar 19, 2023

2. miami art week and art basel miami

Miami Art Week is back. The Floridian bacchanal will bring hundreds of galleries and many more culture vultures to the Magic City. Chief among the main attractions? Art Basel Miami featuring significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as the new generation of emerging stars – Dec 1 – 3

luxury calendar events in the world of December 2022
The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for December 2022. Courtesy Photo.

3. alvin ailey american dance theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to City Center and will introduce new works by Kyle Abraham and Jamar Roberts that find reservoirs of love and resilience in our complicated lives and times – Dec 1 – 24

4. merrily we roll along

Starring Daniel Radcliff, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez, Merrily We Roll Along opens at the New York Theatre Workshop. Spanning three decades in the entertainment business, the story charts the turbulent relationship between composer Franklin Shepard and his two lifelong friends – writer Mary and lyricist & playwright Charley and features some of Stephen Sondheim’s most celebrated songs – Dec 12

5. the magic flute

The Metropolitan Opera is bringing back its family friendly holiday presentation of The Magic Flute. This tamed version of Mozart’s musical fairy tale features tenors David Portillo and Ben Bliss. They both play Tamino, the prince trying to win the love of princess Pamina, sung by sopranos Sydney Mancasola and Joelle Harvey – Dec 16 – Jan 6

we want to read

6. ken scott

Maximalists, fashionistas and floral enthusiasts alike will enjoy exploring the colorful world of Ken Scott ($125), the gardener of fashion – Dec 6

luxury calendar events in the world of December 2022
The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for December 2022. Courtesy Photo.

7. cartier: 13 rue de la Paix

Just as the most recent haute joaillerie collections are hitting the shelves, so is Cartier: 13 rue de la Paix ($115), the story of one of Paris’s most legendary brands – Dec 20

we want to watch

8. george & tammy

Starring Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon, George & Tammy on Showtime follows the romance and turmoil of the the famous couple that results in some of the most iconic country music history – Dec 4

9. the whale

In his return to the screen, Brendan Fraser stars in The Whale as a grieving, shut-in English teacher whose immense weight and refusal to seek medical treatment ensure that he won’t have long to live – Dec 9

10. avatar: the way of water

Return to Pandora with the long awaited sequel from James Cameron, Avatar: The Way of Water – Dec 16

11. i wanna dance with somebody

Naomi Ackie stars as Whitney Houston in the biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Dec 21

luxury calendar events in the world of December 2022
The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for December 2022. Courtesy Photo.

12. glass onion: a knives out mystery

Following the success of Knives Out, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery on Netflix follows Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) to the private island of a billionaire. When a Murder Mystery party turns into a real murder mystery, Blanc must once again try to uncover the truth in this highly anticipated whodunnit story – Dec 23

we want to hear

13. trinity church wall street: handel’s messiah

For a stunning reintroduction to the elemental power of Messiah, head to St. Paul’s Chapel at Trinity Church, where Andrew Megill and Trinity’s orchestra and choir storm through Handel’s score – Dec 9 – 10

luxury calendar events in the world of December 2022
The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for December 2022. Courtesy Photo.

14. get happy: a judy garland centennial celebration

Judy Garland’s Carnegie Hall debut in 1961 remains one of the Hall’s most storied evenings and a high point in the career of one of show business’ greatest stars. Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration celebrates the life of the legendary artist through a performance by Broadway’s Jessica Vosk – Dec 12

15. big band holidays

With soulful big band arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, Big Band Holidays at Jazz at Lincoln Center is an uplifting holiday tradition not to be missed Dec 15 – 19

we want to check out

16. fifty

In collaboration with Victor Cruz, Sotheby’s has kicked off a two-week online auction of over 100 choice Nike products, including shoes, accessories and the sneakerhead’s Holy Grail: prototypes. Dubbed Fifty, the sale is a celebration of the brand’s 50th anniversary – through Dec 13

17. antigua yacht show

The 61st edition of the Antigua Yacht Show will welcome superyachts, brokers and captains and crews to the beautiful shores of Antigua.  Outside of the yachts themselves, one particular highlight is the annual culinary contest, with superyacht chefs creating a “Caribbean Sunday ‘funday’ Brunch” – Dec 4 – 9

18. audi fis world cup st. moritz

Three days of Olympic caliber skiing will be on display from the best female alpine skiers in the world at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland. What else will be on display in St. Moritz that weekend? Lots of chic apres ski styles – Dec 16 – 18

The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for December 2022. Courtesy Photo.

19. rolex sydney hobart yacht race

Close to 120 yachts will set sail on a grueling 628-nautical-mile-long course when the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race gets underway. It concludes with fireworks lighting up the sky on New Year’s Eve – Dec 26 – 31

20. king george vi chase

Taking place on Boxing Day is the King George VI Chase, the second-most prestigious steeplechase horse race in England (surpassed only by the Cheltenham Gold Cup); it’s run in Kempton Park and is open to horses aged four years or older – Dec 26

we want to check into

21. aurora anguilla resort & golf club

Overlooking the white sands of Rendezvous Bay, the Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club has hundreds of acres to explore including an 18-hole championship course with views of St. Maarten and the Caribbean Sea. And beginning on December 22nd they will start offering charter flights to Anguilla from Westchester County Airport in White Plains

22. hotel Ulysses

Located at the heart of Baltimore’s storied Mount Vernon neighborhood, Hotel Ulysses occupies the 1912 Latrobe Building by architects Glidden & Friz, once an apartment tower for affluent gentlemen. Equal parts classicism and camp, the Art Deco–infused guest rooms nod to train cars and ocean liners, with bathroom mirrors in the form of amphorae and pediment-shaped four-poster beds

we want a taste of

23. miracle pop-up bars

The beloved pop-up Miracle has taken over The Cabinet in Manhattan for Miracle on 9th Street and Thief in Brooklyn for Miracle on Union serving up holiday cocktails like Christmapolitan, Elfing Around and Snowball Old-Fashioned – through Dec 31

24. gingerbread nyc: the great borough bake-off

At the first ever Gingerbread NYC: The Great Five Borough Bake-Off, local bakers have transformed gummy bears, Rice Krispies Treats, Hershey’s Kisses, M&Ms, PEZ, mini croissants, candy canes and pounds of icing into strikingly realistic gingerbread renderings of New York City neighborhoods at the Museum of the City of New York  – through Jan 8

25. habits de lumière

The annual Habits de Lumière in Epernay (the capital of Champagne) celebrates three days of events, drinks and food along the famous Avenue de Champagne. There are installations in the streets, an exhibition of vintage cars; street theater; son et lumiere and music. Many of the major Champagne houses along the Avenue de Champagne are open to the public. There will be Champagne bars, illuminations and tastings. The Festival also has a spectacular fireworks display – Dec 9 – 11

The top 25 events on the luxury calendar around the world for December 2022. Courtesy Photo.

what else is going on in december 2022?

holiday decorations

Nothing says the holidays in New York City like the window displays on Fifth Avenue, the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights in Brooklyn, the Winter Village in Bryant Park and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

other notable commemorations

In addition to Christmas on the 25th, there are many other holidays and commemorations of note. December 1st is World Aids Day, dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease.

National Day in the United Arab Emirates, on December 2nd, celebrates the union of the original seven emirates in 1971 with fireworks, car rallies and dance shows.

winter holiday celebrations

Hanukkah begins on the evening of December 18th and ends on the evening of the 26th . Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26th in the UK. Also, in a number of other countries that previously formed part of the British Empire. The African-American celebration of Kwanzaa begins that same day.

new year’s eve

And of course there is New Year’s Eve on December 31st. Many will mark the occasion by eating a grape with each of the twelve chimes of a clock’s bell in Spain and Mexico.  In France and other French-speaking areas, families will celebrate le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre. In London, Big Ben will chime – in New York, a crystal ball will drop. Buddhist temples ring their bells 108 times at midnight to banish bad thoughts and behavior in Japan. In Singapore, “wishing spheres” bear the written wishes of thousands of people.

For each country in its own way, it’s a moment of renewal, rejoicing, redemption and hope. Wherever December takes you, we hope it’s luminous.

what to do to have true luxury experiences in december 2022

That’s it. Our luxury calendar of the best luxury events and true luxury experiences in December 2022. What are you most excited about?

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