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 January 2024. Consider it your luxury calendar of the can’t-miss events in fashion, art, music, culture, sports, travel and culinary arts in the month of January 2024.
luxury culture events calendar: everything you need to know for january 2024
January is all about contrasts and unpredictable combinations: fire and ice, excess and restraint, tradition and modernity, an ending and a beginning. So what better time is there than now for all of us to chart a new course?
The month of January will take us outdoors for a number of traditional winter happenings to greet the new year. There’s Aspen’s annual “toast to winter” known as Wintersköl and the star-studded Sundance Film Festival for well-heeled snow bunnies. And who doesn’t love the annual outdoor NHL Winter Classic?
But if snow’s not your thing, don’t worry, there’s plenty for you too, including the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory and a chance at bidding on a new vintage ride at the annual RM Sotheby’s Arizona Sale. Or what about soaking in the sun at Barbados Sailing Week, learning how to truffle hunt at the Napa Truffle Festival or joining the FROW at the glamorous Paris Haute Couture Shows? And of course, there’s the red carpet watch at The Golden Globes.
Looking to just kick back and relax in the new year? Curl up with a new book, unwind at the new Mollie hotel in Aspen, or simply snuggle in and stream any one of a number of new shows and movies making their debut in January. Whatever speed you want to operate at, there’s a luxury for you.
the best events in the world of luxury in january 2024
It’s hard to narrow the list down to just the top 25 picks in the world of luxury in January 2024, but here goes.
we want to see
1. the golden globes
The 81st annual Golden Globe Awards broadcast is coming to us live from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Red carpet fashion, wacky acceptance speeches, celebrities cutting loose – who cares who wins? We’re here for it – Jan 7
2. the college football national championship
The College Football Playoff National Championship will see the Rose Bowl Champion (University of Michigan) vs. the Sugar Bowl Champion (Washington) at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Both teams are undefeated, so expect a great game – Jan 8
3. the paris haute couture shows
Paris Haute Couture Week is back with the spring/summer 2024 collections from Chanel, Dior, Iris Van Herpen (see #6, below) and more – Jan 22 – 25
5. the sundance film festival
The 40th edition of the Sundance Film Festival will celebrate with screenings of iconic films from Sundance history, including new restorations of Napoleon Dynamite, Go Fish, Mississippi Masala and The Times of Harvey Milk. In addition, there will be screenings of 82 feature-length films from 24 countries. Headliners include Kristen Stewart and Steven Yeun’s post-apocalyptic romance Love Me. – Jan 18–28, 2024
we want to read
6. Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses by Iris van Herpen and Cloe Pitiot, with a foreword by Tilda Swinton.
This coffee table book accompanies the retrospective on the work of designer Iris van Herpen at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. “Sculpting the Senses offers an overview of Iris van Herpen’s work over the past 16 years. It not only shows the most iconic designs, but also explores her forward-looking vision of fashion on a deeper level. On the basis of 100 dresses, it becomes clear how much the designer challenges our vision of “Haute Couture”.
7. Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts: Stories and Recipes from Five Generations of Black Country Cooks by Crystal Wilkinson
Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts is meant to provide nourishment for mind, body and soul. “A lyrical culinary journey that explores the hidden legacy of Black Appalachians, through powerful storytelling alongside nearly forty comforting recipes, from the former poet laureate of Kentucky.”
we want to watch
8. good grief
Netflix debuts Good Grief, a dramedy written and directed by and starring Dan Levy. “The Schitt’s Creek co-creator plays a London-based artist who spends a year mourning his husband before making a startling discovery about their relationship on a trip to Paris with his best friends, played by Ruth Negga and Himesh Patel” – Jan 5
Kevin Hart stars in the new plane heist film Lift on Netflix. “The story centers on Cyrus Whitaker (Hart), the leader of an international heist team who gets enlisted to steal $500M in gold from a mid-air passenger plane before the fortune ends up in the wrong hands. The ensemble cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Vincent D’Onofrio, Úrsula Corberó, Billy Magnussen, Jacob Batalon, Jean Reno and Sam Worthington” – Jan 12
10. mean girls
Hit the cineplex for on of the most buzzed-about new movies of 2024. “Based on the 2004 film with the same title, this all-singing, all-dancing reboot of Mean Girls tells the story of Cady Heron, who becomes a member of a clique called the Plastics at her new school and falls for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of the clique’s leader, Regina George. The cast includes Angourie Rice, Tim Meadows, Jenna Fischer, Reneé Rapp, Christopher Briney, Ashley Park, Jon Hamm and Tina Fey” – Jan 12
11. poor things
In the new theatrical release Poor Things, Emma Stone stars as Bella Baxter, “a young woman who is a combination of a child’s brain in an adult’s body. As she acclimates to the nature of her surrealist world, Bella starts to learn more about her identity and sexuality, resulting in an empowering odyssey that is equal parts revealing and flat-out hilarious” – Jan 19
This new movie from director Sofia Coppola pulls back the curtain on the fairy-tale marriage between Priscilla and Elvis Presley. Adapted from Presley’s biography, which first exposed how her dream romance soured as his fame grew. Cailee Spaeny plays the title role and Saltburn’s Jacob Elordi portrays Elvis – Jan 1
we want to hear
13. nyc winter jazzfest marathon
The NYC Winter Jazz Fest Marathon celebrates its 20th year, offering seven nights of programming, including weekend-long, multi-venue, multi-artist marathons in Manhattan and Brooklyn. This year’s highlights include a tribute to the late trombonist Curtis Fowlkes – Jan 10 – 18
14. julia bullock at carnegie hall
One of the leading sopranos of the current moment – and a member of our list of top Black performers in classical music – will take the stage at Carnegie Hall. Julia Bullock, whose “voice is among today’s most expressive” (NPR), curates an evening of song accompanied by Bretton Brown on piano- Jan 19
Kid Cudi drops his ninth album, Insano, with over 40 songs, “including the laidback lead single ‘Porsche Topless’ and the psychedelic Pharrell- and Travis Scott–assisted ‘At the Party.’ The rest of the track list is purported to include A$AP Rocky, Lil Yachty, and Wiz Khalifa, among others” – Jan 12
we want to check out
16. consumer electronics show
17. aspen wintersköl
Wintersköl, Aspen’s annual “toast to winter,” dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local residents decided to celebrate Aspen’s unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities – Jan 11 – 14
18. barbados sailing week
19. the winter show
Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, The Winter Antiques Show returns for its 70th edition with a dynamic mix of works dating from ancient times through the present day – Jan 19 – 28
20. rm sotheby’s arizona sale
RM Sotheby’s is kicking off its 2024 auction calendar with its 25th annual Arizona Sale at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa – Jan 25
21. the under the radar festival
Across New York City, venues like the Abrons Arts Center, Japan Society, and La Mama will band together to host this beloved annual experimental theater festival (which lost its former home at the Public Theater). This year’s slate is as bold as ever, including the fearless Nile Harris production “this house is not a home”, a furious, dance-filled eulogy for Harris’s friend Trevor Bazile. And “Hamlet/Toilet,” a “Dadaist frolic from the Japanese provocateur Yu Murai” – Jan 5-21
we want to check into
22. the mollie, aspen
Just in time for Wintersköl (see #17 above), Vogue notes that “with its Japandi-style interiors by the celebrated Post Company, this new boutique hotel right in Aspen town has a cozy-yet-zen atmosphere that’s perfect for those seeking some respite after a day on the slopes. The rooftop, meanwhile, boasts a spa pool and 180-degree views of Aspen Mountain. Soak in the hot tub and then enjoy a cocktail, courtesy of acclaimed mixologists Death & Co.”
We’re also keen to explore this property on Vogue’s list of the most important new luxury hotel openings in 2024. “Ennismore, the same hotel group behind the buzzy, beloved Gleneagles Townhouse in Edinburgh and Paris’s Mama Shelter, goes tropical with the opening of SO/Maldives this January. Sitting upon the crystalline Emboodhoo Lagoon, the 15-acre property boasts 80 beachfront and overwater villas, as well as a French Riviera-inspired beach club and a Wellness camp.”
we want a taste of
24. napa truffle festival
The annual Napa Truffle Festival is an opportunity to experience offerings from chefs renowned for their truffle cuisine. It’s also a chance to explore a working truffle orchard see where and how truffles are harvested and meet (and pet) the trained truffle dogs who find them- Jan 12 – 15
25. the key west food & wine festival
Celebrating 15 years of flip flops and feet in the sand is the annual Key West Food and Wine Festival, which showcases a wide range of wines and inventive cuisine at iconic locations on the island – Jan 23 – 28
what else is going on in january 2024?
January gets right down to business with New Years Day on the 1st, so get those hangover cures ready. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday the 15th. Commemorate his accomplishments with a visit to one of the growing number of civil rights museums opening across the US.
Finally, the official Pantone color of the year is Peach Fuzz, a a color “radiant with warmth and modern elegance. A shade that resonates with compassion, offers a tactile embrace, and effortlessly bridges the youthful with the timeless.” if that doesn’t resonate with you, there are many other colors also designated as the Color of the Year – so take your pick and make it your own.
what to do in january 2024: top luxury culture events and experiences
That’s it. Our luxury calendar of the best luxury events and true luxury experiences in January 2024. What are you most excited about, dear reader?