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Dreaming of a White Christmas?

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You may want to settle for this Chanel evening bag, inspired by a ski resort cable car (snow not included).

Price upon request. www.chanel.com/en_GB/fashion/p/hdb/as1200b01616/as1200b0161610601/evening-bag-resin-diamante-silvertone-metal-white.html

 

Christmas Countdown: Advent Calendars

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Fortnum & Mason Wooden House Advent Calendar

 

Advent calendar opening begins tomorrow, December 1st, and while there’s been a lot of hype this year about ultra luxury versions but Chopstix’s favourite remains the traditional wooden one by Fortnum & Mason. The Wooden House is based on Fortnum’s flagship store on Picadilly, London and you can keep it year after year, filling the little windows with new sweets. There’s just time to pop into the new Fortnum & Mason store  in Hong Kong to snap one up.

http://www.fortnumandmason.com

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Fortnum & Mason Hong Kong

 

 

Christmas Countdown: Gifts

 

Net a Porter jewellery box

Jessica McCormack jewellery  box for Net-a-Porter

For the woman who has everything: an exquisite jewellery box *complete with jewellery selection* for £280,800.00.

Jessica McCormack has designed this treasure for Net-a-Porter. Turn the tassled key of the orientalesque wooden box to reveal velvet lined trays decorated with Alice in Wonderland inspired, hand stitched designs.

The Botanical Heirloom box also includes eight rings, four pairs of earrings, four necklaces and a diamond charm. And the lucky recipient will have the chance to visit Jessica McCormack’s London boutique to finalise personalised touches with the designer herself.

You may want to add to your Wishlist…

For more details visit http://www.net-a-porter.com/gb/en/product/1228309?resType=single&keywords=jewellery%20box&enableAjaxRequest=false

 

6 Christmas markets to visit in Europe

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas with the traditional European markets opening from mid November. The chalet style wooden stalls selling gifts and edible goodies, perhaps with the addition of ice skating rinks and carol singers, put the magic into the festive season. Here’s Chopstix pick of the best.

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Prague Christmas market credit: Prague Tourism

Prague, Czech Republic

Held, appropriately enough, in Wenceslas Square as well as the Old Town Square, a fairytale backdrop for the stalls selling local handicrafts such as Christmas decorations, carved wooden toys and glasswork. Treats included trdelniks (a distinctive looking dough rolled around a stick then grilled and coated with sugar), barbecued sausages and hot honey wine as well as Czech beer. A highlight is the nativity scene in the Old Town Square featuring live animals where children can stroke sheep and a donkey.

November 30th 2019 – January 6th 2020

Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg is known for making gingerbread so you can literally smell Christmas when you visit here (along with roasted almonds, gluhwein and rum punch). Possibly the most famous of all the markets, the Christkindlesmarkt here has been going since the 16th century and now spills throughout the charming medieval streets selling arts and crafts from the region. Take a ride around the market on a horse drawn, bright yellow stagecoach. Nuremberg is also well known for its bratwurst so you can sustain yourself with grilled sausages served with sauerkraut or potato salad or both.

November 29th  – December 24th 2019

Brussels, Belgium

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Brussels Christmas market © visit.brussels – Eric Danhier

Belgium’s biggest Christmas market covers various squares throughout the city centre with some 200 stalls as part of its Winter Wonders festival. It also features a giant Christmas tree and sound and light show at the stunning Grand Place, an ice skating rink at Place de la Monnaie and traditional fairground rides such as a carousel and huge ferris wheel as well as choirs singing at the Black Tower. There’s plenty of Belgian grastronomy to sample too including warming waffles and hot chocolate of course.

November 29th 2019 – January 5th 2020

Vienna, Austria

Elegant Vienna has Christmas market stalls sprawling throughout its pretty squares with the biggest and most colourful outside the town hall (Rathausplatz). As well as Christmas gifts and decorations to buy expect sweet treats such as pastries and doughnuts, roasted chestnuts and confectionary to feast on and plenty of hot punch as you listen to the carol singers. In the adjacent park the trees are draped with lights and a 3,000 metre squared ice rink is in place. For the little ones there’s a reindeer train and sleigh rides.

Dates vary for each market, the Rathausplatz is November 15th – December 26th 2019 and the ice rink is open until January 6th 2020 (closed December 31st.)

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen is another city that goes large on the festive period and is home to several Christmas markets. The best is considered to be at Tivoli Gardens, not hard to imagine when you consider this picture perfect Victoriana amusement park which is lit up after dark inspired both Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney. As well as the usual rides expect countless fairy lights, snow covered trees, and Santa’s reindeer. Better still, among the decorated wooden huts, there are Scandi-chic gifts to buy plus honey cake and mulled wine.

November 16th – December 22nd 2019

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg in the Alsace bills itself as “the capital of Christmas” and has the oldest Christmas market in France. Held over several locations including beneath the striking cathedral, it goes all out with over 300 stalls, a huge Christmas tree and shows and concerts. The area is also known for vin chaud and Bredele cake – biscuits that are traditionally baked at Christmas. They come in different shapes and flavours such as almond, orange or cinnamon and are given as gifts or even used to as tree decorations.

22nd Nov – December 30th (closed December 25th) 2019

A version of this story was originally published in the Robb Report Singapore

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Chopstix Loves…

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Sofia footstool, £595, Soho Home

This delectable velvet footstool by Soho Home reminds us quite fittingly of a pumpkin.

Seen in Soho Houses around the world, the Sofia footstool is now available to buy as part of the House Favourites range:

www.sohohome.com

 

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