December Hot List: Art Basel, Pastries Galore, and Christmas Celebrations

December 1, 2015 | By | Comments (0)

Every month we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your monthly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.


Via Thomás Saraceno

1. Find your new favorite artist at Art Basel. The international art festival comes to Miami Beach December 3 to 6. Visit 250 galleries, take in a few of its 50 films, and attend panels with some of the artists. Single day tickets for $47, three day tickets for $100;


Via Dominique Ansel

2. Visit a pastry chef pop-up while taking in art. A hybrid pastry known as the cronut first popularized NYC pastry chef Dominique Ansel, but that’s not all he’s known for. Enjoy some of Ansel’s most popular soft serve flavors at The Setai Hotel in Miami Beach on December 2 and 3. The shop will feature his two most popular flavors, including Burrata made with balsamic caramel, confit strawberry and micro basil, and the Caramel Stout made with chocolate “caviar” and sea salt brownie. Ice cream cones for $7;

3. Experience light and music on a whole new level. The Day For Night Music Festival is where light and sound meets. Half of the festival consists of performances by artists like Kendrick Lamar, New Order, and Janelle Monáe, while the other half consists of work from visual artists like Kamil Nawratil, Mark Eats, and Casey Reas who put on a show including digital sculptures and animation. This Houston, Texas, festival takes place on December 19 and 20. Two-day general admission starts at $185;

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Via Milk Bar

4. Enjoy a NYC favorite in DC. Milk Bar, sister bakery of the Momofuku Restaurant Group, opened its newest location in Washington, DC in late October. The DC location carries some pastry favorites like compost cookies and birthday cake truffles.

5. Kentucky rock band releases album just in time for the holidays. Cage the Elephant, alternative rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, releases its fourth studio album on December 18. Tell Me I’m Pretty is a new sound for the band. The record has a new transparency, different from their previous three albums that was heavily influenced by bands like Pixies and Nirvana. $7.99;

6. Celebrate Christmas New Orleans style. Packed with holiday festivities, rides, and even an ice skating rink (down on the bayou!), the spirit of Christmas lives in the New Orleans Convention Center. Single day admission starts at $20;

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Via The Birmingham News

 7. If you’re in search of the tackiest lights. The Fresh Air Family, a local Birmingham company that leads guided trail tours and canoe rides of destinations around Birmingham, is hosting a unique Christmas light tour. The Wacky Tacky Lights Tour runs through December 15 to 16 where you begin your Christmas adventure at Avondale Brewing Company. The Wacky Tacky Light Tour offers an insider’s guide to some of Birmingham’s craziest light displays. It includes lawns covered in blow-ups of snowmen, Santa, and reindeer, crazy LED light displays, and even a home completely decked out in orange and blue lights, light-up Auburn football players, and rooftop letters that spell out War Eagle. $25 for adults;

8.  Find your new favorite tastemaker. From December 10 to 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can shop some of your favorite emerging brands with the help of Brandshop creators Hillary Crittendon and Laura Martin. This traveling showroom will feature artisans like Ringly, Mira Fitness, Paige Gamble, and Drunk Elephant Skincare, among other brands. This three-day event focuses mainly on brands created by women and includes a series of talks from female entrepreneurs so you can get inspired just in time for the holidays.

9. Step back in time at the Dickens of a Christmas celebration. Experience traditional Victorian dress, snack on old-fashioned sugarplums, and watch characters from A Christmas Carol come to life, including Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past. The 31st annual Dickens of a Christmas festival put on by the Franklin Tennessee Heritage Foundation takes place in the historic downtown of Franklin. Admission is free and open to the public on December 12 to 13. Dickens of a Christmas


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