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NYE LIBATIONS

By: Skyler Johnson

With New Year’s Eve coming up, it’s time to start thinking about what to drink. 360 has come up with five champagne-filled beverages perfect for the holiday. And if you’re thinking about how to serve them, check out the Chambong plastic champagne flutes. They make it easier, and classier, than ever to consume sparkling wine.

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French 75

This classic cocktail is perfect for New Year’s. Feel free to switch out lemon juice for grapefruit if you want a sweet twist. Serves 1.

Ingredients

  • 2 fl oz. Lemon Juice
  • 2 fl oz. Gin
  • 2 tsp. Simple Syrup
  • 4 fl oz. Chilled Champagne
  • A lemon slice and Maraschino Cherry for garnish

Preparation:

  • Combine Gin, Lemon Juice, Simple syrup in a Collins glass
  • Add ice cubes and Champagne
  • Top it off with the garnish

Classic Champagne Cocktail

Another old favorite, this drink originated in the 1800s. Serves 1.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • 1 oz. Brandy
  • 4-6 oz. Champagne
  • Orange Slice and Maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation: 

  • Places the sugar cube at the bottom of a champagne flute and saturate with bitters
  • Add brandy
  • Fill with champagne
  • Top it off with the garnish

Champagne Ice Cream Cocktail 

Perfect for large gatherings, this adult punch is simple yet effective. Serves 16.

Ingredients

  • 1 qt. Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1  qt. Lemonade
  • 1 Bottle Champagne
  • 1 Cup Cherry Syrup

Preparation: 

  • Once the ice cream is softened poor all ingredients into a large punch bowl, mix, and serve

Air Mail

This golden-colored upper is a great way to start (or end) your night. Serves 1.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Golden rum
  • 0.5 oz. Lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • 5 oz. Champagne

Preparation:

  • Mix rum, champagne, and honey with ice cubes
  • Pour into a collins glass
  • Add champagne and serve

Confetti Champagne

This drink is bubbly, sweet, and best of all: festive! Serves 1.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka 
  • 4-5 oz. Champagne
  • 3 oz. Sprite
  • Assorted Pop Rocks
  • Vanilla Frosting

Preparation: 

  • Add Vanilla Vodka, Champagne, and Sprite to glass and mix
  • Use vanilla frosting and pop rocks to rim glass

After you toast at midnight enjoy the following drinks:

Wintery Cranberry Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1 part Jalapeno-infused Tequila 
  • 1 part Cranberry juice
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • Splash of sour mix

Preparation:

  • Place all ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass. 
  • Stir until combined. 
  • Dust the rim of the glass with crushed dried lemon rinds, red pepper flakes, and sea salt. 
  • Pour cocktail over ice. 
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and a stick of fresh cranberries. Enjoy!

The Paper Airplane

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Amaro 
  • 1.5 oz. Aperol
  • 1.5 oz. bourbon
  • 1.5 oz. fresh lemon juice, strained

Preparation:

  • Combine amaro, Aperol, bourbon, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. 
  • Fill with ice and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is frosty, about 20 seconds. 
  • Strain into two coupe glasses. 
  • Garnish with a paper airplane. 

The Vespar Martini

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • 3 blue cheese-stuffed olives, skewered on a pick

Preparation:

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add the gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc. 
  • Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. 
  • Garnish with the stuffed olives.

The Snowman-Hattan

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 3 tbsp. homemade ginger syrup (recipe below)
  • 3 oz. fresh orange juice
  • Fresh snow

Preparation: 

  • Combine the whiskey, triple sec, ginger syrup, and orange juice. 
  • Fill a glass with crushed ice and pour the cocktail over.
Bo + Tee

Bo + Tee Christmas Soiree

Oh Polly, the brand that has been sweeping the internet and part of every major influencer’s wardrobe, is now redefining the women’s athleisure space with their sister company Bo+Tee. The UK based brand debuted their latest collection at The Bonaventure Brewing Company on December 15th, 2021.

The infamous brewery located on the fourth floor of The Westin in DTLA was the perfect venue to host their first event. Immediately walking in, guests are greeted with a DJ playing hits from Drake to Megan the Stallion, and with a bar serving drinks from red wine to hot chocolate spiked with Baileys. Finger foods were served throughout the evening including chicken skewers, cheese burgers, and a stand with churros and cotton candy for those sweet lovers. 

Christmas came early this year! Attendees picked a set of their choosing from the latest collection. The articles of clothing were displayed in the back of the venue for guests to admire, while walking away with free Bo+Tee. We continued to canvas the floor deck of the venue, eventually stumbling upon a screen printing booth giving out special tote bags.

To end the night, fragrance brand Sarah Horowitz Parfums set up a station to concoct your own custom perfume. The process started with questions asking about one’s favorite citrus and favorite foods. In only fifteen minutes, the team constructed the scent of your dreams based on your answers. 

The Bo + Tee’s capsule collection consists of five different pieces. This includes different variations of contemporary colored crop tops and seamless leggings. The pieces from the latest drop range from $30-$40. The collection can be available for purchase on us.ohpolly.com

More on Bo+Tee:

Bo+Tee is the sister company of Oh Polly, selling activewear and fitness accessories globally. Bo+Tee was first launched in 2020 and since then has grown online at an impressive rate, with the official Instagram account boasting over 1 million followers. Their mission statement is to make people look and feel their best through form fitting activewear which combines innovation, style and function. Bo+Tee is one of the few UK activewear brands which designs and produces its own garments. As a result, they combine both exceptional quality (which they carefully control) with unique trends and performance driven styles.

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Masego – Favorite Tings

With “Favorite Tings,” GRAMMY®-nominated artist Masego puts a trap jazz spin on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein song, which was first heard in The Sound of Music and has since become a holiday staple. Download/stream “Favorite Tings,” which was released today by EQT Recordings/Capitol Records, HERE. View the visualizer HERE. The track has been a fan favorite ever since its original release as part of the Amazon Originals series in 2018.

Masego, who has amassed over two billion combined global streams in his career to date, recently earned his first GRAMMY nomination. Studying Abroad: Extended Stay (EQT Recordings/Capitol Records), the deluxe edition of his acclaimed EP, is nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album. The collection includes the hit “Mystery Lady Ft. Don Toliver” plus the beautifully reimagined “Mystery Lady (Sego’s Remix).” Combined global streams of “Mystery Lady” have soared past the 150 million mark.

He’ll kick off 2022 with a sold-out, four-night stand at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. Rosehardt will open at the January 6 and 7 shows. Devin Morrison, who collaborated with Masego on the recent single “Yamz,” will perform as a special guest at the January 8 and 9 shows. Masego will launch a headline tour of Europe and the U.K.. on February 11 in Warsaw. The run will wrap up at London’s O2 Brixton on March 13. Mereba will support on all dates.

“Favorite Tings” completes the trio of celebratory singles released by Masego in recent months. Released in October, “Garden Party” ft. Big Boi and JID has amassed 3.2 million combined streams and was praised by NPR as “a lush neo-soul single that unveils wonderland.”  November brought “Yamz” with Devin Morrison, which is climbing the Mediabase R&B chart and creating a buzz on Shazam. VIBE said, “‘Yamz’ demands the attention of R&B purists,” and went on to praise “the duo’s sultry singing and the song’s seductive production.” The official video, which was directed by Mac Grant (Earthgang, J.I.D, Childish Major), is in rotation on MTVU.. The Black Friday drop of “Yamz”  merchandise quickly sold out, prompting a second run of “Yamz” shorts, which will be available January 10, 2022.

About Masego

Masego is a singular talent and surprising presence who cites 1930s Harlem big bandleader Cab Calloway as a guiding spirit and was mentored by DJ Jazzy Jeff. His 2018 debut album, Lady, Lady, included the breakout hit single “Tadow.” With more than one billion combined global streams, the song is certified Platinum in the U.S., Diamond in Brazil, and Gold in Mexico.

AV Club hailed Masego as “excellence in human form.” VIBE praised him as a “self-taught saxophonist, pianist, singer, and producer here to give an old soul sound a fresh new take in today’s hip-hop climate.” XXL observed, “Masego has created and curated a new wave.”

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NEW SING 2 SINGLE RELEASED

ILLUMINATION, UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND REPUBLIC RECORDS RELEASE NEW SING 2 SINGLE “CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME)” BY KEKE PALMER FEATURING SCARLETT JOHANSSON, TARON EGERTON, REESE WITHERSPOON & TORI KELLY

SING 2 ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 17, 2021

SING 2 IN US THEATERS DECEMBER 22, 2021

Today, Illumination, Universal Pictures and Republic Records unveil the latest single from the Sing 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Keke Palmer [feat. Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon & Tori Kelly].

Energizing a holiday classic, Palmer uplifts the Mariah Carey staple with a rafter-shaking performance. Meanwhile, Johansson, Egerton, Witherspoon and Kelly shine just as brightly, carrying this powerhouse collaborative cover to the heavens. Don’t miss Keke Palmer and ToriKelly performing the tune with the Top 13 artists from NBC’s The Voice on the hit music competition series’ December 14 finale.

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” arrives on the heels of the previous Sing 2 single “Suéltate” by Sam i [feat. Anitta, Bia, & Jarina de Marco]. The video for the high-energy bilingual banger has already amassed more than 2.1 million YouTube views and the song has generated more than 1 million total streams.

The Sing 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack releases Friday December 17, 2021. The soundtrack accompanies the new chapter in Illumination’s blockbuster animated franchise, Sing 2, which opens in US theaters on December 22, 2021.

The album’s first single “Your Song Saved My Life” marks the first new music from U2 since 2019. Bono, lead singer of U2, makes his animated film debut in Sing 2 as the voice of rock legend Clay Calloway. The band are very familiar with creating original songs for film, having received two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song among their many honors over the years. 

The soundtrack features three original works – U2’s “Your Song Saved My Life,” Sam i feat. Anitta, BIA & Jarina De Marco on “Suéltate,”, and a record from Adam Buxton with Fancy Feelings feat. DSCOSTU entitled “Tippy Toes”. The soundtrack also features a special Sing 2 Mix of the record “Soy Yo” by Bomba Estéro as well as a cover of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” from Keke Palmer ft. Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon & Tori Kelly.

The soundtrack also includes additional music from the film, including contributions from superstars Halsey, Pharrell Williams, Elton John and Billie Eilish, as well as performances by cast members Tori Kelly, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Nick Kroll, Taron Egerton and more. 

Check out the full track listing below.

TRACKLISTING:

  • Your Song Saved My Life (From Sing 2) – U2
  • Let’s Go Crazy – Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon & Nick Kroll
  • Can’t Feel My Face – Kiana Ledé
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
  • Heads Will Roll – Scarlett Johansson
  • Holes – Mercury Rev
  • bad guy – Billie Eilish
  • Sing 2 Audition Medley – Sing 2 Cast
  • Where the Streets Have No Name – Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon & Nick Kroll
  • Higher Love – Kygo x Whitney Houston
  • There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Taron Egerton & Tori Kelly
  • Suéltate (From Sing 2) – Sam i feat. Anitta, BIA & Jarina De Marco
  • Stuck In a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of – Scarlett Johansson
  • Soy Yo (Sing 2 Mix) – Bomba Estéro
  • A Sky Full of Stars – Taron Egerton
  • Could Have Been Me – Halsey
  • I Say A Little Prayer – Tori Kelly & Pharrell Williams
  • Break Free – Reese Witherspoon & Nick Kroll
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Scarlett Johansson & Bono
  • Tippy Toes – Adam Buxton with Fancy Feelings feat. DSCOSTU [BONUS TRACK]
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Keke Palmer feat. Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon & Tori Kelly [BONUS TRACK]

About Sing 2

This holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise arrives with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as the ever-optimistic Buster Moon and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet …all in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by global music icon Bono, in his animated film debut—to join them.

Buster (Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey) has turned the New Moon Theater into a local hit, but Buster has his eyes on a bigger prize: Debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City.

But with no connections, Buster and his cast—including harried mother Rosita (Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon), rocker Ash (Scarlett Johansson), earnest Johnny (Taron Egerton), shy Meena (Tori Kelly) and, of course, provocateur Gunter (Nick Kroll)—have to sneak their way into the world-famous Crystal Entertainment offices, run by ruthless mogul Jimmy Crystal (Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale). 

In a desperate attempt to get Mr. Crystal’s attention, Gunter spontaneously pitches an outrageous idea that Buster quickly runs with, promising that their new show will star rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono). Problem is, Buster has never met Clay, an artist who shut himself away from the world more than a decade ago after the loss of his wife. Even worse, Buster has failed to realize that Mr. Crystal is an egocentric gangster who would rather drop somebody off the roof of a building than be lied to.

As Gunter helps Buster dream up an out-of-this-world theatrical masterpiece, and the pressure (and sinister threats) from Mr. Crystal mount, Rosita’s leading role in the show gets ripped away and handed to Mr. Crystal’s spoiled daughter, Porsha, played by Grammy-nominated artist Halsey. Desperate to save the show, and his life, Buster embarks on a quest to find Clay and persuade him to return to the stage.

What begins as a dream of big-time success becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.

Sing 2 is written and directed by acclaimed returning filmmaker Garth Jennings and features additional new characters played by music superstar Pharrell Williams, Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and comedians Eric André and Chelsea Peretti. The film is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Janet Healy. Sing 2 combines dozens of hit songs from pop to rock, K-pop to Latin, and from artists including Billie Eilish, Drake, U2, The Weeknd, Prince, Taylor Swift, BTS, Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. With electrifying performances, breathtaking artistry and Illumination’s signature humor and heart, Sing 2 is sure to be the definitive feel-good cinematic event of the year.

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Meghan Trainor Unveils Holiday Video

With Christmas coming right around the corner, Meghan Trainor has just released her heartening music video for My Kind of Present, watch it HERE. The song is a standout from the Deluxe Edition of her holiday album, A Very Trainor Christmas [Epic Records], available as a digital exclusive HERE.

Last month, Meghan teased the onset of the Deluxe Edition of A Very Trainor Christmas with her take on Christmas classic, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree. Immediately, it gained huge critical praise. The Honey Pop stated, “it helps tie in that classic feel for such an iconic holiday song and builds on the nostalgic flair Meghan has added to hits like All About That Bass, Dear Future Husband and What If I.”

In Meghan’s new holiday music video for My Kind of Present, the video stars Meghan and her infant son Riley. Directed by Charm La’Donna, Meghan reads Riley his own fairytale in Riley’s Book. It showcases a hint of a new tradition for Meghan’s little family, and the video may just be Meghan’s most sincere and heartfelt video yet.

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EHT Says Don’t Buy Children Phones

“Choose safe toys for your children, not wi-fi connected toys or smartphones,” is the message the Environmental Health Trust is sharing after recently winning a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit. The court ordered the Federal Communications Commission to explain why it ignored scientific evidence showing harm from wireless radiation. Included in the evidence that the FCC ignored are studies on the impact of wireless exposure to children.

Because children’s skulls are thinner and their brains and bodies contain more fluid, they potentially absorb more cell phone microwave radiation. The American Academy of Pediatrics has made recommendations that parents should limit cell phone use by children, keep the phone away from the head and instead of streaming wirelessly, pre-download games and videos so children can use the technology more safely in airplane mode.

Studies at the National Institutes of Health National Toxicology Program found cell phone radiation led to cancers in the hearts and brains of male rats. DNA damage was also found. In 2021, a study by the Environmental Working Group published in Environmental Health, analyzed the NIH NTP study and concluded that U.S. safety limits needed to be 200 to 400 times stronger to protect children. A Yale Medicine study found that mice prenatally exposed to cell phone radiation had increased hyperactivity and impaired memory.

“Cell phones were never pre-market tested for long-term safety,” said Devra Davis, Ph.D., president of the Environmental Health Trust, a scientific think tank that promotes a healthier environment through research, education and policy. “Safety limits for radiation were set 25 years ago, based on 35-year-old science and using a model of a large, adult male. Over a dozen countries inform parents to limit their children’s exposure because they are more vulnerable and will have a lifetime of exposure,” Davis explained. “Parents assume they’re buying devices and toys that have been deemed safe but no U.S. health agency has ever completed a systematic evaluation of the health risks of wireless radiation.”

While all cell phones have fine print warnings about keeping a distance between the phone and the body, the instructions are easy to miss. For instance, the Apple iPhone 13 should not be closer than 5 mm. The Amazon Echo has a distance of 20 cm, or about 8 inches. Laptops and many wi-fi toys advise keeping an “8-inch distance” from the body. When cellphones and wi-fi devices are held close to the body, the wireless radiation absorption can exceed U.S. safety limits that were set for adults more than two decades ago.

Because smartphones, smart toys and other smart home devices have become ubiquitous in our daily lives, we rarely think about how this technology works. But it’s not holiday magic—it’s wireless microwave radiation. All wireless devices from smartphones to wi-fi and connected dolls and stuffed animals are two-way microwave radios that send and receive a type of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation called radio frequency (RF radiation or microwaves).

Many physicians are cautioning about how this daily exposure will affect children’s health in the long term. Before buying your child a cell phone this holiday, be sure to learn the facts. EHT has resources for parents on how to reduce exposure at home.

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Tusse – This is Our Christmas Song

Tusse has just released his new song, This is Our Christmas Song.” The song is written by Tusse himself in collaboration with Kerstin Ljungström and Louise Lennartsson from Estraden via Universal Music Sweden/Republic Records. The song is dedicated to those who may feel lonely on Christmas, says Tusse himself. Tusse states, “sometimes we forget what the real importance behind Christmas is and instead focus on stressing about Christmas presents, decorations, whether Santa will come, etc. For me, Christmas has always been about showing how much you appreciate your family and loved ones by getting together, eating amazing food, and celebrating the love you share.” Tusse continues to explain that a sense of loneliness may feel amplified during the holiday season for some, and that they wanted to write a song to exemplify this feeling.

“This is Our Christmas Song” comes after the release of Tusse’s latest single, “Grow.” The single was written by Tusse in collaboration with Amanda CygnaeusPetter TarlandPär Westerlund and produced by Paro. The single “Grow” is all about finding oneself and the journey that every individual has with self-growth. The track accompanies a children’s choir from Class 5B in Kyrkskolan Täby.

Tusse is Kongo-Kinshasa born and came to Sweden at the early age of five-years-old. Since, Tusse has been making his mark in the Swedish music sphere. This year alone, Tusse broke a record when he won Melodifestivalen 2021 with his single “Voices” with over three million votes. From this victory, Tusse was able to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, coming in 14th place. Tusse made history this year becoming the only artist to win both song contest TV shows Idol and Melodifestivalen. His single “Voices” is a platinum-selling song that went all the way to #1 on Spotify and Top 10 on Swedish radio and iTunes in Sweden. “Voices” also made it into the Top 200 on the Global Spotify Chart, as well as in eight other countries during the Eurovision final.

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Christmas Markets Reopen in SouthWest Germany

​​The countdown to mulled wine has started already and everyone in SouthWest Germany is looking forward to greeting visitors safely and in the spirit of Christmas and good hygiene. Some Christmas Markets in SouthWest Germany are opening earlier and staying open longer than usual this year as a wonderful come-back after Covid closed the markets last year. So there is more time to enjoy the beautiful environments in a healthy atmosphere.

SouthWest Germany is open to vaccinated travelers and everyone is working together to provide a safe, healthy, and enjoyable experience at the Christmas markets this year. Social distancing guidelines and online tickets, as well as masks in close quarters and plenty of sanitizing stations, are part of the setup along with the traditional gifts and crafts, scents of cinnamon, delicious treats, and hot mulled wine wafting through the air.

We hope you will enjoy this happy news! 360 Magazine is very pleased as well to hear this news! Starting November 25 and running through January 6, Baden-Baden will be hosting its elegant Christmas market. Nestled in the mountains of the Black Forest, the traditional Christmas Market Baden-Baden with its numerous atmospheric attractions will whisk you away to a winter fairytale of a special kind. The scent of mulled wine and gingerbread accompanies you as you stroll past pre-Christmas decorated huts at the beginning of the famous Lichtentaler Allee park and gardens. Let yourself drift across the culinary delights of the Christkindelsmarkt – there are so many treats to discover here. Buy a bag of chestnuts from the sweet wooden locomotive and nibble away; send a wish list to the “Christkind” and put it in the heavenly letterbox; take photos with the magnificent Christmas tree and the illuminated Kurhaus; visit the nativity scene exhibition in the gallery of the Trinkhalle; and marvel at the wide range of products in the shops in the Kurhaus colonnades. There will be regulations for Covid in place that include limiting the number of people at one time and safety distance measures

Three Christmas Markets around Stuttgart Offer Traditional Treats and Tastes

Restarting this year, three Christmas markets close to Stuttgart will be welcoming visitors back. Stretching from Stuttgart’s Old Palace Square to charming Schillerplatz, one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets will once again present its wares and decorations. You can get a taste of the traditional Swabian yuletide treats by stopping by the “Springerle” stand on the Marketplace. In addition to the wooden molds used for forming them, the anise-flavored specialty biscuits are also on sale here. And another absolute must when strolling through Stuttgart’s Christmas Market is “Hutzelbrot”, a traditional fruit loaf made of sweet, dark dough. The market this year will be open from November 24 to December 30 (one week longer than usual): Monday – Thursday (10 am – 9 pm) Fridays and Saturdays (10 am to 10 pm) and Sundays (11 am to 9 pm). Free entry.

Stuttgart’s Christmas Market

Not more than 20 minutes from Stuttgart, there are elegant stalls at the Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market within a short walking distance to the Ludwigsburg baroque castle. Glove puppets and music boxes, antique and modern Christmas tree decorations are on sale and amazing Swabian specialties delight the palate. Schupfnudeln (potato noodles) and “Holzofendinnede”, a delicacy similar to Tarte flambe baked in a wood-fired oven, and the gingerbread is served fresh from the oven. Open daily from 11 am to 9 pm from November 23 to December 22 and entry is free.

Ludwigsburg’s Christmas Market

At Esslingen’s Medieval and Christmas Market, from the 28th of November to the 22nd of December, merchants in historical costumes peddle their wares just as they did hundreds of years ago. Dyers, felters, blacksmiths, and glassblowers demonstrate traditional crafts, and stilt walkers, jugglers, fire eaters, and minstrels disport themselves around the more than 200 stalls. The concert of medieval music in St. Paul’s Cathedral and the atmospheric backdrop of timbered houses and romantic alleyways are what make Esslingen’s Christmas and Medieval Market feel like a step back into the Middle Ages. Open from November 23 to December 22: Sunday to Thursday (12 pm to 8 pm) and Friday and Saturday (12 to 9 pm).

Nestled in the Black Forest Highlands: The Christmas Market at Ravenna Gorge

The shining Christmas village underneath the high railroad pavilion in the Black Forest Highlands is a very special experience. Nestled in a gorge under a soaring 90-foot high railway viaduct, the small wood huts encircle the visitors and offer regional products and crafts from cuckoo clocks to glass ornaments, all specialties of the Black Forest Highlands.&#a0;It is picturesque and romantic and the Hofgut Sternen hotel offers comfortable rooms, delicious meals, and a delightful store where visitors can ship their wares directly home. There are special offers during Advent time for one or two overnights, including breakfast and a glass of Gluhwein for the Christmas market in the afternoon. They are also taking reservations for hiking by torchlight. The market is open Friday (3 to 9 pm), Saturday (2 to 9 pm), and Sunday (1 to 8 pm) from November 26 to December 19. The entry price is 5 Euros on Friday and 5,50 on the weekend. You can book your tickets online and at the same time reserve your place on the shuttle bus for the Christmas market. Social distancing is observed and masks are required in the shuttle busses.

Royal Winter Magic will Reign at Castle Hohenzollern

The Royal Winter Magic will indulge you with enchanting illuminations and festive decorations in and outside of the castle. Rather than a Christmas market with wares, Castle Hohenzollern is creating a special atmosphere to put you in the Christmas spirit. Stroll along the castle grounds and through the interior and enjoy the Christmas world of the nobles and royals accompanied by Advent music and glamour. Court jester Klaus will create tiny and huge bubbles from the courtyard. Occasionally Santa Claus will drop by. Visitors can reserve a table in the castle restaurant. In the castle garden, you can reserve your favorite little hut to spend a good time with your friends by enjoying mulled wine, gingerbread, and other seasonal snacks. The huts can be reserved by groups of up to 6 persons. Please check the availability of the huts before you book your online tickets. Ticket are available only online and there are a limited number of tickets each day to maintain social distancing. Open from November 25 to January 9 from Sunday to Thursday (3 pm to 8 pm) and Friday and Saturday (3 pm to 9 pm).

Heidelberg Christmas markets re-open with flair and fun!

The Heidelberg Christmas Markets will take place again on all the well-known and popular squares in the Old Town and with all of its well-liked attractions. These include the Gro Fass (Big Barrel) on the Marktplatz (Market Square), the Pyramid or the Springpferdchenkarussel (Horse Carousel) on the University tsplatz (University Square), the “Winter lichen” (Winter Forest) on the Kornmarkt (Grain Square) and, of course, one of the most beautiful ice rinks in Germany, the ice rink on the Karlsplatz (Carl’s Square). The Christmas Market starts on November 18 and ends on December 22, 2021, the Winter Forest will stay open until January 1, 2022, and the ice rink even up until January 9, 2022.

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The Future of Travel

By: Rebecca Rosbourgh

Travelers are dusting off their passports, getting ready to hop on flights and itching to explore new destinations, but the world is a much different place now than the one we remember from 2019. With the holidays around the corner, travel planning is in full swing. The behaviors we saw and knew from consumers before the pandemic can no longer drive the way we think about consumers. Everything has changed and while the future of travel looks promising in the post-pandemic world, the mindset for marketers has to shift. 

Here are the top 5 insights we found from our research about the future of travel: 

  • Travel research has changed drastically among globetrotters 
  • Safety and distance now top the list of travel concerns 
  • Consumers want to travel domestically and want luxury experiences 
  • Road trips made a comeback and are sticking around
  • Travel marketers should use these changes to find the right audience 

Research and then research some more 

When planning a trip where do you usually start? Maybe you begin by searching for the most interesting destination with a beach or the best prices for a hotel. That’s the way we used to go about planning for a trip and that’s also how advertisers found us. But these considerations have changed drastically as a result of the pandemic and a deeper dive into these new behaviors is needed.

So, what are people searching for now when they decide to plan a trip? They are looking at a completely different set of parameters, the first big one is distance. How far from home are they willing to venture? According to the data in MiQ’s latest report, The Unlocked World? travelers are choosing to stay domestic. We found that 70% of travelers from the US, China and Australia are opting to not leave their home countries. That’s a lot of people that are looking to travel short distances but still explore a new-to-them locale. 

Trip planners are also researching categories that are very pandemic-focused. We see people looking for vaccination rates in the areas they will be visiting, searching for safe accommodations, and requesting flexibility for bookings. The possibility of a refundable booking if the trip needs to be cancelled is a top priority now. Offering piece of mind to a worried traveler can be a great way to attract them to your brand. 

New travel trends 

A big pandemic travel trend that seems to be sticking around is the road trip, especially for travelers in the US and Canada. Over the past six months, we saw a correlation between the vaccination rates and interstate travel. If people are to continue their vacationing domestically and by car then marketers should plan to put their focus on reaching these road-trippers. 

Travel interest is growing, and growing very fast. We found that 42% of people around the world plan to travel in the next six months and that rises to 60% in the next 12 months. Asian and European travelers are looking to spend more and make those vacations luxurious. More people have confidence that the pandemic risk is less and they are looking to opt for premium travel experiences. Marketers can expect spending to be higher to create memorable experiences. 

With a resurgence in interest around travel, we found that over a third of audiences are still waiting to see how things are playing out with the pandemic even though they have started to plan vacations. They haven’t booked anything yet but are likely to continue their research, looking for a great deal. Marketers need to be aware of this longer term of decision making. 

Know where your audience is— and where they want to go

Planning a trip is not something that happens with one internet search. You’ll have many chances to reach your audience when they are planning a trip, but you have to know where they are located.  Understanding where they are starting from is the key to a great travel campaign. If your customers are in a big city and are looking for deals for a mountain getaway, you need to know that. Understanding preferences and identifying the audience can benefit your campaigns. 

As the end of 2021 approaches and holiday travel ramps up, marketers can benefit from understanding these trends to reach the right consumers. Programmatic omnichannel advertising can help advertisers to offer personalization and insights to help boost the chances of conversion for their travel campaigns. Working with a partner can help you to identify your audience in this new world of travel planning. 

Meghan Trainor image by Luke Burland from BB Gun Press use by 360 Magazine

Meghan Trainor – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

Gearing up for the holidays early, Meghan Trainor unwraps a very special cover of the classic “Rockin Around The Christmas Tree” today. Emanating no shortage of Christmas spirit, Meghan electrifies the song with powerhouse vocals and infectious energy. As always, she lights up this holiday staple with her own style, swagger, and soul. Listen HERE.

The cover will be included on the Deluxe Edition of her holiday album, A Very Trainor Christmas [Epic Records], available as a digital exclusive on October 29, 2021. It stands out as one of three new additions, as she also puts her own spin on the Darlene Love classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and serves up a cheeky and catchy original entitled “Christmas Coupon.” Pre-order/pre-save HERE.

Check out the full tracklisting below.

Last year, Meghan unveiled the original A Very Trainor Christmas to fan and critical adoration. In addition to debuting in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top Holiday Albums Chart, Associated Press raved, “The winner of the best Christmas album of 2020 is clearly Meghan Trainor.” Meanwhile, it reeled in over 100 million streams and views worldwide as her cover of “White Christmas” [feat. Seth MacFarlane] shot to #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Radio Airplay Chart. 360 Magazine is excited to get into the spirit of Christmas with this new album. 

Now that the definitive version of A Very Trainor Christmas is on its way your 2021 holidays officially have a soundtrack!

A Very Trainor Christmas (Deluxe Edition)

  1. Christmas Coupon*
  2. Rockin Around The Christmas Tree*
  3. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  4. My Kind of Present
  5. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
  6. I Believe In Santa
  7. Last Christmas
  8. Holidays ft. Earth, Wind & Fire
  9. Christmas Party
  10. Winter Wonderland
  11. White Christmas ft. Seth MacFarlane
  12. Holly Jolly Christmas
  13. Christmas Got Me Blue
  14. Sleigh Ride
  15. My Only Wish
  16. The Christmas Song
  17. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer ft. Jayden, Jenna and Marcus Toney
  18. Naughty List
  19. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas ft. Gary Trainor
  20. I’ll Be Home
  21. Silent Night