December 31 | Accord Metropolitan Hotel
Mask up. And step into those dancing shoes. It’s going to be one hell of a night to bring in the New Year with everything from photo booths to an LED dancefloor. DJ Brian, DJ Suhail, DJ Eash have a marathon playlist lined up, so don’t forget to bring your party moves. Cost for single ladies is Rs 2000 and for couples Rs 5499. Details: 8939737525/ 9600087869
Red, white and blue
January 1 | Collage
Organic fashion is in. And New Delhi-based label Urvashi Kaur brings sustainable design with an artisanal focus to the fore with its Tattva collection that will showcased in the city this weekend. Most recently, the designer has dressed the likes of A-listers Parineeti Chopra and Sonam Kapoor. December 30 onwards. Details: 044 28291443.
January 2 | SDAT Tennis Stadium
With top seeds like Marin Cilic and Roberto Bautista Agut in town, the 22nd edition of the Chennai Open is going to knock your socks off. Book your tickets online or at the SDAT Tennis Stadium at Lake Area, Nungambakkam. January 2 to 8, 2017. Details: get2thegames.com.
January 4 | Amethyst
Cotton silks meet inspiration from Southern Ethopia. This festive season, The Amethyst Room at Chamiers brings to you the latest collections of Soham Dave’s Line /Line, Urbania’s Primal Earth A/W 2016 and Manifest Destiny’s exquisite Sprout jewellery.
Rs 3,000 onwards. Details: 43042099.
December 30 | The Cinema
Michael Fassbender is back on the silver screen in Assassin’s Creed. The movie is based on the video game series of the same name and takes place in the era of the ‘Spanish Inquisition’, as well as the modern day. It follows Callum Lynch (Fassbender) who is a descendant of Aguilar de Nerha, an ancient assassin. Directed by Justin Kurzel. Details: 6473805.
Light and love
December 31 | Munnar
Send flying lanterns with New Year wishes out into Munnar’s chilly skies. Camp out at Mankulam, located 32 km from Adimali, while enjoying a campfire and live music. If you’re lucky you can witness a parade of elephants who frequent the nearby ‘anakulam’. Accommodation is provided in large tents that can accommodate six campers. Buffet dinner atop the hills includes naadan tastes like kappa and chammanthi. Rs 5,500 for two. Details: 08033085838.
January 3 | Ayanavaram
Get a headstart with your New Year resolutions at this five-day workshop to enhance your self-esteem, concentration and relationships. The course ‘Kraft Ur Mind’ will cover everything from music therapy and affirmations to crafts and creative worksheets, by Kolkata-based Mugdha Chindalia, a certified graphologist and bach flower practitioner. Course fee: Rs 3,500. On till January 6, 2017. For 18 years and above. Details: 9903529933 or 9551682216.
Films in focus
January 5 | Multiple venues
Movie buffs can look forward to the 14th Chennai International Film Festival that kicks off this week. With 150 films sourced from across 50 countries – watch out for Fire at Sea that won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, among others. Registration: Rs 800 and Rs 500 for students. January 5-12, 2017.
December 31 | Hablis
Review the year that was with a fun rewind of all your favourite covers, courtesy Pearls for Swine at The Moon & Sixpence. There’s going to be some rock ‘n’ roll, blues and more at the party, as you ring in the New Year with tunes old and new. 8 pm onwards. Rs 1,000-Rs 1,500.