What To Do, See & Buy: Huddersfield Festival of Light; Belle & Vidére; British Museum Shop; Winchester Cathedral Christmas market
Who knew Huddersfield was the place to be? The Festival of Light returns with open-air night clubs, gymnasts and craft markets. And for added drama, trapeze artists will perform high-wire walks 25m above crowds at the train station. 7-9 December, kirklees.gov.uk/festival
What's the use?
Is there something wrong with this picture? Artist Jeremy Hutchison invited factory workers to insert an error into their production line, robbing everyday items of their basic function. The amusing results – from hole-less cheese graters to lop-sided ladders and many more – go on sale in the Erratum boutique of the useless this week at the Paradise Row Gallery, London W1. 5-21 December, paradiserow.com
Belle & Vidére, purveyors of bespoke illuminations, pride themselves on transforming "the most unexpected items" into lampshades. With their 'T-lights' collection they have truly surpassed themselves. Send them your favourite retro T-shirt and they will turn it into a lamp. Perfect for the homeowner who likes to illuminate and amuse in equal measure. £250, belleandvidere.co.uk
Not your usual Christmas ornament, but one that may break the monotony of tinsel and fairy lights. Available from the British Museum Shop, each unique beaded skull is handmade in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains, by Huichol Indian craftsmen who are upholding traditions dating back centuries. £220, britishmuseumshoponline.org
Nestled under the centuries-old façade of Winchester Cathedral, you'll be hard-pressed to find a prettier Christmas market this side of the Rhineland. An ice rink and 100 exhibitors complete the picture. Until 23 December, winchester-cathedral.org.uk
Amsterdam fashion house Viktor & Rolf scored a direct hit with their first fragrance for women, Flowerbomb. Now they have matched it with a masculine companion – the slightly tongue-in-cheek Spicebomb. Never has eau de toilette looked more like a weapon of war – real men know there's no shame in smelling good. £45, viktor-rolf-parfums.com
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