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What’s hot and happening in the month of November? Going Places has the deets.

Magical Festivities

Get into the Christmas spirit at Cameron Highlands Resort, as it celebrates its annual Christmas Tree Lighting event with a pop-up market and various Christmas-themed activities, from carolling to gingerbread decorating. Get a head start on your festive shopping at the open-air Christmas market, where festive desserts, warm mulled wine and freshly roasted chestnuts serve to sweeten the shopping experience. The much-anticipated Christmas dinner will culminate in a grand tree lighting ceremony, with fairy lights illuminating the majestic pine trees amid the cool highland air.

  • When: 16 – 18 November
  • Where: Cameron Highlands Resort, Pahang, Malaysia

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Freedom Of Expression 

Honoured with The International Excellence Awards for Literary Festival in 2018, the George Town Literary Festival returns to Penang for its eighth edition with the theme “The State of Freedom”. The event commemorates 2018 as a year that marks multiple milestones in contemporary history, from the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to Malaysia peacefully and democratically exercising its right as a nation in the 14th General Elections. Featuring over 80 writers, poets, thinkers and performers from more than 20 countries, expect panel discussions, book readings and a variety of activities within the UNESCO George Town World Heritage Site. New to the festival this year is the first ever Malaysia National Poetry Slam, a spoken word poetry competition which focuses on poems written and performed in English and Bahasa Malaysia, the country’s national language. Entry to the festival is free for members of the public.

  • When: 22-25 November
  • Where: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
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Iconic Parade

A tradition spanning 800 years, the Lord Mayor’s Show is a grand spectacle not to be missed. Each year, the newly elected Lord Mayor of London makes his or her way across the city to the Royal Courts of Justice in Westminster, to pledge allegiance to the Crown.

The accompanying procession is a lively mix of London’s past, present and future, with pikemen dressed in traditional livery, glittering carriages and coaches, vintage vehicles, army tanks, helicopters and fire engines, as well as colourful floats and thousands of performers from all walks of life. Stay to see celebratory fireworks light up the sky over the River Thames.

  • When: 10 November
  • Where: London, United Kingdom

Gleaming Spectacle

One of the city’s most anticipated events, the Seoul Lantern Festival 2018 is back for its ninth instalment to delight locals and tourists alike. Taking place along a 1.2-kilometre stretch along the Cheonggyecheon Stream, there will be a variety of activities such as releasing wish lanterns into the night sky, life-sized lantern displays by international artists, traditional lantern crafting and more. Food stalls, games and fun cultural performances are also in the line-up.

  • When: 2 – 19 November
  • Where: Along Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul, South Korea

Musical Masterpiece

One of the most popular opera shows in the world comes to Malaysian shores, as the Kuala Lumpur City Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Set in Nagasaki, Japan in the year 1904, American naval officer B.F. Pinkerton marries a Japanese girl, Cio Cio San, out of convenience – only to leave her to return to America. Three years later, Pinkerton is set to return to Japan and Cio Cio San is overjoyed. Unbeknownst to her, he is returning with his American wife. The performance is broken down into three acts and is sung in Italian, with English and Chinese subtitles.

  • When: 22 – 25 November
  • Where: Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Malaysia