Europe Traveler's event picks for Dec. 20 and beyond

The Burning the Clocks parade and bonfire Dec. 21 in Brighton, England, celebrates the Winter Solstice and the end of the year.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: December 17, 2019

Christkind Parade

Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Date: Dec. 22 (5 p.m.)
Innsbruck’s Christkind rides down the Maria-Theresien-Street in a splendid carriage, along with marching bands, shepherds, angels, sheep and other characters. Once the procession reaches the Tirol Provincial Theater, hundreds of children sing “Silent Night.”
Admission: Free


Christmas Around the World

Location: Chateau de Modave, rue de Park 4, 4577 Modave, Belgium
Dates: Through Jan. 5 (11 a.m.-6 p.m, daily)
The interior of the striking Modave Castle is sumptuously furnished with carved paneling, tapestries, paintings and exceptional furniture. Each year at Christmas time, the elegant dwelling hosts a themed exhibition. This year’s theme, “The Carnival of Rio,” features costumes from famous carnival.
Admission: 9 euros adults, 4 euros for students, and 2 euros for ages 6-12.


Wintersonnwendfeuer / Winter Solstice Celebrations

Location: Schloss Freudenberg, Freudenbergstraße 226, 65201 Wiesbaden, Germany
Date: Dec. 20 (from 2 p.m.)
The longest night and shortest day of the year is celebrated with a large campfire and music. Visitors themselves help in the gathering of firewood and the creation of the sculpture which will go up in flames.
Admission: Visitors can elect to pay admission costs according to a sliding scale: Adult entry costs 14-16 euros, ages 7-17 pay 9 euros, and ages 3-6 pay 5-7 euros. 


Burning the Clocks

Location: Brighton, England
Date: Dec. 21
This unique community event marking the shortest day of the year sees local construct lanterns of paper and willow branches, and after parading through the city, tossing them into a blazing bonfire on the beach, symbolizing the end of a year.
Admission: As the event is funded by crowdfunding activities, donations and support to the businesses sponsoring the event is welcome.


Holy Sh*t Shopping

Location: Phoenixhalle im Römerkastell, Stuttgart, Germany
Dates: Dec. 21-22 (noon- 8 p.m.both days)
Young and up-and-coming designers display and sell their edgy crafts to the sound of laid-back soundtrack. Find products such as home decor, accessories, paintings and illustrations, handmade stuffed toys, woolens, ceramics, teas, chutneys and much more. Street food sold on site ups the fun factor.
Admission: Adult entry costs 5 euros, those under 14 enter free.


Triberger Weihnachtszauber / Christmas Magic

Location: Triberg, Germany
Dates: Dec. 25-30
Germany’s highest waterfall is transformed into a luminous cascade by a million twinkling lights, while a program including a fire show gives additional reason to venture to this charming corner of the Black Forest. Artists on stage range from a gospel choir to a Zydeco band. Fireworks light up the sky Dec. 27-30.
Admission: Adults 16 euros; ages 9-16 pay 12 euros, and entry is free for those ages 8 and under. Family tickets go for 40 euros.


Circumnavigando Festival

Location: Genoa, Italy
Dates: Dec. 26-Jan. 6
Contemporary circus companies show off their skills in a spacious tent set up in the Porto Antico and the streets and squares of this lively port city. Seventeen international companies perform in the 32 shows making up this year’s program.
Admission: Prices vary depending on show.


Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival

Location: Rieteweg 4, 8011 AB Zwolle, Netherlands
Dates: Through March 1
Many of the world’s best ice sculptors have been hard at work creating a spectacular world of ice and snow. Sculptures, some of which tower over 20 feet, interpret this year’s theme of “A Journey Through Time.” As the temperature in this indoor space is kept to a chilly 14 degrees F, visitors should dress accordingly.
Admission: Entry takes place according to specific time slots. Tickets cost 14.50 euros adults and 10 euros for children when tickets are purchased on line.

The Christkind Parade takes place Dec. 22 in Innsbruck, Austria.