Europe Traveler's event picks for Dec. 6-8
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: December 2, 2019
Location: Flanders Expo, Hall 2, Maaltekouter 1, 9051 Gent, Belgium
Date: Dec. 8 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Vendors from Europe and beyond set up more than 200 stalls in a vast heated market hall. Goods on sale include but are not limited to awards and medals, uniforms, headgear, footwear, personal kits, postcards and photographs and signs.
Admission: Entry costs 6 euros adults and is free for those under the age of 12. Parking costs an additional 5 euros.
Location: Prague Exhibition Grounds, 170 00 Praha 7-Bubeneč, Czech Republic
Date: Dec. 7 (4 p.m.-9 p.m.)
Fearsome, fur-clad beasts in their terrifying masks more typically associated with Alpine habitats will be wielding their pitchforks and rattling their chains in the Czech capital this year, giving a good scare to all. Their procession and drum show takes place in front of the Industrial Palace.
Admission: adults 150 Czech Koruna (about $6.50), ages 4-15 pay 100 CZK, those 3 and under enter free. Entry is limited to 5,000 people.
Location: Den Gra Hal, Refshalevej 2, 1436 Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates: Dec. 7-20 (noon-8 p.m.)
In a nation known for feelings of domestic comfort known as hygge, a market with an mystical vibe and non-traditional gifts for sale can make for a nice change. The market takes place in the freetown of Christiania, founded half a century ago as an anarchist commune.
Location: Lyon, France
Dates: Dec. 5-8
The buildings, streets, squares and parks of the city are lit up by more than 40 dazzling light installations, creating a magical atmosphere. On Dec. 8, in accordance with a historical tradition dating back over 150 years, residents place lit candles inside colored glass holders outside their homes.
Location: Between Kueser Hafen and Alter Moselbahnhof, Bernkastel-Kues, Germany
Dates: Dec. 7 (from 6 p.m.)
More than 100 swimmers holding lit torches high aloft swim down the Mosel River, followed by St. Nicholas in his boat. Crowds gather along the riverbanks or upon the bridge to take in the sight. The city's beautiful Christmas market is fun to visit before or after the spectacle.
Location: Luxexpo The Box, 10 Circuit de La Foire Internationale, 1347 Luxembourg
Dates: Dec. 5-8 (6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Dec. 5; 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dec. 6; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8)
More than 80 galleries from Luxembourg, Europe and beyond are on hand to offer more than 3000 works, including sculptures, paintings, photographs and other forms of art. A restaurant, wine bar, lounge and creative space for children can also be found on site.
Admission: 10 euros adults, free for those under 18.
Location: Leon, Spain
Dates: Dec. 4-8
Child of the '60s, or wish you were? This festival celebrates the music and culture of the era with concerts, all-night parties, vintage markets, a scooter run and more activities.
Admission: 80 euros for an event pass; it’s also possible to pay an entry fee to attend separate events.
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Dates: Dec. 6-8
This festival commemorates an attack on the city ramparts carried out by the troops of Charles Emmanuel I, the Duke of Savoy, back in 1602. The defeat of the invaders is feted to date with torchlit processions, historical reenactments, folk music, and dancing. Another sweet tradition is the breaking of marzipan-filled chocolate cauldrons and the sharing of the sweets within.