Europe Traveler's event picks for Dec. 7-9

The streets of Turin, Italy, are lit up in fanciful ways for its Luci d'Artista displays through Jan. 13.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: December 4, 2018

December Dance 18

Location: Concertgebouw, Bruges, Belgium
Dates: Dec. 6-16
In sync with the show’s theme for 2018, “Dancing Down Under,” this edition of the festival focuses on the contemporary dance landscape of Australia and New Zealand. New creations by internationally renowned choreographers and projects told from unique perspectives feature heavily on the agenda.
Admission: Tickets to individual performances go for around 20 euros and up.
Online: www.concertgebouw.be/en/december-dance-18


The Great Christmas Pudding Race

Location: Covent Garden, London, England
Date: Dec. 8 (from 11 a.m.)
This charity fun run sees teams clad in fantastic fancy dress race to complete a course over and through various obstacles including a giant inflatable slide and a foam-covered slalom track, balancing a Christmas pudding on a tray all the while. All this good-natured fun is for a noble cause, as the event supports Cancer Research UK.
Admission: Free
Online: xmaspuddingrace.org.uk


Pferd & Jagd

Location: Hannover Exhibition Grounds (Messegelaende), 30521 Hannover, Germany
Dates: Dec. 6-9 (10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily)
Event organizers bill it as Europe’s biggest expo for equestrian sports, hunting and angling. Find hundreds of stands with the latest gear for outdoor enthusiasts, along with shows, forums, demos and other activities. Off-road vehicles and accessories for hunting dogs also make up art of the show.
Admission: Adult entry costs 13.50 euros; ages 6-17 pay 10.50 euros; ages 5 and under enter free.
Online: www.pferd-und-jagd-messe.de


The Christmas Garden

Location: Wilhelma, Stuttgart, Germany
Dates: Through Jan. 6 (5 p.m.-10 p.m. daily)
Following on the heels of the success of illuminated gardens in places such as Kew Gardens in London and the Christmas Garden in Berlin, for the first time ever, Stuttgart’s gorgeous and historical Wilhelma, site of the Zoological-Botanical Garden, will host its own version of illuminated natural landmarks such as trees and the facades of historical buildings. Along a trail stretching over a mile, the route passes by 25 individual light installations, including those gracing the Damascene Hall, Moorish Villa and a few of the compounds in which the animals reside.
Admission: adults pay 17 euros on weekdays and 19 euros on weekends; youth pay 14.50/16.50 euros and ages five and under enter free.
Online: christmas-garden.de/en/stuttgart


Luci d'Artista

Location: Turin, Italy
Dates: Daily through Jan. 13
The Piedmont region’s elegant capital lights up the cold and dark season by putting on its most glittery dress. The stately streets, spacious squares and arguably the city’s most famous landmark, the Mole Antonelliana, all take part in the dress-up. Fourteen of the illuminations bedeck the city center, while an additional 11 of them shed light on the suburbs. To get the most out of the show, opt for a one-hour tour aboard one of the city sightseeing buses.
Admission: Strolling through the streets is free of charge.
Online: www.lucidartistatorino.com


San Gimignano Lumiere

Location: San Gimignano, Italy
Date: Dec. 8 (from 6 p.m.)
One of Tuscany’s finest medieval hill towns comes alive for a single evening filled with shows, concerts and open-air installations. With colors as the theme to this year’s edition, expect a night of spectacle more vivid than ever before.
Admission: Free
Online: www.valdelsa.net/notizia/torna-a-san-gimignano-lumiere-musica-spettacoli-luci-e-installazioni-a-cielo-aperto


International Bazar

Location: H2 and H3, Luxexpo The Box, Luxembourg
Dates: Dec. 8-9 (11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.)
Shop ‘til you drop and for a good cause at that by checking what’s on offer at this charitable event that’s been going strong for over five decades now. Multiculturalism is the key theme to this undertaking in which volunteers from more than 60 different lands man booths selling products typical to their homelands. The culinary offerings here are sure to delight any foodie's heart.
Admission: Entry is free, but parking costs 5 euros per day.
Online: http://bazar-international.lu


Masters of Lxry

Location: RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Europacomplex, Elicium Center, Entrance D, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dates: Dec. 6-10
Those aspiring to possession of life’s finer things can dream big at this expo promoting autos, vacations, art, fashion, watches and other high-end goods and services. To mesh seamlessly with the other visitors, be sure to observe each day’s individual dress code.
Tickets: online adult tickets go for 42 euros
Online: https://lxry.nl/masters-of-lxry


Fete de la Escalade

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Dates: Dec. 7-9
On the night of Dec. 11-12, 1602, Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, sent in his troops to launch a stealth attack on the city. This festival celebrates their defeat, which came largely at the hands of the city’s residents themselves. Always a highlight of the commemorations is a historical procession featuring some 800 costumed participants on foot and on horseback; this takes place from 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Demonstrations of medieval skills, music and plenty of food and drink stands complete the scene.
Admission: Free
Online: www.1602.ch


Songbird Festival

Location: Davos, Switzerland
Dates: Dec. 7-22
This singer and songwriter festival offers up-and-coming Swiss performers who write and perform their own original music the ideal opportunity to spotlight their considerable talents. Top names are also part of the line-up here. Local press lauds the event for its unique atmosphere and authenticity. From 8:30 p.m. each evening, either two or three acts take to the stage.
Admission: a festival pass goes for 295 Swiss Francs, other events are priced individually.
Online: www.songbirdfestival.ch