Europe Traveler's event picks for Nov. 30-Dec. 2
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: November 28, 2018
Les Nocturnes du Sablon
Location: Sablon district, Brussels, Belgium
Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 2
This city district with many antique shops and specialty stores always goes all out with its holiday decor. Businesses stay open late, musicians play on the street corners and pop-up bars serve tasty beverages. This year’s competition, “Art on Trees,” sees local proprietors compete to decorate the most beautiful Christmas tree. Visitors can walk down a concourse through all the entries before casting their votes.
Location: Flanders Expo Hal 2, Maaltekouter, 9051 Gent, Belgium
Date: Dec. 2 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Pick up military memorabilia from flags to badges to maps to old uniforms from the some 200 international vendors on site.
Admission: adults 6 euros; ages under 12 enter free
International Dog Show
Location: Exhibition Centre Letnany, Prague, Czech Republic
Date: Dec. 2 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Watch dog breeds from Affenpinschers to Zwergschnauzers compete in their various categories. Vendors offering accessories and other products for dogs are on hand as well.
Admission: adult entry costs 100 Czech koruna, students pay 50 CZK, and those up the age of six enter for free.
BBC Good Food Show
Location: NEC, Birmingham, England
Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 2
Seek inspiration as to what to put on the holiday table at this gourmet's paradise featuring top name chefs and bakers offering live demos in the Big Kitchen and vendors with gadgets and new tastes to try and buy, from trusted brands to independent, artisan producers. The Travelsphere offers a culinary journey to India and Spain.
Admission: Tickets start at 21.50 pounds adults; the price does not include a seat in the Big Kitchen.
Salon des Vins des Vignerons Independants
Location: Pavillon 7.3, Port de Versailles, Paris, France
Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 2 (10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 29; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 30; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 1; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 2)
Try and buy the wines made exclusively from France’s independent wine makers from around the country. Spirits, regional products and wine related objects are on offer as well.
Admission: adults pay 6 euros
Food & Life
Location: Messe, Munich, Germany
Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 2 (9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Munich’s fairgrounds are the meeting point for gourmets and producers. The German and international products on display include wines, beer and spirits; deli and health foods; hot beverages; cheese and dairy products; meats and sausages; grains and baked goods; spices; oils; honey and confectionary. Shows and seminars round out the agenda. The Whisky Lounge and Market is up and running on weekends only.
Admission: 13 euros adults; 7 euros for school-aged children and students
St. Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade
Location: Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland
Date: Nov. 30 (from 6:15 p.m.)
Join the Glaswegians as they celebrate the day of their country’s patron saint with a parade featuring pipers and Samba bands. More pipe bands and a fire show liven up the end point.
Admission: Entry to the gardens with torch included costs 10 pounds adults and 5 pounds students; proceeds benefit charity.
Montreux Comedy Festival
Location: Av. Claude Nobs 5, 1800 Montreux, Switzerland
Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 3
A good laugh is sure to be provided by an international lineup of more than 50 stand-up comedians and entertainers. The Trending Comics Gala show in English takes place Dec. 2; the other shows are presented in French.
Admission: Entry to the gala costs 25 Swiss Francs; shows are not recommended for those under 14.