Festivals and Events, December 2019
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: November 29, 2019
ST. ANTON: Ski season opening celebrations, includes night skiing competition and performances by Sarah Connor and Nico Santos, through Dec 1.
VIENNA: This Human World, international human rights film festival, through Dec. 10.
SALZBURG: Advent Singing, Grosse Festspielehaus, through Dec. 15.
SALZBURG: Winterfest, international circus acts in the Volksgarten, through Jan. 6.
SALZBURG AND SUBURBS: Krampus Runs, frightening beasts in costumes run through town, Dec. 3, 5, 8 and 21.
INNSBRUCK: East Tyrolian Krampus Run, Dec. 4.
SCHLADMING: Ski-Opening, Lost Frequencies, W&W, Mike Williams and others perform, Dec. 6.
PITZTAL: Ski season opening party, Wincent Weiss performs, Dec. 7.
SOELL: SkiWelt Winter Opening, Wilder Kaiser Brixental, Dec. 7-15.
SILVRETTA-MONTAFON: World Cup Montafon, ski cross and snowboard cross World Cup competitions, Dec. 11-14.
SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM: Rave on Snow, club festival with electronic music, Dec. 12-15.
FLACHAU: Ski season opening party, equipment testing and live acts, Dec. 13-15.
HOCHFILZEN: IBU Biathlon World Cup, Dec. 13-15.
MAYRHOFEN-HIPPACH: Rise & Fall, team ski competition involves skiing, paragliding and mountain biking, Dec. 14.
GERLOS: Zillertal Arena Ski and Snowboard Season opening, live acts perform, Dec. 15-16.
VIENNA: Christmas in Vienna, gala concert, Wiener Konzerthaus, Dec. 21.
INNSBRUCK: Christkind Parade, Dec. 22.
LIENZ: Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup, Dec. 28-29.
VIENNA: New Year’s Trail, Dec. 31.
LIEGE: Village de Noel, Belgium’s largest Christmas village, through Dec. 30.
BRUGES: Illuminated Trail, through Jan. 5.
BRUSSELS: Winter Wonders, Christmas market and skating rink, through Jan. 5.
BRUSSELS: Midi Station Kizomba Festival, dance fest, Tour & Taxis, Dec. 5.
GENT: Museum Night, Dec. 5.
BRUGES: December Dance, international dance festival, Concertgebouw, Dec. 5-15.
NAMUR: Salon du Vin, wine and gastronomy fair, Namur Expo, Dec. 6-8.
GENT: Gent Militaria, military memorabilia fair, Flanders Expo, Dec. 8.
ROTTERDAM: Bridges Run Rotterdam, 15 km route through city, Dec. 8.
LIEGE: European Circus Festival, Dec. 12-Jan. 5.
BASTOGNE: Battle of the Bulge, perimeter walk and commemorations, Dec. 13-15.
ESSEN: Christmas Beer Festival, Dec. 14.
BRUSSELS: Brussels Dog Show, Expo, Dec. 14-15.
MODAVE: Christmas Around the World, festively decorated rooms at the Chateau de Modave, this year's theme is “The Carnival of Rio,” Dec. 14-Jan. 5.
MECHELEN: Christmas Jumping, horse jumping event, Expo, Dec. 26-30.
CRIKVENICA: Adria Advent Marathon, Dec. 1.
ZAGREB: International Human Rights Film Festival, Kino Europa, Dec. 1-8.
OPATIJA: Chocolate Festival, Dec. 6-8.
DAKOVO: Christmas Ball Lipizzaner, Dec. 14.
PRAGUE: Prague Dog Expo, Exhibition Centre Letnany, through Dec. 1.
SLAVKOV: Battle of Austerlitz re-enactments,through Dec. 1.
PRAGUE: International Christmas Festival, benefits charity, Hilton Hotel, Dec. 1.
PRAGUE: Eve of Saint Nicholas Day, or Mikulas, celebrated on Old Town Square and countrywide, Dec. 5.
PRAGUE: Asian Film Festival, Ponrepo and Lucerna, Dec. 5-8.
PRAGUE: Prague Christmas Swing Dance Festival, Dec. 6-8.
PRAGUE: Krampus Parade, Prague Exhibition Grounds, Dec. 7.
PRAGUE: Magnetic Festival, electronic dance music festival, PVA Expo, Dec. 13.
PRAGUE: Christmas Night Run, Dec. 14.
PRAGUE: National Geographic Symphony for our World, orchestra and images, Dec. 14.
PRAGUE: Czech Touches of Music, international classical music festival, various dates between Dec. 16 and Jan 6.
PRAGUE: New Year’s Eve concert by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Smetana Hall, Municipal House, Dec. 31.
ELSINORE: Kronborg Castle Christmas fair, through Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8.
ODENSE: Hans Christian Andersen Christmas market,through Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8.
AARHUS: Christmas in the Old Town Museum, various dates through Dec. 31.
COPENHAGEN: Royal Copenhagen Christmas tables on display, various dates through Dec. 31.
COPENHAGEN: Christmas in Tivoli Gardens, through Jan. 5.
COPENHAGEN: Christiania Julemarked, Oriental bazaar style Christmas market, Den Gra Hal, Christiania, Dec. 7-20.
COPENHAGEN: Lucia Kayaking, Santa Lucia parade in the canals, Dec. 13.
BIRMINGHAM: Antiques for Everyone, NEC, through Dec. 1.
BIRMINGHAM: BBC Good Food Show, NEC, through Dec. 1.
PORTSMOUTH: Victorian Christmas Festival, through Dec. 1.
LONDON: London International Animation Festival, Barbican and The Horse Hospital, through Dec. 8.
BATH: Christmas market, through Dec. 15.
MANCHESTER: Christmas markets, Albert Square and other sites, through Dec. 22.
WINCHESTER: Winchester Cathedral Christmas market, through Dec. 22.
BIRMINGHAM: Frankfurt Christmas Market, through Dec. 23.
LONDON: Christmas at Kew, trail of lights through Kew Gardens, through Jan. 5.
LONDON: Christmas in Leicester Square, through Jan. 5.
LONDON: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 5.
LONDON: Winter at Southbank Centre, through Jan. 5.
LONDON: Hogwarts in the Snow, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, through Jan. 26.
LONDON: IACF Antiques & Collectors Fair, Alexandra Palace, Dec. 1.
NEWARK: IACF Antiques & Collectors Fair, Showgrounds, Dec. 5-6.
LONDON: The Great Christmas Pudding Race, costumed runners race in Covent Garden, Dec. 7.
LONDON: The London International Horse Show, Olympia, Dec. 16-22.
BRIGHTON: Burning the Clocks, lantern procession and fireworks, Dec. 21.
SALISBURY: Winter Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge, Dec. 22.
EXMOUTH: Christmas Day Swim, starts 11 a.m., Dec. 25.
LONDON: The Peter Pan Cup, race open to Serpentine Swimming Club Members only, Hyde Park, Dec. 25.
LONDON: New Year’s Eve fireworks, Thames riverbanks, Dec. 31.
HELSINKI: Christmas market, through Dec. 22.
TAMPERE: We Jazz, jazz festival, Dec. 1-8.
HELSINKI: Dog Show, Exhibition and Convention Center, Dec. 7-8.
HELSINKI: St. Lucia Day, Lutheran Cathedral, Dec. 13.
MULHOUSE: art3f, international salon of contemporary art, through Dec. 1.
PARIS: Salon des Vins des Vignerons Independants, Port de Versailles, through Dec. 1.
METZ: International Tattoo Convention, Expo, through Dec. 1.
PARIS: Africolor Music Festival, through Dec. 24.
PARIS: Salon du Cheval, equestrian show, Paris Nord Villepinte, Dec. 4-8.
RENNES: Trans Musicales, contemporary music festival, Dec. 4-8.
NANCY: Saint Nicholas festivities, Dec. 7-8.
ROUBAIX: La Braderie de l'Art, art fair and exchange, Dec. 7-8.
LYON: Fete des Lumieres, light festival, Dec. 5-8.
PARIS: Nautic, international boat show, Porte de Versailles, Dec. 7-15.
RIBEAUVILLE: Medieval Christmas market, Dec. 7-8 and 14-15.
PARIS: Jours de Fetes, funfair at La Villette, Dec. 7-Jan. 4.
AVORIAZ: Rock on Ultimate, ski and snowboard gear testing and DJ sets, Dec. 13-15.
EPERNAY: Habits de Lumiere, illuminations and entertainment along the avenue de Champagne, Dec. 13-15.
LES DEUX ALPES: Rise Festival, ski season opens with parties and live music, Dec. 14-21.
PARIS: New Year’s Eve celebration and light show, Champs Elysees, Dec. 31.
COLOGNE: Euro Motor, classic autos and lifestyle fair, International Congress Center, through Dec. 1.
MUNICH: Food & Life, culinary show, Messe, through Dec. 1.
WUERZBURG: Bachtage/ Bach Days, through Dec. 1.
ESSEN: Essen Motor Show, Messe, through Dec. 8.
HAMBURG: Hamburg DOM, volksfest, through Dec. 8.
MUNICH: Tollwood Winter Festival, Theresienwiese, through Dec. 31.
BAMBERG: Nativity Trail, crèche scenes in churches and squares, through Jan. 6.
RUST: Winter at Europa-Park, through Jan. 6; also Jan. 11-12.
TUEBINGEN: Chocolart, chocolate fair and illuminations, Dec. 3-8.
FRANKFURT: Night of the Proms, line-up includes Alan Parsons, Al McKay’s Earth Wind and Fire Experience and others, Dec. 4-5; also Stuttgart (Schleyerhalle) Dec. 12 and Munich (Olympiahalle) Dec. 13-15.
BERLIN: Zeughausmesse Arts & Crafts Days, fair for creative and usable objects, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Dec. 5-8.
HANNOVER: Pferd & Jagd, fair for hunting, fishing and horseback riding, Messe, Dec. 5-8.
NUREMBERG: Retro Classics Bavaria, classic auto show, Messe, Dec. 6-8.
DRESDEN: Stollenfest, Dec. 7.
MANNHEIM: Toxicator, hardcore electronic music fest, Maimarkthalle, Dec. 7.
MUNICH: Krampus Runs, Marienplatz, Dec. 8 and 22.
KAISERSLAUTERN: European Outdoor Film Tour, Kammgarn, Dec. 11.
KARLSRUHE: Knock Out Festival, indoor heavy metal fest, Schwarzwaldhalle, Dec. 14.
STUTTGART: SEMF- Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival, Messe, Dec. 14.
COCHEM: Christmas at Cochem Castle, Dec. 14-15.
TRIPPSTADT: Christmas Market in the Forest, Haus der Nachhaltigkeit, Dec. 14-15.
BERLIN: Louis Lewandowski Festival, celebration of synagogue music, Dec. 19-22.
FRANKFURT: International Horse Riding Show, Festhalle, Dec. 19-22.
WIESBADEN: Winter Solstice Celebrations, Freudenberg Castle, Dec. 20.
WIESBADEN: Christmas Circus, Festplatz Gibber Kerb, Dec. 20-Jan. 5.
STUTTGART: Holy Sh*t Shopping, market of original wares by hip young artists, Dec. 21-22.
MANNHEIM: Cirque du Soleil: Corteo, SAP Arena, Dec. 25-29.
TRIBERG: Christmas Magic, Dec. 25-30.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Biathlon, Dec. 29.
BERLIN: Silvester, Brandenburg Gate, Dec. 31.
TRIER: Silvesterlauf, 5 and 8 km runs, Dec. 31.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Four Hills Tournament, ski jumping competition, Dec. 31-Jan. 1.
BUDAPEST: Anilogue, International Animation Film Festival, through Dec. 1.
BUDAPEST: Christmas fair and winter festival at Vorosmarty Square, through Jan. 1.
CORK: Glow, Christmas themed winter wonderland, Bishop Lucey Park, Fri.-Sun. only through Dec. 22.
WATERFORD: Winterval, Christmas themed events and market, through Dec. 23.
DUBLIN: Gifted- The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, RDS, Dec. 4-8.
NEWGRANGE: Winter Solstice at Newgrange, Dec. 18-23.
DUBLIN: Funderland, RDS grounds, Dec. 26-Jan. 12.
DUBLIN: New Year’s Eve celebrations, Dec. 30-Jan. 1.
PORTMAGEE: New Year's Eve Festival, piper leads street parade of blazing torches and a local man dressed as the 'Old Year', Dec. 28.
MILAN: L’Artigiano in Fiera, craftsmen sell their wares, Fieramilano, through Dec. 8.
COMO: City of Toys, through Jan. 6.
SALERNO: Luci d’Artista, light installations, through Jan. 19.
FLORENCE: River to River, Indian film festival, Dec. 5-10.
COUNTRYWIDE: Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8.
SIRACUSA: Procession of Santa Lucia, Dec. 13.
TURIN: XMas Comics and Games, Lingotto Fiere, Dec. 14-15.
GENOVA: Circumnavigando Festival, international festival of theater and circus in public spaces, Dec. 26-Jan. 6.
ORVIETO: Umbria Winter Jazz, Dec. 28-Jan. 1.
CITY: Winterlights, Christmas market and festivities, through Jan. 5.
CITY: International Bazar, benefits charities worldwide, Luxexpo, through Dec. 1.
CITY: Luxembourg Art Fair, showcases contemporary art, Luxexpo The Box, Dec. 5-8.
MALTA AND GOZO: International Choir Festival, Dec. 5-9.
VALLETTA: Republic Day, Dec. 13.
TAS-SLIEMA: Thomas Smith Christmas Charity Swim, Dec. 29.
VALLETTA: New Year’s Eve on the waterfront, Dec. 31.
MONTE CARLO: Monte Carlo Jazz Festival, through Dec. 1.
MONTE CARLO: Gastronomy Fair, Espace Fontvielle, Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
AMSTERDAM: IDFA, documentary film festival, through Dec. 1.
AMSTERDAM: PAN Amsterdam, art and antiques fair, through Dec. 1.
MAASTRICHT: Magical Maastricht, Christmas market, skating rink and Ferris wheel, through Dec. 31.
AMSTERDAM: Amsterdam Light Festival, through Jan. 19.
AMSTERDAM: Masters of Lxry, lifestyle fair, RAI, Dec. 12-16.
GOUDA: Candle Night, Dec. 13.
DEVENTER: Dickens Festival, Victorian themed Christmas market, Dec. 14-15.
ZWOLLE: Ice sculpture exhibition, Dec. 14-March 1.
AMSTERDAM: Funky Christmas Market, Westergasfabriek, Dec. 15.
AMSTERDAM: Winter Circus, Royal Theater Carre, Dec. 19-Jan. 5.
AMSTERDAM: Valhalla, circus and electronic music festival, RAI, Dec. 21.
THE HAGUE: Christmas Circus, Dec. 21-Jan. 5.
OSLO: Christmas market, Norsk Folkemuseum, Dec. 1 and 7-8.
OSLO: Designers’ Own Christmas Market, Dec. 7-8.
KRAKOW: Krakovske Jaslice, Christmas cribs competition, Dec. 5.
WARSAW: Watch Docs, human rights film festival, Dec. 5-12.
OBIDOS: Vila Natal, Christmas Town, through Jan. 5.
LISBON: Sao Silvestre race, 10 km course through city center, Dec. 28.
EDINBURGH: Christmas at the Botanics, illuminated trail through the Botanical Gardens, through Dec. 29.
EDINBURGH: Edinburgh's Christmas, shows, rides, attractions and Christmas market stalls, through Jan. 4.
GLASGOW: 3D2D Christmas Craft, Art and Design Fair, Royal Concert Hall, through Dec. 1.
EDINBURGH: 3D2D Christmas Craft, Art and Design Fair, Assembly Rooms, Dec. 7-8.
EDINBURGH: The Santa Run, participants race in Santa costumes to benefit charity, West Princes Street Gardens, Dec. 1.
GLASGOW: Glasgow’s Santa Dash, participants race in Santa costumes to benefit charity, George Square, Dec. 8.
GLASGOW: The Irn Bru Carnival, Europe’s largest indoor funfair, SECC, Dec. 20-Jan. 12.
KIRKWALL: The Ba’, historical street ball game, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
EDINBURGH: Hogmanay, New Year celebrations include torchlit procession Dec. 30, street party, concert in the gardens and ceilidh Dec. 31; Loony Dook swim in the River Forth, Jan. 1.
INVERNESS: Red Hot Highland Fling, Hogmanay celebrations, Dec. 31.
STONEHAVEN: Fireball Festival, Hogmanay celebrations, Dec. 31.
BRATISLAVA: Good Market, high quality crafts market, Old Market Hall, Dec. 15.
POSTOJNA: Living Nativity Scenes in the Postojna Cave, Dec. 25-30.
MADRID: Arts and Crafts Fair, Paseo de Recoletos, Dec. 1-30.
MADRID: Madrid en Danza, international dance festival, dates between Dec. 3-29.
LEON: Purple Weekend Festival, celebrates music and culture of the sixties, Dec. 4-8.
VALENCIA: Feria del Automovil, auto show, fairgrounds, Dec. 5-8.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA: Santiago(e)tapas, tapas competition, Dec. 6-8.
SEVILLE: Festivity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8.
BARCELONA: Buff Epic Run, race through obstacle course, Dec. 14.
MADRID: Almoneda Navidad, antiques fair, trade fairgrounds, Dec. 14-18.
MALAGA: Malaga Marathon, Dec. 15.
MADRID: San Silvestre Vallecana, 10 km race with thousands of participants, Dec. 31.
MADRID: New Year’s Eve at the Puerta del Sol, Dec. 31.
STOCKHOLM: International Horse Show, Friends Arena, through Dec. 1.
STOCKHOLM: Christmas Market at the Royal Stables, through Dec. 1.
GOTHENBURG: Christmas at Liseberg, dates through Dec. 30.
COUNTRYWIDE: Santa Lucia, candlelit processions, Dec. 13.
STOCKHOLM: Hundmaessa, dog show, fairgrounds, Dec. 14-15.
LAUSANNE: Lumieres, light installations, through Dec. 31.
SOLUTHURN: Kunst Supermarkt, art fair, through Jan. 12.
VEYTAUX: Medieval Magic at Chillon Castle, Christmas festivities, Dec. 1, 7-8 and 14-15.
FRIBOURG: La Saint-Nicolas, celebrations honor city's patron saint, Dec. 6-8; parade takes place at 5 p.m. Dec 7.
GENEVA: Escalade, commemorates attack on city ramparts in 1602, Dec. 6-8.
DAVOS: Songbird Festival, singer and songwriter festival, Dec. 6-21.
ZURICH: Samichlaus-Schwimmen, swimmers in Santa suits brave icy waters, Dec. 8.
FRIBOURG: Christmas Market of Artisans and Creators, Arsen’Alt, Dec. 13-15.
LENZERHEIDE: Magic Forest, shows, culinary specialties and illuminations, Dec. 13-30.
ZURICH: Lichterschwimmen, floating candles on the Limmat River, Dec. 19.
HAY-ON-WYE: Hay Festival Winter Weekend, through Dec. 1.
CARDIFF: Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 5.
SWANSEA: Waterfront Wonderland, skating rink and fairground, through Jan. 5.
CONWY: Winterfest, torchlit parade, Dec. 14.
TENBY: Boxing Day Swim, Dec. 26.