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Festivals and Events, December 2019

Christmas decorations, such as these nutcrackers at a traditional Christmas market in Nuremberg, Germany, abound in Europe this time of year.

MATTHIAS SCHRADER/AP

By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: November 29, 2019

Austria

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.

 

Belgium

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.

 

Croatia

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.

 

Czech Republic

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.

 

Denmark

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.

 

England

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.

 

Finland

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. 

 

France

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.

 

Germany

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.

 

Hungary

BUDAPEST: Anilogue, International Animation Film Festival, through Dec. 1.

BUDAPEST: Christmas fair and winter festival at Vorosmarty Square, through Jan. 1.

 

Ireland

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.

 

Italy

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.

 

Luxembourg

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

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.

 

Monaco

MONTE CARLO: Monte Carlo Jazz Festival, through Dec. 1.

MONTE CARLO: Gastronomy Fair, Espace Fontvielle, Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

 

Netherlands

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.

 

Norway

OSLO: Christmas market, Norsk Folkemuseum, Dec. 1 and 7-8.

OSLO: Designers’ Own Christmas Market, Dec. 7-8.

 

Poland

KRAKOW: Krakovske Jaslice, Christmas cribs competition, Dec. 5.

WARSAW: Watch Docs, human rights film festival, Dec. 5-12.

 

Portugal

OBIDOS: Vila Natal, Christmas Town, through Jan. 5.

LISBON: Sao Silvestre race, 10 km course through city center, Dec. 28.

 

Scotland

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.

 

Slovakia

BRATISLAVA: Good Market, high quality crafts market, Old Market Hall, Dec. 15.

 

Slovenia

POSTOJNA: Living Nativity Scenes in the Postojna Cave, Dec. 25-30.

 

Spain

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.

 

Sweden

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.

 

Switzerland

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.

 

Wales

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.

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