Festivals and Events, January 2019

Hot air balloons should decorate the sky at Tegernseer Tal Montgolfiade, a ballooning competition Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in Bad Wiessee, Germany.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: December 31, 2018


SALZBURG: Winterfest, international circus acts in the Volksgarten, through Jan. 6.

VIENNA: Viennese Ice Dream, skating in front of City Hall, through March 3.

INNSBRUCK: Vierschanzentournee, ski jumping competition, Jan. 3-4.

BISCHOFSHOFEN: Vierschanzentournee, ski jumping competition, Jan. 5-6.

BRIXEN IM THALE: AlpenIglu, igloo village open through March 17, dates of note include opening party Jan. 1, ice parties Jan. 15 and 29, Feb. 12 and 26 and March 5; Bergfest Feb. 12.

BAD GASTEIN: Snowboard World Cup, Jan. 7-9.

ISCHGL: Shapes in White, snow sculpture festival, Jan. 7-11.

FLACHAU: FIS Ski World Cup, ladies night slalom, Jan. 8.

VIENNA: Vienna Auto Show, Messe, Jan. 10-13.

SAALBACH: Mountain Attack, six peak, 40 km ski marathon race, Jan. 11.

ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG: Kandahar Races, Jan. 12.

INNSBRUCK: Art Innsbruck, international art fair, Messe, Jan. 17-20.

KITZBUEHEL: Snow Polo World Cup, Reith, Jan. 17-20.

NASSFELD: Schlag das Ass-Nassfeld trophy, Jan. 18-19.

VIENNA: Ball Season, upcoming balls include Confectioner’s Ball Jan. 17; Styrian Ball Jan. 11; Flower Ball Jan. 18; Vienna Economics University Ball Jan. 12; Ball of the Viennese Philharmonic Jan. 24; Ball of the Army Officers Jan. 18; Pharmacists Ball Jan. 19; Ball of the Sciences Jan. 26; Vienna Physicians Ball Jan. 26; Vienna Rainbow Ball Jan. 26; Hunters Ball Jan. 28.

ARLBERG: The White Ring, 22 km ski race, Jan. 19.

FILZMOOS: International Balloon Festival, Jan. 19-26;night of illuminated balloonsJan. 19.

KITZBUEHEL: Hahnenkamm Races, Jan. 21-27.

SALZBURG: Mozart Week, Jan. 24-Feb. 3.

OGGAU: 24 Hour Burgenland Extreme Tour, 120 km walking marathon, Jan. 25.

GASTEIN: Art on Snow, ice sculpture exhibition, Jan. 26-Feb. 1.

SCHLADMING: FIS Ski Night Race, Jan. 29.



BRUSSELS: Winter Wonders, Christmas market and skating rink, through Jan. 6.

MODAVE: Christmas Around the World, festively decorated rooms at the Chateau de Modave, this year's theme is “The Magic of Toys of Yesteryear,” through Jan. 6.

ANTWERP: China Light at the Zoo,light installations in the form of animals, through Jan. 13.

BRUSSELS: Brussels Jazz Festival, Flagey, Jan. 10-19.

BRUSSELS: River Jazz Festival, Marni, Jazz Station, Senghor, Jan. 11-26.

BRUSSELS: Djangofollies, music festival celebrates music of Django Reinhardt, Jan. 11-30.

BRUSSELS: auto/moto salon, automobile expo, Brussels Expo, Jan. 19-27.

BRUSSELS: Dream Cars, high end auto expo, Brussels Expo, Jan. 19-27.

BRUSSELS: BRAFA, Brussels Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, Tour & Taxis, Jan. 26-Feb. 3.



DUBROVNIK: Winter Festival,through Jan. 6.

ZAGREB: Ice Park, giant skating rink, through Jan. 6.

ZAGREB: Audi FIS Ski World Cup “Snow Queen Trophy,” Jan. 5-6.


Czech Republic

PRAGUE: Czech Touches of Music, international classical music festival, through Jan 6.

PRAGUE:Procession of Three Magi on Camels, Epiphany pageant, departs from Church of St. Thomas at 3 p.m., Jan. 6.

BRNO: Winter Run, 4 and 8 km routes, Hradec Kralove Jan. 12; Brno Jan. 19; Ostrava Jan. 26.

PRAGUE: Grand Restaurant Festival, Jan. 15-Feb. 28.

JEDLOVA: Sled dog racing, Jan. 22-26.



AALBORG: Northern Winter Beat, Skraen, Jan. 24-26.

SKAGEN: Winter Swimming Festival, Jan. 24-27.

COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, Jan. 30-Feb. 1.



LONDON: Christmas at Kew, trail of lights through Kew Gardens, through Jan. 5.

LONDON: Christmas in Leicester Square, through Jan. 6.

LONDON: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 6.

LONDON: Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour, through Jan. 27.

LONDON: New Year’s Day Parade, Jan. 1.

LONDON: Twelfth Night Celebrations, seasonal celebration mixing old and new traditions, Bankside area, event begins 2:15 p.m., Jan. 6.

LONDON: London International Mime Festival, Jan. 9-Feb. 3.

LONDON: The London Short Film Festival, Jan. 11-20.

LONDON: London Art Fair, Business Design Center, Islington, Jan. 16-20.

EXETER: Exeter Festival of Winter Ales, Exeter City Football Club, St James Park, Jan. 18-19.

WHITTLESEA: Straw Bear Festival, Jan. 18-20.

LONDON: The Adventure Travel Show, Olympia, Jan. 19-20.

LONDON: VAULT Festival, entertainment and shows in vaulted chambers beneath Waterloo, Jan. 23-March 17.

MANCHESTER: Manchester Beer and Cider Festival, Jan. 24-26.

ELY: Elysian Winter Beer Festival, The Maltings, Jan. 24-26.

PETERBOROUGH: Katharine Of Aragon Festival, historical festival evokes Tudor era, Cathedral, Jan. 25-27.

COLCHESTER: Winter Ale Festival, Colchester Arts Centre, Jan. 30-Feb. 2.



HELSINKI: Giant indoor play park at the Exhibition Center, through Jan. 6.

HELSINKI: Winter Circus, this year’s theme is love, Cable Factory, Pannuhalli, through Jan. 13.

HELSINKI: Lux Helsinki, festival of light, Esplanade Park, Jan. 5-9.

HELSINKI: Matka Nordic Travel Fair, Messukeskus, Jan. 18-20.

HELSINKI: DocPoint, documentary film festival, Jan. 28-Feb. 3.



PARIS: Jours de Fetes, funfair at La Villette, through Jan. 6.

NICE: Prom Classic, 10 km run, Jan. 6.

PARIS: winter sales, Jan. 9-Feb. 19.

SURESNES: Suresnes Cites Danse, hip hop dance festival, Jean Vilar Theatre, Jan. 11-Feb. 3.

SAMOENS: La Grande Odyssee Savoie Mont Blanc, sled dog race, Jan. 12-23.

ANGOULEME: International Comic Strip Festival, Jan. 24-27.

This is Correct PARIS: Festival du Cirque de Demain, Jan. 31-Feb. 3.



BAMBERG: Nativity Trail, crèche scenes in churches and squares, through Jan. 6.

WIESBADEN: Christmas Circus,Festplatz Gibber Kerb, through Jan. 6.

STUTTGART:World Christmas Circus, with many international acts, Cannstatter Wasen, through Jan 6.

RUST: Winter at Europa-Park, through Jan. 6; also Jan. 12-13.

KARLSRUHE: Craft Beer Festival, Jan. 11-13.

BAD RAPPENAU: Mulled wine market, Salinenpark, Jan. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27.

ELMSTEIN: Harzofen Blues, blues intro course for beginners, NaturFreund Haus, Jan. 12-13, course for advanced learners Feb. 16-17.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Hornschlittenrennen, racing on sledges, Jan. 6.

STUTTGART: The Holiday Exhibition, travel fair, Stuttgart Messe, Jan. 12-20.

BERLIN: Berlin Fashion Week, Jan. 15-18.

SINDELFINGEN: Antik & Kunst, art and antiques fair, Messe, Jan. 17-20.

TRIER: Moselle Wine Forum, Thermen am Viehmarkt, Jan. 18-20.

BERLIN: International Green Week, Berlin Expo Grounds, Jan. 18-27.

WIESBADEN: Persistence Tour, features heavy, metal and punk bands including Sick Of It All, Ignite, Walls Of Jericho and others, Schlachthof Jan. 24; also Munich Backstage Jan. 21.

BERLIN: Six Day Race, indoor cycling race, Velodrom, Jan. 24-29.

FREINSHEIM: red wine hiking, Jan. 25-27, includes torchlit night hike at 6 p.m. Jan. 25.

NEUBURG: Donauschwimmen, Europe's biggest winter swimming event, preregistration necessary, Jan. 26.

PASSAU: Impuls Festival, pop culture and showcase festival, various venues, Jan 26.

BERLIN:Japan Festival, Urania, Jan. 26-27.

DORTMUND: Jagd und Hunt, hunting expo, Messe, Jan. 29-Feb. 3.

BAD WIESSEE: Tegernseer Tal Montgolfiade, ballooning competition, Jan. 30-Feb. 3.



BUDAPEST: Zuzmara Winter Running Festival, Hungexpo, Jan. 13.



DUBLIN: Funderland, RDS grounds, through Jan. 13.

DUBLIN: Tradfest, festival of traditional and folk music, Temple Bar district, Jan. 23-27.

DERRY: The Derry International Irish Music Festival, Jan. 27-Feb. 10.



GENOVA: Circumnavigando Festival, international festival of theater and circus in public spaces, through Jan. 6.

TURIN: Luci d’Artista, illuminations throughout city, through Jan. 13.

COUNTRYWIDE: Epiphany celebrations, Jan. 6.

MONZA: Motobefana, biker’s meet up on Piazza Trento and Trieste, Jan. 6.

VENICE: Regata delle Befane, rowing contest on Grand Canal, Jan. 6.

VERONA: Motor Bike Expo, Fiere, Jan. 17-20.

PINZOLO: Tulot Vertical Up, ski race, Jan. 18-19.

FLORENCE: International Skate Award, roller skating show, Nelson Mandela Forum, Jan. 19-20.

MADONNA DEL CAMPIGLIO: Winter Marathon, classic auto race through Dolomites mountain range, Jan. 24-27.

AOSTA: Sant'Orso Fair, traditional craft fair, Jan. 30-31.



CITY: Vacanz, travel fair, Luxexpo, Jan. 18-20.

CITY: Luxembourg Euro Meet, swimming championships, Jan 25-27.



VALLETTA: International Baroque Festival, celebrates music of the era, Manoel Theatre, Jan. 11-26.

XAGHRA, GOZO: Feast of St. Anthony the Abbot, blessing of the animals, Jan. 17.



THE HAGUE: Christmas Circus, through Jan. 6.

AMSTERDAM: Winter Circus, Royal Theater Carre, through Jan. 7.

AMSTERDAM: Amsterdam Light Festival, through Jan. 20.

ZWOLLE: ice sculpture exhibition, this year’s theme is “World Famous Stories,” through March 3.

MAASTRICHT: Interclassics, classic auto show, MECC, Jan. 10-13.

AMSTERDAM: Whisky Weekend, tastings and Scottish music, Posthoornkerk, Jan. 18-19.

AMSTERDAM: National Tulip Day, temporary garden on Dam Square from which visitors can take home a bulb, Jan. 19.

AMSTERDAM: Choir Days, Paradiso, 140 amateur groups perform, Jan. 19-20.

AMSTERDAM: First Art Fair, Passenger Terminal, Jan. 16-20.

ROTTERDAM:International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jan. 23-Feb. 3.

AMSTERDAM: Jumping Amsterdam, equestrian event at RAI, Jan. 24-27.



TROMSO: International Film Festival, Jan. 14-20.

TROMSO: Northern Lights Festival, celebrates jazz and classical music, Jan. 25-Feb. 3.



OBIDOS: Vila Natal, Christmas Town, through Jan. 6.

FOGACEIRA: Festivities of Fogaceira, commemorate St. Sebastian, healer of the plague, Jan. 20.



EDINBURGH: Edinburgh's Christmas, shows, rides, attractions and Christmas market stalls, through Jan. 5.

GLASGOW: The Irn Bru Carnival, Europe’s largest indoor funfair, SECC, through Jan. 13.

BURGHEAD: Burning of the Clavie, Jan. 11.

GLASGOW: Celtic Connections, folk, roots and world music festival, Jan. 17-Feb. 3.

DUMFRIES: Big Burns Supper, culture festival, Jan. 24-Feb. 3.

COUNTRYWIDE: Burns Night, Jan. 25.

LERWICK: Up Helly Aa, fire festival, Jan. 29.



HREBIENOK: Tatra Ice Master, ice sculpture competition in the High Tatras mountains, Jan. 12-13.



ALCOY: Three Kings Parade, Jan. 5.

MADRID: Three Kings Parade, Jan. 5.

MOLLEDO: La Vijanera, festival symbolizes triumph of good over evil, Jan. 6.

SANTILLANA DEL MAR: Three Kings Parade and religious play, Jan. 5.

CANARY ISLANDS: Canary Islands Music Festival, classical music festival takes place on all islands, Jan. 10-Feb. 10.

VALLADOLID: Penguins International Motorcycle Rally, Jan. 11-13.

SANTIPONCE: Italica International Cross-Country, foot race takes place among the ruins of a Roman city outside Seville, Jan. 15.

SAN SEBASTIAN: Tamborrada, drum festival celebrates city’s patron saint, Jan. 20.

MADRID: Gastrofestival, Jan. 23-Feb. 10.



GOTHENBURG: My Dog, international dog show, Maessan, Jan. 3-6.

GOTHENBURG: Gotenborg International Film Festival, Jan. 25-Feb. 4.



SOLOTHURN: Swiss Art Supermarket, art fair, Rothushalle, through Jan. 6.

INTERLAKEN: Harder-Potschete, traditional celebration, Jan. 2.

BELALP: Witches descent, costumed ski races, Jan. 12-19.

BASEL: Longines CSI Basel, horse jumping event, St. Jakobshalle, Jan 10-13.

ST. MORITZ: Winter Raid, classic auto rally through mountains, Jan. 16-19.

BASEL: Museum Night, Jan. 18.

SAMEDAN: Out of the Blues, blues music fest, Jan. 18-20.

WENGEN: Ski World Cup, Jan. 18-20.

LEUKERBAD: Night Race 777, vertical race, Jan. 19.

GRINDELWALD: World Snow Festival, international snow sculptures on display, Jan. 21-26.

MUERREN: International Inferno Race, Jan. 23-26.

SAAS-FEE: Ice & Sound: Ice Climbing World Cup, Jan. 25-26.

BASEL: Vogel Gryff, archaic ritual on the Rhine, Jan. 26.

BASEL: Cheese Festival, Markthalle, Jan. 26.

GSTAAD: Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, highlights violin performances, Jan. 25-Feb. 2.



CARDIFF: Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 6.

SWANSEA: Waterfront Wonderland, skating rink and fairground, through Jan. 6.

BARRY ISLAND: New Year’s Day Swim, Jan. 1.

SAUNDERSFOOT: New Year’s Day Swim,Jan. 1.

PONTFAEN: New Year’s celebrations, Jan. 13.

LLANWRTYD WELLS: Saturnalia Real Ale Amble, walks along Roman roads and sampling Roman recipes, Jan. 13.

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