Festivals and Events, January 2020

Vienna allows folks to skate in front of City Hall until March 1.


By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: January 3, 2020


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

VIENNA: Viennese Ice Dream, skating in front of City Hall, through March 1.

BRIXEN IM THALE: AlpenIglu, igloo village open through March 15.

INNSBRUCK: Vierschanzentournee, Four Hills Tournament ski jumping competition, Jan. 3-4; also in Bischofshofen Jan. 5-6.

FILZMOOS: International Balloon Festival, Jan. 11-18; night of illuminated balloons Jan. 18.

ISCHGL: Shapes in White, snow sculpture festival, Jan. 13-17.

GASTEIN: FIS Snowboard World Cup, Jan. 14-15.

INNSBRUCK: Art Innsbruck, international art fair, Messe, Jan. 16-19.

KITZBUEHEL: Snow Polo World Cup, Reith, Jan. 16-19.

VIENNA: Vienna Auto Show, Messe, Jan. 16-19.

SAALBACH: Mountain Attack, six peak, 40 km ski marathon race, Jan. 17.

VIENNA: Ball Season, upcoming balls include Flower Ball Jan. 17; Pharmacists‘ Ball Jan. 18; Ball of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Jan. 23; Physicians‘ Ball Jan. 25; Gala of the Viennese Industry Feb. 8; Ball of the Viennese Coffee House Owners Feb. 14; Opera Ball Feb. 20; Lawyer’s Ball Feb. 22 and Rudolfina Masked Ball Feb. 24.

ST. LEONHARD IM PITZTAL: Eis Total Ice Climbing Festival, Jan. 17-19.

ARLBERG: The White Ring, 22 km ski race, Jan. 18.

GRAZ: ISU European Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 20-26.

KITZBUEHEL: Hahnenkamm Races, Jan. 20-26.

ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG: FIS Ladies Ski European Cup, Jan. 21-22.

SALZBURG: Mozart Week, Jan. 23-Feb. 2.

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

SCHLADMING: FIS Ski Night Race, Jan. 28.



BRUGES: Illuminated Trail, through Jan. 5.

BRUSSELS: Winter Wonders, Christmas market and skating rink, through Jan. 5.

LIEGE: European Circus Festival, through Jan. 5.

MODAVE: Christmas Around the World, festively decorated rooms at the Chateau de Modave, this year's theme is “The Carnival of Rio,” through Jan. 5.

ANTWERP: Jungle Book at the Zoo, light installations in the form of animals, through Jan. 12.

BRUSSELS: Brussels Jazz Festival, Flagey, Jan. 8-18.

BRUSSELS: River Jazz Festival, Marni, Jazz Station, Senghor, Jan. 9-25.

BRUSSELS: auto/moto salon, automobile expo, Brussels Expo, Jan. 10-19.

BRUSSELS: Dream Cars, high end auto expo, Brussels Expo, Jan. 10-19.

BRUSSELS: Djangofollies, music festival celebrates music of Django Reinhardt, Jan. 14-31.

BRUSSELS: BRAFA, Brussels Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, Tour & Taxis, Jan. 26-Feb. 2.



ZAGREB: Ice Park, giant skating rink, through Jan. 7.

ZAGREB: Audi FIS Ski World Cup “Snow Queen Trophy,” Jan. 4-7. 


Czech Republic

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

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

HRADEC KRALOVE: Winter Run, 4 and 8 km routes, Jan. 11; Brno Jan. 18; Ceske Budejovice Feb. 1; Ostrava Feb. 8; Olomouc Feb. 15 and Prague Feb. 22.

PRAGUE: Grand Restaurant Festival, Jan. 15-Feb. 29.

JEDLOVA: Sled dog racing, Jan. 21-25.



COPENHAGEN: Christmas in Tivoli Gardens, through Jan. 5.

SKAGEN: Winter Swimming Festival, Jan. 23-26.

COPENHAGEN: Jewish Film Festival, Jan. 27-Feb. 3.

COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, Jan. 29-31.

AALBORG: Northern Winter Beat, Skraen, Jan. 30-Feb. 1.



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: 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. 5.

LONDON: London International Mime Festival, Jan. 8-Feb. 2.

LONDON: The London Short Film Festival, Jan. 10-19.

ELY: Elysian Winter Beer Festival, The Maltings, Jan. 16-18.

EXETER: Exeter Festival of Winter Ales, Exeter City Football Club, St James Park, Jan. 17-18.

WHITTLESEA: Straw Bear Festival, Jan. 17-19.

LONDON: The Adventure Travel Show, Olympia, Jan. 18-19.

LONDON: London Art Fair, Business Design Center, Islington, Jan. 22-26.

MANCHESTER: Manchester Beer and Cider Festival, Jan. 23-25.

PETERBOROUGH: Katharine Of Aragon Festival, historical festival evokes Tudor era, Cathedral, Jan. 23-26.

LONDON: Chinese New Year celebrations, Chinatown, Jan. 26.

LONDON: VAULT Festival, entertainment and shows in vaulted chambers beneath Waterloo, Jan. 28-March 2.

COLCHESTER: Winter Ale Festival, Colchester Arts Centre, Jan. 29-Feb. 1.

LONDON: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia, Jan. 30-Feb. 2.



TALLINN: DocPoint Tallinn documentary festival, Jan. 29-Feb. 2.



HELSINKI: Winter Circus, Cable Factory, Pannuhalli, through Jan. 12.

HELSINKI: Lux Helsinki, festival of light, Esplanade Park, Jan. 4-8.

HELSINKI: Matka Nordic Travel Fair, Messukeskus, Jan. 17-19.

HELSINKI: DocPoint, documentary film festival, Jan. 27-Feb. 2.



PARIS: Jours de Fetes, funfair at La Villette, through Jan. 4.

NICE: Prom Classic, 10 km run, Jan. 5.

PARIS: winter sales, Jan. 8-Feb. 4.

SAMOENS: La Grande Odyssee Savoie Mont Blanc, sled dog race, Jan. 11-22.

SURESNES: Suresnes Cites Danse, hip hop dance festival, Jean Vilar Theatre, Jan. 11-Feb. 2.

PARIS: Sons d’Hiver, jazz and world music fest, Jan. 17-Feb. 8.

ANGOULEME: International Comic Strip Festival, Jan. 30-Feb.-2.

PARIS: Festival du Cirque de Demain, Jan. 30-Feb. 2.

CLERMONT-FERRAND: International Short Film Festival, Jan. 31-Feb. 8.



GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Four Hills Tournament, ski jumping competition, through Jan. 1.

WIESBADEN: Christmas Circus, Festplatz Gibber Kerb, through Jan. 5.

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

STUTTGART: World Christmas Circus,  Cannstatter Wasen, through Jan 6.

RUST: Winter at Europa-Park, through Jan. 6; also Jan. 11-12.

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

PASSAU: Impuls Festival, pop culture and showcase festival, various venues, Jan 10-11.

BAD RAPPENAU: Mulled wine market, Salinenpark, Jan. 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26.

BAD HINDELAG-UNTERJOCH: Sled Dog Races, Jan. 11-12.

STUTTGART: The Holiday Exhibition, travel fair, Messe, Jan. 11-19.

COLOGNE: International Musikparade, Lanxess Arena, Jan. 11; also Stuttgart, Porsche Arena, March 14.

BERLIN: Berlin Fashion Week, Jan. 13-17.

SINDELFINGEN: Antik & Ambiente, art and antiques fair, Messe, Jan. 16-19.

WIESBADEN: Persistence Tour, features heavy, metal and punk bands including Agnostic Front, Gorilla Biscuits, Street Dogs and others, Schlachthof, Jan. 16; also Munich Backstage Jan. 21 and Wuerzburg Posthalle Jan. 24.

BERLIN: International Green Week, Berlin Expo Grounds, Jan. 17-26.

ELMSTEIN: Harzofen Blues, blues intro course for beginners, NaturFreund Haus, Jan. 21-23.

BERLIN: Six Day Race, indoor cycling race, Velodrom, Jan. 23-28.

FREINSHEIM: red wine hiking, Jan. 24-26, includes torchlit night hike at 6 p.m. Jan. 24.

TRIER: Moselle Wine Forum, Thermen am Viehmarkt, Jan. 24-26.

NEUBURG: Donauschwimmen, Europe's biggest winter swimming event, pre-registration necessary, Jan. 25.

BERLIN: Japan Festival, Urania, Jan. 25-26.

DORTMUND: Jagd und Hunt, hunting expo, Messe, Jan. 28-Feb. 2.

OFFENBURG: Baden Classics, horse jumping competition, Jan. 30-Feb. 2.



BUDAPEST: MUPA Winter Open Air, circus and skating rink, through Jan. 22.



DUBLIN: New Year’s Eve celebrations, through Jan. 1.

DUBLIN: Funderland, RDS grounds, through Jan. 12.

DUBLIN: Dublin Bowie Festival, celebrates the music of David Bowie, Jan. 8-12.

BUNRATTY: Shannonside Winter Music Weekend, folk and bluegrass festival, Jan. 16-20.

DUBLIN: Tradfest, festival of traditional and folk music, Temple Bar district, Jan. 22-26.



COMO: City of Toys, through Jan. 6.

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

SALERNO: Luci d’Artista, light installations, through Jan. 19.

MADONNA DEL CAMPIGLIO: Torchlit skiing, Jan. 1.

COUNTRYWIDE: Epiphany celebrations, Jan. 6.

VENICE: Regatta of Befana, rowing contest on Grand Canal, Jan. 6.

FLORENCE: International Skate Award, roller skating show, Nelson Mandela Forum, Jan. 11-12.

VERONA: Motor Bike Expo, Fiere, Jan. 16-19.

PINZOLO: Tulot Vertical Up, ski race, Jan. 17-18.

MADONNA DEL CAMPIGLIO: Winter Marathon, classic auto race through Dolomites mountain range, Jan. 23-26.

BOLOGNA: Artefiera, International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bologna Exhibition Center, Jan. 24-26.

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



CITY: Winterlights, Christmas market and festivities, through Jan. 5.

CITY: Vacanz, travel fair, Luxexpo, Jan. 17-19.

CITY: Luxembourg Euro Meet, swimming championships, Jan 24-26.

CITY: Antiques and Art Fair, Luxexpo, Jan. 31-Feb. 3. 



VALLETTA: International Baroque Festival, celebrates music of the era, Manoel Theatre, Jan. 10-25.

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



MONTE CARLO: International Circus Festival, Jan. 16-26.

MONACO: Historical Auto Rally, Jan. 29-Feb. 5.



AMSTERDAM: Winter Circus, Royal Theater Carre, through Jan. 5.

THE HAGUE: Christmas Circus, through Jan. 5.

AMSTERDAM: Amsterdam Light Festival, through Jan. 19.

ZWOLLE: Ice sculpture exhibition, through March 1.

GRONINGEN: Eurosonic, music festival and conference for up and coming bands, Jan. 15-18.

MAASTRICHT: Interclassics, classic auto show, MECC, Jan. 16-19.

AMSTERDAM: Whisky Weekend, tastings and Scottish music, Posthoornkerk, Jan. 17-18.

AMSTERDAM: National Tulip Day, temporary garden on Dam Square from which visitors can take home a bulb, Jan. 18.

AMSTERDAM: Choir Days, Paradiso, 140 amateur groups perform, Jan. 18-19.

AMSTERDAM: Flamenco Biennale, Jan. 17-19.

ROTTERDAM: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jan. 22-Feb. 2.

AMSTERDAM: Jumping Amsterdam, equestrian event at RAI, Jan. 23-26.



TROMSO: International Film Festival, Jan. 13-19.

TROMSO: Northern Lights Festival, celebrates jazz and classical music, Jan. 23-Feb. 2.



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

PORTO: International Dog Show of the North, Exponor, Jan. 11-12.


EDINBURGH: Edinburgh's Christmas, shows, rides, attractions and Christmas market stalls, through Jan. 4.

EDINBURGH: Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, through Jan. 6.

GLASGOW: The Irn Bru Carnival, Europe’s largest indoor funfair, SECC, through Jan. 12.

KIRKWALL: The Ba’, historical street ball game, Jan. 1.

EDINBURGH: Hogmanay, Loony Dook swim in the River Forth, Jan. 1.

BURGHEAD: Burning of the Clavie, Jan. 11.

GLASGOW: Celtic Connections, folk, roots and world music festival, Jan. 16-Feb. 2.

DUMFRIES: Big Burns Supper, culture festival, Jan. 24-Feb. 2.

COUNTRYWIDE: Burns Night, Jan. 25.

LERWICK: Up Helly Aa, fire festival, Jan. 28.



VELKA LOMNICA: Balloon Fiesta, hot air balloons in the mountains, Jan. 31-Feb. 2.



BLED: Winter Fairy Tale, festive winter village, lakeside promenade, through Jan. 5.



ALCOY: Three Kings Parade, Jan. 5.

MADRID: Three Kings Parade, Jan. 5.

MOLLEDO: La Vijanera, festival symbolizes triumph of good over evil, Jan. 5.

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. 9-Feb. 9.

VALLADOLID: Penguins International Motorcycle Rally, Jan. 9-12.

SANTIPONCE: Italica International Cross-Country, foot race takes place among the ruins of a Roman city outside Seville, Jan. 19.

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



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

GOTHENBURG: Gotenborg International Film Festival, Jan. 24-Feb. 3.



SOLOTHURN: Swiss Art Supermarket,art fair, Rothushalle, through Jan. 12.

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

BASEL: Longines CSI Basel,horse jumping event, St. Jakobshalle, Jan 9-12.

BELALP: Witches descent, costumed ski races, Jan. 11-18.

BASEL: Vogel Gryff, archaic ritual on the Rhine, Jan. 13.

ST. MORITZ: Winter Raid, classic auto rally through mountains, Jan. 16-18.

BASEL: Museum Night, Jan. 17.

SAMEDAN: Out of the Blues, blues music fest, Jan. 17-19.

WENGEN: FIS Ski World Cup, Jan. 17-19.

GRINDELWALD: World Snow Festival, international snow sculptures on display, Jan. 20-25.

MUERREN: International Inferno Race, Jan. 22-25, Devil’s parade, Jan. 24.

SAAS-FEE: Ice & Sound: Ice Climbing World Cup, Jan. 24-25.

GENEVA: Antigel Festival, art and cultural festival, Jan. 24-Feb. 15.

BASEL: Cheese Festival, Markthalle, Jan. 25.

CHATEAU-D’OEX: International Balloon Festival, Jan. 25-Feb. 2.

GENEVA: Art Geneve, art salon, Palexpo, Jan. 30-Feb. 2.

GSTAAD: Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, highlights violin performances, Jan. 31-Feb. 8.



CARDIFF: Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 5.

SWANSEA: Waterfront Wonderland, skating rink and fairground, through Jan. 5.

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

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

BRECON BEACONS: The Fan Dance Race, endurance challenge is a climb over the Pen y Fan mountain, Jan. 4-5 and 11.

LLANWRTYD WELLS: Saturnalia Real Ale Amble, walks along Roman roads and sampling Roman recipes and World MTB Chariot Racing Championships, mountain bike competition, Jan. 11.