Russian Circus on Ice -- A Winter's Fairy Tale promises to be a gorgeous spectacle on Dec. 25 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Russian Circus on Ice -- A Winter's Fairy Tale promises to be a gorgeous spectacle on Dec. 25 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Courtesy of Russian Circus on Ice)

WinterparadeLocation: Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam, NetherlandsDates: Dec. 25-29; the show moves to Haarlem Jan. 4-5. Up to 500 guests are invited to take their seats at a 400-foot-long table to indulge in a festive menu and all kinds of live entertainment. Although the performances are partially given in Dutch, lots of the acts require no language skills to decipher. Admission: 46 euros gets one dinner and entertainment; ages 12 and under pay 24.50 euros. Online:

Holy Sh*t ShoppingLocation: Phoenixhalle im Römerkastell, Stuttgart, Germany Dates: Dec. 22-23 (noon- 9 p.m. Sat.; noon- 8 p.m. Sun.) Wares from hip young designers are sold in time to a mellow soundtrack. The goods on sale include lighting, home decor, jewelry, photos, handmade stuffed toys, woolens, ceramics and more. Street food sold on site turns the outing from a shopping experience into a bit of a party. Admission: Adult entry costs 5 euros, those under 14 enter free. Online:

Christmas MagicLocation: Triberg, Germany Dates: Dec. 25-30 The spirit of Christmas lives on in the Black Forest, where a million lights transform Germany’s highest waterfall into a luminous cascade. A children’s land and festive show program provide hours of lively entertainment. A highlight is the sensational fire show, which is performed five times throughout the day. From Dec. 27-30, visitors can enjoy the added bonus of a fireworks display. Admission: Adults 16 euros; 12 euros ages 9-16, free for those ages 8 and under. Online:

Russian Circus on Ice—A Winter’s Fairy TaleLocation: Kurhaus, Wiesbaden, Germany Dates: Dec. 25 (shows are at 4 and 7 p.m.) Gorgeous costumes, creative choreography and excellent execution make this ice show one not to miss, particularly for those enamored with figure skating and Russian circus acts. The plot is simple: a good fairy invites all her other fairy-tale friends to her birthday party, making this show an easily understandable treat for all ages. Admission: Ticket prices range from 41.90 to 81.90 euros; youth and children get discounted rates. Online:

Circumnavigando FestivalLocation: Genoa, Italy Dates: Dec. 26-Jan. 6 Sites scattered throughout the city host the performances of theater companies and circus troupes. This year’s theme is “Generaction,” which refers to new generations of performers taking to the stage, as well as the all-ages appeal of the programming here. Admission: prices vary depending on what’s on; entry to the grand gala circus costs 38 euros. Website:

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