The World Snow Festival, where international snow sculptures are on display, takes place Jan. 15-20 in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

The World Snow Festival, where international snow sculptures are on display, takes place Jan. 15-20 in Grindelwald, Switzerland. (iStock)


SALZBURG: Winterfest, circus performances in tents in Volksgarten, through Jan. 7.

BRIXEN IM THALE: AlpenIglu, igloo village open for dinner and overnight stays, through March 14.

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

ISCHGL: Shapes in White, snow sculpture festival, Jan. 6-13.

KITZBUEHEL: Snow Polo World Cup, Reith, Jan. 11-14.

VIENNA: Ball Season, some of city’s biggest balls include Confectioners’ Ball Jan. 11; Ball of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Jan. 18; Physicians’ Ball Jan. 27; Vienna Coffee Makers Ball Feb. 2.

LECH: The White Ring, ski races, Jan. 13.

FILZMOOS: Hot air ballooning events, includes night of illuminated balloons, Jan. 13; Hanneshof Balloon Trophy Jan. 13-20 and International Balloon Festival Jan. 20-27.

KITZBUEHEL: Hahnenkamm Races, Jan. 15-21.

GASTEIN: FIS Snowboard World Cup, Jan. 16-17.

SAALBACH: Mountain Attack, six-peak, 40 km ski marathon race, Jan. 19.

VIENNA: Viennese Ice Dream, skating in front of City Hall, Jan. 19-March 3.

SALZBURG: Mozart Week, Jan. 24-Feb. 4.

OGGAU: 24 Hour Burgenland Extreme Tour, 120 km walking marathon, Jan. 26.

ST. LEONHARD IM PITZTAL: Eis Total Ice Climbing Festival, Jan. 26-28.

ZELL AM SEE: GP Ice Race, Jan. 27.


BRUGES: Winter Glow, Christmas market and illuminated trail, through Jan. 7.

MODAVE: Christmas at the Castle, festively decorated rooms at the Chateau de Modave, this year’s theme is “Les 1001 nuances d’un Noël enchanteur,” through Jan. 7.

BRUSSELS: Brussels Jazz Festival, Flagey, Jan. 11-20.

BRUSSELS: auto/moto salon, automobile expo, Brussels Expo, Jan. 17-21.

BRUSSELS: BRAFA, Brussels Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, Tour & Taxis, Jan. 28-Feb. 4.


DUBROVNIK: Winter Festival, through Jan. 6.

ZAGREB: Advent in Zagreb, through Jan. 7.

Czech Republic

PRAGUE: Procession of Three Magi on Camels, Epiphany pageant, departs from Church of St. Thomas at 3 p.m. Jan. 5.

HRADEC KRALOVE: Winter Run, 4 and 8 km routes, Jan. 13; Brno Jan. 20; Ceske Budejovice Jan. 27; Ostrava Feb. 10; Olomouc Feb. 17 and Prague Feb. 24.

JEDLOVA: Czech Long Trail, sled dog race, Jan. 23-27.


SKAGEN: Winter Swimming Festival, Jan. 25-28.

AALBORG: Northern Winter Beat, Skraen, Feb. 1-3.


LONDON: Christmas at Kew, trail of lights through Kew Gardens, through Jan. 7.

LONDON: Hogwarts in the Snow, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, through Jan. 14.

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. 7.

WHITTLESEA: Straw Bear Festival, Jan. 13-15.

LONDON: London Art Fair, Business Design Center, Islington, Jan. 17-21.

LONDON: The London Short Film Festival, Jan. 19-28.

COLCHESTER: Winter Beer Festival, Arts Centre, Jan. 31-Feb. 3.

PETERBOROUGH: Katharine Of Aragon Festival, historical festival evokes Tudor era, Cathedral, Jan. 25-29.

LONDON: Chinese New Year celebrations, Chinatown, Feb. 11.


HELSINKI: Tsiga Boom!, family circus, Exhibition and Convention Center, through Jan. 7.

HELSINKI: Lux Helsinki, festival of light, Esplanade Park, Jan. 3-7.

HELSINKI: Matka Nordic Travel Fair, Messukeskus, Jan. 19-21.

HELSINKI: DocPoint, documentary film festival, Jan. 30-Feb. 4.


SURESNES: Suresnes Cites Danse, hip hop dance festival, Jean Vilar Theatre, Jan. 11-Feb. 8.

NICE: Prom Classic, 10 km run, Jan. 7.

PARIS: winter sales, Jan. 10-Feb. 6.

SAMOENS: La Grande Odyssee Savoie Mont Blanc, sled dog race, Jan. 13-25.

PARIS: Sons d’Hiver, jazz and world music fest, Jan. 19-Feb. 10.

ANGOULEME: International Comic Strip Festival, Jan. 25-28.

CLERMONT-FERRAND: International Short Film Festival, Feb. 2-10.


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

RUST: Winter at Europa-Park, through Jan. 7.

ESSEN: International Musikparade, Jan. 5; also Dresden Jan. 11; Leipzig Jan. 13 and Cottbus Jan. 14.

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

STUTTGART: The Holiday Exhibition, travel fair, Stuttgart Messe, Jan. 13-21.

BERLIN: International Green Week, Berlin Expo Grounds, Jan. 19-28.

BAD HINDELANG-UNTERJOCH: Sled Dog Races, Jan. 20-21.

BERLIN: Six Day Race, indoor cycling race, Velodrom, Jan. 25-30.

FREINSHEIM: Red wine hiking, Jan. 26-28, includes torchlit night hike at 6 p.m. Jan. 26.

NEUBURG: Donauschwimmen, Europe’s biggest winter swimming event, pre-registration necessary, Jan. 27.

BAD WIESSEE: Tegernseer Tal Montgolfiade, ballooning competition, Jan. 28-Feb. 4.

DORTMUND: Jagd und Hunt, hunting expo, Messe, Jan. 30-Feb. 4.

BERLIN: Berlin Fashion Week, Feb. 5-8.


CORK: Corkmas, Christmas themed winter wonderland, through Jan. 7.

DUBLIN: Funderland, RDS grounds, through Jan. 14.

DUBLIN: Tradfest, festival of traditional and folk music, Temple Bar district, Jan. 24-28.

DUBLIN: Dublin Bowie Festival, celebrates the music of David Bowie, Feb. 7-10.


CERNOBBIO: City of Toys, through Jan. 7.

SALERNO: Luci d’Artista, light installations, through Jan. 21.

MADONNA DEL CAMPIGLIO: Torchlit procession, choreographed descent of skiers, Jan. 1.

BOLOGNA: Bol on Ice, world skating stars, Unipol Arena, Jan. 6.

COUNTRYWIDE: Epiphany celebrations, Jan. 6.

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

MADONNA DEL CAMPIGLIO: Winter Marathon, classic auto race through Dolomites mountain range, Jan. 18-20.

VERONA: Motor Bike Expo, Fiere, Jan. 19-21.

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


CITY: Winterlights, Christmas market and festivities, through Jan. 8.

CITY: Fair of Bordeaux Wines, Luxexpo The Box, Jan. 24-28.

CITY: Antiques and Art Fair, Luxexpo, Jan. 25-28.

CITY: Expo Creativ, hobby fair, Luxexpo The Box, Jan. 26-28.

CITY: Luxembourg Euro Meet, swimming championships, Jan 26-28.


VALLETTA: International Baroque Festival, celebrates music of the era, Manoel Theatre, Jan. 11-28.


MONTE CARLO: International Circus Festival, Jan. 19-28.

MONACO: Historical Auto Rally, Jan. 31-Feb. 7.


THE HAGUE: Christmas Circus, through Jan. 7.

VALKENBURG: Christmas Town, through Jan. 7.

AMSTERDAM: Amsterdam Light Festival, through Jan. 21.

ZWOLLE: Ice sculpture exhibition, through Feb. 25.

MAASTRICHT: Interclassics, classic auto show, MECC, Jan. 11-14.

GRONINGEN: Eurosonic, music festival and conference for up and coming bands, Jan. 17-20.

AMSTERDAM: Django, festival celebrates music of Django Reinhardt, Bimhuis, Jan. 19-21.

AMSTERDAM: National Tulip Day, temporary garden on Dam Square from which visitors can take home a bulb, Jan. 20.

AMSTERDAM: Flamenco Biennale Part 2, Jan. 24-29.

ROTTERDAM: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jan. 25-Feb. 4.

AMSTERDAM: Jumping Amsterdam, equestrian event at RAI, Jan. 25-28.


TROMSO: International Film Festival, Jan. 15-21.

TROMSO: Northern Lights Festival, celebrates jazz and classical music, Jan. 26-Feb. 3.


LISBON: National Pet Show, dog expo, Jan. 27-28.


GLASGOW: The Irn Bru Carnival, Europe’s largest indoor funfair, SEC, through Jan. 14.

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

EDINBURGH: 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. 18-Feb. 4.

COUNTRYWIDE: Burns Night, Jan. 25.

LERWICK: Up Helly Aa, fire festival, Jan. 30.


ALCOY: Three Kings Parade, Jan. 5.

MADRID: Three Kings Parade, Jan. 5.

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

MOLLEDO: La Vijanera, festival symbolizes triumph of good over evil, Jan. 7.

CANARY ISLANDS: Canary Islands Music Festival, classical music festival takes place on all islands, Jan. 10-Feb. 9.

VALLADOLID: Penguins International Motorcycle Rally, Jan. 11-14.

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


GOTHENBURG: My Dog, international dog show, Maessan, Jan. 11-14.

GOTHENBURG: Gotenborg International Film Festival, Jan. 26-Feb. 4.


LENZERHEIDE: Magic Forest, open-air winter festival, through Jan. 3.

SOLOTHURN: Kunst Supermarkt, art fair, through Jan. 14.

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

BASEL: Longines CSI Basel, horse jumping event, St. Jakobshalle, Jan 11-14.

BELALP: Witches descent, costumed ski races, Jan. 13-20.

GRINDELWALD: World Snow Festival, international snow sculptures on display, Jan. 15-20.

ST. MORITZ: Winter Raid, classic auto rally through mountains, Jan. 17-21.

BASEL: Museum Night, Jan. 19.

SAMEDAN: Out of the Blues, blues music fest, Jan. 19-20.

BASEL: Vogel Gryff, archaic ritual on the Rhine, Jan. 20.

CHATEAU-D’OEX: International Balloon Festival, Jan. 20-28.

MUERREN: International Inferno Race, Jan. 24-27.

SAAS-FEE: Ice & Sound: Ice Climbing World Cup, Jan. 26-27.

GSTAAD: Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, highlights violin performances, Jan. 26-Feb. 3.


CARDIFF: Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 7

BRECON BEACONS: The Fan Dance Race, endurance challenge is a climb over the Pen y Fan mountain, Jan. 6.

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