National tulip day at the Dam Square in Amsterdam, Netherlands, takes place Jan. 21. Visitors are invited to take home a bulb.

National tulip day at the Dam Square in Amsterdam, Netherlands, takes place Jan. 21. Visitors are invited to take home a bulb. (iStock)


SALZBURG: Winterfest, circus performances in tents in Volksgarten, through Jan. 8.

VIENNA: Viennese Ice Dream, skating in front of City Hall, through March 5.

BRIXEN IM THALE: AlpenIglu, igloo village open for dinner and overnight stays, through March 18.

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

ISCHGL: Shapes in White, snow sculpture festival, Jan. 8-14.

GASTEIN: FIS Snowboard World Cup, slalom Jan. 10-11; also KREISCHBERG, big air, Jan. 13-14.

KITZBUEHEL: Snow Polo World Cup, Reith, Jan. 12-15.

VIENNA: Ball Season, some of city’s biggest balls include Confectioners' Ball Jan. 12; Flower Ball Jan. 13; Ball of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Jan. 19; Ball of Industry and Technology Jan. 21; Doctors' Ball Jan. 28; Viennese Ball of the Sciences Jan. 28; Hunters' Ball Jan. 30; Vienna Coffeehouse Owners' Ball Feb. 3; Opera Ball Feb. 16; Lawyers' Ball: Feb. 18.

ST. ANTON AM ARLBERG: Kandahar Races, Jan. 14-15.

FILZMOOS: Hot air ballooning events, includes night of illuminated balloons Jan. 14; Hanneshof Ballon Trophy Jan. 14-21 and International Balloon Festival Jan. 21-28.

KITZBUEHEL: Hahnenkamm Races, Jan. 16-22.

SAALBACH: Mountain Attack, six-peak, 40 km ski marathon race, Jan. 20.

ST. LEONHARD IM PITZTAL: Eis Total Ice Climbing Festival, Jan. 20-22.

ARLBERG: The White Ring, 22 km ski race, Jan. 21.

SCHLADMING: FIS Ski Night Race, Jan. 24.

SALZBURG: Mozart Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 5.

OGGAU: 24 Hour Burgenland Extreme Tour, 120 km walking marathon, Jan. 27.

ZELL AM SEE: GP Ice Race, Jan. 27-29.


BRUGES: Winter Glow, Christmas market and illuminated trail, through Jan. 8.

MODAVE: Christmas at the Castle, festively decorated rooms at the Chateau de Modave, this year's theme is “Magical Christmases and Wonderful Tales,” through Jan. 8.

BRUSSELS: Brussels Jazz Festival, Flagey, Jan. 12-15.

BRUSSELS: auto/moto salon, automobile expo, Brussels Expo, Jan. 14-22.

BRUSSELS: BRAFA, Brussels Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, Tour & Taxis, Jan. 29-Feb. 5.


DUBROVNIK: Winter Festival, through Jan. 6.

ZAGREB: Advent in Zagreb, through Jan. 7.

ZAGREB: Audi FIS Ski World Cup “Snow Queen Trophy,” Jan. 4-5.

Czech Republic

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. 7; Brno Jan. 14; Ceske Budejovice Jan. 28; Ostrava Feb. 4; Olomouc Feb. 11 and Prague Feb. 18.

JEDLOVA: Czech Long Trail, sled dog race, Jan. 24-28.


AALBORG: Northern Winter Beat, Skraen, Jan. 26-28.

SKAGEN: Winter Swimming Festival, Jan. 27-29.


LONDON: Southbank Centre in Winter, through Jan. 8.

LONDON: Christmas at Kew, trail of lights through Kew Gardens, through Jan. 8.

LONDON: Hogwarts in the Snow, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, through Jan. 15.

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. 8.

LONDON: London International Mime Festival, Jan. 16-Feb. 5.

WHITTLESEA: Straw Bear Festival, Jan. 14-16.

LONDON: London Art Fair, Business Design Center, Islington, Jan. 18-22.

LONDON: The London Short Film Festival, Jan. 20-29.

LONDON: Chinese New Year celebrations, Chinatown, Jan. 22.

COLCHESTER: Winter Beer Festival, Arts Centre, Jan. 25-28.

PETERBOROUGH: Katharine Of Aragon Festival, historical festival evokes Tudor era, Cathedral, Jan. 27-29.

LONDON: VAULT Festival, entertainment and shows in vaulted chambers beneath Waterloo, Jan. 24-March 19.


TALLINN: Christmas market, through Jan. 8.


HELSINKI: Tsiga Boom!, family circus, Exhibition and Convention Center, through Jan. 8.

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

HELSINKI: Matka Nordic Travel Fair, Messukeskus, Jan. 20-22.

HELSINKI: DocPoint, documentary film festival, Jan. 31-Feb. 5.


SURESNES: Suresnes Cites Danse, hip hop dance festival, Jean Vilar Theatre, Jan. 6-Feb. 5.

SAMOENS: La Grande Odyssee Savoie Mont Blanc, sled dog race, Jan. 7-19.

NICE: Prom Classic, 10 km run, Jan. 8.

PARIS: winter sales, Jan. 11-Feb. 7.

ANGOULEME: International Comic Strip Festival, Jan. 26-29.

CLERMONT-FERRAND: International Short Film Festival, Jan. 27-Feb. 4.

PARIS: Sons d’Hiver, jazz and world music fest, Jan. 27-Feb. 18.


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

RUST: Winter at Europa-Park, through Jan. 6.

WIESBADEN: Christmas Circus, Festplatz Gibber Kerb, through Jan. 8.

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

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

STUTTGART: The Holiday Exhibition, travel fair, Stuttgart Messe, Jan. 14-22.

LEIPZIG: International Musikparade, Quarterback Immobilien Arena, Jan. 15; also Cologne, Lanxness Arena Feb. 26 and Stuttgart, Porsche Arena, March 4.

BERLIN: Berlin Fashion Week, Jan. 16-21.

FREINSHEIM: Red wine hiking, Jan. 20-22, includes torchlit night hike at 6 p.m. Jan. 20.

BERLIN: International Green Week, Berlin Expo Grounds, Jan. 20-29.

BAD HINDELAG-UNTERJOCH: Sled Dog Races, Jan. 21-22; also Todtmoos, Jan 28-29.

DORTMUND: Jagd und Hunt, hunting expo, Messe, Jan. 24-29.

BERLIN: Six Day Race, indoor cycling race, Velodrom, Jan. 27-29.

NEUBURG: Donauschwimmen, Europe's biggest winter swimming event, pre-registration necessary, Jan. 28.

BAD WIESSEE: Tegernseer Tal Montgolfiade, ballooning competition, Jan. 29-Feb. 5.


CORK: Glow, Christmas themed winter wonderland, Bishop Lucey Park, Fri.-Sun. only, through Jan. 8.

DUBLIN: Funderland, RDS grounds, through Jan. 15.

DUBLIN: Dublin Bowie Festival, celebrates the music of David Bowie, Jan. 10-15.

DUBLIN: Tradfest, festival of traditional and folk music, Temple Bar district, Jan. 25-29.


CERNOBBIO: City of Toys, through Jan. 8.

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

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. 19-22.

VERONA: Motor Bike Expo, Fiere, Jan. 27-29.

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


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

CITY: Expo Creativ, hobby fair, Luxexpo The Box, Jan. 6-8.

CITY: Fair of Bordeaux Wines, Luxexpo The Box, Jan. 26-29.

CITY: Luxembourg Euro Meet, swimming championships, Jan 27-29.

CITY: Antiques and Art Fair, Luxexpo, Jan. 27-30.


VALLETTA: International Baroque Festival, celebrates music of the era, Manoel Theatre, Jan. 11-29.

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


MONTE CARLO: International Circus Festival, Jan. 20-29.

MONACO: Historical Auto Rally, Jan. 24-Feb. 1.


THE HAGUE: Christmas Circus, through Jan. 8.

VALKENBERG: Christmas Town, through Jan. 8.

ZWOLLE: Ice sculpture exhibition, through March 5.

AMSTERDAM: Amsterdam Light Festival, through Jan. 22.

MAASTRICHT: Interclassics, classic auto show, MECC, Jan. 12-15.

AMSTERDAM: Choir Days, Paradiso, 140 amateur groups perform, Jan. 14.

GRONINGEN: Eurosonic, music festival and conference for up and coming bands, Jan. 19-21.

AMSTERDAM: Django, festival celebrates music of Django Reinhardt, Bimhuis, Jan. 20-22.

AMSTERDAM: Flamenco Biennale, Jan. 20-Feb. 2.

AMSTERDAM: National Tulip Day, temporary garden on Dam Square from which visitors can take home a bulb, Jan. 21.

ROTTERDAM: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jan. 25-Feb. 5.

AMSTERDAM: Jumping Amsterdam, equestrian event at RAI, Jan. 26-29.


TROMSO: International Film Festival, Jan. 16-22.

TROMSO: Northern Lights Festival, celebrates jazz and classical music, Jan. 27-Feb. 4.


LISBON: Dog Show, Jan. 28-29.


GLASGOW: The Irn Bru Carnival, Europe’s largest indoor funfair, SEC, through Jan. 15.

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. 19-Feb. 5.

COUNTRYWIDE: Burns Night, Jan. 25.

LERWICK: Up Helly Aa, fire festival, Jan. 31.


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. 8.

CANARY ISLANDS: Canary Islands Music Festival, classical music festival takes place on all islands, Jan. 13-Feb. 4.

VALLADOLID: Penguins International Motorcycle Rally, Jan. 12-15.

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


GOTHENBURG: My Dog, international dog show, Maessan, Jan. 5-8.

GOTHENBURG: Gotenborg International Film Festival, Jan. 27-Feb. 5.


SOLOTHURN: Kunst Supermarkt, art fair, through Jan. 8.

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

BELALP: Witches descent, costumed ski races, Jan. 7-14.

ST. MORITZ: Winter Raid, classic auto rally through mountains, Jan. 11-14.

BASEL: Longines CSI Basel, horse jumping event, St. Jakobshalle, Jan 12-15.

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

GRINDELWALD: World Snow Festival, international snow sculptures on display, Jan. 16-21.

MUERREN: International Inferno Race, Jan. 18-23.

BASEL: Museum Night, Jan. 20.

SAMEDAN: Out of the Blues, blues music fest, Jan. 20-21.

SAAS-FEE: Ice & Sound: Ice Climbing World Cup, Jan. 27-28.

GSTAAD: Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, highlights violin performances, Jan. 27-Feb. 4.

CHATEAU-D’OEX: International Balloon Festival, Jan. 21-29.


CARDIFF: Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 8.

BRECON BEACONS: The Fan Dance Race, endurance challenge is a climb over the Pen y Fan mountain, Jan. 7.

LLANWRTYD WELLS: World MTB Chariot Racing Championships, mountain bike competition, Jan. 14.

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