Festivals and events
Details are subject to change; it’s wise to check with the tourist board before traveling.
SALZBURG: Krampus and Perchten runs, traditional run of wild spirits through the streets, Dec. 3, 5-6, 8, 21.
VIENNA: New Year’s Trail in Old City, food and entertainment in the streets, Dec. 31.
VIENNA: Imperial Ball in Hofburg Palace, Dec. 31.
SALZBURG: Party zone in the city center, food and entertainment in the streets, Dec. 31.
BRUSSELS: Late openings at museums, through Dec. 15.
BASTOGNE: Nut Market, fair and festival commemoration of the defense of the city in WWII, Dec. 10-11.
AUSTERLITZ: Commemoration of Napoleon’s battle, re-enactment and camps, Dec. 2-4.
PRAGUE: Milulis, devils, St. Nicholas and angels roam the city center, Dec. 5.
RIPON: Dickens Festival, through Dec. 4.
LONDON: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, seasonal ice skating, rides and attractions, through Jan. 3
LONDON: Oxford Street Christmas lights, through Jan. 5.
HARROGATE: The Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Dec. 2-4.
LONDON: Chocolate Festival, in Southbank Centre, Dec. 9-11.
YORK: Festival of Angels, in the Quarter, Dec. 11.
LONDON: International Horse Show, at Olympia and National Halls, Dec. 13-19.
LONDON: New Year’s Day parade, Jan. 1.
PARIS: Christmas illuminations on the Champs-Elysées, through Jan. 9.
LYON: Fête des lumières, illuminations in honor of Virgin Mary, Dec. 8-11.
PARIS: Fun fair at the Grand Palais, Dec. 16-Jan. 2.
TÜBINGEN: International chocolate festival, through Dec. 4.
HAMBURG: DOM festival, open-air fun fair, through Dec. 4.
MUNICH: Tollwood, cultural festival in Olympiapark, through Dec. 31.
BERLIN: Berlin Tattoo Convention, in Arena Berlin, Dec. 2-4.
MUNICH: Krampus runs, traditional wild spirits run in city, Dec. 11, 18.
BERLIN: New Year’s Eve outdoor party on the Strasse des 17 Juni near the Brandenburg Gate, with entertainment, Dec. 31.
DUBLIN: Temple Bar chocolate festival, Dec. 3-5.
ROME: Romaeuropa, cultural arts performances, through Dec. 11.
MILAN: L’Artigiano in Fiera, large crafts fair in fairgrounds, Dec. 3-11.
SORRENTO: City marathon, Dec. 18.
PISA: City marathon, Dec. 18.
LUXEMBOURG CITY: International motor show, Luxexpo, Dec. 9-11.
AMSTERDAM: Millionaire fair, RAI International Exhibition and Congress Centre, Dec. 8-11.
AMSTERDAM: New Year’s Eve outdoor party on the Museumplein, with entertainment, Dec. 31.
EDINBURGH: Edinburgh’s Christmas, seasonal activities around Princes Street Gardens, through Jan. 4.
KIRKWALL: The Ba’, historical street football game, Dec. 25.
EDINBURGH: Hogmanay, New Year’s Eve outdoor party, Dec. 31.
STONEHAVEN: Fireball festival, Dec. 31.
VALENCIA: Auto Show in Feria Valencia, Dec. 3-8.
FRIBOURG: Santa Claus parade and fair, Dec. 3.
KÜSSNACHT: Klausjagen, St. Nicholas procession, Dec. 5.
GENEVA: Escalade, 17th-century historical procession, Dec. 9-11.