Festivals and Events, December 2018
AustriaST. ANTON: Ski Open, season opening concerts feature Anastacia and Melanie C., through Dec. 2.
VIENNA: Voice Mania, international a cappella festival, through Dec. 2.
VIENNA: This Human World, international human rights film festival, through Dec. 10.
SALZBURG: Advent Singing, Grosse Festspielehaus, through Dec. 16.
SALZBURG: Winterfest, international circus acts in the Volksgarten, through Jan. 6.
OBERTAUERN: Ski season opening party, Wanda performs, Dec. 1.
SCHLADMING: Ski-Opening, Die Toten Hosen and others perform, Dec. 1.
SALZBURG AND SUBURBS: Krampus run, frightening costumed wild spirits run, Dec. 1, 5 and 21.
FLACHAU: Ski season opening party, equipment testing and live acts, Dec. 7-9.
LECH: Fantastic Gondolas, illuminations and projections against the ski slopes, Dec. 8.
PITZTAL: Ski season opening party, Revolverheld performs, Dec. 8.
SILVRETTA-MONTAFON: World Cup Montafon, ski cross and snowboard cross World Cup competitions, Dec. 12-16.
SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM: Rave on Snow, club festival with electronic music, Dec. 13-16.
MAYRHOFEN-HIPPACH: Rise & Fall, ski competition for teams involves skiing, paragliding and mountain biking, Dec. 15.
MONTAFON: World Cup Montafon, FIS Ski and Snowboard Cross World Cup; Dec. 14-16; Wanda performs Dec. 15.
VIENNA: Christmas Run, running event benefits charity, Dec. 16.
VIENNA: Christmas in Vienna, gala concert, Wiener Konzerthaus, Dec. 21.
VIENNA: New Year’s Trail, Dec. 31.
BelgiumBRUSSELS: Les Nocturnes du Sablon, culinary festival, Sablon, through Dec. 2.
LIEGE: Village de Noel, Belgium’s largest Christmas village, through Dec. 30.
BRUSSELS: Winter Wonders, Christmas market and skating rink, through Jan. 6.
GENT: Gent Militaria, military memorabilia fair, Flanders Expo, Dec. 2.
TOURNAI: Poussy Cat, cat exhibition, Expo, Dec. 2.
GENT: Museum Night, Dec. 6.
BRUSSELS: Midi Station Kizomba Festival, dance fest, Tour & Taxis, Dec. 6-10.
BRUGES: December Dance, international dance festival, Concertgebouw, Dec. 6-16.
BRUGES: Christmas Run, 6 or 10 km circuits through town, Dec. 7.
BRUSSELS: Walking with Dinosaurs, arena show, Expo, Dec. 7-9.
NAMUR: Salon du Vin, wine and gastronomy fair, Namur Expo, Dec. 7-9.
BRUSSELS: Brussels Dog Show, Expo, Dec. 8-9.
BRUGES: Midwinter Festival, Dec. 9.
ROTTERDAM: Bridges Run Rotterdam, 15 km route through city, Dec. 9.
LIEGE: European Circus Festival, Dec. 13-Jan. 6.
BASTOGNE: Battle of the Bulgeperimeter walk and commemorations, Dec. 14-16.
ESSEN: Christmas Beer Festival, Dec. 15-16.
MODAVE: Christmas Around the World, festively decorated rooms at the Chateau de Modave, this year's theme is “The Magic of Toys of Yesteryear,” Dec. 15-Jan. 6.
MECHELEN: Christmas Jumping, horse jumping event, Expo, Dec. 26-30.
CroatiaCRIKVENICA: Adria Advent Marathon, Dec. 2.
ZAGREB: International Human Rights Film Festival, Kino Europa, Dec. 2-9.
OPATIJA: Chocolate Festival, Dec. 7-9.
DAKOVO: Christmas Ball Lipizzaner, Dec. 15.
Czech RepublicSLAVKOV: Battle of Austerlitz re-enactments, through Dec. 2.
PRAGUE: Prague Dog Expo, Exhibition Centre Letnany, Dec. 2.
PRAGUE: Eve of Saint Nicholas Day, or Mikulas, celebrated on Old Town Square and countrywide, Dec. 5.
PRAGUE: Asian Film Festival, Ponrepo and Lucerna, Dec. 6-9.
PRAGUE: Prague Christmas Swing Dance Festival, Dec. 7-9.
PRAGUE: Magnetic Festival, electronic dance music festival, PVA Expo, Dec. 14.
PRAGUE: Czech Touches of Music, international classical music festival, various dates between Dec. 16-Jan 6.
NOVE MESTO NA MORAVE: Biathlon World Championship races, Vysocina Arena, Dec. 20-23.
PRAGUE: New Year’s Eve concert by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Smetana Hall, Municipal House, Dec. 31.
DenmarkELSINORE: Kronborg Castle Christmas fair, through Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9.
COPENHAGEN: Christmas in Tivoli Gardens, through Dec. 31.
AARHUS: Christmas in the Old Town Museum, various dates through Jan. 1.
COPENHAGEN: Christiania Julemarked, Oriental bazaar style Christmas market, Den Gra Hal, Christiania, Dec. 8-20.
EnglandBIRMINGHAM: BBC Good Food Show, NEC, through Dec. 2.
LONDON: Christmas at Kew, trail of lights through Kew Gardens, through Jan. 5.
LONDON: Christmas in Leicester Square, through Jan. 6.
LONDON: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 6.
LONDON: Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour, through Jan. 27.
LONDON: London International Animation Festival, Barbican and The Horse Hospital, Dec. 1-9.
LONDON: IACF Antiques & Collectors Fair, Alexandra Palace, Dec. 2.
NEWARK: IACF Antiques & Collectors Fair, Showgrounds, Dec. 6-7.
LONDON: The Great Christmas Pudding Race, costumed runners race in Covent Garden, Dec. 8.
LONDON: The London International Horse Show, Olympia, Dec. 17-23.
BRIGHTON: Burning the Clocks, lantern procession and fireworks, Dec. 21.
SALISBURY: Winter Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge, Dec. 22.
EXMOUTH: Christmas Day Swim, starts 11 a.m., Dec. 25.
LONDON: The Peter Pan Cup, race open to Serpentine Swimming Club Members only, Hyde Park, Dec. 25.
LONDON: New Year’s Eve fireworks, Thames riverbanks, Dec. 31.
EstoniaTALLINN: Black Nights Film Festival, Kesklinna linnaosa, through Dec. 2.
FinlandHELSINKI: We Jazz, jazz festival, Dec. 2-9.
HELSINKI: Giant indoor play park at the Exhibition Center, Dec. 26-Jan. 6.
FrancePARIS: Salon Grand Tasting, wine presentation, Carrousel du Louvre, through Dec. 1.
PARIS: Salon du Cheval, equestrian show, Paris Nord Villepinte, through Dec. 2.
PARIS: Salon des Vins des Vignerons Independants, Port de Versailles, through Dec. 2.
RENNES: Trans Musicales, contemporary music festival, through Dec. 9.
PARIS: Africolor Music Festival, through Dec. 22.
NANCY: Saint Nicholas festivities, Dec. 1-2.
ROUBAIX: La Braderie de l'Art, art fair and exchange, Dec. 1-2.
LYON: Fete des Lumieres, light festival, Dec. 6-9.
COLMAR: Salon des Vins des Vignerons Independants, Expo, Dec. 7-9.
PARIS: Nautic, international boat show, Porte de Versailles, Dec. 8-16.
PARIS: Jours de Fetes, funfair at La Villette, Dec. 8-Jan. 6.
RIBEAUVILLE: Medieval Christmas market, Dec. 8-9 and 15-16.
AVORIAZ: Rock on Ultimate, ski and snowboard gear testing and DJ sets, Dec. 14-16.
EPERNAY: Habits de Lumiere, illuminations and entertainment along the avenue de Champagne, Dec. 14-16.
LES DEUX ALPES: Rise Festival, ski season opens with parties and live music, Dec. 16-21.
PARIS: New Year’s Eve celebration and light show, Champs Elysees, Dec. 31.
GermanyFRANKFURT: Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight, Festhalle, through Dec. 2.
WUERZBURG: Bachtage/ Bach Days, through Dec. 2.
MUNICH: Food & Life, culinary show, Messe, through Dec. 2.
SINDELFINGEN: Fisch & Reptil, show for keepers of aquariums and terrariums, Messe, through Dec. 2.
MUNICH: Tollwood Winter Festival, Theresienwiese, through Dec. 31.
BAMBERG: Nativity Trail, crèche scenes in churches and squares, through Jan. 6.
RUST: Winter at Europa-Park, through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 6; also Jan. 12-13.
PRIEN AM CHIEMSEE: Christmas market on the island of Frauenchiemsee, through Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9.
MANNHEIM: Toxicator, hardcore electronic music fest, Maimarkthalle, Dec. 1.
BERLIN: Tattoo Festival Berlin, Huxley’s Neue Welt, Dec. 1-2.
ESSEN: Essen Motor Show, Messe, Dec. 1-9.
KAISERSLAUTERN: European Outdoor Film Tour, Kammgarn, Dec. 4.
TUEBINGEN: Chocolart, chocolate fair and illuminations, Dec. 4-9.
BERLIN: Zeughausmesse Arts & Crafts Days, fair for creative and usable objects, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Dec. 6-9.
MUNICH: Night of the Proms, line-up includes Bryan Ferry, Milow, Tim Bendzko, Pointer Sisters and others, Olympiahalle, Dec. 7-9; also Stuttgart (Schleyerhalle) Dec. 18; Frankfurt (Festhalle) Dec. 19.
NUREMBERG: Retro Classics Bavaria, classic auto show, Messe, Dec. 7-9.
DRESDEN: Stollenfest, Dec. 8.
STUTTGART: SEMF- Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival, Messe, Dec. 8.
STUTTGART: Sensation Tattoo Festival, Liederhalle, Dec. 8-9.
MUNICH: Krampus Runs, Marienplatz, Dec. 9 and 23.
FRANKFURT: International Horse Riding Show, Festhalle, Dec. 13-16.
KARLSRUHE: Knock Out Festival, indoor heavy metal fest, Schwarzwaldhalle, Dec. 15.
MANNHEIM: X-Mas in Hell Festival, heavy metal festival, MS Connexion Complex, Dec. 15.
MANNHEIM: Gin Festival, Maimarkthalle, Dec. 15.
COCHEM: Christmas at Cochem Castle, Dec. 15-16.
TRIPPSTADT: Christmas Market in the Forest, Haus der Nachhaltigkeit, Dec. 15-16.
BERLIN: Louis Lewandowski Festival, celebration of synagogue music, Dec. 20-23.
WIESBADEN: Winter Solstice Celebrations, Freudenberg Castle, Dec. 21.
WIESBADEN: Christmas Circus,Festplatz Gibber Kerb, Dec. 21-Jan. 6.
STUTTGART: Holy Sh*t Shopping, market of original wares by hip young artists, Dec. 22-23.
TRIBERG: Christmas Magic, Dec. 25-30.
DORTMUND: Music Show Scotland, Westfalenhalle, Dec. 29.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Biathlon, Dec. 30.
BERLIN: Silvester, Brandenburg Gate, Dec. 31.
TRIER: Silvesterlauf, 5 and 8 km runs, Dec. 31.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Four Hills Tournament, ski jumping competition, Dec. 31-Jan. 1.
HungaryBUDAPEST: Anilogue, International Animation Film Festival, through Dec. 2.
BUDAPEST: Bonusz Festival, electronic music festival, Hungexpo, Dec. 8.
BUDAPEST: Saturnalia, winter celebration, Aquincumi Museum, Dec. 9.
IrelandCORK: Glow, Christmas themed winter wonderland, Bishop Lucey Park, Fri.-Sun. only through Dec. 22.
WATERFORD: Winterval, Christmas themed events and market, through Dec. 23.
WESTPORT: Winter Wonderland, meetings with Santa in 18th century house, weekends through Dec. 23.
DUBLIN: Gifted- The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, RDS, Dec. 5-9.
NEWGRANGE: Winter Solstice at Newgrange, Dec. 18-23.
DUBLIN: Funderland, RDS grounds, Dec. 26-Jan. 13.
DUBLIN: New Year’s Eve celebrations, Dec. 30-Jan. 1.
PORTMAGEE: New Year's Eve Festival, piper leads street parade of blazing torches and a local man dressed as the 'Old Year', Dec. 31.
ItalyTURIN: Torino Film Festival, through Dec. 1.
MODENA: Gran Mercado dell’Antico, antiques fair, fairgrounds, through Dec. 2.
SALERNO: Luci d’Artista, light installations, through Jan. 20.
MILAN: L’Artigiano in Fiera, craftsmen sell their wares, Fieramilano, Dec. 1-9.
FLORENCE: River to River, Indian film festival, Dec. 6-11.
SAN GIMIGNANO: San Gimignano Lumiere, illuminated landmarks, this year’s theme is color, Dec. 8.
COUNTRYWIDE: Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8.
SIRACUSA: Procession of Santa Lucia, Dec. 13.
TURIN: Torino Comics, Lingotto Fiere, Dec. 15-16.
GENOVA: Circumnavigando Festival, international festival of theater and circus in public spaces, Dec. 26-Jan. 6.
NAPLES: Tableaux Vivants of Caravaggio, Monumental Complex Donnaregina, Dec. 28.
ORVIETO: Umbria Winter Jazz, Dec. 28-Jan. 1.
LuxembourgCITY: Winterlights, Christmas market and festivities, through Dec. 24.
CITY: Luxembourg Art Fair, showcases contemporary art, Luxexpo The Box, Dec. 6-9.
CITY: International Bazar, benefits charities worldwide, Luxexpo, Dec. 8-9.
CITY: Night of the Proms, Arena d’Coque, Dec. 13.
CITY: International Motor Show, Luxexpo, Dec. 14-16.
MaltaGOZO: International Choir Festival, Dec. 6-10.
MonacoMONTE CARLO: Monte Carlo Jazz Festival, through Dec. 1.
NetherlandsAMSTERDAM: Meesterlijk, design fair, Westergasfabriek, through Dec. 2.
MAASTRICHT: Magical Maastricht, Christmas market, skating rink and Ferris wheel, through Dec. 31.
AMSTERDAM: Amsterdam Light Festival, through Jan. 20.
AMSTERDAM: Masters of Lxry, lifestyle fair, RAI, Dec. 6-10.
GOUDA: Candle Night, Dec. 14.
DEVENTER: Dickens Festival, Victorian themed Christmas market, Dec. 15-16.
ZWOLLE: Ice sculpture exhibition, Dec. 15-March 3.
AMSTERDAM: Funky Christmas Market, Westergasfabriek, Dec. 16.
AMSTERDAM: Winterparade, Christmas dinner show, Zuiderkerk, Dec. 21-30.
AMSTERDAM: Winter Circus, Royal Theater Carre, Dec. 21-Jan. 7.
AMSTERDAM: Valhalla, circus and electronic music festival, RAI, Dec. 22.
THE HAGUE: Christmas Circus, Dec. 22-Jan. 6.
NorwayOSLO: Designers’ Own Christmas Market, Hausmannsgt 16, Dec. 1-2.
OSLO: Torchlit paradein honor of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, Dec. 10.
PolandWARSAW: Watch Docs, human rights film festival, Dec. 6-13.
KRAKOW: Szopka nativity scenes competition, City Historical Museum, Dec. 10.
PortugalALCOUTIM: ALUT- Algarviana Ultra Trail, 300 km trail running race, through Dec. 2.
OBIDOS: Vila Natal, Christmas Town, through Jan. 6.
LISBON: Sao Silvestre race, 10 km course through city center, Dec. 29.
ScotlandEDINBURGH: Christmas at the Botanics, illuminated trail through the Botanical Gardens, through Dec. 29.
EDINBURGH: Edinburgh's Christmas, shows, rides, attractions and Christmas market stalls, through Jan. 5.
GLASGOW: 3D2D Christmas Craft, Art and Design Fair, Royal Concert Hall, Dec. 1-2.
EDINBURGH: 3D2D Christmas Craft, Art and Design Fair, Assembly Rooms, Dec. 8-9.
EDINBURGH: The Santa Run, participants race in Santa costumes to benefit charity, West Princes Street Gardens, Dec. 9.
GLASGOW: Glasgow’s Santa Dash, participants race in Santa costumes to benefit charity, George Square, Dec. 9.
GLASGOW: The Irn Bru Carnival, Europe’s largest indoor funfair, SECC, Dec. 20-Jan. 13.
KIRKWALL: The Ba’, historical street ball game, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
EDINBURGH: Hogmanay, New Year celebrations include torchlit procession Dec. 30, street party, concert in the gardens and ceilidh Dec. 31; Loony Dook swim in the River Forth, Jan. 1.
INVERNESS: Red Hot Highland Fling, free entry Hogmanay celebrations, Dec. 31.
STONEHAVEN: Fireball Festival, Hogmanay celebrations, Dec. 31.
SlovakiaBRATISLAVA: Bratislava International Film Festival, through Dec. 2.
SpainSANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA: Santiago(e)tapas, tapas competition, through Dec. 2.
MADRID: Arts and Crafts Fair, Paseo de Recoletos, Dec. 1-30.
VALENCIA: Feria del Automovil, auto show, fairgrounds, Dec. 5-9.
LEON: Purple Weekend Festival, celebrates music and culture of the sixties, Dec. 5-8.
MADRID: Madrid en Danza, international dance festival, dates between Dec. 5-30.
SEVILLE: Festivity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8.
MALAGA: Malaga Marathon, Dec. 9.
MADRID: Almoneda Navidad, antiques fair, trade fairgrounds, Dec. 12-16.
MADRID: La Navidena International Fair of Cultures, Matadero, Dec. 14-23.
BARCELONA: Buff Epic Run, race through obstacle course, Dec. 15.
MADRID: San Silvestre Vallecana, 10 km race with thousands of participants, Dec. 31.
MADRID: New Year’s Eve at the Puerta del Sol, Dec. 31.
SwedenSTOCKHOLM: International Horse Show, Friends Arena, through Dec. 2.
STOCKHOLM: Christmas Market at the Royal Stables, through Dec. 2.
GOTHENBURG: Christmas at Liseberg, various dates through Dec. 30.
STOCKHOLM: Design Christmas Market, Faergfabriken, Dec. 8-9.
STOCKHOLM: Hundmaessa, dog show, fairgrounds, Dec. 8-9.
COUNTRYWIDE: Santa Lucia, candlelit processions, Dec. 13.
SwitzerlandZURICH: Whisky Ship, tastings on boat, Buerkliplatz, through Dec. 1.
MONTREUX: Montreux Comedy Festival, shows performed in English, through Dec. 3.
LAUSANNE: Lumieres, light installations, through Dec. 31.
SOLOTHURN: Swiss Art Supermarket, art fair, Rothushalle, through Jan. 6.
FRIBOURG: La Saint-Nicolas, celebrations honor city's patron saint, parade at 5 p.m., Dec 1.
GENEVA: Escalade Run, Dec. 1-2.
VEYTAUX: Medieval Magic at Chillon Castle, Chistmas festivities, Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16.
GENEVA: Fete de la Escalade, commemorates attack on city ramparts in 1602, Dec. 7-9.
DAVOS: Songbird Festival, singer and songwriter festival, Dec. 7-22.
ZURICH: Samichlaus-Schwimmen, swimmers in Santa suits brave icy waters, Dec. 9.
FRIBOURG: Christmas Market of Artisans and Creators, Arsen’Alt, Dec. 14-16.
LENZERHEIDE: Magic Forest, shows, culinary specialties and illuminations, Dec. 14-30.
ZURICH: Lichterschwimmen, floating candles on the Limmat River, Dec. 20.
WalesCARDIFF: Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 6.
SWANSEA: Waterfront Wonderland, skating rink and fairground, through Jan. 6.
CONWY: Winterfest, torchlit parade, Dec. 8.
LLANGOLLEN: Real Ale Train, steam train and sampling ales, Dec. 8.
CAERPHILLY: Christmas Market, Castle, Dec. 8-9.
TENBY: Boxing Day Swim, Dec. 26.