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Iced ginger Christmas cookies await customers at the Christmas Market in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Nov. 27, 2017. Christmas markets and winter festivals abound throughout Europe this time of year.
Iced ginger Christmas cookies await customers at the Christmas Market in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Nov. 27, 2017. Christmas markets and winter festivals abound throughout Europe this time of year. (Will Morris/Stars and Stripes)

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.

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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.

HANNOVER: Pferd & Jagd, fair for hunting, fishing and horseback riding, Messe, Dec. 6-9; Nacht der Night of Horseshorse show, Dec. 7-8.

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.

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