Details are subject to change; it’s wise to check with the local tourist board before traveling.

VIENNA: Ball Season: Hofburg Kaiser ball, Dec. 31; Philharmonic ball, Jan. 20; Pharmacists ball, Jan. 22; Engineers ball, Jan. 23; Medical Doctors ball, Jan. 29; Hunters ball, Jan. 31; Johann Strauss ball, Feb. 12.

VIENNA: Vienna Ice Dream, Jan. 20-March 5. Outdoor ice skating around Town Hall.

BRUSSELS: Late openings at city museums, through Dec. 16.

BRUGGE: Snow and ice sculpture festival through Jan. 16.

BASTOGNE: Nuts fair, Dec. 10-12. Traditional festival and one celebrating the freeing of the city in World War II.

NAMUR: International wine and gastronomy fair, Dec. 10-12.

ESSEN: Christmas beer festival, Dec. 18-19.

BRUSSELS: Dog show, Dec. 18-19. Laeken.

BRUSSELS: BRAFA, Jan. 21-30. Antiques and fine arts fair in Tour & Taxis.

COPENHAGEN: Christmas season at Tivoli Gardens, through Dec. 30.

LONDON: Christmas lights on Regent and Oxford Streets, through Jan. 3.

LONDON: Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 6. Hyde Park. Ice skating, rides, Christmas market.

LONDON: Christmas chocolate festival, Dec. 10-12. Southbank Centre.

LONDON: International Show Jumping, Dec. 14-20. Olympia.

LONDON: New Year’s Day parade, Jan. 1.

LONDON: International boat show, Jan. 7-16. ExCel.

ELY: Beer festival, Jan. 14-15.

PARIS: Christmas department store windows, through Dec. 31. Boulevard Hausmann.

PARIS: Christmas lights along Avenue des Champs-Elysées, through Dec. 31.

LYON: Festival of lights, Dec. 8-11.

METZ: Flea market, Dec. 18. Metz Expo.

PARIS: Winter sales, Jan. 12-Feb. 15.

MUNICH: Tollwood festival, through Dec. 31. Cultural festival on the Theresienwiese.

BERLIN: New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Outdoor party at Brandenburg Gate.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Hornschnitten races, Jan. 6. Traditional sleds.

BERNAU: Sled-dog races, Jan. 22-23.

DUSSELDORF: Boat fair, Jan. 22-30.

BERLIN: Long night of the museums, Jan. 29.

TODTMOOS: Sled-dog races, Jan. 29-30.

SUVERETO: Historical and cultural festival, through Dec. 12.

BOLOGNA: Motor show, through Dec. 12. Fairgrounds

MILAN: Arts and crafts show, through Dec. 12. Fairgrounds.

PISA: City marathon, Dec. 19.

VENICE: Witches regatta, Jan. 6.

ROME: Science festival, Jan. 20-23. Auditorium Parco della Musica.


AMSTERDAM: Millionaire fair, Dec. 9-13. RAI.

DEVENTER: Dickens festival, Dec. 18-19.

AMSTERDAM: Christmas canal parade, Dec. 23. Decorated boats sail the canal.

THE HAGUE: Paradice, Jan. 19-Feb. 27. Biggest ice rink center in the world.

ROTTERDAM: International film festival, Jan. 26-Feb. 6.

OSLO: Days of Peace, Dec. 10-12. Oslo Peace Prize awarded and other public events.

EDINBURGH: Hogamany, Dec. 30-Jan. 2. New Year’s celebrations.

GLASGOW: Celtic Connections, Jan. 13-30. Celtic music festival.

AVIEMORE: Sled-dog racing, Jan. 22-23.

LERWICK: Up-Helly-Aa, Jan. 25. Festival of fire and torchlight parade.

COUNTRYWIDE: Burns Night, Jan. 25.

GRANADA: Reconquest festival, Jan. 2. Events commemorating victory of Christians over Moors in 1492.

COUNTRYWIDE: Procession of the Three Kings, Jan. 5.

SAN SEBASTIAN: Tamborrada, Jan. 19-20. Drumming festival.


KIRUNA: Snow Festival, Jan. 29-30. Biggest in Europe.

JOKKMOKK: Winter market, Feb. 3-5. Traditional Lapp market.

GENEVA: Escalade, Dec. 10-12. Historical festival.

ZURICH: Lichterschwimmen, Dec. 16. Candleboats released from Stadthausquai quay on the river.

INTERLAKEN: Harder Potschete, Jan. 2. Traditional event.

BELALP: Witches ski race, Jan. 9-15.

BASEL: Vogel Gryff, Jan. 13. Traditional event.

LLANWRTYD WELLS: Roman festival, Jan. 14-15.

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