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Don’t let the onset of winter in Europe keep you inside! These events were scheduled as of Dec. 11, 2015.

Austria SALZBURG: Advent singing, concerts at Festspielhaus through Dec. 13.

ALPBACH: ski opening Alpbachtal, concerts and ski testing, through Dec. 13.

SALZBURG: Winterfest, performances in Volksgarten, through Jan. 6.

MONTAFON: FIS Snowboard Cross, through Dec. 13; Revolverheld in concert Dec. 12.

SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM: Rave on Snow, club festival, through Dec. 13.

WAGRAIN: Winterstart Hoch 2, Sarah Connor and Conchita perform, Talstation Flying Mozart, Dec. 12.

MAYRHOFEN: HIPPACH: Dream Days, Advent celebration in forest, live music, DJs, and more, Dec. 18-19.

MAYRHOFEN-HIPPACH: Rise & Fall, slope side team competitions, Dec. 19.

VIENNA: New Year’s Run, Dec. 31.

VIENNA: New Year’s Eve Trail, live entertainment throughout city, Dec. 31.

VIENNA: Le Grand Bal, Hofburg Vienna, Dec. 31.

VIENNA: Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Day concert, broadcast on screen in front of City Hall, Jan. 1.

Belgium GHENT: Glimps Festival, music fest showcasing lesser known artists and talented newcomers, through Dec. 12.

BRUGGE: December Dance, international dance festival, Concertgebouw, through Dec. 13.

NAMUR: Salon du Vin, wine and gastronomy fair, Namur Expo, through Dec. 13.

NIVELLES: Christmas market and Nativity Scene competition, through Dec. 13.

LIEGE: Village de Noel, Belgium’s largest Christmas village, through Dec. 30.

BRUSSELS: Winter Wonders, Christmas market, ice rink, decorations and more, through Jan. 3.

LIEGE: European Circus Festival, through Jan. 3.

MONS: Coeur en Niege, winter activities include skating rink, artisan market and luge piste, through Jan. 3.

LIEGE: Ice Sculpture Festival, theme for 2015 is “Star Wars,” through Jan. 31.

ANTWERP: Santa Run, costumed race for charity, starts 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12.

BASTOGNE: Battle of the Bulge perimeter walk and commemorations, Dec. 12-13.

VIELSALM: Wine and Food Festival, Dec. 12-13.

MODAVE: Christmas Around the World, festively decorated rooms at the Chateau de Modave evoke cinematic scenes, Dec. 12-Jan. 3.

ROTTERDAM: Bridges Run Rotterdam, 15 km route through city, Dec. 13.

BRUGGES: Star Parade, folkloric procession depicts Christmas story, starts 2:30 p.m. from Oud Sint-Jan, Dec. 19-20.

BRUSSELS: Brussels Dog Show, Brussels Expo Halls 3 and 4, Dec. 19-20.

ESSEN: Christmas Beer Festival, Dec. 19-20.

MECHELEN: Christmas Jumping, horse jumping event, Planckendael, Dec. 26-28.

Croatia ZAGREB and RIJEKA: International Human Rights Film Festival, Kino Europa, through Dec. 13.

DJAKOVO: Christmas Ball Lipizzaner, Baroque musical stage show with horses, National Stud Farm, Dec. 19.

Czech Republic PRAGUE: International Festival of Outdoor Films, through Dec. 12.

PRAGUE: Design Supermarket, young artists present contemporary designs, Kafkuv Dum, through Dec. 13.

PRAGUE: Ledni Letna, circus performances in outdoor tent, through Dec. 31.

CESKY KRUMLOV: Advent and Christmas celebrations, mostly weekends, through Jan. 6.

PILSEN: Horsefeathers City Jib, pro snowboarders shred in an urban rail jam followed by live music, DEPO2015, Dec. 12.

PRAGUE: Czech Touches of Music, international classical music festival, Dec. 16-Jan. 6.

PRAGUE: Magnetic Festival, electronic dance music festival, PVA Expo, Dec. 18.

PRAGUE: New Year’s fireworks, begin 6 p.m. Jan. 1.

Denmark COPENHAGEN: Christmas fair by Danish Crafts and Design Association, Bredgade 66, through Dec. 13 and Dec. 18-20.

COPENHAGEN: Oriental bazaar-style Christmas market, Grey Hall, Christiania, through Dec. 20.

AARHUS: Christmas in the Den Gamle By, historical village showcases Danish traditions, through Dec. 30.

COPENHAGEN: Tivoli Gardens, park open for Christmas season, through Jan. 3.

COPENHAGEN: Solstice Party, Danish Architecture Center, Strandgade 27B, starts 4 p.m., Dec. 18.

England BATH: Bath Film Festival, through Dec. 13.

LONDON: London International Animation Festival, Barbican and other venues, through Dec. 13.

BIRMINGHAM: Insomnia56, Britain’s biggest gaming festival, NEC, through Dec. 14.

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Illuminating Shakespeare, light installations at Shakespeare’s birthplace, 4-6 p.m. through Dec. 12 and Dec. 17-19.

LONDON: Winterville, winter festival, Victoria Park, through Dec. 23.

LONDON: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, through Jan. 3.

LONDON: Christmas at Kew, illuminated trail through gardens, through Jan. 7.

GRASSINGTON: Dickensian Festival, Dec. 12 and 19.

LONDON: The London International Horse Show, Olympia, Dec. 15-21.

BRIGHTON: Burning the Clocks, lantern procession and fireworks, Dec. 21.

SALISBURY: Winter Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge, Dec. 22.

EASTBOURNE: Christmas Day Concert, Eastbourne Silver Band performs at Eastbourne Bandstand, starts 10 a.m., Dec. 25.

EXMOUTH: Christmas Day Swim, starts 11 a.m., Dec. 25.

LONDON: The Peter Pan Cup, swim race open to Serpentine Swimming Club Members only, Hyde Park, Dec. 25.

Finland HELSINKI: We Jazz, jazz festival, through Dec. 13.

HELSINKI: Winter Circus, this year’s theme is a journey around the world, Cable Factory, Pannuhalli, through Jan. 10.

HELSINKI: Seurasaari Christmas Path, family fairy-tale Christmas celebrations, Open Air Museum, Dec. 13.

HELSINKI: New Year’s Eve celebrations, Senate Square, Dec. 31.

France EPERNAY: Habits de Lumiere, illuminated landmarks and festivities, through Dec. 13.

PARIS: Nautic, international boat show, Porte de Versailles, through Dec. 13.

PARIS: Courts Devant, international short film festival, Ile de France, through Dec. 18.

PARIS: Africolor Music Festival, concerts and cinema, various dates through Dec. 24.

METZ: Ice Sculpture Festival, Disneyland Paris themed sculptures, Place de la Republique, through Jan. 17.

RIBEAUVILLE: Medieval Christmas market, Dec. 12-13.

LES DEUX ALPES: Rise Festival, ski season opens with parties and live music, Dec. 12-19.

AVORIAZ: Transition Festival, music, ski and snowboard festival, Dec. 13-19.

AIX-EN-PROVENCE: Le Marche des 13 desserts, food stalls offer cakes and desserts, Dec. 18-24.

PARIS: Festival du Mervielleux, shows and live performances in a decorated warehouse, Les Pavillons de Bercy/ Musee des Arts Forains, Dec. 26-Jan. 3.

PARIS: The Grande Parade on the Champs-Elysees, starts 10 a.m., Jan. 1.

Germany BERLIN: Zeughausmesse, contemporary decorative arts fair, Deutsches Historisches Museum, through Dec. 13.

MUNICH: Tollwood Winter Festival, through Dec. 31.

BAMBERG: Nativity Trail, creche scenes in churches and throughout city, through Jan. 6.

RUST: Europa-Park open for winter season, through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 10.

STUTTGART: SEMF, Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival, Messe, Dec. 12.

HAMBURG: Christmas Parades, start from Moenckebergstrasse, Dec. 12 and 19.

STUTTGART: Night of the Proms, The Beach Boys headline, Olympiahalle, Dec. 15.

UNTERTURKHEIM: Christmas market, Dec. 12.

COCHEM: Cochem Castle Christmas, includes live nativity play, adults 6 euros, children 3 euros, Dec. 12-13.

MUNICH: Krampus Runs, runners in archaic costumes at city’s Christmas market, Dec. 13 and 20.

MANNHEIM: Night of the Proms, The Beach Boys headline, Olympiahalle, Dec. 16.

WOLFACH: Kuchenmarkt, traditional market with Spitzweckendorf, Dec. 17.

FRANKFURT: International Horse Riding Show, Festhalle, tickets necessary, Dec. 17-20.

COLOGNE: Night of the Proms, The Beach Boys headline, Olympiahalle, Dec. 18-19.

KARLSRUHE: Knock Out Festival, indoor heavy metal fest, Schwarzwaldhalle, Dec. 19.

STRAUBENHARDT: Winter Solstice bonfire and party, Turm an der Schwanner Warte, Dec. 19.

TRIER: Music Show Scotland, Arena, Dec. 19.

WIESBADEN: Winter solstice fire party, Schloss Freudenberg, Dec. 22.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Biathlon, Dec. 27.

ST. MAERGEN: Pferdeschlittenrennen, horse sleigh racing in the Black Forest, Dec. 27.

OBERSTDORF: Vierschanzentournee, international ski jumping, Dec. 28-29.

BERLIN: New Year’s Eve Party, crowds gather between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column to greet 2016, Dec. 31.

TRIER: New Year’s Eve City Race, Dec. 31.

Hungary BUDAPEST: WAMP winter design fair, Millenaris Park, Dec. 13 and 20.

BUDAPEST: Advent in Budapest, winter festival with cultural program, Varoshaza Park, through Dec. 23.

Ireland WESTPORT: Winter Wonderland, meetings with Santa and Christmas spirit in 18th century house, through Dec. 13 and 18-24.

CORK: Glow, Christmas themed winter wonderland, Bishop Lucey Park, through Dec. 20.

WATERFORD: Winterval, Christmas themed events and market, through Dec. 23.

NEWGRANGE: Winter Solstice at Newgrange, Dec. 21.

DUBLIN: New Year’s Festival, 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.

Italy BOLOGNA: Motor Show, fairgrounds, through Dec. 13.

MILAN: L’Artigiano in Fiera, craftsmen sell their items, Fieramilano, through Dec. 13.

MILAN: Brocantage, antiques expo and market, Expo Park Novegro, through Dec. 13.

TURIN: Luci d’Artista, illuminations throughout city, through Jan. 11.

MONZA: Chinese Lanterns Festival, various dates through Jan. 31.

SIRACUSA: Procession of Santa Lucia, Dec. 13.

ROME: Arti & Mestieri, artisan and gastronomic market, Fiera, Dec. 17-20.

TURIN: Golden Skate Awards, figure skating show and ceremony, Dec. 19.

ROME: Roma Gospel Festival, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Dec. 19-31.

Luxembourg DUDELANGE: Medieval Christmas market, through Dec. 20.

CITY: International Record Fair, Rockhal, Dec. 20.

CITY: Battle of the Bulge 71st Anniversary Ceremony, Luxembourg American Cemetery, Dec. 16.

Malta COUNTRYWIDE: Republic Day, Dec. 13.

SLIEMA: Christmas Charity Swim, Dec. 27.

VALLETTA: New Year’s Eve celebrations, citywide and free to public, Dec. 31.

Netherlands DORDRECHT: Christmas Market, through Dec. 13.

AMSTERDAM: Light Festival, through Jan. 17.

ZWOLLE: Ice sculpture exhibition, this year’s theme is “Journey through a Frozen World,” through Jan. 24.

VALKENBURG: Christmas parade, Dec. 12, 16, 19 and 30.

HEERLEN: Serious Request, DJ in glass box raises money for charity, Pancratiusplein, Dec. 18-24.

AMSTERDAM: Valhalla, music and circus fest, RAI, Dec. 19.

DEVENTER: Dickens Festival, Victorian themed Christmas market, Dec. 19-20.

AMSTERDAM: Chamber Music Festival, Amstelkerk, Dec. 30-Jan. 1.

SCHEVENINGEN: New Year’s Dive, Jan. 1.

Poland KRAKOW: Galician Advent Fair, Jan Nowak-Jezioranski Square, through Dec. 26.

Portugal OBIDOS: Vila Natal, Christmas Town, through Jan. 3.

VIANA DO CASTELO: Honey market, Dec. 12.

PORTO: Saint Silvester Race, Dec. 27.

Scotland EDINBURGH: The Real Scottish Christmas Fair, features handmade crafts, Ocean Terminal, through Dec. 24.

EDINBURGH: Edinburgh’s Christmas, St. Andrew Square, through Jan. 4.

EDINBURGH: Santa Run, charity race, Dec. 13.

KIRKWALL: The Ba’, historical street ball game, Dec. 25.

EDINBURGH: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, New Year’s celebrations, Dec. 30-Jan. 1.

INVERNESS: Red Hot Highland Fling, Hogmanay celebrations, Dec. 31.

STONEHAVEN: Fireball Festival, Hogmanay celebrations, Dec. 31.

Slovakia TRNAVA: Medieval Christmas market, Dec. 18-20.

BRATISLAVA: New Year’s run across city’s bridges, Dec. 31.

Slovenia LJUBLJANA: Festive Fair, city center, through Jan. 3.

Spain BARCELONA: Chicago Mass Choir performs a tribute to B. B. King, Barts, Dec. 15.

MADRID: International Christmas Fair of Cultures, Calle Conde Duque, Dec. 17-22.

GRANADA: Hogueras de Navidad, bonfire jumping at winter solstice to ward off illness, Dec. 21.

MALLORCA: Song of the Sybil, medieval religious folkloric ceremony in churches across island, Dec. 24.

MADRID: San Silvestre Vallecana, 10 km race, Dec. 31.

MADRID: New Year’s celebrations, Puerta del Sol, Dec. 31.

MADRID: Three Kings Parade, Jan. 5.

Sweden STOCKHOLM: Christmas market in the Old Town, through Dec. 23.

GOTHENBURG: Christmas at Liseberg, amusement park open for Christmas season, through Dec. 13; 15-23 and 26-30.

STOCKHOLM: Hundmaessa, dog show, Stockholmsmassan Alvsjo, Dec. 12-13.

STOCKHOLM: Lucia celebrations, Skansen Museum, Dec. 12-13.

Switzerland VERBIER: Polaris Festival, electronic music festival, through Dec. 12.

GENEVA: Fete de la Escalade, re-enactment commemorates attack on city ramparts in 1602, through Dec. 13.

MORGES: covered Christmas market, through Dec. 13.

DAVOS: Songbird Festival, singer and songwriter festival, through Dec. 19.

STEIN AM RHEIN: Christmas Market, this year’s fairy tale theme is The Brave Little Tailor, through Dec. 31.

SOLOTHURN: Swiss Art Supermarket, art fair, Rothushalle, through Jan. 10.

LUCERNE: Christmas and crafts market, Weinmarkt, Dec. 12-13 and 19-20.

VEYTAUX: Medieval Magic, Christmas market and activities at Chillon Castle, Dec. 12-13 and 19-20.

AIGLE: The Magic of Christmas at Aigle Chateau, Dec. 13.

MURREN: Kandahar Races, Dec. 16-20.

ZURICH: Lichterschwimmen, floating candles on the Limmat River, Dec. 17.

BULLE: Christmas artisanal market, Dec. 17-20.

NENDAZ: The Beginning, ski season opening party, Dec. 18-19.

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

Wales SWANSEA: Waterfront Winterland, through Jan. 3; Christmas Street Market, through Dec. 22.

CARDIFF: Christmas Market, through Dec. 23; Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 3.

LLANGOLLEN: Real Ale Train, Dec. 12.

CARDIFF: Christmas in Cardiff Castle, Dec. 12-13, 19 and 23.

CAERPHILLY: Christmas Fayre, town center and castle, Dec. 12-13.

ABERGAVENNY: Christmas Food and Drink Fair, Dec. 13.

TENBY: Boxing Day Swim, Dec. 26.

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