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Austria SALZBURG: Advent concerts at the Grand Festival Hall, tickets necessary, through Dec. 18.

SALZBURG: Winterfest, festival for contemporary circus, tickets necessary, Volksgarten, through Jan. 6.

VIENNA: Indoor Marathon, Wiener Messe, Dec. 15.

VIENNA: Christmas in Vienna, Gala Concert, Grand Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Dec. 21.

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

Belgium GHENT: Glimps Festival, showcasing lesser known music artists and talented newcomers, through Dec. 14.

BRUGGE: December Dance, international dance festival, through Dec. 15.

WONCK: Artisan Christmas market in the caves, through Dec. 15.

ANTWERP: Christmas market, skating rink, and stage shows, through Dec. 29.

LIÈGE: Christmas Village, country’s largest, through Dec. 30.

DURBUY: Christmas market and skating rink, Parc Baudouin et l’Allée verte, through Dec. 15 and Dec. 20-Jan. 3.

BRUGGE: Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival, theme for 2013 is Disney movie “Frozen,” through Jan. 5.

BRUSSELS: Winter Wonders, Christmas market and skating rink, between Grand-Place and Marché aux Poissons, through Jan. 5.

LIÈGE: European Circus Festival, with public voting for favorite acts, Parc d’Avroy, through Jan. 5.

MODAVE: Christmas Around the World, festively decorated rooms at the Chateau de Modave, theme for 2013 is the Ommegang, through Jan. 5.

MONS: Mons’ Snowy Heart, winter festival with Christmas village, street entertainment and skating rink, through Jan. 5.

BASTOGNE: Commemoration of World War II liberation of the city and nut market, Dec. 14-15, includes 7-, 13- and 22-km. walks of defensive area from 8 a.m. and tossing of nuts from the town hall balcony at 4 p.m. Dec. 14; parade of military vehicles at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

ESSEN: Christmas Beer Festival, Heuvelhal, Dec. 14-15.

VIELSALM: Wine and Food Festival, Dec. 14-15.

Czech Republic PRAGUE: Christmas market, old town, through Jan. 6.

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

Denmark COPENHAGEN: Oriental bazaar style Christmas market, freetown of Christiania, through Dec. 20.

COPENHAGEN: German-style Christmas market, Hojbro Plads, through Dec. 23.

AARHUS: Christmas in Den Gamle By, traditional celebrations in historically re-created village, tickets necessary, through Dec. 30.

COPENHAGEN: Christmas in Tivoli Park, Russian theme, admission fees charged, though Dec. 31.

COPENHAGEN: New Year’s bathing in the harbor, Islands Brygge, begins at noon, Dec. 31.

England LONDON: Chocolate Festival, Southbank Centre, through Dec. 15.

BIRMINGHAM: Frankfurt Christmas Market, through Dec. 22.

WINCHESTER: Christmas Market, through Dec. 22.

LONDON: Southbank Centre Christmas market, through Dec. 24.

LONDON: Christmas at Kew Gardens, through Jan. 5.

LONDON: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, with rides, attractions, skating rink and circus, through Jan. 5.

LONDON: International Horse Show, Olympia, tickets necessary, Dec. 16-22.

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

SALISBURY: Winter Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge, Dec. 21.

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.

France PARIS: Nautic, international boat show, Porte de Versailles, through Dec.15.

PARIS: Africolor Music Festival, concerts and cinema, Le Cap, through Dec. 22.

PARIS: Trocadero on Ice, Christmas Village in the Trocadero Gardens, with ice rink and winter sports activities, through Jan. 5.

PARIS: Village de Noël, Champs-Élysées, through Jan. 5.

AVORIAZ: Rock on Snowboard Tour, gear testing and parties, Dec. 14-15.

RIBEAUVILLE: Medieval Christmas market, Dec. 14-15 and 21-22.

EPERNAY: Habits de Lumiere, street festival in the Champagne region, through Dec. 14; parade of vintage autos, Dec. 15.

AIX-EN-PROVENCE: Le Marche des treize desserts, food stalls offer cakes and desserts, Dec. 16-24.

Germany MUNICH: Night of the Proms, classical music concerts, Olympiahalle, through Dec. 15.

ESSLINGEN: Middle Ages and Christmas Market, through Dec. 22.

GENGENBACH: Advent calendar, one of world’s largest, new window in city hall building opens daily at 6 p.m., through Dec. 23.

MUNICH: Tollwood Winter Festival, through Dec. 31.

BERLIN: Winterwelt, Potsdamer Platz, through Jan. 4.

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

RUST: Europapark open for winter season, through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 6.

STUTTGART: SEMF, Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival, Messe, Dec. 14.

HAMBURG: Christmas Parades, start from Mönckebergstrasse, Dec. 15 and 22.

FRANKFURT: International Horse Riding Show, Festhalle, tickets necessary, Dec. 19-22.

MUNICH: ADAC Supercross, Olympiahalle, Dec. 20.

WIESBADEN: Fire Party, celebrates solstice, starts 4 p.m., Schloss Freudenberg, Dec. 21.

MUNICH: Krampus Runs, runners in archaic costumes at city’s Christmas market, Dec. 22.


ST. MÄRGEN: Pferdeschlittenrennen, horse sleigh racing in the Black Forest, subject to snow cover, Dec. 30.

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

Hungary BUDAPEST: Art Market Budapest, International Contemporary Art Fair, Millenaris Cultural Center, through Dec. 21.

BUDAPEST: Advent in Budapest, winter festival with cultural program, Városháza Park, through Dec. 24.

Ireland CORK: Cork Christmas Celebration, Christmas village and market, through Dec. 23.

DUBLIN: Dublin Docklands Christmas Festival, through Dec. 23.

WESTPORT: Winter Wonderland, meetings with Santa and Christmas spirit in 18th-century house, weekends only, tickets necessary, through Dec. 24.

WATERFORD: Winterval, Christmas festival, through Dec. 23 and Dec. 27-31.

PORTMAGEE: New Year’s Eve Festival, piper leads street parade of blazing torches and local man costumed as “Old Year,” Dec. 31.

DUBLIN: New Year’s Eve celebrations, including Procession of Light and Countdown Concert Dec. 31; Big Brunch Jan. 1.

Italy MILAN: Brocantage, top class antiques expo and market, Expo Park Novegro, through Dec. 15.

NAPLES: Showcolate, chocolate expo, Piazza del Plebiscito, through Dec. 15.

TURIN: Golden Skate Awards, ice skating gala, Palavela, Dec. 14.

Luxembourg CITY: Christmas market, Place d’Armes, through Dec. 24.

CITY: Winterlights, festival of lights and animation with markets, street entertainment, and shows, through Jan. 12.

Netherlands DORDRECHT: Christmas market, through Dec. 15.

ZWOLLE: Ice hotel and ice sculptures based on fairy tales, through Dec. 26.

MAASTRICHT: Winterland, with skating rink, live music, more, through Dec. 30.

AMSTERDAM: Light Festival, through Jan. 19; includes Illuminade, illuminated artworks along a walking route, through Jan. 5.

GOUDA: Candle Night, with lit candles, Christmas caroling and festivities, Dec. 13.

DEVENTER: Dickens Festival, old-fashioned Christmas market, Dec. 14-15.

AMSTERDAM: Electric Guitar Heaven, festival, Conservatorium, Dec. 15.

AMSTERDAM: Tangomagia, festival of Argentinian tango, Dec. 26-30.

SCHEVENINGEN: New Year’s Dive, swimmers plunge into the sea at noon in front of Kurhaus Hotel, Jan. 1.

Portugal ÓBIDOS: Vila Natal, Christmas village, through Jan. 1.

Scotland EDINBURGH: Edinburgh’s Christmas, features shows, rides, attractions and Christmas market stalls, throughout town, through Jan. 5.

AVIEMORE: Christmas Eve torchlit procession, Dec. 24.

KIRKWALL: The Ba’, historical street ballgame, Dec. 25.

EDINBURGH: Hogmanay, New Year’s celebrations include torchlit procession Dec. 30, street party, concert in the gardens and Keilidh Dec. 31, and Loony Dook, bathing in the River Forth, Jan. 1.

Spain CARTAGENA: International Film Festival, through Dec. 14.

ZARAGOZA: International Comic Convention, through Dec. 15.

BARCELONA: Buff Epic Run, race through obstacle course, Dec. 22.

MADRID: San Silvestre Vallecana, 10-km. race with thousands of participants, Dec. 31.

MADRID: New Year’s celebrations, country’s biggest party takes place at Puerto del Sol Square, Dec. 31.

Sweden STOCKHOLM: Christmas market, Kungsträdgarden, through Dec. 22.

GOTHENBURG: Liseberg Christmas Market, Sweden’s largest, through Dec. 29.

Switzerland GENEVA: Escalade, annual remembrance of attack on city ramparts in 1602, through Dec. 15.

MONTREUX: Christmas market, through Dec. 24.

LAUSANNE: Festival Lausanne Lumières, artistic installations incorporating light as a design element, through Dec. 31.

DAVOS: Songbird Festival, singer and songwriter festival, through Dec. 21.

VEYTAUX: Medieval Magic, market and medieval village at Chillon Castle, admission charged, Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 21-22.

CRANS-MONTANA: Freestyle Festival, snowboarding championships, extreme-sports films and concerts, Dec. 14.

BASEL: Christmas Tattoo, massed pipes and drums, Dec. 17-19.

ZURICH: Lichterschwimmen, floating candles on the Limmat River, Dec. 19.

ZURICH: Christmas Tattoo, massed pipes and drums, Dec. 20-22.

Wales SWANSEA: Christmas market, through Dec. 16.

CARDIFF: Christmas market, through Dec. 23.

CARDIFF: Winter Wonderland, skating rink and giant swings, City Hall lawn, through Jan. 5.

SWANSEA: Waterfront Wonderland, skating rink and fairground, through Jan. 6.

TENBY: Boxing Day Swim, Dec. 26.


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