Festivals & events
These are events planned as of Dec. 13, 2013. For regional and national tourism sites, visit www.towd.com.
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.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Biathlon, Dec. 27.
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.