Don’t let the onset of winter in Europe keep you inside! These events were scheduled as of Dec. 18, 2015. It’s wise to confirm dates with the organizer or local tourism board before traveling.

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

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

BAD GASTEIN: Snowboard World Cup, Jan. 9-10.

ISCHGL: Shapes in White, snow sculpture festival, Jan. 11-15.

VIENNA: Vienna Auto Show, Messe, Jan. 14-17.

Belgium LIBRAMONT: Noel a Libramont, covered Christmas crafts and gifts market, Libramont Exhibition & Congress, through Dec. 20.

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.

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

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

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

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.

BRUSSELS: auto/moto salon, automobile expo, Brussels Expo, Jan. 14-24.

BRUSSELS: BRAFA, Brussels Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, Tour & Taxis, Jan. 23-31.

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

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

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

PRAGUE: Czech Touches of Music, international classical music festival, through Jan. 6.

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

PRAGUE: Procession of Three Magi on Camels, Epiphany pageant, departs from Hradcanske namesti at 3:30 p.m., Jan. 5.

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

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

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

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

COPENHAGEN: Harbour swim, Islands Brygge, noon, Dec. 31.

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

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

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. 19.

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.

LONDON: New Year’s Eve celebrations, crowds gather at Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and other venues, Dec. 31.

LONDON: New Year’s Day Parade, begins noon from Piccadilly and finishes around 3:30 p.m. at Parliament Street, Jan. 1.

LONDON: Twelfth Night Celebrations, seasonal celebration mixing old and new traditions, Bankside area, starts 2:15 p.m., Jan. 3.

LONDON: NBA Global Games, Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors, O2 Arena, Jan. 14.

LONDON: Lumiere London, light installations and 3D projections, Trafalgar Square, Jan. 14-17.

LONDON: London Art Fair, Business Design Center, Islington, Jan. 20-24.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

NICE: Prom Classic, 10 km run, Jan. 10.

PARIS: winter sales, Jan. 6-Feb. 16.

Germany FRANKFURT: International Horse Riding Show, Festhalle, through Dec. 20.

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.

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

HAMBURG: Christmas Parade, starts from Moenckebergstrasse, Dec. 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.

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

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

TRIBERG: Christmas Magic, illuminated waterfall and special events program in the Black Forest, Dec. 25-30.


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 2015, Dec. 31.

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

NUREMBERG: CACIB, international pedigree dog show, Messe, Jan. 9-10.

SINDELFINGEN: Antik & Kunst, art and antiques fair, Messe, Jan. 14-17.

PASSAU: Impuls Festival, pop culture and showcase festival, various venues, Jan 15-16.

SAARBRUECKEN: Persistence Tour, features heavy, metal and punk bands, Jan. 20.

WIESBADEN: Persistence Tour, features heavy, metal and punk bands, Jan. 22.

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

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

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

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

DUBLIN: Funderland, winter family activities, RDS grounds, through Jan. 10.

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 ROME: Arti & Mestieri, artisan and gastronomy market, Fiera, through Dec. 20.

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

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

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

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

GENOVA: Circumnavigando Festival, international festival of theater and circus, Dec. 26-Jan. 10.

VENICE: Regata delle Befane, rowing contest on Grand Canal, Jan. 6.

PADOVA: International Cat Show, Fiere, Jan. 9-10.

PIACENZA: Arte Piacenza, art fair, Expo, Jan. 16-18.

VERONA: Motor Bike Expo, Fiere, Jan. 22-24.

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

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

Malta SLIEMA: Christmas Charity Swim, Dec. 27.

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

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

AMSTERDAM: World Christmas Circus, Theater Carre, through Jan. 3.

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. 19 and 30.

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

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

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

MAASTRICHT: Interclassics, classic auto show, MECC, Jan. 14-17.

AMSTERDAM: National Tulip Day, temporary garden on Dam Square from which visitors can take home a bulb, Jan. 16.

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

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

PORTO: Saint Silvester Race, Dec. 27.

PORTO: International Dog Show of the North, Exponor, Jan. 23-24.

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: Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

GLASGOW: The Irn Bru Carnival, Europe’s largest indoor funfair, SECC, Dec. 23-Jan. 17.

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.

BURGHEAD: Burning of the Clavie, Jan. 11.

DUMFRIES: Big Burns Supper, culture festival, Jan. 22-30.

COUNTRYWIDE: Burns Night, Jan. 25.

LERWICK: Up Helly Aa, fire festival, Jan. 26.

Slovakia TRNAVA: Medieval Christmas market, through Dec. 20.

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

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

Spain MADRID: International Christmas Fair of Cultures, Calle Conde Duque, through Dec. 22.

BARCELONA: Buff Epic Run, race through obstacle course, Dec. 19.

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.

MOLLEDO: La Vijanera, festival symbolizes triumph of good over evil, Jan. 3.

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. 23 and Dec. 26-30.

GOTHENBURG: My Dog, international dog show, Maessan, Jan. 7-10.

GOTHENBURG: Gothenburg Sound Festival, heavy metal music fest, Tradgarn, Jan. 9.

Switzerland NENDAZ: The Beginning, ski season opening party, through Dec. 19.

BULLE: Christmas artisanal market, through Dec. 20.

MUERREN: Kandahar Races, through Dec. 20.

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. 19-20.

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

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

BASEL: Longines CSI Basel, horse jumping event, St. Jakobshalle, Jan 7-10.

BELALP: Witches descent, costumed ski races, Jan. 9-16.

WENGEN: Ski World Cup, Jan. 15-17.

GRINDELWALD: World Snow Festival, international snow sculptures on display, Jan. 18-23.

BASEL: Museum Night, Jan. 22.

Wales SWANSEA: Waterfront Winterland, through Jan. 3; Christmas street market, through Dec. 22.

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

CARDIFF: Christmas in Cardiff Castle, Dec. 23.

TENBY: Boxing Day Swim, Dec. 26.

CARDIFF: Calennig, traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations, Dec. 31.

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