Festivals and events, January 2018

By KAREN BRADBURY | $content.organization.value.toUpperCase() Published: December 1, 2017

Here is a sampling of January events in Europe.


SALZBURG: Winterfest, contemporary circus performances in Volksgarten, through Jan. 7.

VIENNA: Viennese Ice Dream, skating in front of City Hall, through March 4.

INNSBRUCK: Vierschanzentournee, Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament, Jan. 3-4.

BISCHOFSHOFEN: Vierschanzentournee, Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament, Jan. 5-6.

ISCHGL: Shapes in White, snow sculpture festival in Silvretta Arena, Jan. 8-12.

VIENNA: Vienna Auto Show, Messe, Jan. 11-14.

SAALBACH: Mountain Attack, six peak, 40 km ski marathon race, Jan. 12.

BAD GASTEIN: Snowboard World Cup, Jan. 12-13.

KITZBUEHEL: Snow Polo World Cup, Reith, Jan. 12-14.

FILZMOOS: International Balloon Festival, Jan. 13-20; night of illuminated balloons Jan. 14.

VIENNA: Ball Season, upcoming balls include Vienna Coffeehouse Owners' Ball Jan. 18; Ball of the Vienna Philharmonic Jan. 18; Flower Ball Jan. 19; Doctors’ Ball Jan. 27; Viennese Ball of the Sciences Jan. 27; Johann Strauss Ball Jan. 27; Hunter's Ball Jan.29.

KITZBUEHEL: Hahnenkamm Races, ski race, Jan. 16-21.

LECH-ZUERS: Der Weisse Ring, ski race pits professionals against amateurs, Jan. 20.

INNSBRUCK: ART Innsbruck, international fair for contemporary art and antiques, Jan. 25-28.

SAALFELDEN-LEOGANG: White Style, freestyle mountain bike race, Jan. 26.

SALZBURG: Mozart Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 4.

OGGAU: 24 Hour Burgenland Extreme Tour, 120 km walking marathon, Jan. 26.

NASSFELD: Schlag das Ass-Nassfeld trophy, world’s longest ski race, Jan. 26-27.

GASTEIN: Art on Snow, ice sculpture exhibition, Jan. 27-Feb. 2.



BRUGES: Ice Sculpture Festival, through Jan. 7.

BRUGES: Brugge Foto Festival, works of 45 photographers shown across 10 locations, through Jan. 7.

LIEGE: European Circus Festival, through Jan. 7.

MODAVE: Christmas Around the World, decorated rooms at the Chateau de Modave feature festively set tables, through Jan. 7.

MONS: Coeur en Niege, winter activities include a skating rink, artisans market and a luge piste, through Jan. 7.

BRUSSELS: River Jazz Festival, venues throughout city, Jan. 8-23.

BRUSSELS: Brussels Jazz Festival, Flagey, Jan. 11-20.

BRUSSELS: European Motor Show Brussels, automobile expo, Brussels Expo, Jan. 12-21.

BRUSSELS: Djangofollies, music festival celebrates music of Django Reinhardt, Jan. 13-31.

BRUSSELS: BRAFA, Brussels Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, Tour & Taxis, Jan. 27-Feb. 4.

GENT: Gent Light Festival, Jan. 31-Feb. 2.



DUBROVNIK: Winter festival, through Jan. 6.

ZAGREB/SLJEME: FIS World Cup “Snow Queen Trophy” Races, women’s slalom ski races, Jan. 3-4.


Czech Republic

PRAGUE: Czech Touches of Music, international classical music festival, Jan. 2, 3, 4 and 6.

PRAGUE: Procession of Three Magi on Camels, Epiphany pageant, departs from Hradcanske namesti at 3:30 p.m., Jan. 6.

PRAGUE: Iranian Film Festival, Kino Svetozor, Jan. 10-14.

PRAGUE: Grand Restaurant Festival, Jan. 15-Feb. 28.

PRAGUE: Short Film Festival, Kino Svetozor, Jan. 17-21.

HRADEC KRALOVE: Winter Run, road race along 4 or 8 km routes, Jan. 13; also in Brno Jan. 20; Ostrava Jan. 27; Ceske Budejovice Feb. 3; Olomouc Feb. 17 and Prague Feb. 24.

JEDLOVA: Sled dog racing, Jan. 21-25.



AALBORG: Northern Winter Beat, Skraen, Jan. 25-27.

SKAGEN: Winter Swimming Festival, Jan. 25-28.

COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, Jan. 31-Feb. 3.



LONDON: Christmas at Windsor Castle, through Jan. 4.

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

LONDON: Twelfth Night Celebrations, seasonal celebration mixing old and new traditions, Bankside area, event begins 2:15 p.m., Jan. 7.

LONDON: London Boat Show, Excel, Jan. 10-14.

LONDON: London International Mime Festival, Barbican and other venues, Jan. 10-Feb. 3.

LONDON: London Art Antiques and Interiors Fair, ExCel, Jan. 12-14.

WHITTLESEA: Straw Bear Festival, Jan. 12-14.

LONDON: London Short Film Festival, Jan. 12-29.

EXETER: Exeter Festival of Winter Ales, Exeter City Football Club, St James Park, Jan. 13-14.

CAMBRIDGE: Cambridge Winter Ale Festival, Jan. 17-20.

LONDON: London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, Jan. 17-21.

LONDON: Lumiere London, illuminations, Jan. 18-21.

LONDON: The Adventure Travel Show, Olympia, Jan. 20-21.

LONDON: VAULT Festival, entertainment and shows in vaulted chambers beneath Waterloo, Jan. 24-March 18.

MANCHESTER: Manchester Beer and Cider Festival, Jan. 25-27.

PETERBOROUGH: Katharine Of Aragon Festival, historical festival evokes Tudor era, Cathedral, Jan. 25-28.

ELY: Elysian Winter Beer Festival, The Maltings, Jan. 26-27.



HELSINKI: Winter Circus, Cable Factory, Pannuhalli, through Jan. 8.

HELSINKI: Lux Helsinki, festival of light, Esplanade Park, Jan. 6-10.

HELSINKI: DocPoint, documentary film festival, Jan. 29-Feb. 2.



METZ: Ice Sculptures, Place de la Republique, through Jan. 7.

NICE: Prom Classic, 10 km run, Jan. 7.

PARIS: winter sales, Jan. 10-Feb. 20.

SURESNES: Suresnes Cites Danse, hip hop dance festival, Jean Vilar Theatre, dates between Jan. 12-Feb. 3.

SAMOENS: La Grande Odyssee Savoie Mont Blanc, sled dog race, Jan. 13-24.

SURESNES: Suresnes Cites Danse, hip hop dance festival, Jean Vilar Theatre, Jan. 19-31.

ANGOULEME: International Comic Strip Festival, Jan. 25-28.



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

STUTTGART: World Christmas Circus, Cannstatter Wasen, through Jan 7.

RUST: Europa-Park open for winter season, through Jan. 8.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Hornschlittenrennen, racing on sledges, Jan. 6.

SINDELFINGEN: Antik & Kunst, art and antiques fair, Messe, Jan. 11-14.

BAD RAPPENAU: Mulled wine market, Salinenpark, Jan. 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28.

NUREMBERG: CACIB international pedigree dog show, Messe, Jan. 13-14.

STUTTGART: The Holiday Exhibition, travel fair, Messe, Jan. 13-21.

BERLIN: Berlin Fashion Week, Jan. 16-19.

PASSAU: Impuls Festival, pop culture and showcase festival, various venues, Jan 19-20.

BERLIN: Six Day Race, indoor cycling race, Velodrom, Jan. 25-30.

FREINSHEIM: red wine hiking, Jan. 26-28, torchlit hike at 6 p.m. Jan. 26.

BERLIN: JapanFestival, Urania, Jan. 27-28.

SINSHEIM: Street Food Festival with Craft Beer, Burgplatz, Jan. 19-21.

TRIER: Moselle Wine Forum, Thermen am Viehmarkt, Jan. 19-21.

BERLIN: International Green Week, Berlin Expo Grounds, Jan. 19-28.

MANNHEIM: Winterlichter, illuminations in Luisenpark, Jan. 20-Feb. 25.

WIESBADEN: Persistence Tour, features heavy, metal and punk bands, Schlachthof, Jan. 23.

BAD HINDELANG: Ski Trail, cross country ski race, Jan. 25-28.

DRESDEN: SemperOpernball, Jan. 26.

FELLBACH: Middle Ages market, Alte Kelter, Jan. 28-29.

DORTMUND: Jagd und Hunt, hunting expo, Messe, Jan. 30-Feb. 4.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Kandahar Races, World Cup ski races for men Jan. 27-28; women’s races Feb. 3-4.



DUBLIN: Funderland, winter family activities, RDS grounds, through Jan. 14.

DUBLIN: Dublin Bowie Festival, celebrates music of David Bowie, Jan. 5-10.

SIXMILEBRIDGE: Shannonside Winter Music Weekend, Jan. 18-22.

DUBLIN: Tradfest, festival of traditional and folk music, Temple Bar district, Jan. 25-29.

DUBLIN: Dublin Smartphone Film Festival, Generator Hostel Smithfield, Jan. 27.



GENOVA: Circumnavigando Festival, international festival of theater and circus, citywide, through Jan. 7.

TURIN: Luci d’Artista, illuminations throughout city, through Jan. 18.

COUNTRYWIDE: Epiphany celebrations, Jan. 6.

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

FLORENCE: International Skate Award, figure skating show, Nelson Mandela Forum, Jan. 13-14.

MADONNA DEL CAMPIGLIO: Winter Marathon, classic auto race through Dolomites mountain range, Jan. 18-21.

VERONA: Motor Bike Expo, Fiere, Jan. 18-21.

MADONNA DEL CAMPIGLIO: Tulot Vertical Up, uphill race, Jan. 19-20.

AOSTA: Sant'Orso Fair, traditional craft fair, Jan. 30-31.

SEISER ALM: Moonlight Classic, 15 and 30 km cross country night ski race, Jan. 31.



CITY: Vacanz, travel fair, Luxexpo, Jan. 12-14.

CITY: Luxembourg Euro Meet, swimming championships, Jan 26-28.



VALLETTA: International Baroque Festival, celebrates music of the era, Manoel Theatre, Jan. 13-27.



MONTE CARLO: Monte-Carlo Auto Rally, Jan. 22-28.



AMSTERDAM: World Christmas Circus, Theater Carre, through Jan. 7.

AMSTERDAM: Light Festival, through Jan. 21.

ZWOLLE: Ice sculpture exhibition, this year’s theme is “Famous Stories,” Ijsselhallen, through March 4.

MAASTRICHT: Interclassics, classic auto show, MECC, Jan. 11-14.

AMSTERDAM: Choir Days, Paradiso, 140 amateur groups perform, Jan. 13-14.

AMSTERDAM: First Art Fair, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, Jan. 17-21.

GRONINGEN: Eurosonic, music festival and conference for up-and-coming bands, Jan. 17-20.

AMSTERDAM: Whisky Weekend, tastings and Scottish music, Posthoornkerk, Jan. 19-20.

AMSTERDAM: National Tulip Day, temporary garden on Dam Square from which visitors can take home a bulb, Jan. 20.

AMSTERDAM: IMPRO Amsterdam, comedy festival, Compagnietheater, Jan. 22-24.

ROTTERDAM: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jan. 24-Feb. 4.

AMSTERDAM: Jumping Amsterdam, equestrian event at RAI, Jan. 25-28.

THE HAGUE: Holland Dance Festival, Jan. 25-Feb. 11.



TROMSO: International Film Festival, Jan. 15-21.

TROMSO: Northern Lights Festival, celebrates jazz and classical music, Jan. 25-Feb. 4.



EDINBURGH: Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, through Jan. 5.

EDINBURGH: Edinburgh’s Christmas, St. Andrew Square, through Jan. 7.

GLASGOW: The Irn Bru Carnival, Europe’s largest indoor funfair, SECC, through Jan. 14.

BURGHEAD: Burning of the Clavie, Jan. 11.

DUMFRIES: Big Burns Supper, culture festival, Jan. 18-28.

GLASGOW: Celtic Connections, folk, roots and world music festival, Jan. 18-Feb. 4.

COUNTRYWIDE: Burns Night, Jan. 25.

ALLOWAY: Burns Alicht, tour Burn’s birthplace by torchlight, Jan. 28.

LERWICK: Up Helly Aa, fire festival, Jan. 30.



HREBIENOK: Tatra Ice Master, ice sculpture competition in the High Tatras, Jan. 12-14.



ALCOY: Three Kings Parade, Jan. 5.

MADRID: Three Kings Parade, Jan. 5.

MOLLEDO: La Vijanera, festival symbolizes triumph of good over evil, Jan. 7.

VALLADOLID: Penguins International Motorcycle Rally, Jan. 11-14.

CANARY ISLANDS: Canary Islands Music Festival, classical music festival takes place on all islands, Jan. 11-Feb. 4.

SANTIPONCE: Italica International Cross-Country, foot race takes place among the ruins of a Roman city outside Seville, Jan. 21.

SAN SEBASTIAN: Tamborrada, drum festival celebrates city’s patron saint, Jan. 20.

BARCELONA: Cursa Atletica Barri Sant Antoni, 10 km run, Barri Sant Antoni, Jan. 21.

MADRID: Gastrofestival, Jan. 23-Feb. 7.

MADRID: Fashion Week, Feria de Madrid, Jan. 25-29.



GOTHENBURG: My Dog, international dog show, Maessan, Jan. 4-7.

GOTHENBURG: Gotenborg International Film Festival, Jan. 26-Feb. 5.

JOKKMOKK: Jokkmokk Winter Market, Sami meeting, Jan. 30-Feb. 4.



SOLOTHURN: Swiss Art Supermarket, art fair, Rothushalle, through Jan. 7.

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

BELALP: Witches descent, costumed ski races, Jan. 6-13.

BASEL: Longines CSI Basel, horse jumping event, St. Jakobshalle, Jan 11-14.

WENGEN: FIS Ski World Cup Lauberhorn, Jan. 12-14.

GRINDELWALD: World Snow Festival, international snow sculptures on display, Jan. 15-20.

MUERREN: International Inferno Race, Jan. 17-20, Devil’s parade, Jan. 19.

ST. MORITZ: Winter Raid, classic auto rally through mountains, Jan. 17-20.

BASEL: Museum Night, Jan. 19.

SAAS-FEE: Ice & Sound: Ice Climbing World Cup, Jan. 19-20.

SAMEDAN: Out of the Blues, blues music fest, Jan. 19-21.

BASEL: Vogel Gryff, archaic ritual on the Rhine, Jan. 20.

LEUKERBAD: Night Race 777, vertical race, Jan. 20.

ZURICH: Mercedes Benz CSI, horse jumping tournament, Hallenstadion, Jan. 26-28.

GSTAAD: Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, highlights violin performances, Jan. 26-Feb. 3.



SAUNDERSFOOT: New Year’s Day Swim, Jan. 1.

HOLYHEAD: Endurancelife Marathon, Isle of Anglesey, Jan. 13.

LLANWRTYD WELLS: World MTB Chariot Racing Championships, mountain bike competition, Jan. 13.


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