Don’t let the onset of winter in Europe keep you home! These events were scheduled as of Dec. 25, 2015. It's wise to confirm dates with the organizer or local tourism board before traveling.

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

INNSBRUCK: New Year’s celebrations, live entertainment in city streets, Dec. 30-31.

VIENNA: New Year’s Run, starts 11 a.m. from Ringstrassengalerien, 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.

BelgiumLIEGE: 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, this year’s theme is “Star Wars,” through Jan. 31.

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.

Czech RepublicPRAGUE: 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.

DenmarkAARHUS: 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: Swimming in the harbor, starts noon, Dec. 31.

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

NOTTINGHAM: Winter Wonderland, through Jan. 3.

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

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.

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: Shakespeare Street Party, celebrates 400 years of The Bard’s legacy, Jan. 2.

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, tickets necessary, Jan. 20-24.

FinlandHELSINKI: 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.

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

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

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

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

GermanyBADEN-BADEN: Christmas market, through Dec. 30.

BERLIN: Christmas market, Gendarmenmarkt, through Dec. 31.

MUNICH: Tollwood Winter Festival, through Dec. 31.

BERLIN: Winter World, Potsdamer Platz, through Jan. 3.

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

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

HANOVER: Christmas market, central railway station, Dec. 26-30.

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

STUTTGART: World Christmas Circus, Cannstatter Wasen, through Jan 10.


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

SPEYER: Christmas and New Year’s market, Dec. 27-Jan. 6.

KONSTANZ: New Year’s Swim, 900 meter swim in the Rhine, Dec. 28.

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

MANNHEIM: Silvestermarkt, Kapuzinerplanken, Dec. 28-31.

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

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

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: New Year’s Ski Jump, qualifications Dec. 31; competition Jan. 1.

FUESSEN: New Year’s Day swim, starts 4 p.m., Jan. 1.

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

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.

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

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.

DUBLIN: Tradfest, celebration of traditional Irish music and culture in Temple Bar area of city, Jan. 27-31.

ItalyROME: Roma Gospel Festival, Auditorium Parco della Musica, through Dec. 31.

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

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

GENOVA: Circumnavigando Festival, international festival of theater and circus takes place in public places throughout city, Dec. 26-Jan. 10.

CERVINIA: Fiaccolata, torchlit procession, starts 9 p.m. Dec. 30.

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.

FLORENCE: International Skate Award, figure skating show, Nelson Mandela Forum, Jan. 23-24.

MaltaSLIEMA: Christmas Charity Swim, Dec. 27.

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

NetherlandsAMSTERDAM: 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. 30.

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.

ROTTERDAM: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jan. 27-Feb. 7.

NorwayTROMSO: International Film Festival, Jan. 18-24.

TROMSO: Northern Lights Festival, celebrates jazz and classical music, Jan. 29-Feb. 7.

PortugalOBIDOS: Vila Natal, Christmas Town, through Jan. 3.

PORTO: Saint Silvester Race, Dec. 27.

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

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

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

EDINBURGH: Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

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.

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

SloveniaLJUBLJANA: Festive Fair, city center, through Jan. 3.

SpainMADRID: 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.

ALCOY: Three Kings Parade, Jan. 5.

MADRID: Three Kings Parade, Jan. 5.

SANTIPONCE: Italica International Cross-Country, foot race among Roman ruins near Seville, Jan. 17.

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

BARANDA: La Fiesta de las Cuadrillas, folk music concerts, Jan. 24.


GOTHENBURG: Christmas at Liseberg, amusement park open for Christmas season, Dec. 26-30.

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

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

GOTHENBURG: Gotenborg International Film Festival, Jan. 29-Feb. 8.

JOKKMOKK: Jokkmokk Winter Market, Sami meeting, Feb. 4-6.


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.

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.

BASEL: Vogel Gryff, archaic ritual on the Rhine, Jan. 27.

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

TENBY: Boxing Day Swim, Dec. 26.

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

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