Festivals & events in Europe
Europe hums with activity in all seasons. Here are some events on the docket as of Nov. 29, 2013.
Austria VIENNA: Voice Mania, international a cappella festival, highlights singing across many styles of music, through Dec. 8.
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.
ISCHGL: Top of the Mountain Opening Concert, Nickelback plays, Sportplatz, Nov. 30.
OBERTAUERN: International Ski Countdown, celebrates start of ski season, Palov Stelar Band opens, Nov. 30.
SALZBURG: Krampus run, running event with costumed “wild spirits,” starts 7 p.m. in Gnigl, Nov. 30.
TRÖPOLACH: Uni of Snow, ski season opener geared to students, Dec. 6-8.
VIENNA: Christmas in Vienna, Gala Concert, Grand Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Dec. 21.
Belgium BRUSSELS: Nocturnes du Sablon, Sablon/Zavel area celebrates Christmas, through Dec. 1.
LIEGE: Christmas Village, country’s largest, through Dec. 30.
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.
DURBUY: Christmas market and skating rink, Parc Baudouin et l’Allée verte, weekends only, Nov. 30-Dec. 15 and daily Dec. 20-Jan. 3.
STEMBERT: Festival of International Special Beers, Salle Chanteloup, Nov. 30-Dec. 4.
BRUGGE: December Dance, international dance festival, Dec. 4-15.
ANTWERP: Christmas market, skating rink, and stage shows, Dec. 7-29.
ROTTERDAM: Bridges Run Rotterdam, 15 km route through city, Dec. 8.
ROTTERDAM: Sprookes Parade, starts 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13.
GHENT: Glimps Festival, music fest showcasing lesser known artists and talented newcomers, Dec. 13-14.
ESSEN: Christmas Beer Festival, Heuvelhal, Dec. 14-15.
Czech Republic PAVLOV: open wine cellars, 13 vintners open to public 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Nov. 30.
SLAVKOV U BRNA: Commemoration of the Battle of Austerlitz, with re-enactments, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
PRAGUE: Eve of Saint Nicholas Day, or Mikuláš, celebrated on Old Town Square and countrywide, Dec. 4.
PILSEN: Christmas Carol singing, Republic Square, Dec. 11.
Denmark AARHUS: Christmas in Den Gamle By, traditional celebrations in historically recreated village, tickets necessary, through Dec. 30.
COPENHAGEN: Christmas in Tivoli Park, Russian theme, admission fees charged, though Dec. 31.
RIBE: Christmas Market, celebrations in Denmark’s oldest town, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
COPENHAGEN: Oriental bazaar style Christmas market, freetown of Christiania, Dec. 6-20.
England LONDON: Nitro Circus, live action sports show, Earls Court, through Nov. 30.
YORK: St. Nicholas Fayre, through Dec. 1.
BATH: Bath Film Festival, through Dec. 8.
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.
LINCOLN: Christmas Market, Dec. 5-8.
LONDON: The Great Christmas Pudding Race, costumed runners race in Covent Garden, Dec. 7.
LONDON: Chocolate Festival, Southbank Centre, Dec. 13-15.
LONDON: International Horse Show, Olympia, tickets necessary, Dec. 16-22.
BRIGHTON: Burning the Clocks, lantern procession and fireworks, 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: Africolor Music Festival, concerts and cinema, Le Cap, through Dec. 22.
PARIS: Village de Noël, Champs-Elysées, through Jan. 5.
VAL THORENS: Rock On Snowboard Tour, gear testing and parties, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
PARIS: Salon du Cheval, horse expo and show, Nov. 30-Dec. 8.
RENNES: Rencontres Transmusicales de Rennes, indie music fest, Exhibition Park, Dec. 4-8.
PARIS: Le Grand Tasting, wine degustation, Carrousel du Louvre, tickets necessary, Dec. 6-7.
LYON: Festival of Light, installations across city, Dec. 6-9.
NANCY: Feast of St. Nicholas, street party, Dec. 7-8.
PARIS: Nautic, international boat show, Porte de Versailles, Dec. 7-15.
EPERNAY: Habits de Lumiere, street festival in the Champagne region, Dec. 13-14.
Germany BERLIN: Worldtronics, festival of electronic music, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, through Dec. 1.
MUNICH: Food & Life, gourmet fair, Messe, through Dec. 1.
HAMBURG: Hamburg DOM, volksfest, through Dec. 8.
ESSLINGEN: Middle Ages and Christmas Market, through Dec. 22.
MUNICH: Tollwood Winter Festival, through Dec. 31.
BERLIN: Winterwelt, Potsdamer Platz, through Jan. 4.
RUST: Europapark open for winter season, through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 6.
HAMBURG: Christmas Parades, start from Mönckebergstraße, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.
GENGENBACH: Advent calendar, one of world’s largest, new window in city hall building opens daily at 6 p.m., Nov. 30-Dec. 23.
BAMBERG: Nativity Trail, creche scenes in churches and throughout city, Dec. 1-Jan. 6.
TÜBINGEN: Chocolart, Dec. 3-8.
MUNICH: Krampus Runs, runners in archaic costumes at city’s Christmas market, Dec. 8 and 22.
WIESBADEN: Artisans market, in front of town hall, Dec. 12.
MUNICH: Night of the Proms, classical music concerts, Olympiahalle, Dec. 13-15.
STUTTGART: SEMF, Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival, Messe, Dec. 14.
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.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN: Biathlon, Dec. 27.
Hungary BUDAPEST: Contemporary Drama Festival, through Dec. 2.
BUDAPEST: Quarter6Quarter7 Festival, Hanukkah celebrations in the former Jewish Quarter, through Dec. 5.
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.
BUDAPEST: Wine and Cheese Festival, Vajdahunyad Castle, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Ireland DUNDALK: Dundalk Festival of Light and Culture, community celebrations, through Nov. 30.
KILKENNY: Subtitle-European Film Festival, through Dec. 1.
KENMARE: Kenmare Choral Festival, through Dec. 1.
TIPPERARY: Bulmer’s Comedy Festival, O’Keeffe’s Clonmel, through Dec. 1.
CORK: Cork Christmas Celebration, Christmas village and market, 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.
DUBLIN: Dublin Docklands Christmas Festival, Dec. 12-23.
DUBLIN: New Years Eve celebrations: Procession of Light and Countdown Concert, Dec. 31 and Big Brunch, Jan. 1.
Italy TURIN: Torino Film Festival, through Nov. 30.
ROME: River to River, film festival dedicated exclusively to Indian films, Nuovo Cinema Aquila, through Dec. 1.
TRIESTE: French style Christmas market, Piazza S. Antonio, through Dec. 1.
MILAN: L’Artigiano in Fiera, crafts expo, Fiera Milano, Nov. 30-Dec. 8.
NAPLES: Showcolate, chocolate expo, Piazza del Plebiscito, Dec. 6-15.
COUNTRYWIDE: Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8.
SIRACUSA: Procession of Santa Lucia, Dec. 13.
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.
CITY: Live at Vauban, concerts by international artists, Den Atelier, through Dec. 1.
CITY: International Bazaar, benefits charities worldwide, Luxexpo, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
WILTZ: Christmas market and Saint Nicholas parade, Dec. 1.
CITY: St. Nicholas Parade, starts 1:30 p.m. from Grand-rue and Av. de la Gare, Dec. 2.
Netherlands MAASTRICHT: Jumping Indoor Maastricht, horse jumping, dressage, and shows, Congress Centre MECC, through Dec. 1.
AMSTERDAM: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, through Dec. 1.
AMSTERDAM: PAN Amsterdam, fair for art, antiques and design, RAI Parkhal, through Dec. 5.
ZWOLLE: ice sculptures based on fairy tales and ice hotel, Dec. 7-Dec. 26.
AMSTERDAM: Light Festival, Dec. 6-Jan. 19; includes Illuminade, illuminated artworks along a walking route, Dec. 12-Jan. 5.
GOUDA: Candle Night, with lit candles, Christmas caroling and festivities, Dec. 13.
DORDRECHT: Christmas market, Dec. 13-15.
DEVENTER: Dickens festival, old fashioned Christmas market, Dec. 14-15.
AMSTERDAM: Electric Guitar Heaven, festival, Conservatorium, Dec. 15.
Portugal ÓBIDOS: Vila Natal, Christmas village, Dec. 6-Jan. 1.
Scotland ST ANDREWS: St Andrews Festival, traditional music and other events, through Dec. 3.
EDINBURGH: Edinburgh’s Christmas, features shows, rides, attractions and Christmas market stalls, throughout town, through Jan. 5.
COUNTRYWIDE: St. Andrew’s Day, national holiday celebrates country’s patron saint, Nov. 30.
EDINBURGH: The Real Scottish Christmas Fair, Castle Street, Nov. 30-Dec. 5.
EDINBURGH: Santa Run, charity race, Dec. 8.
AVIEMORE: Christmas Eve torchlit procession, Dec. 24.
KIRKWALL: The Ba’, historical street ball game, Dec. 25.
Spain SEVILLE: International Horse Fair, Dec. 3-8.
LEÓN: Purple Weekend Festival, celebrates music and culture of the sixties, Dec. 5-7.
MADRID: Cocina y Saborea, gastronomy fair, Madrid Fairgrounds, tickets necessary, Dec. 6-8.
SEVILLE: Festivity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8.
CARTAGENA: International Film Festival, Dec. 9-14.
ZARAGOZA: International Comic Convention, Dec. 13-15.
BARCELONA: Buff Epic Run, race through obstacle course, Dec. 22.
MALLORCA: Song of the Sibyl, medieval religious folkloric singing, Dec. 24.
Sweden STOCKHOLM: International Horse Show, through Dec. 1.
STOCKHOLM: Christmas market, Kungsträdgården, through Dec. 22.
GOTHENBURG: Liseberg Christmas Market, Sweden’s largest, through Dec. 29.
COUNTRYWIDE: Lucia celebrations, childrens procession, Dec. 13.
Switzerland ST. MORITZ: St. Moritz City Race, parallel slalom ski race through town, through Dec. 1.
ZURICH: Whisky ship, tastings on boat, Buerlkiplatz, ticket necessary, through Dec. 1.
ZURICH: Jazznojazz Festival, jazz, soul, Latin and more, through Dec. 2.
MONTREUX: Christmas market, through Dec. 24.
LAUSANNE: Festival Lausanne Lumières, artistic installations incorporating light as a design element, through Dec. 31.
BASEL: city run, Nov. 30.
ENGADIN: ClauWau, world Santa Claus championships, Silvretta Arena, Nov. 30.
DAVOS: Songbird Festival, singer and songwriter festival, Dec. 6-21.
FRIBOURG: Sankt Nikolaus celebrations, in honor of city’s patron saint, parade at 5 p.m., Dec 7.
GENEVA: Escalade, annual remembrance of attack on city ramparts in 1602, Dec. 13-15.
CRANS-MONTANA: Freestyle Festival, snowboarding championships, extreme sports films and concerts, Dec. 14.
BASEL: Christmas Tattoo, massed pipes and drums, Dec. 17-19.
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.
HAY-ON-WYE: Winter Food Festival, Nov. 30.
CAERPHILLY: Medieval market, Dec. 7-8.
ABERGAVENNY: Christmas Food & Drink Fair, Market Hall and Brewery Yard, Dec. 8.
TENBY: Boxing Day Swim, Dec. 26.