Winter festivals in Europe are lively and vibrant. Shrug off the blues and celebrate winter at these European festivals when you’re in the picturesque continent. From carnivals, and ice sculptures to fire festivals, there are plenty to warm your soul. Here are a few popular winter festivals that you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Europe.
Top 5 Winter Festivals in Europe
Venice Carnival, Italy
This Italian city is picturesque and it comes to next level during Venice Carnival with fancy masked balls and extravagant parades. The Carnival will be held between 16 February and 5 March of 2019. The beautiful backstreets and the Saint Mark’s Square would be filled by strangely masked revelers, colorful parades, and canals with elegant gondolas.
Il Carnevale or Venice Carnival is a colorful explosion of fashion and festive creativity. This is one popular festival that the whole city indulges in and celebrates like there’s no tomorrow.
Visit Venice Events for more details.
Ice Sculpture Festival, Bruges, Belgium
Get ready to enter into the world of creativity. Visit the world’s first Digital Ice Art Museum in Bruges, Belgium. The traditional festival started on 24 November 2018 and would conclude on 6th January 2019.
Artists from all over the world have created an astonishing world (ice museum). Marvel at the huge Digital Ice Palace with 100 video projections that light up ice sculpture panoramas that reach not less than 4 meters. This ice palace is temporarily built in hermetically isolated Icebox that occupies more than 1.000 square meters.
Tickets can be purchased at the entrance of the festival in Bruges. Visit ice sculpture for more details.
Amsterdam Light Festival, The Netherlands
Amsterdam Light Festival is a 53-day event that brings the best national and international light artists to exhibit their creativity throughout the city. The 7th edition of the festival themed “The Medium is the Message” will take place from 29th November 2018 until 20 January 2019. You can see fabulous sculptures and brilliant art installations on this radiant festival.
For more details about the 7th edition of Amsterdam Light Festival visit Amsterdam Light Festival.
Fête du Citron, France
There’s no better way to banish the winter blues than celebrating the colorful festival of lemons in the south of France. People of Menton have been celebrating the Fête du Citron or Lemon Festival since 1928.
Head to Menton – the beautiful and picturesque town of French Riveria and marvel at the colorful parades and impressive sculptures. Every year the festival of lemon uses 120 tonnes of citrus fruit to create gigantic structures and floats. Celebrate the next edition of Lemon Festival from 16th February until 3rd March 2019.
Discover all excursions and exciting activities here.
Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Scotland
Up Helly Aa is one of the largest and spectacular fire festivals in Europe that takes places on the last Tuesday of January every year at Lerwick – the main port of the Shetland Islands in Scotland. The festival is about celebration of Shetland Islands’ majestic Viking heritage. Up Helly Aa involves a series of torch-lit procession that reaches up to 1,000 islanders dressed in traditional costumes throwing burning torches into a Viking longship and watching it burn.
Visit https://www.uphellyaa.org to know details about Up Helly Aa 2019.