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(Last Updated On: 05/03/2021)

Make the most of the cold season by visiting the Best Winter Festivals in Europe. The festivals involve everything from skiing and snowboarding to music, comedy, ice sculptures, and dazzling carnival parades. Below is our top 5 roundup of what you’ll find happening across Europe in January and February.


Let’s begin with Winter Festivals in Europe, and off we go to Scotland

Edinburgh Hogmanay is one of the world’s best New year Celebrations, a truly wild and wooly underwear occasion. Hogmanay is the Scottish word for New Year’s Eve and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival has become one of the largest New Year’s celebrations in the world. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a 3-day festival full of events that include a torchlight procession, live music concerts, family events, a massive street party, traditional dancing, fireworks, and even a costumed parade that ends with a cold dip in the river!


Scotland Hogmanay is a very unique among Winter Festivals in Europe



London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland returns to Hyde Park in 2018 with its sparkling ice rink, huge Christmas market, and fun-packed rides. Make sure you take cash and arrive early to avoid missing out on amazing rides that can sell out fast! Winter Wonderland is notoriously popular, and we couldn’t list our Best Winter Festivals in Europe without mentioning it!

Amsterdam to London Trains

Lille to London Trains

Paris to London Trains

Brussels to London Trains


hyde park winter wonderland is one of Winter Festivals in Europe


Lighting up the dark days and nights of Luxembourg City is Winterlights Luxembourg. Of the many activities and events on offer for all the family, the Christmas markets remain a firm favorite! You can expect handmade goods, clothes, toys, accessories, and of course (our favorite) plenty of delicious food just waiting to be tasted! From the traditional “Gromperekichelchen” to more exotic flavors from far-flung destinations, there is bound to be something for everyone.

Cologne to Luxembourg Trains

Trier to Luxembourg Trains

Metz to Luxembourg Trains

Paris to Luxembourg Trains



Venice during Il Carnevale is an explosion of color and fashion creativity. This makes for a beautiful contrast to the chilly white snow. Carnival (or “Carnevale”) is one of the biggest celebrations in Italy—and from Venetian masks to masquerade balls, no place does it like Venice! Like the idea of seeing the city at its most festive and colorful? Then put this on your list of Best Winter Festivals in Europe.

Milan to Venice Trains

Florence to Venice Trains

Bologna to Venice Trains

Rome to Venice Trains


Il Carnevale venice is one of Winter Festivals in Europe


Our last choice for Winter Festivals in Europe is: Amsterdam

Looking for something more cultured? Then book your ticket to the open-air exhibition called Amsterdam Light Festival. The event attracts the best national and international light artists to showcase their work throughout Amsterdam center and along its famous canals. This year’s event runs from 29 November 2018 until 20 January 2019. Each year, hundreds of submissions are submitted by designers, architects, and artists from around the world.

The light art installations of the Amsterdam Light Festival water exhibition illuminate every day from 5 pm until 11 pm. The Amsterdam Light Festival is in the open air and free for everyone. Great opportunity to take impressive photos!

The best way to experience this pick of Winter Festivals in Europe is to visit the water exhibition is by boat. Canal cruise companies offer special guided cruises along with the artwork. The Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise takes 75 minutes.

Brussels to Amsterdam Trains

London to Amsterdam Trains

Berlin to Amsterdam Trains

Paris to Amsterdam Trains



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