World’s top 5 winter festivals

13/12/2019 11:35

THE LAST DAYS OF THE YEAR ARE A TIME TO BID FAREWELL TO THE OLD AND WELCOME IN THE NEW WITH A FESTIVE CELEBRATION. THIS MONTH, HERITAGE FASHION CHOOSES FIVE UNIQUE FESTIVALS TO CHASE AWAY THE WINTER COLD AND LOOK AHEAD TO THE YEAR TO COME.


Light Festival is a sparkling celebration with art installations on the canals of Amsterdam

THE LAST DAYS OF THE YEAR ARE A TIME TO BID FAREWELL TO THE OLD AND WELCOME IN THE NEW WITH A FESTIVE CELEBRATION. THIS MONTH, HERITAGE FASHION CHOOSES FIVE UNIQUE FESTIVALS TO CHASE AWAY THE WINTER COLD AND LOOK AHEAD TO THE YEAR TO COME.

Light festival - Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Light Festival, held in the charming capital of the Netherlands, celebrates the city’s famed canals. Over 53 days, the city lights up with dozens of contemporary installation art pieces on its extensive canal network. Contemporary artworks in all forms and styles, from a giant origami boat to spectacular towers to giant fireworks fluttering above the water create a shimmering, warm and magical environment for Amsterdam’s winter.

The Amsterdam Light Festival takes place this year from November 28th to mid-January. Walking along the canals while taking in the artworks and lighting effects is a fun way to both admire the glorious Dutch city and warm yourself up in the cold of winter. For an even more romantic experience, you can also take a boat ride along the canals and experience a close-up view of their delightful transformation.

Hogmanay – Scotland’s New Year celebration

With over 140,000 visitors from all over the world, the three-day Hogmanay Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland is one of the most well-known New Year’s events in the world. Bustling street parties, concerts and fireworks displays are not to be missed, but the torchlight procession through the city center is a special highlight. The long parade led by young men clad in ancient warrior armor winds through the city’s main streets on New Year’s Eve, bringing to life an age-old Edinburgh tradition.

On the first morning of the New Year, if you are not too tired after a festive night, you can join Loony Dook, one of the most local popular activities. The rules are simple enough: just choose one of the most bizarre outfits that you can think of, then take a dip in the freezing cold waters of the Firth of Forth together with hundreds of other revelers. This strange custom is also a meaningful activity to raise funds for local charities. Is there anything better than starting the New Year with a good deed?

Chichibu Night FestivalJapan

The two-day Chichibu festival is one of Japan’s top tourist attractions in December. The event features a parade of giant traditional floats decorated with bright lanterns and sophisticated gilded carvings accompanied by traditional musical performances of drums and flutes. Tens of thousands of locals and visitors line every street corner to take in the festive atmosphere.

A two-hour elaborate fireworks display is another highlight of the festival. And make sure to enjoy the delicacies sold along the procession route. Take a bite of a hot and chewy rice cake fresh off the charcoal grill and sip some sweet amazake wine (a specialty of Chichibu) and you’ll soon warm up in the winter chill of Japan.


Rise Festival – France

Atop the majestic snow-capped Alps, a week-long festival is the top choice for young party-goers who want to throw themselves into a winter of fun. An outdoor music festival, warm nights spent by the campfire with friends and 220 kilometers of pistes full of twists and turns draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Rise Festival at Les Deux Alpes. Amidst the excitement, you can still find some moments of peace when taking a stroll along mountain trails filled with beautiful wooden homes covered in layers of glistening snow that seem to come straight from a fairy tale.


Fun with music and skiing - top choices for festivals in December

Junkanoo festival – Bahamas

If the cold winter is not for you, then you can head to the Bahamas to enjoy a year-end festival in its warm and jubilant tropical atmosphere. Lasting for a week from December 26th to the first day of the New Year, Junkanoo festival is anticipated for months in advance by the locals of New Providence. Gorgeous costumes are meticulously designed and perfected and dance performances are practiced before being taken to the streets.

The Garifuna culture is recreated through exciting performances in a perfect combination of music and visuals, with energetic dances that are full of life and colorful costumes with sophisticated and elaborate decorative patterns, all against dynamic background music provided by traditional instruments such as drums and bells. And don’t miss local Bahamian delicacies featuring tropical fruits and fresh seafood such as conch.

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