5 international festivals to enjoy in the cooler seasons

After months of Summer loving, the brisk shivers of Autumn and Winter greet us harshly. The warm sun slips away and the once lively leaves fall to the ground. But whip out your gloves and puffer jackets because the fun has yet to cease. Here are 5 fantastic festivals from around the world that make the cold seasons even cooler.

Winter Wonderland in London, England

Every year from the end of November to the beginning of January, London’s Hyde Park hosts a Winter festival filled with holiday cheer and family fun. From exhilarating rides, a sky-high ferris wheel, cozy food and beer taverns, endless games and classic ice-skating, this famous city welcomes Winter Wonderland’s small town charm. (22nd November 2013 – 5th January 2014)

Winter Wonderland in London

Carnival of Viareggio, Viareggio, Italy

First held in 1873, this February tradition drips with Italian allure. Held along the local beach on the Viareggio Avenue, floats and masks make their way through the parade. The paper mache faces depicting popular people (such as politicians and sports superstars) were created to express their refusal for paying the high taxes that were forced upon them. This flamboyant festival will keep you hooked with bright colours and a hint of historical rebellion. (Dates to be announced)

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

Known as the world’s largest fair, Germany’s annual tradition is one to remember. With beer tents, music, costumes, and dancing, this massive sixteen-day party roars with excitement. And let’s not forget about the new rides adding to this year’s fun! You’ll be able to scream your heart out on the Odyssee, the highest transportable free fall tower Sky Fall (70 meters), the Cobra loopingride and the Pirate Adventure. A perfect dose of adrenaline and ale to warm you right up. (21st September – 6th October 2013)

Oktoberfest

Winter’s Eve Festival, New York City, USA

Held in Lincoln Square, this yearly ode to winter brings families together in one of America’s favourite cities. Kicking off with a tree lighting ceremony and continuing with great music, delicious food and endless entertainment, we promise you won’t find yourself feeling bored. If you’re lucky, snow flurries may just set the mood to perfection on this chilly December evening. (2nd December 2013)

Fashion Week – Paris, Milan, New York and London

For those of you who prefer chic, sophisticated events, International Fashion Week oozes with glamour. Top-end designers, impeccable taste and timeless trends will keep you wanting more. Based in some of the hottest destinations, fashionistas all around the world can experience these packed-full days of style. (New York Fasion Week: 5th – 12th September 2013, London Fashion Week: 13th – 17th September 2013, Milan Fashion Week: 18th – 23rd September 2013, Paris Fashion Week: 24th September – 2nd October 2013)

John-Christian Moquette is a Partner at IAVRA.

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