There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here is a taste of what you can see and do in January:
Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival
Embrace winter in its frigid glory at this 31st annual festival in northeastern China. This epic extravaganza, the largest of its kind in the world, features snow sculptures, ice skating, and full-size buildings made entirely of ice pulled from the Songhua River.
5 Jan to 25 Feb
Forget the little drummer boy, treat yourself to thousands at the yearly event in San Sebastián, Spain. It pays homage to the city’s patron saint with 24 hours of rhythmic merry-making culminating in a parade of Basque drummers dressed as soldiers and bakers. Just make sure you show up well-rested (and bring your earplugs), as the festivities kick-off at midnight.
Did not get your fill of drumming in Spain? Head to Iloilo City, Philippines, for a thanksgiving celebration honoring Santo Niño (Baby Jesus). During the annual event, Iloilo’s version of Ati-Atihan festival, its streets come to life as thousands feast, dance, and take in the colorful procession.
Enjoy a Rocky Mountain treat at the month-long festival held each year in Canada’s Banff National Park jam-packed with cold-weather activities—from an ice-carving competition to sleigh rides—making this the perfect winter getaway for the entire family.
8 Jan to 8 Feb
Rainbow Serpent Festival
What do you get when you mix an Aboriginal dreamtime myth with electronic music? Lexton, Victoria in Australia attracts, in its international celebration of music and dance, upwards of 10,000 people each year for an open-air concert you would not soon forget.
23 to 26 Jan