Best Winter Music Festivals in Europe

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Although European winters are long and cold, there are many events that gather people from all over the world during these cold months. Winter music festivals in Europe are able to warm our hearts despite the freezing weather outside, so let’s take a look at some of the best of them.

Freeze 27 Nov – 1 Dec

Freeze is one of the most attractive festivals held in London during the winter. Its popularity grows each and every year thanks to highlighting performances from classic musicians. Freeze is the help in central London in Clapham Common, making it easily accessible by public transport. Apart from the music festival goers can enjoy participating in all sorts of activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, live music, shopping in an alpine shopping village and taste some delicious meals in mountainside eateries, so the fun is guaranteed. Winter is the best time for such sport activities, so join this amazing music festival in London to combine your favorite music with your preferred sport. Freeze is the ultimate in après-ski. The cost of the tickets starts at £60.

Doomsday Festival – 21 December

Doomsday Festival takes place in the Antwerp exhibition hall, Antwerpen, Belgium, which is transformed to accommodate all the visitors of this special event. The superclub offers a day of dance extravaganza during one of the coldest days in Belgium. Ensure you come here earlier or stay after the festival, so you can see the great diversity of Christmas markets and buy some great Belgian souvenirs. A Doomsday fest ticket costs only £35.

Sonar Festival Reykjavik  – 13 -15 February

Sonar Festival Reykjavik is an exciting event that takes place in Iceland’s capital from 13 to 15 February. Being a multimedia festival, it offers a great mixture of video, films and music.  If you attend this unique event, you will enjoy audiovisual concerts, installation art, films and DJ set presentations, electronic music and much more. Guests will be able to see Chromatics, Jamie Lidell, Sebastién Tellier, Matthew Herbert, Modeselektor, TNGHT and others during the daily time festival schedule.

Horizon Festival – 8-14 March

A great reason for visiting the skiing resort of Bansko, Bulgaria during the winter is Horizon Festival that takes place from 8 to 14 March and is organized among the slopes. This festival is especially beloved by the lovers of the finer things. During the festival, you may join daily yoga classes for free. There are various beauty and spa packages, as well as many discounted lessons for visitors. The new mountain stage will definitely attract many people from near and far. The price for a week in the mountains, where you can enjoy skiing and other winter sports along with your favorite winter festival is about £280.

Snowbombing Festival – March 31 – April 15

Austria is definitely a place you should visit during the winter, being the Queen of classic music and worldwide cultural events. Sport lovers will definitely enjoy Austrian slopes during the winter too. However, there is an event that is especially attractive for young and old called Snowbombing Festival that takes place from March 31 till April 15. The visitors should be prepared for everyday skiing and joining the night party that continues till the morning. There is absolutely no time for rest and sleeping, as this festival always provides intriguing performances to attend. Visitors will greatly enjoy Snowbombing Festival, as it is different from all other festivals in the world. DJ sets and live music are performed right alongside the slopes of the beautiful Austrian mountains.


All these winter music festivals in Europe invite visitors from all over the world. Take part in their fun during the coldest days of the year. Enjoy these amazing cultural events!