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Vienna 16 Nov - 24 Dec

The opening of Vienna's Christmas market brings with it the nostalgia and mistletoe magic of Advent. This elegant city (right) is transformed into a tinsel-tastic wonderland, when trees and houses are adorned with sparkling lights and markets fill the streets with the festive aroma of grilled sausages, burnt sugar almonds and spicy gluhwein.


17 Nov

The anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution" commemorates the student demonstration in 1989 which triggered the downfall of the communist regime. Flowers are laid and candles lit around memorial statues in city squares.


20 Nov

Every last Sunday in November, people seeking cures for illness or a solution to long-standing problems pay their respects to La Nuestra Senora de los Remedios - "Our Lady of Remedies". This traditional patroness of cure-alls is honoured with a feast, traditional games and competitions.


20 Nov

Little white lies are dismissed with a sniff of a Pinocchio-like nose in the Biggest Liar in the World Competition, held annually in the Lake District in England. The evening commences with a traditional "tattie pot supper" before the heavyweight tellers of tall tales move on to the main course of porky pies. Local dignitaries are charged with the serious task of deciding who has told the winning whopper. We've told you where and when, but do you believe us?


23 Nov

The Glebe Street Fair, reputedly the Australian capital's biggest street carnival, attracts some 150,000 revellers each year. The inner-city suburb of Glebe marks the end of Australian springtime by lining its streets with giant decorations and multimedia installations, holding skateboard competitions and setting out over 300 market stalls selling arts and crafts and food from around the globe.