Archive for December 2011

Comrie in Perthshire, Scotland lighting up for New Year


Scotland is a great setting in which to enjoy the warming glow of New Year’s celebrations, with Perthshire being a particularly popular retreat for tourists who have traveled north from England or from further afield to take in some traditional celebrations.

The village of Comrie, just a few miles from the outskirts of the beautiful Loch Lomond National Park, hosts some particularly quaint New Year’s celebrations, with hundreds of locals gathering in the village square for the Flambeaux Procession.

Featuring eight fired torches – ten foot long and carved from beech – that are carried by the village’s strongest men, the procession sees the lights led around Comrie, paraded through the streets by the fantastically authentic Comrie Pipe Band.

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The Dance of the Mad Ones and the Bear in Andalucia, Spain


Traditional Spanish celebrations and events can be particularly captivating to visitors from foreign countries and The Dance of the Mad Ones and the Bear is no different.

Held today, on the 28th December in the small Andalucian village of Fuente Carreteros, the event that is known locally as Baile de los Los Locos y el Oso is a vibrant fiesta that has traditions rooted in the banishing of bad omens ahead of what the villagers hope will be a prosperous New Year.

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Festive fixtures in the English Premier League


It is often referred to as being the best league in the world and the festive season is no exception for the English Premier League – a division containing 20 football teams that are watched by tens of thousands people in stadiums across the country and by hundreds of millions of people across the globe on their television sets.

While top level professional football packs up for Christmas in most European countries, the festive period is in many ways synonymous with thrilling football in England. Sport warms the hearts of many in the country during winter, with matches coming thick and fast. The schedule is particularly exciting on Boxing Day this year, with London tourists able to enjoy the drama of a West London derby as Chelsea take on Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

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Guimaraes to be European Capital of Culture in 2012


Following in the footsteps of many great towns and cities, the Portuguese city of Guimaraes will be officially unveiled as the European Capital of Culture, along with the Slovenian city of Maribor, on the 1st January 2012.

The city, that is located towards the north of Portugal, not far from both Braga and Porto, is one of the most important historical regions in the country, with a UNESCO protected world heritage site at its centre.

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Coldplay live in Germany over Christmas period


Following their successful appearance on the hit British TV show The X-Factor last weekend, Coldplay are now embarking on a massive stadium tour in conjunction with their new album Mylo Xyloto.

The arena tour will witness enormous crowds in cities such as Berlin and Rotterdam. Last night Chris Martin and his bandmates performed in Paris, while tonight they will be singing live at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.

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