Those who are interested in traveling in January are in luck, as they will find a variety of interesting and impressive festivals that are taking place in the first month of the year. You should know that January is the perfect time of the year for bargains in the travel industry. So, you will have the opportunity to find some great destinations, with unique cultural festivals or visit astonishing places, without spending that much money. Here are some lovely places that you could visit in January.
Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture
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This incredible festival is a month-long festival held in Harbin, Northeast China. Here, visitors will have the opportunity to see amazing works of art and incredible buildings sculpted in ice. These ice works of art are wonderful during the day, but the secret is to visit them at night because they are glowing with colorful LED lights. Every year, ice artists are trying to recreate famous landmarks or artworks from all over the world, such as the Eiffel Tower from Paris. Harbin Festival is the largest ice and snow sculpture event in the world.
Lerwick Shetland Islands, Up Helly
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Up Helly Aa is a fire festival held in Shetland, Scotland. Here, thousands of costumed people march through the streets with torches. This event takes place on the last Tuesday of January and takes all day long. Up Helly Aa involves a number of ceremonial preparations and the star of the event is a torch-lit procession and the burning of a replica Viking ship. During this celebration, people sing “The Norseman’s Home.”
Tromso International Film Festival
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Tromso is known as being the largest film festival in Norway. It is a great destination for you, due to its position in the Arctic Circle. Here, you will also have the opportunity to see some great movies. The Tromso Film Festival features seven screens and also a big outdoor one, placed in the city’s main square, where people can enjoy beautiful movies. Beside movies, tourists can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Northern Lights.
Beside these incredible festivals and events, you can visit several other destinations in January that will offer you a nice and interesting vacation. Have you seen a movie at Tromso International Film Festival?