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Family-Friendly Festivals to Have on Your Radar

by Angelique Platas

Dec 6, 2017

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Timkat in Gondar, Ethiopia

Considered one of the most vibrant and exciting festivals of the year, Timkat celebrates the Epiphany in Christianity in Gondar, Ethiopia. On Jan. 19, 2018, visitors and locals take to the historic churches, relics and monuments to show respect. Watch the ceremonial procession in authentic garb and take to the streets in an incredibly unique traditional celebration and family experience.


Carnival in Holland

Plan a quick trip to the southern provinces of Holland for a family-friendly Carnival celebration. From Feb. 11–13, 2018, participants enjoy singing, dancing and general merrymaking. Hop from pub to pub for a drink and enjoy the local flare, costumes and parades. The event begins with the region’s mayor handing over the key to the city to the Prince of Carnival where guests cheer, “Alaaf,” and carry on celebrating over the next few days.

Marching with Torches on National Day in Estonia

Marching with Torches on National Day in Estonia. Photo: Oleg Mashkov | Dreamstime


National Day in Estonia

Celebrate independence like a true Estonian in the city of Tallin, Feb. 24, 2018. Estonia’s capital city, Tallin boasts idyllic views of the Baltic Sea, incredible Gothic architecture and 13th-century buildings. Take to the cobblestone streets of Old Town and enjoy a coffee before the Defense Forces parade begins at noon. The Penguin Parade begins later in the day when the President and important guests gather to celebrate the nation’s independence in formal attire. Enjoy the city’s small town charm and rich history between bustling activities and stops in local shops and cafes — perfect for families of all ages.


Carnival in Nice, France

The epic celebration of Carnival in Nice, France, in February comes just once a year and should not be missed. With the theme already announced, Kind of Space, the 2018 celebration extends Feb. 17–March 3, 2018, where guests dress in vibrant costumes, party and partake in local festivities. Watch the incredible parade and more than 1,000 live musicians, performers and dancers fill out the French Riviera.

International Chocolate Festival in Obidos, Portugal

International Chocolate Festival in Obidos, Portugal. Photo: Sohadiszno | Dreamstime


International Chocolate Festival in Óbidos, Portugal

Set your sights on Óbidos, Portugal, in mid-March for the ultimate celebration of all things sweet at the annual International Chocolate Festival. March 10–April 2, 2018, the medieval town is transformed into a chocolate-lover’s paradise. Stroll through the streets sampling incredible homemade candies, expertly designed cakes and dessert showcases. Guests are welcome to attend culinary classes and baking and design tutorials by professional pastry artists. Cheer on the Chocolatier of the Year announced during the International Competition of Chocolate Recipes and pose next to chocolate sculptures and pastry-based artwork. Be sure to check in on the festival site and Facebook page as official dates and ticket sales have yet to be announced.


Check out the festival Facebook for updates and more information.


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