Ready to begin the new year with a bang?! These 6 festivals and events in January are completely offbeat, unknown even. And are perfect for those who hate walking on the beaten path. If you want to explore the unexplored, experience the undiscovered, head over to these 6 amazing destinations to encounter these lesser known festivals and events, before they become super popular and go mainstream.
6 Festivals And Events In January
1. Lilu Light Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland
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When: 9th to 19th January 2020
In just its 2nd edition, the Lilu Light Festival is already attracting a lot of attention. This unique winter festival in Switzerland finds artists from all over the world showcasing light in all its glory. Every day, between 9th and 19th January, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., you will find creative light installations illuminated across popular squares, tourist attractions and alleys of Lucerne.
2. Friendship, Miami, USA
When: 6th to 10th January 2020
Land-ahoy! A fest like no other, the Friendship festival takes you on a musical cruise of the seas. Taking place from January 6th to 10th January, hop on the Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of The Seas to experience a unique music fest that consists of epic live performances, theme nights and fantabulous parties. And, the party ends on the shores of the island of CocoCay, in the Bahamas!
3. Dubai Motor Festival, UAE
When: 10th and 11th January 2020
If you live and breathe cars, Dubai is the place for you to be in January! The Dubai Motor Festival has it all – a car parade of classic cars, the Marques D’Elegance (parade of modern luxury cars), driving experiences and a lot more. The cherry on top is the Dubai International Motor Show.
4. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, South Korea
When: 4th to 26th January 2020
The Gangwon-do region in South Korea is home to the bustling Hwacheoncheon Stream. When it freezes in winter, it becomes a huge attraction for locals as well as tourists; they flock to the stream and enjoy the sport of ice fishing. Sancheoneo means Masou salmon and this type of trout can be found only in the pure waters of the Hwacheoncheon Stream. Other activities during the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, apart from Sancheoneo fishing, include ice sleighing, ice soccer, ziplining and a lot more.
5. Goa Sunsplash, India
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When: 10th to 12th January 2020
Claiming to be India’s biggest Reggae festival, Goa Sunsplash is a huge beach party that gives visitors an unforgettable musical and cultural experience. This year’s musical lineup includes celebrated names such as Macka B, Sara Lugo ft. Supa Mana, O.B.F. + Charlie P, and French sensation Naâman.
6. The Lights Water Fest, Malaysia
When: 18th January 2020
The Lights Water Fest is what happens when you combine a great evening with family and friends, great food, live music and floating water lanterns! Taking place between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Sepang International Circuit, do visit the Lights Water Fest to experience the culture and hospitality of Malaysia.
These 6 festivals and events in January might be offbeat and lesser known, but they for sure will leave you with a feeling of joy for having experienced something unique and culturally significant.