Top Music Festivals To Get You Through The Holiday Season

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Crowded shopping malls. Sleet and ice storms. The longest night of the year. Christmas music. The holiday season is here once again with a four-week stretch of tedious family events and mandatory office parties. Why don’t you give a gift to yourself this December and take off for a music festival? We’ve get our picks lineed up below. Don’t worry — you’ll still be back in time for your ugly sweater Christmas party.

Meredith Music Festival 2017

December 8-10, 2017

Victoria, Australia


"Meredith Twenty Seven. For The Very First Time. A three-day, two-night, Four-Dimensional Odyssey in the Supernaturalest Amphitheatre on Earth; a haven, a retreat, a rare treat, an incursion and excursion through inner and outer space Together; all-singing, all-dancing from the same songbook, same shape, same size, with world’s best practice service and facilities, One Stage Fits All, ample Time and spacey Space for anything goes; for fun lovers, for nature lovers, for music lovers, for lovers, for yourself. For One Time Only." -MMF


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Rise Festival 2017

December 16-23, 2017

Les 2 Alpes, France


Warm up for winter with an early vacation to the French Alps and the annual Rise Festival. If you get bored of the incredible freeriding and all-night parties (yeah, right), spend your time with activities like ice cave meditation, alpine yoga, snowmobiling, or paragliding


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Polaris Festival 2017

December 7-10, 2017

Verbier, Switzerland


It's time to get high, like really high, at the Polaris Festival in Switzerland. This electronic music festival bumps the beats 2,200 meters up at the Le Mouton Noir ski resort in Verbier, Switzerland. Ski, ride, and dance your through the weekend. Just make to save some time for soaking in the hot tub.


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Day For Night 2017

December 15-17, 2017

Houston, TX


The newer Day for Night Festival stands out by mixing an eclectic musical lineup with ambitious art installations. Taking place during the dark nights of winter in the historic Barbara Jordan Post Office in Houston, there is really no other festival quite like it in the world.


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Wonderfruit Festival 2017

December 14-17, 2017

Pattaya, Thailand


Wonderfruit, the annual arts and music festival of Thailand, is back with plenty of talks, workshops, art, food, and music. The Fields at Siam Country Club hosts the event which has seen artists like Rudimental, Little Dragon, Seth Troxler, and De La Soul. Prepared to be awed by the stage design at Wonderfruit.


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Rave on Snow 2017

December 14-17, 2017

Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria


The name says it all. You're going to be partying to electronic music on the slopes of Austria's Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski resort. This event has been taking place for over two decades so be prepared to meet some seriously good times and catch some world-class DJs under the snowy skies of December.


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Norður og Niður 2017

December 27-30, 2017

Reykjavik, Iceland


The enigmatic Sigur Ros heads home to Iceland this winter where they'll be curating Nordur Og Nidur, an ambitious four day event. Expect to see plenty of performances from the "band's friends, collaborators, and heroes". If it's anything like their live show, prepare to be transported to a special experience.


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Lights All Night 2017

December 29-30, 2017

Dallas, TX


The longest running EDM festival in Texas lights up New Year's Eve in Dallas with a roster of confetti exploding talent. The production is top-notch, with stages and light shows that has fans raving. Jump on a plane to Dallas and jump your way into the next year.


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Snowglobe 2017

December 29-31, 2017

South Lake Tahoe, CA


The annual SnowGlobe in Lake Tahoe has made good on their promise to bring a top-notch EDM festival to a ski town. SnowGlobe is loud. It’s flashy. Music shakes your chest. Fireworks explode. Imagine a club filled with thousands of EDM fans dancing and screaming and losing their minds. And it’s outside. In the middle of the winter.


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Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the editor-in-chief's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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