My favourite winter destination is Copenhagen, Denmark. It is a Christmas city, with it’s cold temperature, love of everything Christmas and typical Danish way of life. After visiting this beautiful city last Christmas to explore the festive markets and Tivoli Gardens, I fell in head of heels for the city, with its love for the festive season and relaxed atmosphere across the city. The best thing to do in Copenhagen this festive season and soak up the atmosphere is at one of many Christmas Markets in Copenhagen. Don’t shoot me but Copenhagen at Christmas is very ‘hygge’.
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Christmas market in Tivoli Gardens
Christmas in Tivoli Gardens is a wonderful tradition amongst Copenhageners and without doubt the city’s number one Christmas market, so much so that people from all over Europe come to visit. Santa Claus will be there to welcome you to the 27 fun rides and Christmas market with Christmas gifts, decorations, snacks, cookies, sweets and hot drinks. The historic gardens will be full of decorated wooden houses, snow-covered trees, Santa’s reindeer, Christmas lights, and the true Nordic Christmas atmosphere.
Open: 19 November – 31 December 2016
Address: Tivoli Gardens, Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 Copenhagen V.
Christmas market in Freetown Christiania
Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen usually hosts a Christmas market, which is an unconventional Yuletide fair reminiscent of an Oriental bazaar. Step into the hustle and bustle and wander through the multitude of stalls offering fine handicraft items, hand-made jewellery, mirrors, wrought iron candle holders, paper-cut Christmas mobiles, clothes, leather masks among many other things. Take in the scented ambience of this vibrant and very different market in the Grey Hall in Christiania and participate in a time-honoured Copenhagen Christmas tradition.
Open: In December, exact dates will be announced here.
Address: Christiania Christmas market, The Grey Hall, Refshalevej 2, 1432 Copenhagen K.
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Christmas market in Nyhavn harbour
During Christmas time, the picturesque old harbour Nyhavn is transformed into one of the cosiest Christmas markets in Copenhagen. At the Nyhavn Christmas market, you will find entertainment, delicious Christmas foods and brews, mulled wine and much more. All along the water in the old harbour, stalls are set up and decorated, offering traditional Danish Christmas specialities and Christmas presents.
Open: 11 November – 23 December 2016.
Address: Christmas market in Nyhavn, Nyhavn, 1051 Copenhagen K.
Cozy Christmas market at the renaissance castle Kronborg
Enjoy the true Christmas feeling at the Castle, with Christmas treats, market and plenty of Christmas experiences for kids and adults. During the two first weekends of December, the majestic renaissance castle, Kronborg Castle opens its courtyard and beautiful ballrooms for the traditional Christmas market.
Open: 3,4 December and 10, 11 December 2016.
Address: Kronborg Castle, Elsinore.
The Christmas market at Kongens Nytorv
Visit a marvelous Christmas market in the very heart of Copenhagen. In the historic setting of Kongens Nytorv, located between Nyhavn and Strøget, you can enjoy the fantastic view of all the traditional Christmas decorations on the Hotel D’Angleterre and the Magasin department store, while shopping for Christmas gifts and decorations in the numerous charming stalls.
Open: 18 November – 22 December 2016.
Address: Kongens Nytorv Christmas Market. 1050 Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen K.
Hans Christian Andersen Christmas market on Axeltorv across Tivoli
The market at Axeltorv square is named after everybody’s favourite and world-renowned Danish storyteller. The stalls are all named after Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, tastefully decorated with thousands of Christmas lights. Here you can taste, smell, and shop everything your Christmas heart desires. You can find Christmas decorations, gifts, jewellery, mulled wine and hot chocolate. The market also has a genuine nostalgia carousel for the kids, a Christmas caravan and of course Santa himself.
Open: 18 November – 22 December 2016.
Address: Hans Christian Andersen Christmas market, Axeltorv, 1609 Copenhagen K.
Christmas Market in the Meatpacking District
Christmas Market season is in full bloom and Kødbyen in the center of copenhagen, has chosen to host its own. Food at Christmas markets is a must and here you are guaranteed to find some of the tastiest traditional Danish Christmas treats. You’ll find churros, ‘æbleskriver’, ‘flæskestegs’ sandwich, ‘gløgg’, hot chocolate and much more. Also, there will be music, amazing Christmas atmosphere and even a partially covered area, to better keep warm in the Danish winter weather.
Open: 10 December – 11 December 2016.
Address: Kødbyen, 1716 Copenhagen V
Remake christmas at Nytorv
This December, Thomas Dambo invites us all to his christmas village, build solely by recycled wood. You can join in making your own presents, decorations and christmas trees made from recycled materials. Watch the entertainment unfold on stage or listen to some of the speakers that will stop by troughout December.
Open: 1 December – 21 December 2016.
Address: Nytorv 25, 1450 Copenhagen K
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Have you visited Copenhagen at Christmas? Make sure you do if you haven’t already as it’s magical! Let me know when you go…
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