Christmas in Copenhagen

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Denmark is a Nordic country and what happens in the Nordics at Christmas time?  It is very cold, frosty and  snowy and it is definitely one of the most Christmassy places you can visit within Europe. A real winter wonderland worthy of a film set!

Christmas in Copenhagen is a magical time filled with festive traditions, beautiful decorations, and a cozy atmosphere. The city transforms into a winter wonderland with its streets, squares, and markets adorned with sparkling lights and decorations. The Danish know how to keep warm, so you are given a blanket in most places you go to eat and drink, making the cold - cozy.

Tivoli Gardens, an iconic amusement park, becomes a center piece for Christmas celebrations in Copenhagen. It's beautifully decorated with thousands of lights, Christmas trees, and stalls selling seasonal treats. Visitors can enjoy rides, live music, traditional Danish food, and shop for unique gifts at the market. See what Visit Copenhagen has to say about Christmas in Copenhagen - Click HERE

The streets, especially Strøget (one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets), are adorned with stunning decorations, and shops display their holiday best. Danish Christmas markets offer handmade crafts, ornaments, and delicious festive treats like æbleskiver (round, fluffy pancakes) and gløgg (mulled wine).

The Danish tradition of "hygge" (coziness) is at its peak during Christmas. People gather with family and friends to enjoy hearty meals, light candles, and partake in the joyous atmosphere. Many families celebrate with a festive dinner on Christmas Eve, often featuring roast pork, duck, or goose, followed by the much-loved dessert, risalamande (rice pudding with almonds).

Copenhagen's churches hold beautiful Christmas concerts and services, adding to the spiritual ambiance of the season. The city's iconic landmarks, such as the Nyhavn harbor, the Round Tower, and Christiansborg Palace, are often illuminated and create a stunning backdrop for the festivities.

Copenhagen at Christmas
Photo Credit - Sla Karvounis

Christmas Markets

Copenhagen's Christmas markets are a wonderful reflection of the city's festive spirit and Danish traditions. They typically start in late November and run through December, offering locals and visitors alike a delightful experience filled with holiday cheer, delicious treats, unique gifts, and a cozy atmosphere.

Some of the notable Christmas markets in Copenhagen are listed below. For more options and more detail CLICK HERE and the Scandinavia Standard site has some great content and information.

  1. Tivoli Gardens: Tivoli is a highlight during the Christmas season. The park transforms into a magical wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, festive decorations, and a Christmas market offering traditional Danish handicrafts, ornaments, and culinary delights. Visitors can enjoy rides, live music, and captivating performances against the backdrop of stunning holiday decor.

  2. Freetown Christiania Christmas Market: This alternative and artsy district hosts a unique Christmas market with an eclectic mix of handmade crafts, art, and organic food. It's a great place to find one-of-a-kind gifts and experience a different vibe compared to traditional markets.

  3. Kongens Nytorv Market: Located in the heart of Copenhagen, this market features charming stalls selling crafts, ornaments, and seasonal goodies. It's a picturesque setting with an ice skating rink and a beautiful backdrop of historical buildings.

  4. Nyhavn Christmas Market: The colorful houses along Nyhavn create a stunning backdrop for a smaller, more intimate market. Visitors can find handicrafts, decorations, and a selection of food and drinks while enjoying the festive ambiance by the waterfront.

  5. Højbro Plads Market: This market near Strøget offers a mix of traditional Danish Christmas goods, including decorations, knitwear, and gastronomic treats. It's an ideal stop for those exploring the city center.

At these markets, you'll find Danish holiday specialties like æbleskiver (round pancakes), gløgg (mulled wine), roasted almonds, and various pastries. Additionally, there's an array of handcrafted ornaments, candles, knitwear, and unique gifts that reflect Danish craftsmanship and traditions.

The markets are not just places to shop; they're also about embracing the festive spirit, enjoying live music, experiencing Danish culture, and reveling in the warmth and joy of the holiday season.

Above all else wherever you go and what ever you do you will experience Hygge

Hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") is a Danish and Norwegian term that embodies a concept of coziness, contentment, and well-being. It's a cultural and lifestyle concept that focuses on creating a feeling of warmth, comfort, and intimacy, often associated with moments of togetherness, relaxation, and simple pleasures.

Get married in Copenhagen at Christmas
Photo Credit - Sla Karvounis

Key elements of hygge include:

  1. Comfort and Coziness: Hygge embraces all things cozy, from soft blankets and comfortable furniture to warm lighting, candles, and crackling fires during colder months. It's about creating a snug and inviting atmosphere.

  2. Connection and Togetherness: Hygge often involves spending quality time with loved ones, whether it's sharing a meal, having a relaxed conversation over a cup of coffee, or enjoying activities together. It emphasises the importance of building connections and nurturing relationships.

  3. Simplicity and Mindfulness: Hygge encourages simplifying life's moments and being present in them. It's about appreciating the small things, such as savoring a homemade meal, reading a good book, or enjoying a quiet evening at home.

  4. Gratitude and Comfort: It involves embracing gratitude for what one has and finding comfort in life's simple pleasures. This can include enjoying good food, creating a cozy environment, or appreciating nature.

In Denmark, where the concept originates, hygge is deeply ingrained in the culture and plays a significant role in combating the long, dark winters. However, it's not exclusive to winter; it's about creating a feeling of coziness and contentment year-round.

There is a wonderful website here, Visit Copenhagen (where you can also find us listed!), and they give more information on aspects of Christmas in Copenhagen, things to do and see, where to eat and drink when you are in Copenhagen and general information. If you are getting married in Copenhagen or thinking about it, CLICK HERE to have a read.

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