Things to do in Copenhagen

Christmas market



Denmark offers you numerous fairytale Christmas markets – from Christmas in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and the enchanting market across the Oresund bridge in Malmö in Sweden to Christmas in the Old Town open-air museum in Aarhus, the Old Sqaure Christmas market in Aalborg, the Hans Christian Andersen Christmas market in Odense, the exotic christmas market of Christiania, just to mention a few. At the markets you can find not only gift ideas in abundance but also that true Christmas spirit, that is so typical during Danish Christmas time.



Europe’s oldest amusement park, the Tivoli Gardens, hosts Copenhagen’s annual Christmas market. The time-honoured amusement park is transformed into a Yuletide Paradise of sparkling lights and beautifully decorated Christmas stalls offering all manner of sweetmeats, Danish specialties, handicrafts, and seasonal gifts. The setting is out of Hans Christian Andersen, with hundreds of Christmas trees and over half a million lights.



All rides operate, and, as a special Christmas feature, the charming 150-years-old double-decker merry-go-round, the oldest carousel of its kind in the world, will start spinning again. Nissekobing, or Pixieville, is a huge in-door Christmas town with hundreds of mechanical pixies busily preparing for the holidays and several times a day you will get the chance to witness a spectacular artistic light show on the Tivoli lake. The lake is transformed into an outdoor ice skating rink, where visitors can hire skates.


If you are feeling particularly energetic try some of the park's rides which remain open over the festive period, including one of the world's oldest wooden roller coasters. Add a splash of several music and theatrical productions to keep the festive spirit alive, some good old Danish grub and spicy red wine and you will be wishing Christmas was not just once a year.


There are plenty of food stalls – the main draw here is glögg, Danish mulled wine mixed with liquor and spices. Hot apple dumplings make for a warming mid-shopping snack.


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