Christmas in Copenhagen

Lights, Christmas trees, shopping, treats and if you're lucky - snow. Christmas in Copenhagen is celebrated in most of the city and the holiday is the most anticipated by Danes who have passed down its simple traditions from generation to generation.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Out in the crisp fresh air, Copenhagen's nights sparkle with tasteful decorations, when December arrives. You won’t find many gaudy colored lights or plastic Christmas trees. Instead white lights illuminate the outdoor Christmas trees, which you will find around in the city of Copenhagen at Christmas.

Copenhagen is a Christmas city and to see one of Europe's most walkable cities at its holiday best start out at the world’s longest pedestrian street Strøget, where various shops have their own traditional ways to celebrate Christmas.

One of them is Royal Copenhagen's showroom at Amagertorv, which is filled with beautiful porcelain, silver and crystal, and the showroom is also the place to acquire one of the very famous Christmas plates. Each year and each plate refers to a piece of Danish cultural history and different Christmas tables are on display on the first and second floor with a new theme each year. The tradition began in 1963 and is still this day today very popular for both Danes and visitors.

With its 1,1 kilometer Strøget is the perfect place to go if you are looking for Christmas-presents, and with lots of different Christmas displays in the many shops, a walk through Strøget is a perfect way to get in a Christmas mood.

An the end of Strøget towards Kongens Nytorv you also have the opportunity to go on a romantic ice-skating at the waterfront near Nyhavn on Havnegade. If you’re not in the city center there are several other outdoors skating rinks at Blågårdsplads in the district of Nørrebro, and at Toftegårds Plads in Valby.

Christmas markets
December in Copenhagen also requires a visit to one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions; The Tivoli Gardens. The old amusement park is a unique experience with real Christmas spirit and lots of ‘hygge’ for all ages - a must-do if you are in Copenhagen during Christmas. Stroll around in the park and have a taste of the Danish Christmas treats 'gløgg & æbleskiver' - a hot and spicy drink made on red wine and traditionally accompanied by round, pan-fried cakes served with sugar and jam. You can also get a taste of a traditional Danish Christmas meal at Madklubben, Brdr. Price or Nimb Terasse – just three of Tivoli’s many restaurants, cafés and bistros.

Tivoli also houses Copenhagen’s most popular Christmas market, The Tivoli Christmas Market, with lots of food vendors and amusements. In 2012 the market is open from November 16 to December 30th and the annual Crazy Christmas Cabaret Show at Tivoli's Glasssal is on in November and December. This year the title is ‘Hitchcock Up’ - opening November 13.

Christmas is also celebrated at Nyhavn, where the famous Danish writer H. C. Andersen lived for several years. At Nyhavn Christmas Market with lots of booths are selling souvenirs, apple dumplings, glögg and food and the market is open in 2012 from November 16 until December 22.

The most alternative Christmas market in the city, takes place in the Grey Hall at Christiania. Around two weeks in mid-December the market offers unique handmade products and a cosy atmosphere in the freetown of Christiania.

If you are spending a few days in Copenhagen in the start of December, you might be lucky enough to experience The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, when it takes place the first Sunday in December at the City Hall Square. This big event is attended by hundreds of people and officially marks the beginning of the festive season in Copenhagen.

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