Christmas in Den Gamle By - The Old Town Museum

In Den Gamle By (the Old Town Museum) you can experience the history of Christmas through more than four centuries. Tables are set and it is beautifully decorated everywhere in the same way that it was done from the 17th century right up to 1974. In Den Gamle By you can also find a unique selection of gifts in the period shops or at the stalls, and you can take a break to enjoy traditional Danish Christmas food, sweets, goodies, and hot drinks.

The Mintmaster's Mansion

Enjoy the Christmas elves at the Mintmaster's Mansion and try the traditional Danish Christmas rice pudding served by the elves. In olden day-traditional style, the whole family can eat from a communal bowl. The "Hele Historien" ('Whole Story') theatre company provides the pudding, the story, the pranks, and the Christmassy atmosphere at the Mintmaster's Mansion. The Elf Elder will be seated in the great chair in the Tapestry Hall where he will tell the story of his long and varied life as an elf, and the children can give him their Christmas lists.

Christmas fun house for the whole family

From the 19th of November 2016 you will have the opportunity to visit the elves in the loft and the hall all wonderfully decorated with a big Christmas tree and presents. Look inside the children's playroom where you can smell Christmas smells, play, climb, and listen to stories in the cosy den. Strolling around, our visitors will have plenty opportunity to make up their minds whether they believe in Christmas elves and simply love the season, or perhaps they feel a little less Christmassy. The latter, however unlikely, is still a possibility!

Christmas market with lots of original gift ideas

The market stalls, the handicrafts market, og and the period shops are adventures in themselves and great inspirations for more out of the ordinary Christmas shopping. Here you will find things you won't find anywhere else. You can buy anything from toys, books, the Danish-traditional Madam Blå coffeepot, wonderful posters, homemade jewellery, scrumptious cakes, and homemade schnapps. And in the Bernstorff market garden you can buy flowers and plants, apples and nuts, herbs and decorations for Christmas.

The history of Christmas – a mosaic

From the 14th of November 2015 to the 3rd of January 2016 you will experience the history of Christmas during the time of the Renaissance to the beginning of the 20th century, which of course is the focus of the exhibitions on display in Den Gamle By's historical houses.

The Christmas exhibition is a cavalcade covering the period from the Renaissance drawing room of the prosperous merchant in 1625, and the 19th century living rooms with the first Christmas trees, through to the modern family in 1929 decorating their home with both an Advent wreath and a Christmas tree adorned with tinsel and electric lights. The 1974 town district is, of course, also in Christmas attire with decorations that most Danes still remember today.

Christmas party for children and adults

Christmas parties in 18th century Denmark were cosy gatherings where ample amounts of Christmas brew were consumed, ballads were sung , and Christmas games were played. The Danish traditional children's singing game "Bro Bro Brille" was one such Christmas game. Other Christmas games had a rather erotic strain, for which reason the Christmas parties were a thorn in the side for the Church.

In Den Gamle By living history museum, you can join in at a Danish 18th century Christmas party. A friendly atmosphere, warmth, and you can buy 'Bispebolle' hot punch, fruit juice, Christmas crullers, gingerbread hearts and many other niceties. You can also enjoy your own food and drink.

Christmas shopping

You can also find inspiration for Christmas presents in one of ‘Den Gamle By’ many historical shops. So everything is ready for you to enjoy the real spirit of Christmas in the light from the oil lamps with delicious samples of Christmas goodies – just like your great-grandmother made them.

Christmas in The Old Town also includes

- Music at Jazzbar Bent J Thursday and Friday
- Christmas in the main square with stalls selling food and drink, gifts and goodies
- Free guided tours through the history of Christmas (duration approx. 25 minutes)
- Fire show in the main square Thursday to Sunday
- Indoor handicrafts market
- Christmas bazaar in Bendtsens Warehouse with coffee and Christmas cookies
- 1927 and 1974 brought to life by actors

Den Gamle By is closed December 24th., 25th. and 31th. and January 1th.


Opening hours
19/11/2016 - 22/12/2016 Monday 10:00 - 17:00
19/11/2016 - 22/12/2016 Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
19/11/2016 - 22/12/2016 Thursday, Friday 10:00 - 20:00
19/11/2016 - 22/12/2016 Saturday, Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
23/12/2016 - 23/12/2016 Friday 10:00 - 17:00
26/12/2016 - 30/12/2016 Monday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00

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