Danish christmas

Danish Christmas traditions

Come to Denmark over the Christmas season and you'll get the chance to experience a country steeped in Christmas traditions; some shared with other parts of the world, others distinctly and uniquely Danish. Bring a little Denmark into your Christmas!

Take home your own Advent wreath

Danish Christmas starts when the Advent wreath is brought out. One of the wreath's four candles is lit every Sunday in December. Traditionally the Advent wreath is made out of fine spruce cuttings, decorated with red berries and cones and white candles. There are red ribbons for attaching the wreath to the ceiling. 

Christmas candle

A little light each day: The calendar candle

Another Danish tradition in the lead up to Christmas is the calendar candle. The candle is marked with 24 lines and decorated with fir tree motives and dancing, red-cheeked pixies! The daily lighting of the candle tends to be a special time shared by the family at the start of the day. It's the children's job to blow out the candle exactly at the line-mark, ready for the next day!

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Christmas in Denmark

Spend a magical Christmas in Denmark!

It's the most magical time of the year! Find out about Danish Christmas traditions and where you can take part in Christmas celebrations in Denmark.