Midsummer Eve

© Rasmus Hansen

Experience a beloved Danish tradition by the bonfire as Midsummer Eve - or Sankt Hans as we Danes call it - unfolds. You will find several locations in Copenhagen, where the evening is celebrated with picnics, BBQ's, concerts and of course a bonfire.

Midsummer Eve, or Sankt Hans aften as 23 June is called in Danish, is an old Danish tradition. On this evening people gather across the country at bonfires to sing, listen to speeches, and not least to send the witches off to Bloksbjerg in Germany. Traditionally a wooden figure will be placed on the fire resembling a witch.

Sankt Hans is the Danish name for John the Baptist who was allegedly born on 24 June. In Denmark he is celebrated on the evening before, just like we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve 24 December instead of on Christmas Day.

Places to celebrate Sankt Hans aften/Midsummer Eve:
Most places, except from Tivoli Gardens, you can bring your own picnic basket and drinks. There is no entrance fee anywhere, except from in Tivoli.

Tivoli Gardens: Midsummer concert with Danish singer Lene Siel at 19:30 on open air stage Plænen and bonfire on the Tivoli Lake at 20:50

Ørstedsparken: Grill menu costs DK 129 at Café Hacienda at 19:00-21:30, speech and bonfire at 21:45

Nyhavn: Sankt Hans party at 14:00-24:00, bonfire is lit at 22:00.

Frederiksberg Have: Sankt Hans party at 19:00-23:00. bonfire and speech at 21:35. 

Amager Strandpark: LGBT Denmark celebrates Sankt Hans at 13:00-23:00, Social Democratic Party at 19:00-23:30 and the Communist Party at 17:00-24:00.

Fælledparken: Cafe Pavillonen celebrates Sankt Hans aften with a grill menu at 18:00, live music at 20:00-23:00, bonfire is lit at 22:00.

Islands Brygge: Kulturhuset Islands Brygge celebrates Sankt Hans aften at 17:30-23:00, speech and bonfire is lit at 21:00.

Blågårds Plads: Copenhagen's Nørrebro area celebrates Sankt Hans aften with kids' entertainment, music and street kitchen at 16:00-22:00, speech and bonfire at 21:15.

Event date/time
23/06/2014 - 23/06/2014 TuristinformationMonday -

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  • City / Area

    • Frederiksberg
    • København (indre by)
    • København N
    • København S
    • København Ø
  • Types of events

    • For children
    • Maritime event