In Denmark, Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve (December 24th), which is probably the most hyggelig day of the year. It’s a day full of busy present-buying, dinner preparations and anticipation! Presents are exchanged and Danish families come together to eat, drink and enjoy a hyggelig evening.
During November and December, Copenhagen Christmas Festival offers more than 100 diverse Christmas events for kids and grown ups. You can have a hyggelig time going on a Christmas guided tour of the beautiful halls and the library at Copenhagen City Hall, including a magnificent view of the city from the city hall tower.
Dancing snowflakes, giant Christmas trees, dainty sugar fairies, the twinkling eyes of a child, waltzing flowers, cheeky mice and with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music as the golden thread. The Nutcracker is the greatest of ballet classics and no Christmas hygge is complete without it.
A Danish Christmas lunch is a feast that often involves the Danish open-faced sandwiches 'smørrebrød' accompanied with Christmas beer and snaps, a small shot of a strong alcoholic Aquavit usually flavored with spices and herbs. Eating good food in good company, that's hygge!
During December, many of the churches in Copenhagen offer various Christmas concerts. Whether you enjoy Christmas carols, choirs, Santa Lucia candle processions, classical music or gospel, you should be able to find your spot for Christmas hygge
Whether you are an ice skating rookie or pro, we recommend that you put on the ice skates and have a hyggelig time at the ice rink at Frederiksberg Runddel, by the entrance to Frederiksberg Garden. After skating, spinning or laughing at yourself trying to keep your balance on the ice, you can heat up the hygge factor even more by drinking a cup of hot chocolate.
We recommend that you can keep warm with a cup of Gløgg from Gløggkompagniet while you enjoy the magical Christmas lights at Tivoli Gardens. Here, you and your friends can hygge with all different kinds of Gløgg including new special H.C. Andersen Gløgg. And if you're not warming up to the Danish Christmas drink Gløgg, you can also get hot elderflower or hot chocolate.
One of the most commonly-used words in Denmark has no English translation. Hygge, pronounced hoo-ga, is often translated as coziness. But to the Danes, hygge means a lot more than that. Deeply rooted in the Danish culture, hygge is about living in the moment and spending quality time with friends and family. Enjoying delicious food or a great cup of coffee, having a good time with loved ones or creating a cozy atmosphere, usually by lighting candles. That's hygge.
It's December, and the holiday spirit is sweeping through Copenhagen! Here is a small selection of the many events you can experience this month during the city's festival, Copenhagen Christmas.
No matter what month it is, you'll find captivating events to entertain and thrill you in 2017, including world-famous Roskilde Festival and unique events like the Skagen Winter Swimming Festival. The winter and autumn months are a perfect time to check out Denmark's world-class museums. During the spring and summer, there are a wealth of outdoor festivals and music events. Immerse yourself in Danish culture at Denmark's top events in 2017. (Photo: Christina Sørensen)
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