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Midsummer’s Eve celebration in Aarhus

Midsummer's Eve Saknt Hans is a day which the Danes love to celebrate together with family and friends and simply enjoy in the glow of the bonfire. Bring along your family at Midsummer’s Eve in Aarhus. There is a ban on bonfires for Midsummer on June 23, which is why the activities may be completely canceled.

There are several places around the city where you can enjoy the summer atmosphere on this cozy and traditional evening, experience the beautiful bonfires, witness the witch being sent to Bloksbjerg, listen to bonfire speeches, and, as tradition dictates, sing along to the Midsummer Song.

The information below is updated every year shortly before June 23 with current locations where you can freely come and participate in the Midsummer celebration.

Sankt Hans in Tivoli Friheden

Take a trip to Friheden and celebrate Sankt Hans. It promises to be a cozy day/evening. All attractions are open, and there will be a bonfire speech at 8 p.m. Later in the evening, a special musical experience awaits at the outdoor stage.

Sankt Hans with Valhalla Spejderne

Join in for midsummer coziness when Valhalla Spejderne in Brabrand holds a cozy and family-friendly Sankt Hans, where you can bake twist bread, try your luck at the Fishing Pond or the Tombola. Read more here.

Sankt Hans in Lystrup

Come for bonfire coziness at Lystrup Krike, with bonfire speeches and beautiful music from Aarhus Brass Band. The grill will be lit so you can barbecue your own sausages and steaks. Read more here.

Sankt Hans on Aarhus Ø

Participate in the very first celebration of Sankt Hans at Aarhus Sejlsportscenter on Aarhus Ø. The evening starts with the Aarhus Ø Relay, a 4 km running route passing by the iconic buildings on Aarhus Ø. Afterwards, there will be beer on tap and sausages on the grill, which can be enjoyed while bonfires are lit on the water in Aarhus Bay. Everyone can participate, and you can read more here.

Children's Sankt Hans in Åby Parken

Åby Parken celebrates Sankt Hans with lots of activities for the little ones. Look forward to making popcorn, twist bread, marshmallows, and much more. You can also enjoy a performance by AAIF Gymnastik, and there will be mini bonfires at 7 p.m. for the youngest ones. See the full program here.

Sankt Hans until the early morning in Universitetsparken

The Collegian Council and Eforen invite you to celebrate Sankt Hans until the early morning with plenty of live music. The grill will be fired up, and cold drinks can be purchased for you to enjoy while the bonfire is lit in front of Eforen. Read more here.

Sankt Hans in Vilhelmsborg Skov

In the middle of Vilhelmsborg Skov, you can celebrate Sankt Hans evening with a concert, community singing, and bonfires by Giber Å. You can look forward to music from Klezmer duo and Waterfahl, and there will be a smaller bonfire for roasting marshmallows and twist bread. The celebration starts at 7 p.m. at the square with wood carvings in Vilhelmsborg Skov. Read more here.

What is the Danish Midsummer's Eve? 

Midsummer’s Eve Sankt Hans is a feast day for St John the Baptist who was born six months before the birth of Christ. He was born on the 24th for June, but the celebration takes place the evening before – on Midsummer's Eve – just like Christmas is celebrated by the Danes, and by many others, on the eve before Christmas Day. The bonfire is lit to scare off witches and evil spirits. 

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