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It’s the festive time of the year which means that it is time to select your holiday destination. Denmark might not get much snow but it doesn’t mean that Christmas spirit here is low. The preparations for the most festive time of the year start in mid-November when the Christmas market scene begins to unravel.
The concept of Christmas markets in Copenhagen seems rather new compared to other European Christmas markets but it is growing each year as more and more areas are occupied by cozy bright tree houses selling goods and snacks. There are a few spots in the city where you can enjoy the Copenhagen Christmas market.
Make no mistake, Danes take their ‘Jul’ seriously. Every week of December is filled with Christmas lunches ‘Julefrokost’: a gathering of friends, relatives or colleagues to reconnect, greet each other with upcoming holidays and enjoy some good traditional Danish food.
Copenhagen Christmas Markets
There are a few Christmas markets in Copenhagen so you have the ability to find one in your area. Below you can find the map of nearly all Copenhagen Christmas markets.
1. Højbro Plads Christmas market
The busiest street in the city, Strøget, is the host to probably one of the most central and the busiest Christmas markets in Copenhagen. Højbro Plads Christmas market is situated right in the heart of the city, so it attracts a lot of visitors.
Open between: 18 November to 23 December 2017
2. Nyhavn Christmas market
Nyhavn harbor is probably one of the first areas to get Christmas decoration put up. The coziest restaurants and entertainment in this street will put you right in the Christmas mood.
Open between: 10 November – 23 December 2017
3. Kongens Nytorv Christmas market
Situated right next to the Kg. Nytorv metro station, it is one of the most accessible markets in Copenhagen. It might get busy because a lot of people use it as a pathway to and from the station.
Open between: 17 November – 22 December 2017
4. Tivoli Gardens Christmas market
If you are looking for even brighter and more charming Christmas market, you should visit Tivoli Copenhagen. With it’s set of Christmas decorations, beautiful gardens, and warm lights, you’ll be taken away to a fairy-tale. The selection of market stalls and shops is vast. You can find gløgg stalls for any taste and any price (from 35DKK). They go perfectly with traditional Danish Christmas dish – æbleskiver, ball-shaped pancakes.
In addition to cozying up drinking gløgg, you get the chance to take the night rides and look over the shining evening city of Copenhagen, …or get lost in numerous Christmas trees.Open between: 18 November – 31 December 2017
Entrance fee: 100DKK
5. Christiania Christmas market
A vibrant Christmas market unlike all the others in the city offering handmaid craft from local people.
Open between: 6 – 20 December 2017
6. Hans Christian Andersen Christmas market
With Christmas stalls names after H.C Anderson’s fairy tales, this market is a true magic. To top it all off, there is a giant Ferris wheel swinging in the Nytorv square. You can take a ride for about 60 DKK.
Open between: 17 November – 23 December 2017
7. Meatpacking district Christmas market
Kødbyen’s market is rather short so don’t miss the opportunity to visit a market in one of the hippest areas of the city.
Open between: 9-10 December 2017
The selection of goods in these markets is not crazy enormous, but they are unique and interesting.
That’s a gift perfect for anyone, isn’t it? The most interesting thing I found in the market is chocolate disguised as a set of rustic tools. Quite fun.
The cozy part of the market has a nice selection of genuine lamb wool and fur brought all the way from Greenland to keep you warm during winter.
Of course, never miss a chance to get some high-quality Italian food at any market!
Mulled wine is one of the most important specialties of any Christmas market. Here, in Copenhagen, they make it especially good with the addition of spices, raisins and almonds and a couple of rum shots, if you wish.
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