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Nyhavn: Christmas by the canal

Especially during Christmas, when sugar roasted almonds fill the air, Nyhavn sets the scene for an idyllic way of experiencing Danish “hygge” and Christmas traditions.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The historic cobbled streets of Nyhavn have always charmed visitors and Copenhageners. Especially during Christmas, when sugar roasted almonds fill the air, Nyhavn sets the scene for an idyllic way of experiencing Danish “hygge” and Christmas traditions.

Stalls along the quay

Throughout the month of December, decorated stalls along the quay sell seasonal gifts, souvenirs, and treats. With the coloured 15th century houses as a backdrop, you will find yourself travelling back in time. If not back to when Hans Christian Andersen resided down in no. 20, then back to your childhood Christmas holidays.
The restaurants serve traditional Danish Christmas treats like “æbleskiver” and “gløgg” - a traditional Danish hot drink similar to the German Glühwein, and Christmas spirits in the iconic Nyhavn are high.

Other Christmas attractions nearby

Within a couple of minutes’ walk you will find the traditional Christmas decorations illumating the beautiful historic building of Copenhagen's famous Hotel D'Angleterre, which each year in December displays magnificent illuminated Christmas decorations. 

Christmas decorated Hotel D'Angleterre at Kongens Nytorv Copenhagen

Located almost right next door, Copenhagen's historic departments store, Magasin Du Nord also puts its Christmas decor on display helping create the Christmas spirit at Kongens Nytorv.

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The history of Nyhavn

Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs and alehouses.

Today, the beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants dominate the old port. Nyhavn is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and that unique canal ambience.

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