Christmas in Copenhagen
The merriest of times in the merriest of places. Copenhagen simply oozes Christmas spirit and "hygge" of course. Experience the exclusive atmosphere of Copenhagen Christmas, where traditional customs are mixed with plain fun and good times.
Warm and cosy or chilly and refreshing
There is nothing like stepping into a warm and cosy setting after a full day in the brisk December weather. Or the other way around. If you want to go all the way, you do like many of the local Copenhageners, and dip into the icy waters of the harbour. It's a special treat, that you will remember for a long time. On the contrary, if you're more into warm and relaxing experiences, going to one of the many spas in Copenhagen might be more up your alley, after a day at the ice rink.
Broens Ice rink
Food and Delicacies
The Danish Christmas food is a huge part of the Danish Christmas "hygge". Check out our guides to where to find the best traditional restaurants, cafés, bars, and pastries for the holidays.
It's a classic you can't miss out on
The Tivoli Gardens are something special all year round and worth a visit for young and old. But of course, Tivoli is going all in on bringing the fairytale Christmas atmosphere you would expect.
Coming home from Copenhagen emptyhanded won't do. Got to go find the perfect gift for your dearest ones or even make it yourself. Check out the many vintage and second-hand stores for that unique Christmas present.
Experience the floating Santa Lucia parade in Copenhagen’s canals.
13 December, you can experience an alternative take on the traditional, Danish Santa Lucia parade, when kayaks sail through the canals dressed in lights and Christmas decorations.
Christmas markets are plenty in Copenhagen and so are places to check out fine art. We recommend doing both.
Fairytale castles and palaces
The history of Copenhagen is something that can't be denied and some of the most evident examples are the many castles and palaces scattered around the city and beyond city limits. You might just find the true historical holiday cheer here.