The fairytale Danish capital of Copenhagen is calling this winter. Experience a festive break to celebrate Christmas Scandi style in this fabulous city with a cutting-edge twist.
Kongens Nytorv Market (17th Nov – 22nd Dec 2017)*
A market with a view, explore the charming Danish stalls all lined up by the neighbouring historical areas, Nyhavn and Strøget. If the sound of mulled wine, hot chocolate and freshly made doughnuts tickles your fancy, then you won’t go peckish.
Nyhavn Market (10th Nov – 23rd Dec 2017)*
For something a little different, Nyhavn offers Christmas by the canal. With postcard-pretty colourful houses in the backdrop, and curving strings of lights strewn across the trees, you’re in the right place for a traditional Danish market experience.
Tivoli Gardens Market (2017 dates TBC)*
Set in the famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park, this family favourite is framed by a wealth of festive decorations and superb surroundings. The lake is transformed into a glistening ice rink, while there’s Christmas cabaret and miniature villages to explore.
Freetown Christiania Market (2017 dates TBC)*
You’re in for a treat at the quirky Freetown Christiania market. The Yuletide proceedings typically follow a bazaar-like trend, with a brightly coloured setting and range of exciting stalls specialising in all things festive.
Hans Christian Andersen Market (2017 dates TBC)*
Immerse yourself in the fascinating universe of the famous Danish storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen, all with a festive twist. The stalls are named after his fairy-tales, so you’ll be submerged in a totally dreamy environment. This is certainly a traditional affair, right down to the mulled wine and steaming hot beverages. There’s a Christmas caravan and nostalgic carousel, too.
Kronborg Castle Market (2017 dates TBC)*
Step just outside the city and roam around the 100 stalls pitched up at Hamlet’s Castle – otherwise known as Kronborg. Sing loudly along to Danish Christmas songs, buy dainty souvenirs and sample the local beer. This makes for a great start to a horse-drawn carriage ride, and you’ll be able to buy all sorts of arts and crafts.
Fall under the spell of the enchanting Nyhavn quarter – the city’s colourful canalside. Stroll along the Hansel and Gretel-style huts that line the water’s edge. The city adorns its streets with strings of sparkles, but one of the most impressive displays is City Hall Square’s huge Nordic spruce.
Get your skates on
Wrap up in your woollies and show off your skating skills. Frederiksberg Runddel is one of the most popular and is open into the night, so you can skate under the starlit sky. The rink at Kongens Nytorv Square is a good size for whizzing along beside the Royal Theatre.
Eat, drink and be merry
There are many seasonal staples to sample – try scrumptious roast pork followed by a sugary apple dumpling. Warm yourself up in a cosy pub and snuggle up by a blazing log fire with a glass of spiced gløgg. For adventurous foodies, the cuisine at illustrious restaurant Noma doesn’t fail to wow.
Stock up on stocking fillers
If shopping’s on the agenda, head to Strøget – the city’s largest shopping area, where you’ll find all your high-street favourites. The trendy Nørrebro district is home to hot young designers selling an eclectic mix of clothing, art and homeware. Pick up an on-trend Nordic noir-style jumper while you’re there.
When you’re in town
No visit would be complete without seeing the Little Mermaid. This bronze statue welcomes visitors to Copenhagen’s harbour. Enjoy a trip to Rosenborg Castle, home to royal jewels and secret treasures, too. Another must-see is the Viking Ship Museum – uncover fascinating tales of conquest.
Sleigh bells ring
They aren’t quite reindeer, but get your imagination going with a horse-drawn carriage ride across the snowy, dew-dropped forest of Dyrehaven. This is the closest children will come to a real sleigh ride. Get cosy under the blankets as you track through natural Danish beauty away from the city’s buzz.
Cost of a beer
£5.22 / 45 kr
48-hour travel card
£23 / 200 kr
Three course meal
£69.65 / 600 kr
All year round
Our Christmas Market flights to Copenhagen depart from Newcastle on 8th December 2017 and Leeds Bradford on 1st December 2017