Copenhagen Christmas Markets

Copenhagen Christmas Markets city breaks

The fairytale Danish capital is calling this winter. So, come and celebrate the season Scandi-style with our Copenhagen Christmas market city breaks. With so many festive-filled wonderlands to choose from, the star-studded activities are endless. Visit Santa Claus at Tivoli Gardens, then how about spending your afternoon browsing the whimsical stalls and drinking mulled wine along Nyhavn Harbour? There’s nothing quite like Copenhagen at Christmas, so come and experience it in all its jolly glory for yourself.

Kongens Nytorv Market

Kongens Nytorv Market

Nestled between the fascinating districts of Nyhavn and Strøget, the Kongens Nytorv Christmas Market is a traditional treasure that’s not to be missed. The brightly-lit stalls, ribbon-wreathed walkways and snow-dusted spruces come together to make a real winter wonderland. As far as Danish Christmas markets go, it’s a quintessential example.

Nyhavn Christmas Market

Nyhavn Christmas Market

What better setting to host a magical Christmas market than on the renowned Nyhavn harbour? At this time of year, the waterfront is transformed into a twinkling backdrop for the bustling market. The multicoloured houses and moored boats are all lit by the glow of the stalls and the fairy lights strung above, making for an enchanting look.

Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market

Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market

Over the festive period, the famous Tivoli Gardens are dotted with glistening baubles, sparkling tinsel and glowing stalls. As you explore the range of foods, drinks and gifts on offer, watch out for the Tivoli Youth Guards. These youngsters put on a fantastic parade in their traditional festive red uniforms.

Freetown Christiania Market

Freetown Christiania Market

Fancy something a little different? Head to Copenhagen’s hippy hotspot, Freetown Christiania. A far cry from the traditional setting, the market here offers a new take on the usual festivities so you can experience something completely unique.

Hans Christian Andersen Market

Hans Christian Andersen Market

Dedicated to the father of fairytales, the Hans Christian Andersen Christmas market is second to none when it comes to whimsical settings. Think time-honoured Danish delicacies, beautifully spiced wine and old-fashioned stalls, all bordered by some of the most elegant of Copenhagen’s iconic buildings.

Kronborg Castle Market

Kronborg Castle Market

Spread throughout the snug rooms and majestic halls of the impressive fortress, you can roam around the range of stalls at your own pace, discovering unique crafts as you go. An indoor market may not be the norm, but it’s the ideal place to explore if you prefer a cosier setting for your Christmas market experience.

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Amalienborg

Amalienborg

Copenhagen

Experience two palaces in one at Amalienborg. This 18th century royal residence offers an insight into the Danish monarchy, both at the museum and the rococo rooms of Christian VII’s Palace. Best of all...
Gefion Fountain

Gefion Fountain

Copenhagen

Venture to Langelinie Park near the harbourfront to see the epic Gefion Fountain. A sculpture of Norse goddess Gefjun driving a group of animals spearheads the fountain, with steps cascading with water leading...
Nyhavn

Nyhavn

Copenhagen

The buzz of this canal-side spot is infectious. Inhale the sea air as you wander along, admiring the colourful townhouses lining the cobbled harbour edge and boats gently rocking in the water. For...

Language

Danish

Currency

Danish Krone (kr.)

Time difference

+1hr

Local beer

£6.30

One way local travel ticket

£2.70

Meal for two

£91.60

1. All that glitters
Fall under the spell of the enchanting Nyhavn quarter – the city’s colourful canalside, where you can 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.
2. Get your skates on
When you’re done with Copenhagen’s Christmas markets, wrap up in your woollies and show off your skating skills. Frederiksberg Runddel is one of the most popular rinks and it’s 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.
3. Eat, drink and be merry
There are many seasonal staples to sample – try scrumptious roast pork followed by a sugary apple dumpling. Warm yourself 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 never fails to wow.
4. 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. Why not pick up an on-trend Nordic jumper while you’re there?
5. 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, where you can uncover fascinating tales of conquest.
6. Sleigh bells ring
They aren’t quite reindeer but get your imagination going with a horse-drawn carriage ride across the snowy 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.
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