Copenhagen embraces Christmas in every way: the city simply oozes of cosy Christmas vibes in every neighborhood! Here are 7 things you need to do if you’re so lucky to be spending your holiday in Copenhagen.
1. Take a stroll through Tivoli
With Tivoli being the oldest amusement park in the world (it was founded in 1843), there’s absolutely no chance you could avoid this magical scenery during Christmas in Copenhagen. It’s the place to be for children and childish spirits with an infinity for decorations, sweets and lots of rides!
Once you have paid the entrance fee there’s no limits to how long you can stay in the park, and I’d definitely recommend having lunch or dinner in one of the many cosy restaurants. Try out the lavish cake table at Nimb Terrasse if you dare – or go for the full Danish treat with a cup of steaming mulled wine accompanied by a plate of Danish doughnuts. Now, that’s Christmas!
2. Order High Tea at Perch’s Tea Room
A charming institution even older than Tivoli itself, is Perch’s Tearoom in the heart of the city. It was founded in 1835 and practically nothing has changed ever since – apart from the growing selection of tea and cake. On the ground floor of the old house visitors can buy more than 150 variants of quality tea, while a classic arrangement of High Tea is being served upstairs. One can easily fall into daydreaming while enjoying a cup of tea from the finest porcelain and tasting the utterly amazing scones and finger sandwiches. During Christmas, Perch’s is the perfect place to recharge and relax in between shopping and meetings.
3. Enjoy mulled wine at Hotel d’Angleterre
One of the proudest – and oldest – symbols of Christmas in Copenhagen is the majestic Hotel d’Angleterre close to Nyhavn. The traditional Christmas lights and decorations adorns the white facade, and everyone knows that when the lights are on, it’s finally Christmas in Copenhagen!
Inside the hotel’s restaurant and café, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the hotel’s legendary mulled wine (or ‘gløgg’ as it’s called in Denmark). The mulled wine here isn’t red, but white, and it’s served with a delicate selection of homemade snowballs made of marzipan. Cuddle up in front of the fireplace and take in the history of this grand old dame.
4. Go Ice skating in Frederiksberg Have
Another winter tradition in Copenhagen is the ice rink just outside the entrance of Frederiksberg Have (a green park famous for its picturesque scenery and bird life). The rink opens every year in November and closes in the end of February. Bring your own pair of skates or rent a pair for a reasonable price.
The rink is also open during the night, where the magic really comes to life. Enjoy the pretty Christmas lights and a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine from the neighboring cafe. Frederiksberg Have is located approximately 10 minutes by car from the city center.
5. Visit Royal Copenhagen’s Christmas tables
For a different Christmas experience, head over to Royal Copenhagen, where beautiful tables are set by different artists and celebrities each year. Since the first table was set in 1963, the tradition has been widely popular amongst both locals and tourists, especially because the beautiful tables are set by royals, celebrities and artists. They’re given free hands to interpret their own favorite Christmas table setting by choosing any Royal Copenhagen collection of iconic porcelain and historical collectibles. After the exhibition it’s possible to do some shopping in the flagship store of Royal Copenhagen.
6. Have lunch at Copenhagen Street Food
Located on an island, Papirøen, just next to the Royal Opera House, Copenhagen Street Food has established themselves as the must-visit foodie destination of Copenhagen. Open throughout the year, you can taste delicious food from all over the world – and during Christmas, there are plenty of free activities, competitions and food tastings to indulge in. May we recommend the traditional flæskestegssandwich (roasted pork sandwich) or æbleskiver (the Danish version of Doughnuts) with a glass of mulled wine? If you arrive hungry (and you better!), you’ll definitely leave again full!
7. Tasting at the old candy factory
Christmas can be many things, but one of them is definitely a visit to the old, nostalgic candy factory ‘Sømod’s Bolcher’, which opened in 1891. Located just a stone’s throw from Nørreport Station, Sømod’s offer daily tastings and presents to children under 14 years (the first child under 14 that enters the shop after 15:30 every day, wins a present!). It’s quite interesting to have an insight into the fabrication of candy, which haven’t changed a bit since the beginning – the same procedures and recipes from 1891 are still used today. Free entrance until December 23rd.