Wander through Copenhagen’s Christmas markets sampling mulled wine and roasted almonds, marvel Tivoli in its Christmas gown and houses wrapped in crazy, golden lights. A bohemian vibe in Freetown Christiania and Danish Christmas beers lighten up even the most cynical Christmas tourists. Browse our top ten picks around the city to catch the spirit of Yule.

1. Wander in Tivoli Gardens After Dark

You just cannot miss Christmas festivities in Tivoli! This year the theme is Nordic Christmas with small, colorful wooden houses, snowy trees, and sleighs scattered around the gardens. Say hi to Father Christmas, who waits for kids in Pantomime theater, and just wander around awestruck. The colorful lights leave you breathless, and chilly air might chase you to some of the idyllic, warmed terraces.

2. Find Souvenirs and Traditional Decorations From the Nyhavn Christmas Market

The most iconic Christmas market in town is well worth a visit. Although restaurants and terraces are overly touristic, it’s hard to beat the views of the old harbor. Walking by the waterfront is a Christmas time must for locals, as well.

Nyhavn Christmas market, Copenhagen
Nyhavn Christmas Market, Copenhagen

3. Sample Christmas Delicacies at Højbro Plads’ Christmas Market

If you still haven’t tasted Danish gløgg (mulled wine) and æbleskiver (apple cakes), Højbro Plads’ Christmas Market is the place. Stalls have delicacies from mustard to Spanish prosciutto and bratwurst. This Christmas market has overall kind of German feel. If you still have the energy, there’s one more treat nearby: H.C. Andersen Christmas market at Kultorvet Square. By now, you probably agree with us: Copenhagen has some of the best Christmas markets in Europe!

4. Soak in the Bohemian Atmosphere in Christiania’s Den Grå Hal

Everyone comes here for the traditional, bazaar-like Den Grå Hal (The Grey Hall) Christmas market. Stalls are located inside a former dressage hall, which is convenient if the weather is awful. But Grå Hal isn’t the whole story in here. Delight in the idyllic surroundings of Christiania, secretly photobomb the wooden hippie houses with season decorations and enjoy warm drinks in cozy Månefiskeren or some of the nearby cafés.

5. Browse Art and Handicrafts in Gallopperiet

Gallopperiet aka Stadens Museum for Kunst (Christiania Art Museum) is transformed into Den Magiske Julestue in December. Browse characteristic handicrafts along with bohemian art while enjoying warm drinks and live music in a relaxed atmosphere.

6. Visit the Elf Theatre in Christiania

Christiania Børneteater offers hilarious, old-fashioned elf performances on every weekend during December. Productions are suitable for kids and adults, and latter may enjoy Christmas beer or mulled wine on the side.

7. Pop In and Out the Shopping Fever of Strøget

The pedestrian street Strøget offers some serious present shopping opportunities. We don’t quite understand the Christmas shopping fever but enjoyed still popping in the LEGO Store (Vimmelskaftet 37) to see a different take on Santa’s village and his sleigh. The side streets of Strøget have some alternative shops that fit our taste better.

8. Get Christmas Decoration Overload in Centralhjørnet

Copenhagen’s oldest gay bar Centralhjørnet (Kattesundet 18) is famous for its overwhelming Christmas decorations. If you haven’t yet tasted Tuborg Christmas Brew, do it here. It’s sold only for ten weeks but comes up as the fourth best-selling beer in the country.

9. Taste Danish Christmas Brews in Mikkeller & Friends

An adorable Danish microbrewery Mikkeller has two brewery bars in Copenhagen. A larger one, Mikkeller & Friends, is located in an upcoming hipster neighborhood of Nørrebro (Stefansgade 35). They have 40 daily changing beers on tap, and 200 more in the adjoining bottle shop. We sipped some interesting Christmas brews, both from Denmark and abroad.

10. Shop Edible Souvenirs From Irma Supermarket

This is the easiest tick, as Irma’s are found everywhere around the city. We were stunned by the wide organic selection and stocked on snacks, raw chocolate bars, and handcrafted beers. Irma Supermarket is the place to buy edible souvenirs from Danish gouda to pastries and sweets. We happily stumbled on a Christmas beer sampling session, too.

What are your favorite spots during Christmas time in Copenhagen? Where have you spent the most memorable moments – in Tivoli Gardens, at traditional Christmas markets, or in the alternative Christmas venues of Christiania?

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Wander through Copenhagen’s Christmas Markets, marvel Tivoli in its winter gown and sample alternative Yule treats in Christiania.