Things to do at Christmas
Whether this is your first Copenhagen Christmas or your 20th, whether you’re spending it with family, your partner or Macaulay Culkin, the city has lots to offer this Christmas! So head into the city where food, music, church services and parties await every type of Christmas reveller!
Christmas Concert at Sankt Matthæus Kirke
Come and listen to the famed voices of song duo Tove Hyldgård and Tony Landy as they fill Vesterbro’s oldest church with Christmas cheer.
Sankt Mattheæus Kirke, Matthæusgade 31, Cph V; 25 Dec, 15:30-16:30; free entry; www.matthaeuskirken.dk
Sankt Ansgars will be anything but closed during the Christmas holiday, starting with an afternoon mass for those families with children too young to attend their Christmas Eve midnight mass, and for those really getting into the Holy Spirit, there’s Christmas Day mass the next morning.
Sankt Ansgars Church, Bredgade 64, Cph K; 24 Dec at 16:00, 24 Dec midnight mass at 23:30, 25 Dec at 10:00; 3313 3762
Christmas Eve Dinner at Nimb Brasserie
What better Copenhagen location to spend Christmas than the beautiful Tivoli Gardens at one of the finest hotels in the city? One of Nimb’s six restaurants is hosting a special Christmas Eve dinner, with Nordic classics like smoked salmon, duck and kale. Reservations are necessary and can be made through Nimb’s homepage.
Nimb Brasserie, Bernstoffsgade 5, Cph V; 24 Dec from 17:30; dinner 595kr per person, wine menu 395kr; www.shot.nimb.dk; 8870 0000
Sweethearts Christmas Gala at Amager Bio
After so much julehygge, it’s time to let your hair down with a double concert and dance banquet! Danish rap artists Østkyst Hustlers and the band Sweethearts will be rocking out on stage, while you can rock out with their loyal fans, some of whom have been coming to the banquet for the past 22 years!
Øresundsvej 6, Cph S; 26 Dec, 20:00; tickets 275kr; www.amagerbio.dk; 3286 0200
Custom House Christmas Dinner
One of Copenhagen’s trendiest harbour-side restaurants invites you to enjoy their traditional Christmas meal with a modern twist, both at their Italian-themed kitchen Bacino and the Scandinavian/European eatery Bar & Grill. Reservations are recommended.
Custom House, Havnegade 44, Cph K; 24 Dec, seating from 17:00-19:00; firstname.lastname@example.org, 3331 0130
Christmas Dinner at the Irish Rover
If you’ve managed to tire of the Danish cuisine come Christmas (which goes along the lines of pork, pork and more pork), you can enjoy a traditional three-course Irish Christmas feast – sans swine – at the Irish Rover on Strøget of winter vegetable soup, roast stuffed turkey breast with potatoes and vegetables, and hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream. The pub is open throughout the holiday season, including both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Irish Rover, Vimmelskaftet 46, Cph K; 24 Dec from 11:00 until late, 25 Dec from 12:00 until late, 26 Dec from 11:00 until late; 3333 7393
Celebrate with the ICC
The International Church of Copenhagen will be hosting a Christmas Eve candlelit eucharist, as well as a Christmas eucharist on Christmas Day.
Sankt Andreas Church, Gothersgade 148, Cph K; Dec 24, 15:00, Dec 25, 10:30; www.internationalchurch.dk
The newly-opened Emporia shopping centre in Malmø boasts 93,000 square metres and over 200 stores, making it Scandinavia’s largest shopping centre. It’s barely a 30-minute train journey from central Copenhagen, and whether you’re hunting for those last-minute Christmas gifts or looking to treat yourself to some retail therapy, Emporia has everything from the familiar H&M and Illums Bolighus to more exotic brand names like Club Monaco, Lexington and Spirit Stores.
Emporia, Hyllie Boulevard 19, Malmö; 24 Dec 10:00-16:00, 25 Dec closed, 26 Dec 10:00-21:00; www.emporia.se