Things to do on December 31
On the one night that it’s expected of you to stay out all night, it seems like a lot of places around Copenhagen aren’t open. But we’re here to help! Whether you’re looking for something culturally refined, or you want an excuse to put on your most expensive outfit and party until the sun comes up, we’ve found there are a few places around the city willing to oblige. So make this a memorable one and ring in the New Year with the Danes. Skål!
Tivoli for New Year’s Eve
Experience Tivoli like you’ve never before. For the first time, the gardens and grounds are open until the wee hours. A red carpet will be rolled out from the entrance to welcome you like Danish royalty. Meander the stands, enjoy the decorations, and dine at one of the eleven restaurants participating in the festivities. Added bonus: you’ll have front-row seats for the fireworks at City Hall!
Tivoli, Vesterbrogade 3, Cph K; 17:00-00:30; www.tivoli.dk
New Year’s in the 1930s
If you fancy sampling the glamorous bygone era of prohibition, jazz and Mary Pickford, this is the event for you. Custom House is transforming its waterfront property into a wonderland from the 1930s. Put on your pearls, step into your swingiest dress and spend the last day of the year like you’ve stepped back in time. Take your pick from three dinner menus and, after watching the fireworks from the canal, dance the night away.
Custom House, Havnegade 44, Cph K; 17:30-02:00; tickets: 1,350-1,850kr; www.customhouse.dk
Classic Copenhagen Fireworks
No New Year’s is complete without fireworks. If you’re in Copenhagen for the night, it would be blasphemous to sit this one out. The skies of the city will be a technicolour wonder of awe-inspiring lights and sounds. Danes all over will be out on the streets with their loved ones to get this front-row experience. Don’t miss it!
Cph K and Cph V; 00:00 until all the fireworks are gone
1990s at Cafe Kellerdirk
The ‘90s feel like they were here yesterday, and they’ll be here again on New Year’s Eve. Cafe Kellerdirk, a theatre cafe, offers an all-night open bar that will be serving the decade’s classics: white and black Russians, cosmos and mojitos. A live band will bring you to the stroke of midnight – with champagne and cake – and you’ll spend the first day of the new year dancing until you drop.
Cafe Kellerdirk, Frederiksberg Alle 102, Frederiksberg; 21:30-04:30; tickets: 395kr; www.kellerdirk.dk
New Year’s Eve by the Lakes
Bring the New Year in with a bang. Søpavillonen is hosting one of the biggest and best parties in Copenhagen with live music, drinks, champagne and an unbeatable atmosphere. Located right on the Lakes, this party gives you the option of starting the evening with a delicious dinner and open bar, or you can arrive later to join the party mid-celebration. Either way, this party is an annual hit, and you won’t want to miss the spectacular views.
Søpavillonen, Gyldenløvesgade 24, Cph K; 17:00-05:00; tickets: 895kr with dinner, 195-250kr without dinner; 3315 1224, www.soepavillonen.dk
New Year’s Eve Concert: From the Banks of the Danube
A truly Danish tradition, the New Year’s Eve concert at the Royal Theatre is an annual crowd-pleaser. This year, the Royal Danish Orchestra takes its cue from rising star Perry So of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. The programme will include Tchaikovsky, Weber, Johann Strauss and much more.
Det Kongelige Teater, Kongens Nytorv, Cph K; 17:45-20:00; tickets: 195-1250kr; www.kglteater.dk
New Year’s Eve with Family and Friends
Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious three-course meal right in the heart of Copenhagen. Welcome drinks are served, and you can watch the queen’s speech with the crowd. An open bar of beer and wine will get you to midnight when champagne and cake will be passed around to celebrate. That’s your cue to start partying until dawn. City Kroen is even offering free access to Penthouse right next door!
City Kroen, Gammeltorv 8, Cph K; 17:30-late; tickets: 990kr; 3391 1300, www.citykroen.dk
American New Year’s at The Bank
For all you expats out there, join The Bank in celebrating New Year’s Eve in classic Americana glamour. With a ‘40s and ‘50s theme, this party is rolling out the red carpet for you, so be sure to look the part! Dine in and be ready to party, or join the extravaganza later – the option is up to you. Either way, you won’t want to miss the party when the clock strikes 00:00 as The Bank will revert to its exclusive nightclub ways!
The Bank Nightclub and Restaurant, Lille Kongensgade 16, Cph K; 17:30-late; tickets: 795kr with dinner, 150kr for afterparty only; over-24s only; www.thebank.dk/new-years-party
New Year’s at Docken
Copenhagen singles rejoice – you and 999 others can head towards the upper east corner of the city to Docken and celebrate New Year’s in mingling bliss. A guaranteed even number of men and women will keep things interesting while you dance your way into the New Year. Three different ticket options give you the flexibility to choose if you’d like to arrive earlier or later.
Docken, Færgehavnsvej 35, Cph Ø; 17:00-05:00; tickets: 295-1095kr; 26-54 year-olds only; www.runningdinner.dk
New Year’s Gala
Enjoy a demure celebration to mark or start the New Year with Spanish conductor Rafael Frühnbeck de Burgos. The concert promises to be a mix of Nordic pieces and ones from Spain, bridging two cultures in a night of orchestral bliss. Come and hear Scandinavian favourites mixed with fiery pieces form Spanish. Cava and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the intermission.
Koncerthuset, Emil Holms Kanal 20, Cph K; 18:30-20:45; tickets: 450-1250kr; 3520 6262, www.dr.dk/Koncerthuset
Winter Harbour Bath Jump
Have you ever walked by the canals in the winter and thought: “I want to jump into those icy, freezing waters”? A relatively new tradition to Copenhagen, the jump is a daring and exciting way to get into the New Year. Last year, 200 crazy Danes took a quick dip in the canal by Islands Brygge. This year, count yourself among them. There will be saunas for you to warm up in, and, for 35kr, you can get delicious potato leek soup from Restaurant Aristo. Come right at noon to see the rockets launched.
Københavns Havnebad, Islands Brygge 7, Cph S; 12:00-13:00; tickets: 35kr; www.vinterbadbryggen.dk