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Despite its cheery reputation, Christmas can be a difficult time for many – especially in a country like Denmark where the festivities seem to start months in advance. Mandatory cheerfulness aside, it’s probably best to stick with the good old mantra: “If you can’t beat them, join them.” With that in mind, we have a great selection of Christmas markets that are sure to brighten even the gloomiest of Scrooges.
Nyhavn Christmas Market
Christmas comes to town when Nyhavn is transformed into one of the city’s prime areas for witnessing the festive atmosphere. All along the water in the old harbour, stalls are put up and decorated with boughs of fir and chains of lights offering traditional Danish Christmas treats such as æbleskiver and gløgg.
Nyhavn, Cph K; Starts Friday 16 Nov, ends 22 Dec, open from 11:00-18:00 (19:00 on Sat & Sun); Free Adm
Christiania Christmas Market
If you’re looking for a present of homemade quality, you should check out Christiana’s Christmas market. Grab a hot chocolate while you meander through the market’s thick, incensed air and peruse the homemade jewellery, the beautiful handmade ornaments and knitted sweaters on display. Or come to listen to live performances and taste organic food. Whatever you desire, come and enjoy this uplifting Christmas festivity with its hyggelig atmosphere.
The Grey Hall, Refshalevej 2, Christiania; starts Dec 7, ends Dec 20, open Mon-Fri 14:00-20:00, Sat- Sun 12:00-20:00
Copenhagen Zoo Christmas Market
Christmas is coming to the Zoo as its cosy Christmas market takes over the big square in front of the Zoo Tower. Every weekend in December, kids can decorate honey hearts, make a Christmas goat and meet the reindeer. Adults, meanwhile, will be able to enjoy gløgg, æbleskiver and the Christmas spirit at different stands.
Roskildevej 32, Frederiksberg; starts Dec 1, ends Dec 16, open Sat-Sun 10:00-16:00; Kids 50kr, Adults 110kr; www.zoo.dk
Christmas at Hamlet’s Castle
Experience the castle atmosphere and visit Kronborg Castle’s large Christmas market with its rich traditions, arts and crafts, jewellery and Danish design. The museum shop is decked out in the finest decorations, and you can also visit the artists’ workshops and the Kronborg Galleries among the fortifications, where you will find unique gifts. Cut out decorations in the Christmas workshop or join in singing Danish Christmas songs in the castle chapel. There are lots of activities for children and grown-ups.
Kronborg Castle, Kronborg 2C, 3000 Helsingør; starts Dec 1, ends Dec 16, open Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00; Castle Admission Price, Various free Events