December Events: Take the plunge!

Winter bathing
Dec 4, 13:00-16:00; Islands Brygge, Havnebadet, Cph S; free adm;
Bathing in the waters of Copenhagen Harbour is a popular activity in the summertime when the days are long and the heat borderline unbearable. but the winter bathing club Vinterbad Bryggen erases the power of the weather to dictate when you should and should not swim.

For those who are not regular members of the club, you can now treat yourself to an icy dip in the misty waters of Island Brygge on the first Sunday of every month, which is reserved for guests – although this does not mean you have to know a member to try it out.

Following the cold shivers, you can work your body temperature back up by taking a seat in a steamy sauna. This contrast therapy, shifting between the ice cold and the sweltering heat, is highly regarded for its health benefits. It flushes out your toxins and increases your blood circulation.

So, if you had too much eggnog or hard cider at your Christmas party the night before, this Guest Day provides an unconventional relief to your hangover and a chance to experience what Vinterbad Byggen is all about.

An annual membership lasts from October to April and costs 825 kroner (an initial 425kr membership fee, and an annual payment of 400kr).

Vinterbad Bryggen is Copenhagen’s own version of the Icelandic Blue Lagoon, so take off your gloves and scarves, and put on a swimsuit, just like our intrepid reporters did last December (picture above). (HC)

Christmas at Koncerthuset
Various times; DR Koncerthuset, Ørestads Boulevard 13, Cph S;
For those of you worn out by the voices of Mariah Carey and Michael Buble, Koncerthuset has a series that will bring harmony and joy to the season.

The jazz singers in Merry Christmas Baby (Dec 10, 20:00) channel Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra as they bend notes and scat-sing the Christmas classics.
The all-girl choir DR Pigekorets JUL (Dec 17 & 18, 16:00) bring memories of childhood nostalgia.

The National Symphony smash it out in the New Year’s Gala (Dec 30, 15:00).
And Sigurd and Bear Bear (Dec 21, 15:30) bring pixie dust and Santa. (HC)

Marco Grob Iconic Portraits
ongoing, ends Dec 31; Frederiksborg Castle, Frederiksborg Slot 10, Hillerød; 75kr
For those who love Frederiksborg Castle and portrait photography, the Marco Grob exhibition is the perfect choice this holiday season. The exhibition includes 70 iconic portraits of the world’s most famous people. (AA)

Big Quiz Nights
Nov 24, Dec 8 & 15, Jan 12 & 26, 19:30; The Globe, Nørregade 43, Cph K; 30kr, five per team
Dec 5 & Jan 9, 19:30; Kennedy’s, Gammel Kongevej 23, Cph V; 25kr, four per team
The winners get 1,000 kroner at the Globe, 800 at Kennedy’s. Both quizzes have beer rounds and other spot prizes.

From Here to Ear
Nov 25-Feb 5; Copenhagen Contemporary, Trangravsvej 10-12, Cph K; 50kr,
A 600 sqm hall has been transformed by Céleste Boursier into a giant aviary where birds provide ambient music that changes according to the vibrations of the visitors. Challenge your senses! (AA)

Sushi course for beginners
Nov 27, Dec 11 & 18, Jan 8 & 15, 15:00; Peder Lykke Skolen, Brydes Alle 35, Cph S; 605kr, register at
This two-hour course presented by Japanese-trained chef and sake sommelier Zoë Escher will let you into the secrets of making perfect, affordable sushi. Escher also offers advanced and veggy courses. (BH)

Christmas is Lit
Nov 27, 16:00; Radhuspladsen, Cph K
The Copenhagen City Hall Square Christmas Tree will be lit by Santa himself. Come out to hear Christmas carols and celebrate the official start of Christmas. There is a small parade that starts at Nyhavn Canal and heads towards Strøget. (AA)

World AIDS Day Drag Bingo
Dec 1, 17:00; Hard Rock Café, Rådhuspladsen 45-47, Cph K; 50kr,
At this World AIDS Day drag bingo event, the glitter, glamour and entertainment will be abundance, along with over-the-top costumes and cocktails. Two fat ladies? Legs eleven? You bet! (AA)

Party like Gatsby
Dec 3, 21:00-04:00; Vega, Enghavevej 40, Cph V; 175-210kr,
Jay Gatsby invites you to party as if you were in the Roaring 20s. An underground speakeasy bar will take you back to a time of scandal and chaos when morals were looser and the liquor was downright illegal. (AA)

Trailer Park Show in town
Dec 7, 20:00; Falconer Theatre, Frederiksberg; 296kr,
Spend an evening with the main stars from the Trailer Park Show on Netflix, here for one night only. The Canadian mockumentary series about misadventures has been going strong since 2001. (AA)

Afternoon Singing
Dec 7 & Jan 25, 17:00; Nørrebro Teater, Ravnsborggade 3, Cph N; 50kr,
Singing in the shower not quite doing it for you? Under the expert guidance of conductor Jon Hollesen and pianist Mads Strandgaard, join fellow songbirds at ‘Fyraftenssang’. With celebrity guests appearances! (AA)