The top 10 Christmas markets in Denmark
The top 10 Christmas markets in Denmark, from the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. The land of elves in Mørkov.
From the Christmas of one time to the flea markets in castles and manors, passing through the design preparations and a touch of hygge always present: during the Christmas season, there is a magical air in the cities and villages of Denmark! Here is the top 10 of the markets not to be missed for an authentic Danish Christmas.
- Christmas at Tivoli, it’s a MUST
The Tivoli Gardens in the heart of Copenhagen embody the essence of Christmas in Denmark, also thanks to the delightful atmosphere of the restaurants and the Food Hall. From November 16 to January 5, a thousand Christmas trees, three kilometers of fir garlands and up to a million fairy lights will invade the historic park, which in addition to the usual rides and attractions will also host a wonderful Christmas market.
Among the shows scheduled at Tivoli, this year the premiere of the ballet The Snow Queen by HC Andersen, from December 1st to December 22nd, with the costumes and set design of the Queen Margrethe II.
- Christmas markets in Copenhagen, from November 15th to December 22nd
As early as mid-November, Copenhagen comes alive with lights, decorations and Christmas markets in the city center. Among the most beautiful markets, with the traditional Christmas stalls of handicrafts and typical sweets, the one set up in Kongens Nytorv square stands out, the one along the famous Nyhavn canal and the one in Højbro Plads square.
- Glow – a winter fairy tale in Odense, from November 21st to January 4th
Odense is proud to present for the first time in Europe Glow, the largest indoor Christmas market in the world, with 6ooo square meters filled to the brim with magic and fairy tales for all ages. Over 1 million lights and then interactive toys, local artists, Christmas activities and so much inevitable hygge animate this winter wonderland. Get ready to light up with hygge!
- The Hans Christian Andersen Market in Odense, 29 November – 1 December and 7 – 9 December
The town of Odense celebrates Christmas with a magical display that takes its name from its most illustrious citizen: the Christmas Market by H.C. Andersen. The old center of Odense is the setting for the event with jugglers, carriages, carousels, crank organs and, of course, with Andersen’s fairy tale characters.
- Christmas of the past in Ribe, from November 30th to December 22nd
The oldest city in Denmark, Ribe, has not changed much over the centuries. The cobbled streets and medieval houses are the perfect setting for the Christmas market in the city, known as “Peter’s Christmas”. You can even enjoy the atmosphere on a horse-drawn carriage.
- Once Christmas, in Aarhus – Den Gamle By, from November 18th to December 30th
Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus, is becoming a favorite destination for tourists. The ultra-modern ARoS Modern Art museum and the new port area are completely transforming urban space and city design, but when Christmas comes, Aarhus returns to the city of the past, animated by a unique Christmas spirit.
In the historic Den Gamle By, meaning the Old City, the streets are filled with stalls that take visitors back in time to the time of the ancient market towns. A mix of Christmas decorations, gifts and culinary delights shows the history of Christmas and society from 1625 to 1929 and
promises a shopping spree of the past.
- Egeskov Castle lights up for Christmas Christmas Market 9-10, 15-17 and 23-24 November. Luminis November 28-30
At the Egeskov Castle you will find the quintessential Christmas atmosphere among the many stalls of local artisans, Christmas carols, spiteful goblins and the ever-present æbleskiver, the Danish Christmas sweets. Do not worry, the calories are disposed of quickly following the kilometer of Christmas wreaths that cross the castle … but if this is not enough we recommend a walk in the beautiful Renaissance garden that at the end of November turns into a sensorial world of lights and sounds.
- Kronborg Castle, 29 November – 1 December and 6 – 8 December
Kronborg Castle, in Helsingør, is the fictitious home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and belongs to the UNESCO world heritage. On the weekends of late November and early December, the castle hosts a Christmas market dedicated to crafts and gastronomy with many delicacies, including Kronborg beer. One more reason for a day trip from Copenhagen.
- The town of elves in Mørkov, from November 9th to December 23rd (except Mondays)
At one hour by train from the capital you can dive headlong into Christmas by visiting Nisseland (the country of the Christmas elves) in Mørkov. 1500m2 of fantastic landscapes populated by mechanical elves, animated by Christmas gift hunts, a playground, a farm where you can take a ride in the woods on horse-drawn sleighs in search of the perfect Christmas tree. For a little rest, browse around the workshops and artisan shops in search of a special gift, or make a stop at Gæstgiveri where the elves will serve you æbleskiver and gløgg, typical Christmas sweets accompanied by the Scandinavian version of vin Brûlé. Finally, for the little ones, every day at 1pm and 3pm, Santa Claus will visit the village and listen to the wishes of all the children.
- Design market at the Trapholt Museum 30 November – 1 December
Every year, the famous Trapholt Christmas Market presents the achievements of around 50 selected Danish artisans and designers, in the splendid setting and architecture of the museum. The shopping of unique products made of wood, leather, fabrics, ceramics and glass is guaranteed, but given the location we also recommend discovering the design exhibitions on display at the museum.