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Strøget i Aarhus.
Strøget i Aarhus.

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Genuine Christmas Cheer in Aarhus

If you're looking for a delightful Christmas atmosphere and a weekend getaway, Aarhus, Denmark, is a good alternative to hectic big cities in December.

There's something about strolling along the pedestrianized high street under glittering Christmas lights that are also reflected in the water flowing under Sankt Klemens Bro and the cafés serving coffee and mulled wine to warm our frozen souls. Den Gamle By (the Old Town) and the Christmas markets filled with unusually splendid products radiate nostalgic Christmas hygge - Aarhus very definitely has a genuine feel of Christmas.

The city is large enough for you to do all your Christmas shopping, but small enough that you can breathe, have fun and become completely immersed in the Christmas spirit. Here are six locations where you’ll find genuine Christmas Cheer in Aarhus.

Strøget

A glittering carpet of star lights are stretched above the pedestrianized streets of Ryesgade, Søndergade and Skt. Klemens Torv, bathing Strøget in gentle Christmas light. The Salling department store looms like a giant golden parcel wrapped in silk ribbon, and the lights are reflected in the dark water of the river that flows under Skt. Klemens Bro. In the square in front of the Cathedral, Zirkus Nemo has created a wonderful little Christmas village with an old-fashioned carousel and cabins serving hot drinks. Step inside the cathedral for a few moments to feel the spirit of Christmas peace descend on you.

Strøget

Ryesgade, Søndergade, Skt. Klemens Torv

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Latinerkvarteret

The Latin Quarter with its old houses and narrow cobblestone streets generates a Christmas atmosphere all its own. The stores here are a beautifully decorated mix of the exclusive and the alternative, with everything from small jewelers, luxury goods and vinyl records to fashion designers Malene Birger and Isabel Marant. Order a coffee in the state-of-the-art Great Coffee bar in a courtyard on Klosterstræde or warm yourself with a cup of homemade mulled wine in the Christmas decorated Café Drudenfuss.

Latinerkvarteret

Den Gamle By

The Old Town in Aarhus is an open air museum and a unique Christmas treasure. They have created a bygone Christmas in these historic streets and buildings, with everything related to Bible stories, Christmas decorations, Christmas trees and elves. The journey back through the history of Christmas is even more atmospheric after dark, with the houses lit by oil lamps and candles, and lanterns glowing in the streets. There are fire bowls with glowing coals to warm you, mulled wine in mitre bowls, old-fashioned Christmas punch in the market square. Don't forget to check out the traditional Christmas decorations in the Christmas store – you’ll find it hard to leave empty handed.

Den Gamle By

Viborgvej 2

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Tivoli Friheden

If you come to Aarhus with children, Christmas in Friheden is a must. Here, the streets and rides are strewn with thousands of lights, the food cabins tempt you with everything from mulled wine, salami and sausages to Fish’n chips, and in Father Christmas’s Village you can encounter busy elves and meet Father Christmas himself. Go for a stroll in the elves’ domain, a ride on Santa’s sleigh and soak up the magical Christmas atmosphere down by the lake, whose surface dances with the reflections of all the Christmas lights.

Tivoli Friheden

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Ridehuset

This Christmas market will convert even the most confirmed Christmas grinch. The cabins in Ridehuset have craft products of a quality and design that make you want to stop the moment you set eyes on them, check the price and then make a purchase. Here you’ll find wonderful knitwear, leather belts, posters, jewelry, children's clothes and much more. And when you need a break, there's home baked cake and steaming mulled wine.

Ridehuset

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Outdoor skating rink at ARoS

Aarhus art museum ARoS casts rainbow light over the city from Olafur Eliasson’s Rainbow Panorama, a permanent work of art consisting of a 150-meter-long and three-meter-wide circular walkway in glass in all the colors of the rainbow. However, in the park between ARoS, Ridehuset and Musikhuset your cheeks will gain a natural rosy glow, when you lace on a pair of skates and step onto the ice rink there. It’s free and all ages are welcome. If you don’t have your own skates, you can rent a pair for Dkr45 from the cabin next to the rink. Skate at dusk for the best possible Christmas atmosphere.

Skøjtebanen ved Musikhuset

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Last edited: December 10, 2018

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