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Why you should visit Copenhagen in December

Have you booked a Christmas trip to Copenhagen? If so, you've chosen well. Because in December, Copenhagen really shows it's the capital of hygge. The Christmas decoration bedecked city is full of delightful, fun and gorgeous Christmas traditions, that you can enjoy through the whole of December. Here are some tips to ensure you make the most of the Christmas atmosphere.

Christmas at Tivoli. Photo: Anders Bøgild/Tivoli

Christmas at Tivoli

For many Copenhagen residents, Christmas at Tivoli is a must in the run up to Christmas. You can really feel the Christmas spirit enter your soul in the enchanting Tivoli Christmas universe. The gardens are beautifully decorated with powdered snow and thousands of Christmas lights and have Christmas cabins, a gingerbread castle, Christmas procession, Santa Claus and all manner of other Christmas cheer. Naturally all the rides are open, so you can enjoy thrills and spills while admiring the lights from on high.

Tivoli

Lucia procession by kayak

Fair enough. It’s one of the more unusual ways to celebrate Lucia, but even so, it's both fun and something of a crowdpleaser. Watching a parade of 300 illuminated kayaks paddle along the canals bringing light into the darkness on Lucia Day is a very impressive sight. The procession heads from Nyhavn to Christianshavn between 5 and 7.30pm and is a magical sight to behold from the new pedestrian and cycle bridges in the city center.

Luciaoptog i Kajak

The Christmas decorations at D'Angleterre changes every year. Photo: Michael Langhoff

Christmas lights on Kongens Nytorv

Experience the cream of Christmas decorations on Strøget at Kongens Nytorv, where some of the most majestic buildings in the city glow with spectacular Christmas lights. D’Angleterre, Magasin department store, the Royal Theater and the Christmas Market all exude the Christmas spirit and you can warm yourself with a glass of mulled spice wine and other delights at stalls in the Christmas Market.

Kgs. Nytorv

Urban wilderness bath with views. Photo: Copenhot

Hot Tubs in the harbor

When the cold starts to bite and you need to warm up again, the spa concept CopenHot is the coolest way to do it. Try New Nordic Wellness with an urban outdoor pool and sauna, with views over the water and harbor skyline. Or enjoy a relaxing sail round the harbor in a floating 40-degree seawater hot tub, maybe even with a glass of cava in your hand?

CopenHot

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Åbent ons-søn. Lukket man-tir.

The ice skating rink at Frederiksberg Garden: Photo: Jonas Smith

Skate yourself warm

Do you long for rosy cheeks and a pinch of winter wonderland? Hop on the new metro line to Frederiksberg Allé, and head to Frederiksberg Have and the most romantic skating rink in the city. You can take your own skates or hire a pair for Dkr50. There are several other ice rinks in the city as well, such as the all-new Broens Skøjtebane at Den Grønlandske Handelsplads at Christianshavn, where you can hire skates and buy hot drinks.

Skøjtebanen

A couple of the traditional Christmas classics. Photo: Christianshavn Færgekro

Traditional Christmas Lunch

Herring, apple pork and schnapps - Christmas isn’t Christmas without Christmas Lunch, and there are plenty of places to choose from, where they serve traditional Danish dishes. Classic Christmas food with a matching maritime atmosphere can be found at Christianshavn Færgecafé, where the Big Christmas Buffet has both cold and hot dishes, that you naturally should drink schnapps with.

Christianshavns Færgecafé

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Det store Julebord bestilles af min 2 personer og koster 420 DKK pr. person. Husk at bestille bord.

The Adventure Ballet "The Nutcracke"r is a much appreciated Christmas tradition at Kongelige Teaters Gamle. Photo: PR

Julbaletten Nötknäpparen

Den praktfulla miljön på Det Kongelige Teaters Gamle Scene ger en fin inramning åt den älskade julsagan om Nötknäpparen, som på julaftonsnatten tar med sig flickan Maria på en magisk resa till ett okänt sagoland. Baletten av George Ballanchine dansas till Tjajkovskijs fantastiska musik och är en överdådig och stämningsfull julupplevelse som man sent glömmer.

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Mulled wine at Hviids Vinstue

During the dark days you need a bit more to keep you going, and many Copenhageners toast Christmas in with spiced mulled wine at Hviids Vinstue. The restaurant has been on Kongens Nytorv since 1723 and its legendary mulled wine is launched at 11 am on 11 November each year. It is macerated with spices in May to allow time for all the flavors to fully permeate the wine, which can work wonders on a cold day.

Hviids Vinstue

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