Photo: Kim Wyon/visitdenmark


Guide to Copenhagen’s Christmas markets

The tempting Christmas markets of Copenhagen open as early as mid-November, with decorations, gifts, mulled wine, the scent of roasted almonds and the unmistakable feel of Christmas in the air. Here are some of the best.

H.C. Andersen Christmas Market at Nytorv

The Christmas market at Nytorv has an almost Bavarian feel to it and you’re never far from a stall serving mulled wine, pretzels or bratwursts from a charcoal grill. There are plenty of other things to keep you warm too, such as home-knitted goods, booties, gloves and leather, as well as Vikings serving mead, while Hans Christian Andersen and Santa Claus walk around handing out goodies or high fives to the little ones.


Open: 16 Nov.–21 Dec. 2018

Christmas Market in Nyhavn. Photo: Kim Wyon/visitdenmark

Nyhavn Christmas Market

Nyhavn is one of the most picturesque areas of old Copenhagen and the Christmas market along the quay sells Scandinavian specialties, jewelry, soaps, knitwear, leather and much more, with the nostalgic Christmas atmosphere turned up a notch whenever the old Carlsberg brewery wagon passes by.


9 Nov.–23 Dec. 2018, Sun–Thurs 10am–7pm, Fri–Sat 10am–8pm.

Christmas market at Kongens Nytorv

Neighbors such as the historic D’Angleterre, the Royal Danish Theater, Charlottenborg Palace and Magasin du Nord provide a beautiful and fashionable setting for the Christmas market at Kongens Nytorv. Stalls selling tea, toffee, honey biscuits and wine sit among the decorations, lights and elves, while rumor has it that none other than Santa Claus himself will be here every Thursday and Sunday between 1pm and 5pm.

Kongens Nytorv

Open: 16 Nov.–22 Dec. 2018, Mon–Wed 11am–7pm, Thurs 11am–8pm, Fri and Sat 11am–9pm, Sunday 12 noon–7pm.

Photo: Thorkild Jensen/Kongelige Slotte

Christmas market at Kronborg Castle

There’s a whole day of Christmas experiences to be had when Kronborg Castle plays host to a lavish and atmospheric Christmas market on the first two weekends of Advent. There are over 100 different stalls here, with everything from clothes, jewelry and toys to decorations, delicacies and design, creative children’s workshops, theater performances, storytelling and Christmas concerts. For a truly nostalgic experience, take the North Zealand Heritage Christmas train direct to the Christmas market.

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Oppen: 30 Nov.–2 Dec. and 7 –9 Dec. 2018, 10am–5pm. Admission: DKr75, children under 4 go free.

Photo: Kim Wyon/visitdenmark

Christmas market at Højbro Plads

They really ramp up the Christmas atmosphere at Højbro Plads in the heart of Copenhagen’s shopping district, with thousands of Christmas lights, decorated Christmas trees, reindeer and Santa’s sleigh, mechanical elves, snowmen and Santas, as well as Tyrolean log cabins with mulled wine, sausages and hot cocoa, knitwear, paper cuttings, woolen socks, elves, Christmas candies and much more.

Højbro Plads

Open. 16 Nov.– 22 Dec. 2018, Mon–Wed 11am–7pm, Thurs 11am–8pm, Fri–Sat 11am–9pm, Sunday 12 noon–7pm.

Photo: Kim Wyon/visitdenmark

Christmas at Tivoli

The mother of all Christmas markets can be found at Tivoli, where 60 stalls, thousands of Christmas lights, powder snow, icicles, old-fashioned carousels, Christmas trees, Santa Claus and many wonderful fragrances combine to produce an intensely enchanting Christmas spirit that will melt even the hardest of hearts. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel with your family or your special someone and view the beautifully glittering Christmas garden from above.


Open: 17 Nov.– 31 Dec. 2018, open 11am–11pm Sun–Thurs, Fri and Sat 11am–midnight. You have to pay the admission price for Tivoli in order to visit the Christmas market.

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