Weihnachtsmarkt Kopenhagen
Weihnachtsmarkt Kopenhagen
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Travel tip: Experience Danish Christmas markets in the Advent season

The month of November heralds the pre-Christmas season in Denmark. Stores to switching to Christmas merchandise and people are adding pre-Christmas magic to their homes with Christmas candy, gingerbread nuts and crackling fireplaces. On December 1, calendar candles then illuminate the dark season for the first time, they are marked with numbers from 1 to 24 and now burn down a little further every day. However, Danish children do not have to do without an Advent calendar. December 13, St. Lucia’s Day, is considered particularly atmospheric. From Sweden comes the solemn custom in which girls parade through the streets singing, wearing white robes and a wreath with lighted candles to their heads.

Danish Christmas hearts

Danish Christmas hearts – © Freya McOmish, Scandinavia Standard

Christmas itself begins for the Danes on December 23 with lille Juleaften – the “little Christmas Eve”. On this day they prepare the food and decorate the Christmas tree, traditionally with red and white hearts, tinsel, straw stars, garlands of national flags and real (!) candles. Christmas Eve – Juleaften – is celebrated over a good meal with the family. Baked Christmas ham, roast goose, pickled herring and warm liver paste are the classic dishes to, not forgetting the famous rice pudding Risalamande. Whoever finds the almond hidden in the pudding will be rewarded with a small gift and good luck in the new year. Once everyone has had their fill, it’s time to light the candles, dance around the tree singing, and enjoy the many beautiful gifts that come with the tree.

Across the Baltic Sea to the most beautiful Christmas markets in Denmark

Already from beginning of November the first Christmas markets open in Denmark. Compared to their German counterparts, they turn out smaller, hyggelig just – Danish expression for cozy, comforting and pleasant. Whether at Copenhagen’s Tivoli, Gavnø Castle or Hillerød – to forward to festive decorations, gifts, Christmas scents, mulled wine and delicious specialties. We would like to introduce you to some of the most beautiful and popular Christmas markets with their individual features:

Christmas in Nyhavn

Christmas in Nyhavn – © Daniel Villadsen

Christmas bazaar to Gavnø Castle

The Christmas bazaar to Gavnø Castle near Naestved is considered particularly spectacular with its 150 hand-picked stalls. Year after year, Baron Otto Reedtz-Thott opens the castle gates and invites you to discover crafts, Christmas decorations and the world of elves in one of the most beautiful rococo castles in Denmark. There will be ample opportunity for pre-Christmas enjoyment in the festively decorated castle courtyard on the two weekends of November 4-6 and 11-13, 2023.

Info!
Weihnachtsbasar Schloss Gavnø geöffnet am 4. - 6. November und 11. - 13. November 2023
Christmas to Gavnø Castle

Christmas to Gavnø Castle – © Daniel Villadsen

Christmas market at Højbro Plads

You can experience a piece of the good old days while strolling through the historic Christmas market at Højbro Plads. Lovingly decorated huts and glowing Christmas trees make the market popular with locals and guests alike. In the middle of
Copenhagen
you can discover elves, reindeer and even Santa’s sleigh. Among the wide range of glass art, paper jewelry and knitwear you are sure to find the right gift. The atmospheric ambience awaits you daily from November 4 to December 21, 2023.

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Weihnachtsmarkt Højbro Plads Kopenhagen geöffnet vom 4. November - 21. Dezember 2023

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Copenhagen Tivoli Christmas Market

At the Christmas market in Copenhagen’s Tivoli, a glittering winter wonderland and an amusement park come together for a contemplative rendezvous. Located between Rathausplatz and the main train station, the festively lit market has become a real classic. Here you can enjoy nostalgic rides, arts and crafts, Danish pastries and a good glass of glögg. The market opens its doors daily in the period from November 18 to December 31.

Info!
Weihnachtsmarkt im Kopenhagener Tivoli geöffnet vom 18. November - 31. Dezember 2023
Tivoli Christmas Market in Copenhagen

Tivoli Christmas Market in Copenhagen – © Kim Wyon

https://youtu.be/V7pTROHXrwM

Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Market

Experience a fairytale pre-Christmas season to Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Market in Copenhagen. In the middle of the old town, to Kultorvet awaits you with a glittering display of lights and stalls. Whether individual gift ideas, traditional pastries or a ride on the historic carousel – here young and old enjoy an atmospheric Advent season from November 17 to December 21.

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Hans Christian Andersen Weihnachtsmarkt Kopenhagen geöffnet vom 17. November - 21. Dezember 2023

https://youtu.be/lP9MJKfcSmE

Christmas night in Hillerød

On Friday, November 25, 2023, the traditional Christmas night awaits you at Black Friday in Hillerød. Then it’s time to shop for the first gifts and enjoy the radiant beauty of Frederiksborg Castle between 10 am and 10 pm. Christmas parade, brownies, Christmas tree and Christmas mill do not only make children’s eyes shine.

Info!
Weihnachtsnacht Hillerød geöffnet am 25. November 2023

Fast, uncomplicated & inexpensive: with Scandlines to pre-Christmas Denmark

With the
Rostock-Gedser ferries
and
Puttgarden-Rödby
two ferry connections offer unadulterated Christmas joy on to most beautiful markets in Denmark. Whether you are planning a stay of several days or your outward and return journey should take place on the same calendar day: Thanks to a wide range of ticket variants, all options are open to you. With 10 departures daily from Rostock (crossing: 1 hour 45 minutes) and over 40 departures from Puttgarden (crossing: 45 minutes), you can plan your stay to your individual preferences – both with and without a car.

Scandlines ferry Copenhagen with new rotor sail leaving Rostock harbor.

The Scandlines Hybrid ferry Copenhagen leaving the Rostock Sea Canal for Gedser.

A look over to pre-Christmas Sweden

In Sweden, too, Christmas is one of the most important celebrations of the year. What we have in common is the contemplative Advent season with Christmas decorations, pastries and Christmas markets. As in Denmark, with December 23 ebebfalls there is the “little Christmas Eve”, which is traditionally used for Christmas preparations such as cooking, wrapping presents and decorating the tree. Christmas Eve is then spent with the family, eating together, singing and making presents.

In what the Swedish Christmas differs from the German? In Sweden, few people know St. Nicholas, rather the whole country celebrates the feast of Lucia, the Queen of Lights, on November 13. In addition, the celebration in Sweden is much longer. It is not until January 13, St. Knuts Day, that the Christmas season ends. On this day, the trees are taken down and thrown out of the window.

Tallink Silja

The Christmas markets in Malmö and Lund

Christmas markets in Malmö

Malmö’s Christmas market traditionally starts in the last week of November and takes place on to centrally located Gustav Adolf Torg and in the adjacent streets. When you visit, you can to forward to arts and crafts and Swedish treats. The market is particularly known for its increased focus to ecological products and sustainability.

Info!
Weihnachtsmarkt Gustav Adolf Platz Malmö geöffnet vom 24. November - 18. Dezember 2023 Weihnachtsmarkt in Katrinetorp Malmö geöffnet vom 2. - 4. Dezember 2023 Bauernweihnachtsmarkt Malmö geöffnet am 10. Dezember 2023

https://youtu.be/2hVT8pjzMM8?t=10

Christmas market in Lund

The historic Christmas market in Lund also radiates Christmas cheer. It takes place in an open-air museum with houses from different eras, particularly fascinating: actors from different centuries show and tell how Christmas was celebrated in their time. After dark, fires, lanterns and a Christmas choir provide contemplative moments. Swedish mulled wine, roasted sugared almonds, gingerbread and Christmas sweets also play their part in making your stay a pleasant one.

Side trip across the Öresund to the Christmas markets in Malmö and Lund

Malmö and nearby Lund also impress during the dark season with their sea of lights, Christmas markets and colorful shop windows. Reason enough to take advantage of a Scandlines combined ticket from Copenhagen. On the routes Rostock-Gedser and Puttgarden-Rödby you have the possibility of an additional booking option, which entitles you to use the Öresund Bridge. The ideal combination of Denmark ferry and Öresund Bridge!

The Scandlines ferry Schleswig-Holstein leaves the port of Rödby

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