Iconic Copenhagen theme park to celebrate 175th birthday with winter opening

Tivoli, the famous gardens and theme park in the centre of Copenhagen, is set to mark the 175th anniversary of its opening with a first-ever winter season.

Iconic Copenhagen theme park to celebrate 175th birthday with winter opening
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Outside of summertime, the Copenhagen attraction's doors are usually closed, with the exception of brief opening periods at Halloween and Christmas.

But 2018, when the park reaches the milestone of its 175th birthday, will see the 19th century theme park open from February 2nd-24th – covering the school winter holiday as well as Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and the Danish Fastelavn festival.

The park’s Carstensens Have garden and stage will be given winter decorations, a skating rink will be set up, and guests will be able to access some of the theme park’s rides, reports Jyllands-Posten.

“We’ve been trying for several years to extend Tivoli’s three seasons [including Halloween and Christmas, ed.] to a fourth season. By extending Tivoli’s opening hours we can now give Danes and tourists yet another reason to visit Copenhagen,” Tivoli director Lars Liebst wrote in a press message.

But the winter opening may not be a one-off.

“This extended opening cements our strategy of taking Tivoli from a seasonal to a year-round business,” Liebst added.

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Visit Denmark director Jan Olsen told Jyllands-Posten that he saw the announcement as a positive development for the Danish tourism industry.

“If tourism in Denmark is to continue with the positive progress we have seen in recent years, then we need to place greater focus on our marketing, product development, and sales in periods outside of peak season. The means that, in Copenhagen for example, we should provide visionary attractions in these periods,” Olsen said.

Tivoli employs a total of 3,700 people and is Denmark’s largest tourist attraction. In 2016, 4.6 million people visited the amusement park, of which one third were tourists, reports Jyllands-Posten. 

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