The six Danish Christmas markets to have to visit

If you want to try roasted almonds, drink gløgg or find a Christmas souvenir in Denmark, look no further than our guide.

The six Danish Christmas markets to have to visit
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We’ve looked up Christmas markets around the country that not only offer an authentic festive vibe, but also include the classic components of Danish Christmas culture – like æbleskiver (doughy pastries dipped in sugar and jam) or home-made decorations like red and white folded paper hearts.

Many Danish Christmas markets limit their opening to a single weekend or just one day – we’ve selected the ones you’ll be able to enjoy throughout the Christmas period.


A staple for visitors to Copenhagen, it would be remiss not to include the Christmas market at Tivoli, the 19th-century gardens-turned-amusement park which almost embodies Danish Christmas with its spectacular decorations and yuletide atmosphere.

You can enjoy seeing the Christmas elves and take in the taste of roasted almonds, gløgg (mulled wine), hot chocolate and risengrød (rice pudding).

Bear in mind you’ll have to pay the Tivoli entrance fee to visit the market.

Address: Tivoli, Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 Copenhagen


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Den Gamle By

Aarhus’ open-air museum Den Gamle By is a wonderful nostalgic experience and in December you can savour the spirit of Christmases past. You won’t be relying on market stalls to buy your Christmas gifts – you can go inside the authentic historical artisans, bakers and gift shops to browse and buy.

The old-fashioned streets are immaculately and authentically decorated and you’ll feel like you’ve reached the happy ending of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Adults pay an entrance fee of 135kr to enter the open air museum, while under-18s go free.

Address: Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus


Ridehuset Christmas Market

At Ridehuset, a former barracks building close to Aarhus City Hall and the Aros art museum, a month-long Christmas market is open daily. There’s no shortage of baubles and festive snacks, but your main reason for visiting should be to find that elusive and original gift idea – there’s a great range of stands run by craftspeople and artisans, and there’s a good chance you’ll see something a loved one would love.

Address: Vester Allé 1, 8000 Aarhus


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Jul på Bakken

To the north of Copenhagen, Bakken claims to be the world’s oldest theme park, is free to enter and is best known for its creaky rollercoaster rides. But during the winter, it spreads on the festive fun with a Christmas market that runs until December 22nd.

Address: Bakken, Dyrehavevej 62, 2930 Klampenborg


Jul i Aalborg

Aalborg does not hold back when it comes to Christmas. While other major cities sometimes limit run times on Christmas markets set up on their main squares, you can spot elves, grottos and Christmas trees on Gammeltorv every day through to December 23rd.

Look out for the ferris wheel and warm up with glühwein, a rum-infused, punchier alternative to gløgg.

Address: Gammeltorv, 9000 Aalborg


Højbro Plads

If you find yourself wandering around central Copenhagen on a gift hunt in December, you’re more than likely to stumble across a Christmas market – several squares in close proximity to each other have stalls and decorations set up. These include Nytorv, Kongens Nytorv and Højbro Plads. At the latter, you can find glass sculptures, handmade ornaments, delicacies and knitted mittens, amongst various other treats.

Address: Højbro Plads, 1200 Copenhagen


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‘Santa Claus can come to Denmark’: Health chief’s Christmas news for kids

The director of the Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen), Søren Brostrøm, has taken to Twitter to reassure the public that Covid-19 restrictions won’t prevent Father Christmas from delivering gifts to Denmark.

'Santa Claus can come to Denmark': Health chief’s Christmas news for kids
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Brostrøm, who has become a recognisable figure in the country due to his consistent presence at government Covid-19 briefings, responded on social media after he said he was asked how Danish coronavirus rules would affect Santa Claus.

“A member of the public has written and asked whether I can give Santa an exemption from quarantine rules so he is free to travel to Denmark,” Brostrøm wrote.

“We all know he is busy on Christmas Eve delivering all the presents to the children, so it’s no good if he has to self-isolate for several days,” the health authority director continued.

“As all children (and adults) know, Santa Claus lives in Greenland! And because Greenland is part of the (Danish) kingdom, there are neither entry restrictions nor isolation requirements when he arrives in Denmark,” Brostrøm wrote.

Santa’s chosen means of travel also enables him to avoid Danish requirements to wear a face mask when using public transportation, the health director noted.

“If Santa – as I expect – travels with his own reindeer and sleigh, I would say he is exempted from the face mask requirement which applies on the plane from Greenland,” he wrote.

Should Father Christmas need a negative coronavirus test to be able to get home after delivering his presents, the Danish Health Authority will “help (him) to book an appointment at a test centre,” he concluded.

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