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Christmas Markets to visit in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has been on my travel bucket list for a very long time and earlier this month we touched down in the Danish capital for a weekend of Christmas markets. Organised back in April after I watched a wonderful Copenhagen Christmas Markets video on YouTube, we found a bargain hotel deal (for Scandinavia) and the rest is history. Thanks to Visit Copenhagen’s informative Christmas market guide I was able to note down a rough itinerary for our trip in advance and when we arrived, the markets were very easy to find. In today’s post I’m going to share our experiences of the different Danish Christmas markets we visited and hopefully provide you with an insight into which markets you should prioritise for a festive weekend in the city.

Kat Last at the Copenhagen Christmas Markets

Christmas at Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens at Christmas, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens‘, the world’s second oldest theme park, is located opposite Copenhagen Central Station and about 20 minutes walk from Nyhavn (New Harbour). From mid-November until early January the park transforms into a Winter Wonderland, hosting a Christmas market, Santa Claus meet-and-greet and a fireworks display on certain nights. Entry to Tivoli costs about £15 per adult (advance booking online price) and for a theme park, this is very reasonable in my opinion. You have to pay extra to go on the rides, but Denmark is freezing in December and as a regular theme park goer, I would recommend skipping the rides at this time of year and arranging a separate trip to Tivoli when the weather is warmer. There are so many festive additions to the park that you’ll easily be able to fill an afternoon/evening in Tivoli, without going on a single ride. When you’re ready to leave, make sure you head to the food court for dinner. There are lots of restaurant options and it is somewhere warm to sit, after being outside in the cold for a few hours.

The Tivoli Lake at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

A magical destination in the heart of the city, the Tivoli Gardens Christmas Market should be a must-see for your festive trip to Copenhagen.

Nyhavn Christmas Market

Teddy bear stall at the Nyhavn Christmas Market in Copenhagen, Denmark

A small market in front of the famous painted buildings of the new harbour, the Nyhavn Christmas Market is a great place to visit if you’re looking for souvenirs. With a teddy bear, felt craft and tree decorations stall, you’re bound to find handcrafted, bespoke souvenirs here. As far as food offerings go, the market has very few options and there is nowhere to comfortably stand while you eat. I recommend visiting the this location for souvenirs only and heading to the neighbouring Kongens Nytorv Christmas Market for a bite to eat.

Kongens Nytorv Christmas Market

Holding my souvenir Copenhagen Christmas Market mug at the Kongens Nytorv Christmas Market

Located at the top end of Nyhavn in Kongens Square, the Kongens Nytorv Christmas Market is one of the biggest markets to visit in Copenhagen city centre. Selling traditional Danish and German Winter street food, it has lots of variety including bratwurst, pumpkin soup and Danish sandwiches. This is where you’ll also find the souvenir Copenhagen Christmas Market mugs and at roughly £7 for a hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, the cups are relatively affordable. The market is very popular with hungry tourists but there is always plenty of bench space where you can enjoy your meals.

Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Market at Nytorv

Stalls at the Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Market in Copenhagen, Denmark

The fairy tale Christmas market named after Denmark’s great storyteller is quite small but it is certainly unique with the stalls being named after some of the famous writer’s stories. Filled with stalls set in adorable candy striped huts, the market is a great place to stop for half an hour or so if you are in the area, but I wouldn’t plan to have your meals or do the majority of your shopping here.

Højbro Square Christmas Market

Højbro Square Christmas Market in the rain

Last but not least is the beautifully decorated Højbro Square Christmas Market in Copenhagen’s main shopping area. There are a mix of food and souvenir booths at this market that are on par with the stalls at Kongens Nytorv. Given it’s close proximity to both Nyhavn and Kongens Nytorv, I’d recommend visiting all three of these nearby markets back-to-back. Alternatively if you are Christmas shopping on Strøget (Copenhagen’s main shopping street), you can always stop at this market for lunch and a well-earned rest.

Visiting Copenhagen in December

Copenhagen is home to a number of Christmas markets and in 48 hours we managed to visit five of them. The markets are very different to the ones we visited in Berlin and Munich, but this made the trip all the more exciting as we got to experience Christmas markets outside of Germany and a new country’s festive traditions. One of my travel goals for 2019 was to visit a Christmas market outside of Germany, and Denmark was a dream. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the city at Christmastime and if you’re interested in learning more about the markets on offer, Visit Copenhagen has a full list of the Christmas markets in the city.

Have you ever been to Copenhagen? What did you think of the city?

Thanks for reading my blog today.

Love Kat xxxx



  1. Nic says:

    They all look amazing, I always want to be back in Denmark around Christmas time, the markets look lovely 🙂

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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