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Our guide to Christmas in Copenhagen


As the festive season approaches, Copenhagen gives itself over wholeheartedly to the joy, warmth and spirit of Christmas. The city’s streets, beautifully decorated with traditional decorations, the open-air ice rink at Frederiksberg is open and there are even open invitations to Christmas events at many of the city’s museums. Do not miss the atmosphere of Christmas in the Tivoli Gardens and be sure to visit some of the Christmas markets to be found all over Copenhagen. When the lights at the Christmas tree in City Hall Square are lit, the “oohs” and “aahs” can almost be heard all over the city!

Below we tell you about five of our favourite Copenhagen Christmas things.


Christmas in the Tivoli Gardens is synonymous with Christmastide in Copenhagen. As tradition dictates, there are beautiful decorations and lights that sparkle throughout the gardens. The sparkling lights, the booths exuding aromas of Christmas and the sound of Christmas tunes create Tivoli Gardens’ very own Christmas atmosphere. Christmastide in Tivoli Gardens is full of traditions for you to enjoy – the Tivoli Pixie Band, which performs at various sites in the gardens, the Gingerbread Palace that is Tivoli Gardens’ very special gingerbread workshop, the Christmas light show in the Chinese area of the gardens with 16,000 sparkling, starry lights and, on December 13th, the Lucia procession.

Christmas in Tivoli – The swing ride


From late November, Frederiksberg Circus becomes an open-air ice rink – attractively illuminated with sparkling garlands of lights. Located at the entrance to Frederiksberg Park, the rink reflects a happy atmosphere as laughter and yells of joy echo across the ice in the frosty air. Use of the rink is free and you may bring your own skates or hire a pair for DKK 50.


Shopping is often a satisfying pastime but there is nothing quite like Christmas shopping in Copenhagen – the streets decorated with hearts, Christmas stars and sparkling lights and the shops and stores that often have extra specials for your Christmas stocking! Slip down a side street, follow the aroma of roast almonds, chestnuts and gløgg and you will often find a small Christmas market – Christmas shopping at its very best.


One of Copenhagen’s Christmas traditions is that the lights on the Christmas Tree on City Hall Square spring to light on the First Sunday of Advent. 2017 is no exception and the ceremony will take place on December 3rd at 16:00 hrs. The tree is an organically cultivated Norway spruce, some 20 metres (65 ft.) high and weighs about 5 tons. Once lit, Christmas has really come to Copenhagen and it is both a beautiful and majestic sight.


After a day of Christmas treats, the perfect conclusion to the day is getting back to the hotel and relaxing in the warmth of the SALT bar, enjoying some of our head chef’s seasonal temptations – including gløgg and Christmas bakes – which are enough to bring the Christmas spirit out in everybody.

Happy Christmas!

SALTs glögg and Cristmas bakes