What's On / December

Food markets

Indoor and outdoor markets and food truck rodeos

Copenhagen’s Food Halls (Torvehallerne)

Copenhagen’s covered food halls feature a gumbo of artisanal stalls, food bars and open-air events. Located at Israels Plads close to Nørreport Station. Open Mon-Thu 10:00-19:00, Fri 10:00-20:00, Sat 10:00-18:00 and Sun 11:00-17:00. Frederiksborggade 21. Info (in Danish) here.

Copenhagen Street Food

The city’s covered street food market featuring food trucks, stalls and chill-out events. Open Mon-Thu 12:00-21:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-22:00, Sun 12:00-21:00. Can be accessed via bridge from Nyhavn Canal. Info here and on Facebook here. Located at Trangravsvej 1 (Papirøen).

Westmarket

The city’s newest food hall is located in the grungy Vesterbro district. Food bars, stores and foodie hangouts in a converted shopping arcade. Vesterbrogade 97. Opening hours: (market stalls) Mon-Fri 11:00-21:00. Sat – Sun 11:00-17:00. Info on Facebook here (in Danish).

What's On in December

Events 

 

Every Wednesday

SMK Wednesday

Every Wednesday, the Danish National Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst, Sølvgade 48-50) hosts evening events including art talks, screenings and performances from 17:00-20:00. The gallery café is also open for diners. Admission.
 

Until 4 December

Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival

Throughout the months of October and November, the Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival hosts events at several of the city’s churches. For the full program and links to ticket purchase, click here (in Danish).
 

Until 22 December

Nyhavn Canal Christmas Market

The city’s quaint old museum harbour with its vintage schooners and restaurants hosts a small Christmas market. Free admission. Sun-Thu 11:00-18:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-20:00.
 

Until 23 December

Nyhavn Canal Christmas Market

The city’s quaint old museum harbour with its vintage schooners and restaurants hosts a small Christmas market. Free admission. Sun-Thu 11:00-18:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-20:00.
 

Until 23 December

Deutsch Christmas Market

A jolly market with stalls and rides located on the picturesque Højbro Plads by the main pedestrian street, Strøget. Free admission. Sun-Thu 11:00-19:00, Fri 11:00-20:00, Sat 10:00-20:00
 

Until 31 December

Christmas in Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens hosts one of the world’s most magical Christmas theme experiences. Rides, music events and seasonal treats in stalls and restaurants. A magical winter wonderland of fun for the whole family. Info here.
 

1-22 December

The Nutcracker

No Christmas season is complete without the whimsical tale of the Nutcracker prince and a flurry of mice and snowflakes. Performed at the Old Stage, the city’s most classical venue. Info and tickets here.
 

1-3 & 8-10 December

Designmuseum Danmark Christmas Market

The city’s leading design museum hosts a Christmas market organised by the Danish Crafts & Design Association. Info here.
 

3 December

Christmas tree is lit

The Christmas tree on Copenhagen City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) will be lit on 3 December 2017 at 16:00 – by Santa! The small parade starts at Nyhavn Canal and heads to the square along the pedestrian street, Strøget.
 

2 & 3 December

Handel’s Messiah at the Marble Church

Performance of Handel’s famous oratorio by the Euphonia Chamber Chorus with members of the Royal Danish Opera and the National Norwegian Opera. Performances at 16:00. Info and tickets here.
 

2 & 3 December

Jægersborggade Christmas Market

The street market is hosted by the boutiques and businesses in one of the city’s coolest hipster havens. 10:00-16:00. Santa visits the market from 12:00-15:00. Info here.
 

2-9 December

Copenhagen Mooning Week

The world’s first mooning gallery hosts a week-long mooning event where anyone can join and support a charity of their choice. The gallery is dedicated to analogue photography – and mooning. Rumpegalleriet, Ryesgade 103B. Website in English here. Event info here.
 

2-3 + 9-10 December

Christmas market at Kronborg Castle

The fictional home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the city of Elsinore hosts a Christmas market at the castle with more than 100 yuletide market stalls, concerts, performances and activities for children. All days 10:00-17:00. There is a 45-minute rail connection to Elsinore from Copenhagen.
 

5-10 December 

Copenhagen Mooning Week

The world’s first mooning gallery hosts a week-long mooning event where anyone can join and support a charity of their choice. The gallery is dedicated to analogue photography – and mooning. Rumpegalleriet, Ryesgade 103B. Website in English here. Event info here.
 

8 December

Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet

The annual Christmas concert by the quartet is hosted at Trinitatis Church next to the Round Tower. Free admission. The concert starts at 16:30
 

8 & 9 December

Handel’s Messiah

Performance of Handel’s Messiah oratorio by the Mogens Dahl Chamber Chorus. The performance takes place at Holmens Church, Holmens Kanal 21. Admission. 19:30-21:00. Info and tickets here.
 

9 December

North Atlantic Christmas Concert

The annual Christmas concert with choirs from Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland is hosted at the Helligåndskirken Church by Strøget. 17:00. Info here.
 

9 & 10 December

Christmas food market in the meatpacking district

The popular open market features stalls with street food and edible gifts. 11:00-18:00. Info here.
 

9-20 December

Christiania Christmas Market

The city’s famous hippy hangout, Christiania, hosts is annual Christmas bazaar. The market takes place in the grand hall (Den Grå Hal) Refshalevej 2. There are gift stalls, food bars and afternoon concerts. 12:00-20:00 every day. Last day the market closes at 18:00.
 

11 December

Handel’s Messiah

Performance of Handel’s Messiah oratorio by the Academic Orchestra at the Church of Our Lady, Nørregade 8. Admission. Concert starts at 19:30. Tickets available at the door half an hour prior to performance.
 

13 December

Saint Lucy Day

The popular event including singing by candlelight is celebrated several locations in the city. Among the most popular are the grand Saint Lucy Day parade in Tivoli Gardens 17:30-18:00 with 100 singers. Just as spectacular is the Saint Lucy Day regatta by the city’s kayakers 17:00-19:30. To join the kayaks or watch the spectacle check their info page here.
 

14 & 15 December

Marie Carmen Koppel Christmas Concert

The concert by the Danish gospel singer is hosted at Christianskirken Church. Info and tickets here.
 

13 & 14 December

Concerto Copenhagen

The Christmas concert by one of Scandinavia’s most recognised period baroque ensembles. The concert takes place at Trinitatis Church next to the Round Tower. Admission. Info and tickets here.
 

17 December

Christmas Music Service

Performance by the Trinitatis Choir and Baroque Ensemble at the Trinitatis Church next to the Round Tower. Music by Bach and Danish Christmas carols. Soprano, tenor. Free admission. The service starts at 19:00.
 

21 December

The Book with Seven Seals

Enjoy a chance to experience Copenhagen’s grand concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel with a performance of Franz Schmidt’s oratorio The Book with Seven Seals by the DR Symphony Orchestra. Ørestads Boulevard 13. Performance: 19:30. Tickets here.
 
 

Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Copenhagen?

 
Copenhagen celebrates New Year’s Eve with a bang. Fireworks across the city lasting for hours means that you may want to pick a destination within easy walking distance from your hotel. Here are three great options:
 

Tivoli Gardens.

Restaurants accept table reservations and there are early fireworks. The gardens close at 00:30.
 

Nyhavn Canal.

Many restaurants accept table reservations. The perfect backdrop for your celebrations. Head to the harbour bridge (Inderhavnsbroen) for a full view of the city’s fireworks.
 

The Circle Bridge.

Avoid the midnight conundrum of the pedestrian street and city hall square and head to the Circle Bridge, which offers a full view of the city’s firework displays.

Caution! Remember to bring protective glasses and ear plugs. Copenhagen really does celebrate New Year with a bang.
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