What's On / December

Food markets and events 

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.


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 (in Danish) here. And on Facebook (in Danish) here.


An old waterfront warehouse is being converted into a new food and event location – surrounded by construction sites in the city’s fast-developing docklands. A great pit stop for those biking the Harbour Circle bicycle route. Beach bar, dancing and street food. Address: Østre Teglkaj. Info here

What's On in December

Events and festivals


Until 23 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 Tivoli Concert Hall. Info and tickets here.

Until 26 and 31 December

Royal Christmas tables

How do the royals celebrate Christmas? Royal Christmas dinner tables are on display at Christiansborg Palace, allowing you to admire 300 years of royal Christmas traditions. Exhibition closes 26 Dec. Opening hours: 10:00-17:00. Info here.
You can also discover 150 years of royal table-laying traditions at an exhibition at the royal palace, Amalienborg – where else? This exhibition, called Dinner with the Royal Family, is open until 31 Dec. Info here. Opening hours here.

1-2 December

Handel’s Messiah at the Marble Church

Performance of Handel’s famous oratorio with the Euphonia Chamber Chorus et al. Performances start at 16:00. Info and tickets here.

1-8 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 art gallery dedicated to analogue photography also hosts the opening of its new Moon Landing exhibition on 1 Dec. Website in English here. Event info here.

2 December

Christmas tree is lit

The Christmas tree on Copenhagen City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) will be lit on 2 December 2018 at 16:00 – by Santa! The small Santa’s parade will start at Nyhavn Canal and head to the square along the pedestrian street, Strøget.

2-22 December

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The world’s wackiest classic in an explosion of theatrical magic, crazy effects and inventive choreography. Performed by the Royal Danish Ballet at the Royal Danish Theatre’s Old Stage in a co-production with the Royal Swedish Ballet. Info and tickets here.

7 December

Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet

The Trinitatis Church next to the Round Tower invites you to a performance of Bach’s Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor with the Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet. Free admission. Info (in Danish) here.

7 + 8 December

Handel’s Messiah

This jubilant yuletide oratorio is performed at the intimate Holmen’s Church across from Christiansborg Castle, Holmens Kanal 21. Performances start at 19:30. Info and tickets here.

13 December

Saint Lucy Day

The popular event, including singing by candlelight, is celebrated several locations in the city. Among the most popular is 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

Christmas concert at the cathedral

The Copenhagen Philharmonic and the Copenhagen Boys’ Choir perform a Christmas extravaganza with all the trimmings. Performances start at 19:30. Tickets generally sell out fast. Info and tickets here.

16 December

Christmas carol singalong

The Trinitatis Church next to the Round Tower invites you to a singalong with Danish and English Christmas carol from 17:00-18:00. Free admission. Info (in Danish) here.

21-22 December

Concerto Copenhagen Christmas Concert

One of Scandinavia’s leading period music orchestras performs their annual Christmas concert at the Trinitatis Church next to the Round Tower. Performances start at 20:00. Info and tickets here.

30 + 31 December

New Year Gala Concert

The National Symphony Orchestra performs the annual New Year concert accompanied by champagne and canapés. The concerts take place at the city’s grand concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel. Performance times: 30 Dec at 15:00 and 31 Dec at 13:00 and 17:00. Info and tickets (in Danish) here.

31 December

New Year Concert at the Opera House

The Royal Danish Orchestra performs works by Ravel, Strauss and many more at the city’s opera house. Performances at 12:00 and 17:45. Info and tickets here.

Christmas Markets


Until 22 December

Højbro Plads Christmas Market

A jolly market with German-inspired stalls 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 22 December

Kongens Nytorv Christmas Market

Christmas stalls fill the grand square by the Royal Theatre’s Old Stage. Mon-Wed 11:00-19:00, Thu 11:00-20:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-21:00, Sun 12:00-19:00. Info here.

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 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

Every Sunday

The Reffen Street Food Market hosts a Sunday market with food, arts & craft and music. Opening hours: 12:00-16:00. The market is located in the city’s disused shipyard, which has now turned into a creative zone. Info here.

1-2 + 8-9 December

Christmas market at Kronborg Castle

The fictional home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, hosts a Christmas market with yuletide stalls, concerts, and activities for children. Fridays 12:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00. Admission. 
This year, the market features a vintage train steam train ride from Hellerup station to the castle in Elsinore. The regular rail connection to the city of Elsinore from Copenhagen Central Station takes 45 minutes.

8-20 December

Christiania Christmas Market

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