Autumn and Christmas in Copenhagen

Dine with the royals and party with the locals

Copenhagen is a unique and festive city to visit during the cooler months of the year, from the city’s Halloween festivities in October to the grand seasonal spectacles and snuggly yuletide hygge of December.

On 12 October 2018, one of the world’s oldest and most magical amusement parks – Tivoli Gardens in the heart of Copenhagen – transforms into a Halloween theme park. And following just 11 days of closure from 4 to 15 November 2018, the park reopens as a winter wonderland dressed for family Christmas complete with rides, stalls, ice skating and festivities.

How do the royals celebrate Christmas? This year, visitors to Copenhagen can marvel at an exhibition of royal Christmas tables at Christiansborg Palace – with 300 years of royal Christmas traditions. An exhibition at the royal palace, Amalienborg, also lets you discover the art of 150 years of royal table-laying.

Christmas markets abound throughout Copenhagen’s historic city centre, including the picturesque Nyhavn Canal with its vintage schooners. But the real attraction of Copenhagen is wandering through the city’s pedestrianised square-mile of winding medieval shopping streets and experiencing the warm sense of hygge in cafés and creative eateries.

But don’t forget to venture out to some of Copenhagen’s creative hubs for that real sense of Copenhagen life, including the hip and happy districts of Vesterbro and Nørrebro. Liveable neighbourhoods with restaurant scenes, clubs and unique urban characters of their own. So, do like the Danes – hop on a bike to navigate the city and discover the freedom and adventure of pedal power!
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