The world’s oldest still functioning observatory is open on starry Tuesday and Wednesday nights where under the guidance of astronomers you can discover the heavens. Opening hours: 18:00-21:00. Info here.
30 November – 22 December
No Christmas season is complete without the whimsical tale of the Nutcracker prince and a flurry of mice and snowflakes. Performed by the Royal Danish Ballet at the Royal Theatre, Old Stage. Info and tickets here.
30 Nov + 1 December
Handel’s Messiah at the Marble Church
Performance of Handel’s famous oratorio by the Euphonia Chamber Chorus, et al. Performances start at 16:00. Info and tickets here.
The Snow Queen
Tivoli Concert Hall in Tivoli Gardens stages a ballet version of The Snow Queen, adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale. The costume design is by HRH Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Info and tickets here.
Christmas tree is lit
The Christmas tree on Copenhagen City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) will be lit on 1 December 2019 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.
Copenhagen Mooning Week
Partnered with the new BADASS Art festival, the Copenhagen Mooning Week hosts workshops and rebel-rousing events at the Rumpegalleriet photography gallery in Østerbro (Trianglen metro station). Included is the exhibition: MONEY IS FAKE (1 Dec 2019 - 1 March 2020). Info here.
This seasonal highlight will be performed at Trinitatis Church next to the Round Tower by Copenhagen Soloists, a soloist vocal and instrumental ensemble specialising in Baroque music. All three parts of the oratorio will be performed. Info here (in Danish). Tickets here.
J S Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
Holmen’s Church opposite the Danish parliament hosts a performance of Bach’s splendid seasonal oratorio with the Copenhagen Bach Chorus. Info and tickets here.
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 here.
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Cathedral
The Copenhagen Philharmonic and the Copenhagen Boys’ Choir perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with all the trimmings. Performances start at 19:30. Tickets generally sell out fast. Info and tickets here.
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.
New Year Gala Concert
The Royal Danish Orchestra performs the annual New Year concert accompanied by champagne and canapés. The concerts take place at the Opera House Main Stage. Info and 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.
The Inner Harbour Bridge. Full view of the fireworks, the harbour and the stars.
The Circle Bridge. Avoid the midnight conundrum of the pedestrian street and city hall square and head to the romantic Circle Bridge across from the Black Diamond, offering 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.