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What's On in December

Events and festivals



October 2019 to March 2020

Stargazing from the Round Tower

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.

Throughout December

Yuletide concerts

Classical music and yuletide performances throughout the month are hosted at the waterfront Black Diamond. Info and tickets here.

8 November – 23 December

Nyhavn Canal Christmas Market

The city’s quaint old museum harbour with its vintage schooners and restaurants hosts a small Christmas market. Nearest metro station: Kongens Nytorv (M1, M2, M3). Free admission. Sun-Thu 10:00-19:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-20:00.

15 November – 22 December

Højbro Plads Christmas Market

German-inspired Christmas stalls located on the picturesque Højbro Plads by the main pedestrian street, Strøget. Free admission. Thu 11:00-20:00, Fri 11:00-21:00, Sat 10:00-22:00 Sun 11:00-18:00. Nearest metro station: Gammel Strand (M3).

15 November – 22 December

Kongens Nytorv Christmas Market

Christmas stalls fill the grand square by the Royal Theatre’s Old Stage. The square will also have a circular ice skating rink. Market days: Mon-Wed 11:00-19:00, Thu 11:00-20:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-21:00, Sun 12:00-19:00. Nearest metro station: Kongens Nytorv (M1, M2, M3). Info here.

29 November – 8 December

Designmuseum Danmark Christmas Market

A tented Christmas market in the courtyard of the city’s leading design museum, Designmuseum Danmark, features arts and crafts by more than 70 Danish artisans. Nearest metro station: Marmorkirken (M3). Free admission. Info here.

29-30 Nov + 1, 6, 7, 8 Dec

Christmas 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. 29 Nov 11:00-19:00, 30 Nov 10:00-17:00, 1 Dec 10:00-17:00, 6 Dec 11:00-19:00, 7 Dec 10:00-17:00, 8 Dec 10:00-17:00. Trains to Elsinore depart from Copenhagen Central Station, Nørreport and Østerport. Info here.

30 November – 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 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.

30 November – 1 December

Christmas in Jægersborggade

Visit the artisanal craft stores and cosy hipster hives along Jægersborggade in Copenhagen’s hip Nørrebro district. Street market hours 11:00-15:00 both days. Nearest metro station: Nørrebro Rundel (M3). Info here.

1-22 December

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.

1 December

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.

3-8 December

Copenhagen Mooning Week

The Copenhagen Mooning Week hosts rebel-rousing participatory events at the Rumpegalleriet photography gallery in Østerbro where you can also see the Moon Landing photography exhibition. Nearest metro station is Tringlen (M1). Info here

6 December

Handel’s Messiah

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.

7 December

Christmas in Værnedamsvej

Visit the craft boutiques, cafés and hipster hangout along Værnedamsvej/Tullinsgade. Street market hours 9-16:00. Nearest metro station: Frederiksberg Allé (M3). Info here.

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. Nearest metro station: Christianshavn (M1, M2). Opening hours: 12:00-20:00. Last day the market 12:00-18:00. Info here.

12 December

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.

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 here.

14 December

Open-air skating grand opening

Go skating and discover one of the city’s hippest areas! Copenhagen’s newest public open-air skating rink will open on 14 December in the newly re-landscaped park of Enghaveparken in Vesterbro. Nearest metro station: Enghave Plads.

14-15 December

ØsterGro Christmas market

A rooftop communal vegetable garden hosts their annual Christmas market with locally grown organic goodies. Both days 11:00-16:00. Nearest metro station: Vibenhus (M3 line) Info here.

15 December

Roots & Jazz Christmas singalong

A small public square in Copenhagen’s hip Nørrebro district hosts a local jazz singalong with songs by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Kraus, Dean Martin, et al. 16:00-17:30. Balders Plads. Nearest metro station: Skjolds Plads (M3). Info here.

17 December

Christmas Ceramic Bazar in Absalon Church

The church-turned-community-centre near the meatpacking district, Kødbyen, hosts a ceramic market in association with local ceramic studio Yonobi. 10:00-15:00. Nearest metro station: Copenhagen Central Station (M3). 

20 December

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.

20 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.

31 December

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.
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