What's On in October

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.

Until 3 November

Halloween in Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens opens its gates on 11 October to the season’s Halloween celebrations with more than 20,000 Jack-o’-lanterns and spooky fun for the whole family. Info here.

1 November

Christmas beer release

The official release of the Tuborg Christmas beer (J-Day on Friday 1 November) is an annual event drawing revellers to bars across town. On 31 October, craft breweries release their Christmas beers (ØJ-Day), which can be enjoyed at dedicated craft beer bars.

3 November

Mozart’s Requiem

Performance at the Trinitatis Church next to the Round Tower by Trinitatis Cantata and chamber orchestra playing period instruments. The concert starts at 16:00. Info and tickets here.

7-10 November

Power of Women Festival

Art, theatre, design, film, music and architecture – produced and created by women. Events, exhibitions and concerts citywide. Info here. Event list here.

11 November

Saint Martin’s Day

Danes celebrate the Feast of Saint Martin (Mortensaften) where traditionally duck is served. Many restaurants will have duck on the menu that day.

9 November

FindersKeepers design market

Young designers host a design market in the Øksnehallen exhibition centre in the meatpacking district, Kødbyen. Info here.

21 November

Hayden’s Messiah

The UNESCO World Heritage Roskilde Cathedral stages a performance of Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the National Danish Orchestra. 19:30-21:30. Roskilde is located around 30 min by rail service from Copenhagen. Info and tickets here.

29 November

SMK Friday

The Danish National Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Sølvgade 48-50) hosts an evening event including art talks, screenings, street food and performances from 16:00-22:00. The gallery cafés are also open. Free admission. 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.

Christmas markets


16 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

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.

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. Free admission. Sun-Thu 10:00-19:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-20:00.

15 November – 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. Thu 11:00-20:00, Fri 11:00-21:00, Sat 10:00-22:00 Sun 11:00-18:00

15 November – 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.

29-30 November + 1, 6, 7, 8 December

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. Info here.
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