This time of year, Copenhagen is truly breathtaking, with quaint Christmas markets and Christmas tree sellers peppering the city. Copenhagen + Christmas = a winter wonderland, for children and families especially! So, without further ado! Here are our top tips for enjoying Copenhagen at Christmas with your family.
For sweet rides and sparkly lights:
We would be crazy not to mention Tivoli Gardens in a post about Copenhagen and Christmas (or Copenhagen and anything) Tivoli is absolutely magical this time of year- the abundance of lights, the smell of hot gløgg and candied nuts, the vendors’ huts selling wonderful decorations and gifts- it never fails to get everyone, young and old, in the Christmassy mood! Of course, you can enjoy all the rides that Tivoli has to offer. This magical setting is also a fantastic backdrop for some festive family photos, so make sure to bring your camera!
Top tip: Tivoli is one of the few places you can visit Santa in his grotto and have your picture taken with him too. Santa is in his grotto from 12pm- 10pm every day (12pm-5pm on 24th) and photographs with Santa costs 60dkk. Remember though, even Santa needs a break once in a while, so the grotto will close between 1.30-2.30pm and 7-8pm.
Tivoli is also one of the only attractions that will be open on 24th/25th/26th December, and over the New Year. Tradition in Denmark is to spend a ‘hygge’ holiday with family, hosting each other at home and focussing on sharing food and quality time.
For loads more information: https://www.tivoligardens.com/en/praktisk/aabningstider
For cutting down your own Christmas tree:
Drive 40 minutes North of Copenhagen and you’ll find Rosendaal Gaard.
This gorgeous farm, dating from 1826, boasts a great selection of pre-cut trees to choose from, along with the option to cut down your own tree- a delight for any child! Bring your own saw, or hire one at the farm, and walk across grassy fields to get to the ‘cut your own’ tree plantation. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the pride on the children’s faces of having chosen and cut their own tree is worth it!
So is the treat of warming up with delicious hot gløgg, hot chocolate (generously dolloped with whipped cream!), pebernødder and æbleskiver in the fairy light-lit julestue. You can browse the decorations and edible gifts, before delighting the children again with a pony ride (25dkk/ride in cash only) or a meeting with the farms pigs, rabbits, ducks and hens. A wonderfully cosy and Christmassy day out!
Ronsendaal is open until 5pm on 23rd December. There are plenty of free car parking spaces.
For more information: https://rosendal-gaard.dk
Ryegaard, located between Roskilde and Holbæk, is just a 35 minute drive out of Copenhagen. Here you can take a horse and carriage ride out to the trees, where you choose and cut down your perfect family tree. You can borrow a saw when you arrive, or bring your own. Then you return by carriage to the festive, twinkly market place to enjoy browsing their Christmas treats, and warm your hands on a cup of hot gløgg.
Top tip: If we are blessed with a good amount of snow, there are some fantastic hills close by where sledging is very popular!
Ryegaard is open until 4pm on Sunday 17th December. Payment by cash/Dankort/Mobilepay only.
For more information: https://www.ryegaard.dk/jul-paa-ryegaard/christmas-trees
For gliding on the ice:
The ice rink at Frederiksberg Runddel, near the entrance to Frederiksberg Garden, is a beautiful location. The rink opens every winter for skaters of all ages- and it is FREE to use! Bring your own skates and you can use the rink at any time. Otherwise, you can hire skates at the rink for 50dkk.
The ice rink closes at 4pm on 24th December, before re-opening at 10am on 31st December. The season usually closes on the last weekend of February.
For more information: http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/ice-rink-frederiksberg-runddel-gdk707324
For some Christmas culture:
Take the family to see a classic festive ballet, such as The Nutcracker
Or perhaps the popular and hilarious Crazy Christmas Cabaret is more your scene? Tickets do sell fast, so grab them quickly! http://www.londontoast.dk/crazy-christmas-cabaret.html
On 22nd December you can enjoy a Christmas concert with the Royal Danish Orchestra https://kglteater.dk/en/whats-on/season-20172018/concert/christmas-concert-with-the-royal-danish-orchestra/
Younger children will love the workshops at Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark) On 16 and 17 December from 11.30 to 16.30, for 30dkk all children can create their own decorations and festive art, from the abundance of material supplied by the workshop. The only limit is their imagination!
Top tip: The café at SMK offers hot cocoa and ris a la mande, the traditional Danish rice pudding, during the festive season.
Plenty of Christmas cheer on offer for younger children at the local library! Check out https://genbib.dk/nyheder/aktiviteter/tid-til-jul-paa-biblioteket (Gentofte kommune) and https://bibliotek.kk.dk/temaer/boern/arrangementer (København kommune) for their Christmas workshops, film showings and other events. Lots of these events happen during weeknight afternoons/early evenings too.
However you choose to get festive here in Copenhagen, we at Relohagen wish you a very Merry Christmas!