Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays in Denmark and almost every city and town has its own way of Yuletide merry-making. The capital city of Copenhagen of course leads with its Christmas Market in Tivoli, a highly-anticipated fair for both locals and visitors. But there are more activities happening all over the country that is also worth checking out. From Aalborg to Zealand, here are some of the ways by which the Danes celebrate Christmas and what visitors can expect from these places:
Aarhus. Christmas is everywhere in this old city in East Jutland and it starts early. In Den Gamle By, the open air museum comes alive with festive decorations that recreate settings from Christmases past. There are Christmas trees spruced up with angel hair and electric fairy lights, streets lit up with lanterns and bedecked with spruce branches and places where you can see people making traditional Christmas dishes like klejner (Danish Christmas cakes) and aebleskiver (puffy fried doughs). There is of course the Christmas market that is popular both amongst locals and visitors along with musical performances.
Odense. Another city where visitors are magically transported to Christmases past is where the writer Hans Christian Andersen was born. The Yuletide Season officially begins on the last weekend of November with the lighting of the big Christmas tree on the city square. Then there is the Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Market where visitors can shop amid an old fashioned market atmosphere, and the City Christmas Market with numerous stalls offering food, local crafts and gift suggestions.
Nyborg. If you’re looking for inspiring Christmas music then head out to the town of Nyborg where aside from a Christmas market you will find lots of entertaining activities for the whole family. The Church of Our Lady heralds the beginning of the Christmas festivities with bell ringing and trumpets from the tower, choir singing and much more. Children will enjoy non-stop Christmas movies, pony and carriage rides and all the delicious traditional Christmas goodies available in the area.