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A Guide to Copenhagen’s Best Christmas Markets

If there’s one thing that can generate yuletide spirit amidst Denmark’s cold, wind-swept mid-December conditions, it’s a Christmas market. Pairing abundant gift options with the pungent aromas of cinnamon-infused mulled wine, visitors have the prospect of sourcing stocking-fillers while imbibing a glass (or three) of hot liquor along the way.

Copenhagen has plenty of these festive events scheduled in the weeks running up to the 25th for those in need of early inspiration or a last minute purchase. We’ve compiled a list of the month’s options, from single street affairs to large-scale Xmas extravaganzas.

Here are the best Christmas markets in Copenhagen throughout December:

Nyhavn Christmas market

Getting an early start, Nyhavn’s Christmas market is a permanent fixture from the start of November to late December. The harbor front provides an iconic setting to select your holiday gifts, with the option to soak up that nöel feeling by ambling along its cobbled walkways. Grab your camera (and a cup of something warm) as the canal captures the ideal winter-time shot of the city.

9th November – 23rd December

Nyhavn Kanal

1051 København K

Opening Hours:
Sun – Thurs 10:00 am- 7:00 pm
Fri – Sat 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Ticket price: free

 
 

Julemarked Højbro Plads

With 18,000 decorative lights, live reindeer, a Santa’s sleigh, and not to mention “secret pixies,” Højbro Plads becomes a glitzy hub for festive activities throughout December. Knitted garments, glass wear, and Danish foods will all be on sale in classically designed log-cabins, while German-style barbecue and glögg will provide relief from the cold.


 

16th November – 22nd December

Højbro Plads

1200 København K

Opening Hours:
Mon – Weds 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thurs 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Ticket price:free

 
 

Julemarked Kongens Nytorv

Located in the heart of the city, Kongens Nytorv’s market invites visitors to embrace quintessential Danish Christmas traditions whilst hunting for holiday gifts. Santa Claus will, of course, be on hand for photo ops, as sweet smells that cascade from the windows of hot chocolate, glühwein, and apple punch vendors steep your senses in Xmas fervor.

16th November – 22nd December

Kongens Nytorv

1050 København K

Opening Hours:
Mon – Weds 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thurs 11:00 – 8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun 12:00 – 7:00 pm
Ticket price: free

 
 

Christmas in Tivoli Gardens

There’s perhaps no other place in Copenhagen that wholeheartedly commits to the holiday season quite like Tivoli. Each year, their lighting designers adorn the 175-year-old theme park with a new, specially themed yuletide façade. Amid the bulbs’ incandescent glow, visitors can pick up some of their favorite Christmas treats, including caramelized almonds, æbleskiver, and mulled wine. It is truly a sight to see for locals and tourists alike!

17th November – 31st December

Tivoli Gardens

Vesterbrogade 3
1630 Køenhavn V

Opening Hours:
Sun – Thurs 11:00 am – 11 pm
Fri – Sat 11:00 am – midnight
Ticket price: 110 DKK (standard entry)

 
 

Jul i Jægersborggade

For those wanting to purchase an especially unique Christmas gift, Jægersborggade’s annual festive market provides the perfect setting. Home to a cornucopia of small business, the street hosts an impressive two-day program displaying the best of its shops. Live jazz, tree sales, plus a generous selection of food and drink stalls will contribute to the general merriment.

1st – 2nd December

Jægersborggade

2200 København N

Opening Hours:
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ticket price: free

 
 

Elmegades Julemarked

For just a single day each year, one of Nørrebro’s most fashionable streets, Elmegade, stops traffic for its cosy Christmas market. Revelers will be able to both scope out hip holiday gifts and add to their party attire by perusing the various boutique clothing stores. Music and street food will accompany the proceedings.


 

8th December

Elmegade

2200 København N

Opening Hours:
10:00 am – 17:00 pm
Ticket price: free

 
 

Flids Julemarked

If you’re in search of something completely handcrafted, Flids Christmas market has you covered. For a small fee, attendees can access the work of talented creatives living in Copenhagen and beyond. The event will offer illustrations, ceramics, photographs, jewelry and many other one-off products, housed inside Nørrebrohallen over two days.


 

1st – 2nd December

Nørrebrohallen

Nørrebrogade 208
2200 København N

Opening Hours:
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ticket price: 30 DKK; free for under 12

 
 

Visit Carlsberg Julemarked

Sitting high on Valby’s slopes, the Carlsberg brewery stages its signature Christmas market each year over three separate weekends. Visitors are free to stroll through the historic old factory setting while supping glasses of specially produced mulled beer. In total, you’ll be able to scour 24 stalls for gifts, which are – probably – the best in the world (sorry, we had to).


 

1st – 2nd December
8th – 9th December
15th – 16th December

Visit Carlsberg

Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11
1799 Køenhavn V

Opening Hours:
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ticket price: free

 
 

Studio Arhoj Christmas Market

Ceramicists Studio Arhoj will hold a Christmas market filled with items discounted up to 75%. The two-day “seconds” sale, featuring pieces with minor manufacturing errors, will comprise various unique and previously unseen products. Æbleskiver & glögg will be available to browsers pondering the selection in their design store.

1st – 2nd December

Studio Arhoj

Kigkurren 8M
2300 København S

Opening Hours:
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ticket price: free

 
 

Please wait to be seated X-mas Bazaar

Danish furniture designer Please Wait to be Seated is holding two separate Christmas events in the run up to the holidays. Attendees will have the opportunity to shop for items at reduced prices within the company’s Frederiksberg showroom. Mulled wine and Christmas cookies will be provided!


 

Saturday 1st and Saturday 8th December

Please Wait To Be Seated

Frederiksgade 1, 1. floor
1265 København K

Opening Hours
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Ticket price: free

 
 

Julemarked Bernstorff Slot

Why not forsake the city altogether and step out into the luscious grounds of Bernstorff Slot for its annual countryside Christmas fair. Over 90 different exhibitors will take to the grounds of the eighteenth-century palace, with arts, crafts, and edible delicacies available in abundance. As a bonus, the palace itself will be covered in nöel-themed decorations.

Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December

Bernstorff Slot

Jægersborg Alle 93
2820 Gentofte

Opening Hours:
Fri 3:00 – 8:00 pm
Sat – Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ticket price: 100 DKK; 30 DKK (4-12 years)

 
 

FindersKeepers Christmas at Axel Towers

Over three days, FindersKeepers will take over two floors of Axel towers, located close to Tivoli. In total, 120 different creative entrepreneurs and designers will display their products to attendees, with ceramics, fashion, jewelry and botanica on offer. Seek advice and guidance from the artists themselves as you scramble for your ideal holiday presents this year.


 

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th December

Axel Towers

Axeltorv 2
1609 København V

Opening Hours:
Fri 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ticket price: Day ticket 40 DKK (advanced), 50 DKK (door); Weekend ticket 70 DKK (advanced), 80 DKK (door)

Don’t want to spend all your time at Christmas markets this month? There are plenty of other things to do in Copenhagen! Check out our monthly calendar.

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Douglas Whitbread

Originally from Britain, Douglas has made Copenhagen his home since coming to the city to study in 2015. His writing predominantly reflects his interest in the lives and activities of local people.