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What’s On in Copenhagen: December 2021

Please note: Many of the events below are in-person. Please make sure to follow Denmark’s current COVID-19 guidelines (find them here), as they may change between the time this calendar is published and when an event takes place.

At the time of publishing, proof of vaccination or a negative test within the last 72 hours is required for using indoor spaces (e.g restaurants, bars, museums), and masks are required in enclosed spaces such as supermarkets, public transport, and restaurants. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing!

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December in Copenhagen, the darkest month of the year, is also one of the most charming ones. On some days it might seem like the sun never rises, but festive decorations and candlelight brighten up the city in the most romantic way.

Add the smell of Danish Christmas classics like gløgg and æbleskiver and the atmosphere can only be called hyggeligt.

From Christmas markets to ice skating to exhibitions, there’s plenty going on in Copenhagen, whether you’re celebrating a holiday or not.

Here are all the best Copenhagen events this month:

 
 

Wednesday 1st December

Christmas Tree Decorating at Blågårds Plads

As every year, there will be a giant Christmas tree on Blågårds Plads throughout the holiday season. Come by to help decorate it while Christmas music is playing and Blågården invites you to enjoy a bowl of risengrød – The perfect way to kick off the festive season. Rumour has it a surprise guest from the North Pole might bring some treats. The program starts from 4 pm.

 

 
 

Thursday 2nd December

Book release: Innovation in the streets

Over the last 30 years, Michael Lodberg Olsen has worked with over 20 different initiatives and projects to improve everyday life for some of society’s most vulnerable groups, from drug addicts to homeless people to sex workers. Often, his approach has been unconventional, provocative, innovative. In his new book “Innovation in the streets“, he’s sharing some of his experiences and ideas. Join the release event at The Social Beer Shop from 4-7 pm.

 
 

Saturday 4th December

Christmas market on Værnedamsvej & Tullinsgade

Get your festive feelings going when one of Copenhagen’s coziest corners is transforming into an open air Christmas market. Have a stroll around, admire the decoration, and feast on winter treats. From 9 am to 4 pm.

 

 
 

Sunday 5th December

Rita Blå’s Christmas flea market

Go on treasure hunt and enjoy Danish Christmas classics like gløgg and æbleskiver from 11 am to 4 pm in Kulturhus Indre By. There will be a variety of preloved items as well as crafts and more potential Christmas gifts. Want to put up a stall? Tickets are available for 370 DKK.

 
 

Flea market at Studenterhuset

At this flea market, students sell clothing, shoes, and more. Student or not, swing by to have a browse from 11 am to 4 pm. Want to put up a stall? Tickets are available from 125 DKK. Please note that you need to be a student to book a stall.

 

 
 

Wednesday 8th December

We Don’t Want Any Crap in Our Wine x Housewife Roast at The Caribbean Housewife

The Caribbean Housewife is mostly known for her Caribbean-inspired soulful soups but Jamain who is behind the concept also has a focus on natural wine from women producers. For this edition of her popular Housewife Roast, she will host a meet-and-greet with Camilla Gjerde, the author of We Don’t Want Any Crap in Our Wine – a book that tells the story of nine women producing natural wine. Can’t make it but intrigued by the book? Until 15th December, the book alongside a selection of photography by Cecilia Magnusson will be on display in the restaurant. You can also purchase the book via the online store.

 

 
 

Thursday 9th – Monday 12th December

Lolita Pelegrime: Female Energy at Galleri 9

Newly opened Galleri 9 showcases Lithuania-born artist Lolita Pelegrime: Female Energy is a collection of portraits of women created between 2018 and 2021. Inspired by Copenhagen’s smoky bodegas, Lolita takes the human experience of people she meets and links them with nature, portraying their unique female energy. Join the vernissage on Thursday from 5 to 8 pm.

 

 
 

Friday 10th December

Midnight bath with sauna, natural wine, and music at Sofiebadet

Historical bathing house Sofiebadet in Christianshavn is hosting a midnight bath – Sauna, natural wine, and a live concert on a Friday night? Yes, please. Tickets cost 375 DKK.

 
 

Saturday 11th December

Voices from the Block at Cinemateket

Together with Turning Tables Denmark, Cinemateket is hosting the mini festival “Voices from the Block“. The festival aims at providing a forum for children and teenager from public housing areas who often experience people talking about them rather than with them. With short films, music videos, small documentaries, and other creative formats, they tell stories about their lives and dreams. Tickets are available for part 1 from 3 pm as well as for part 2 from 5 pm and cost 30 DKK each.

 

 
 

Christmas city walk

On this city walk, you’ll learn more about Danish Christmas traditions: How long has the Advent wreath been used in Denmark? How did people celebrate Christmas in the old days? What is a Christmas carol? When did people start decorating spruce in the living rooms? The trip starts at Vor Frue Kirke at 2 pm and ends at the Christmas market in Nyhavn at 3:30 pm. Tickets cost 125 DKK and can be found on the website.

 
 

Wine & Vinyl at Huset KBH

Dive into the wonderful world of vinyl, a glass of wine in hand. Expert Karim Pedersen will share some interesting insights about the origin of vinyl. Doors open at 8:30 pm, the event starts at 9 pm. Tickets cost 35 DKK.

 

 
 

Sunday 12th December

Veronica Maggio at Store Vega

Swedish singer-songwriter Veronica Maggio is taking over Store Vega. Veronica grew up in the picturesque city of Uppsala as the daughter of an Italian father and a Swedish mother. She’s known and loved for her Swedish language pop. Experience one of Sweden’s biggest local artists from 8 pm. Doors open 7 pm and tickets cost 375 DKK.

 
 

Monday 13th December

Alfabet: An Inger Christensen literature concert at Cinemateket

Inger Christensen was one of Denmark’s most famous female literary figures. Join when sound artist Mute State performs an audiovisual concert dedicated to her, where the audience is a reader, listener, and spectator at once. The concert focuses on Inger Christensen’s collection of poems called “Alphabet“ from 1981. Tickets are available for 100 DKK. From 4:45 pm.

 

 
 

Wednesday 15th December

Film, Tapas & Cocktails: Love Actually at Cinemateket

Richard Curtis’ Love Actually might be one of the more contemporary Christmas classics. Join for a cosy evening at Cinemateket to enjoy a light dinner and cocktail while letting Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson (among others) get you into a festive mood. Tickets cost 215 DKK. The movie will be screened with Danish subtitles. From 5-8:30 pm.

 
 

Thursday 16th December

Gay Pop-Up Bar & Banko at Café Engholmen

Gay Pop-Up Bar has joined forces with podcaster Ditte, Josefine, and Simon from “Spøgelser med følelser“: The evening will be kicked off with Banko from 6:30 pm. Tickets are sold out but everyone is welcome to drop by from 8 pm for drinks and good times.

 

 
 

Sunday 19th December

Danish on a Sunday: Malou’s Christmas at Cinemateket

This film from 2020 follows trouble child Malou who is sent to a small island to live with new foster parents. Resenting everything there, she enters a pact with local gnome Nils to get thrown off the island – only to discover that her new home isn’t that bad after all. But a pact is a pact… The film is screened with English subtitles at 2:15 pm.

 
 

Monday 20th December

Monday Night Big Band at Huset KBH

Why not start off the Christmas week with some jazz? The orchestra MNBB has been giving Christmas concerts for over 20 years. So get ready for a great evening with exciting surprise acts. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 200 DKK.

 

 
 

Friday 24th December

Christmas Eve

In Denmark, Christmas Eve on 24th December is the most important part of the holiday season. Things get very traditional, from the food to the dance around the Christmas tree. Curious how Danes celebrate and what they dish out? Find a roundup along with some recipes here.

 
 

Friday 31st December

New Year’s Eve

Some love it, some hate it – New Year’s Eve is a special evening, whether you like it or not. Need some inspiration or have you always wondered how Danes traditionally kick off the new year? Learn more here.

 

 
 

Ongoing in December

Broens Ice Skating Rink

Broens Gadekøkken is reopening its ice skating rink in the heart of Copenhagen on November 5th. Swing by for ice skating fun, a delicious bite to eat, and winter vibes! Ice skating is free if you bring your own skates, otherwise, you can borrow some for an hourly fee. On selected days, there will be a special program, from ice hockey to ice skating disco to a Lucia celebration. Stay tuned via the website.

 
 

Christmas at Bakken

The world’s oldest amusement park offers free entrance all year round but the pre-holiday season might be the most beautiful time to visit. At this time, Bakken is transformed into a Christmas market filled with lights, stalls, and holiday spirit. The park is located just a short train right north of Copenhagen.

 

 
 

Christmas markets in the city

Swing by popular spots like Højbro Plads, Kongens Nytorv, or picturesque Nyhavn for your dose of holiday hygge. There’ll be a variety of food and drinks to keep you warm and happy.

 
 

Christmas in Tivoli Gardens

As every year, Copenhagen’s major amusement park Tivoli Gardens will be transformed into a Christmas lover’s paradise – get ready for glittering lights, snow-covered trees, and a 60 stall-strong Christmas market. Please note that you need a regular entrance ticket to visit the market.

 
 

Christmas flea market in the meatpacking district

Get some holiday gifts sorted while doing your Sunday stroll. Every Sunday, until 12th December, Copenhagen’s meatpacking district will transform into an open air flea market. From 11 am to 5 pm.

 

 
 

Julefrokost at Absalon

Julefrokost is one of the most important aspects of the holiday season in Denmark. As every year, Absalon is combining the usual communal dinners with Christmas vibes and party. So bring your loved ones and your best dance moves, the Absalon team will take care of the rest. The entertainment will be primarily in Danish but non-Danish speakers are of course welcome anyways. Tickets cost 300 DKK and need to be pre-bought online. They move fast, so better be quick. More the spontaneous type? After 10 pm, everyone can join the party for free.

 
 

The Caribbean Housewife: Housewife Roast & Bar

On Wednesdays until 15th December, The Caribbean Housewife will be serving an exciting vegetarian and vegan four course menu on Sønder Boulevard 53. Come by and enjoy signature dishes, such as mango ceviche, sweet potato noodles with roasted mushrooms, and purple “ube” ice cream with green nata de coco. Fancy a glass of wine with your food? There will be optional pairings of natural wines from female makers available. Tickets go fast, so get yours for 350 DKK here.

 

 
 

We Don’t Want Any Crap in Our Wine at The Caribbean Housewife

Over the recent years, natural wine has transformed from an outsider in the wine world to the trendiest kid in class. But while it is growing in popularity, women continue to be underrepresented. Wine writer Camilla Gjerde and photographer Cecilia Magnusson set out to document some of the inspiring female players in the industry. We Don’t Want Any Crap in Our Wine tells the stories of nine women making natural wine in Italy, France, and Austria. Swing by The Caribbean Housewife until 15th December to get a glimpse at some of the photography of the project and buy your copy via the online shop.

 
 

Copenhagen’s Last Pubs at Copenhagen City Museum

Over the last years, many of Copenhagen’s smoky bodega bars have been replaced by trendy wine bars and coffee shops. This exhibition puts the spotlight on the local pub and some of the quirks, stories, and even dark secrets that come with it. It is based on the book Stamsteder – Københavns sidste værtshuse (The Local – Copenhagen’s Last Pubs). Copenhagen City Museum has chosen 14 pubs in 14 parts of the city, creating a special kind of city tour. The exhibition will be on display until 2nd January.

 

 
 

Pia Arke at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

With her work, Greenlandic-Danish artist Pia Arke explores her own identity as well as the two countries’ history shaped by Danish colonialism. The exhibition will be on display until January 2022.

 
 

Anette Harboe Flensburg – In arcadia too you can die at Kunstforeningen GL Strand

The Montana Hall is a meeting room in which visual artists explore the significance of the framework for meeting situations. Since May and until next spring, it features Anette Harboe Flensburg’s paintings. With the title, “In Arcadia Too You Can Die“, Harboe Flensburg reflects over the present situation, where our everyday life has been fundamentally changed and we have been forced to reconsider our ideals. The exhibition will be on display until April 2022.

 

 
 

Mika Rottenberg at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Argentina-born, Israel-raised, and New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg is known for her contemporary art that reflects on the global situation. For this exhibition, she mixes film, installation, and sculpture, weaving truth with fiction to create spellbinding works that are both absurd, surrealistic, critical, loving – and fun. The exhibition will be on display until January 2022.Mika Rottenberg

Mika Rottenberg

 
 

Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen at Glypteket

Discover the work of Denmark’s most important female sculptor, Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen (1863 – 1945), the woman behind the equestrian statue of King Christian IX of Denmark on the Christiansborg Riding Grounds in Copenhagen or the bronze gates of Ribe Cathedral. As the first female sculptor in the world she was commissioned to create two of the profession’s most prestigious assignments. This exhibition focuses on the work and life of one of Denmark’s greatest female artists who were later omitted from history. It will be on display until February 2022.

 
 

M/M (Paris) at Kunstforening GL Strand

The Parisian design duo M / M (Paris) (Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak) has made a name for itself with its works at the crossroads of graphic design and art – often in close collaboration with musicians, visual artists, theaters, art museums, and fashion houses around the world. In this year’s last exhibition at GL Strand, M / M (Paris) transforms two of the art gallery’s floors into a comprehensive exhibition featuring Björk, Alexander McQueen, and the artists Phillippe Parreno and Pierre Huyghe. It will be on display until February 2022.

 

 
 

Jerichau at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

This year’s final Louisiana exhibition is dedicated to a unique figure in the history of Danish art: Jens Adolf Jerichau. The exhibition gives an account of Jerichau’s creative development in parallel with the unfolding of his short and tragic life story (Jerichau took his own life in Paris in 1916). Despite a brief career, he was able to create a very significant and intense oeuvre that inspired later generations of Danish painters, not least the two central figures Asger Jorn (1914-1973) and Per Kirkeby (1938-2018). The exhibition will be on display until March 2022.

 

 

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Kay Litzinger

Kay grew up in Germany and, after a stint in Sweden, came to Copenhagen for his studies. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.