What’s On in Copenhagen: December 2016

What events are on in Copenhagen this December? All the fun stuff is happening! Discover the cultural highlights here – in-between the Julefrokost parties and the snaps sloshing of course – including museum exhibitions, gigs, markets, films and parties!

Here’s what is going down this month:

Thursday 1st December

Mykki Blanco at Lille Vega

American rapper-activist-poet Mykki Blanco serves up a high dosage of assertive hip-hop at Vega and we’re hella excited!


Thursday 1st December – Friday 23rd December

Kristina Dam Christmas Pop Up Shop

The ideal place to pick up a present for that design lover on your gift list. Browse through a selection of architectural-style prints and illustrations, as well danish-design homeware and furniture.


Friday 2nd December

Jonas Rathsman + Into The Wild at Culture Box

A favourite of Pete Tong, Swedish DJ Jonas Rathsman makes his Culture Box debut along with fellow Scandinavian Tim Andresen of What Happens and Savoir Faire Musique label fame. Come and get sweaty on the dance floor…


Friday 2nd December – Sunday 4th December

Carlsberg Chrismas Market

Who doesn’t love a beer-themed Christmas market? New for this year, Carlsberg are hosting a festive extravaganza complete with æbleskiver, mulled wine (with beer) and special beer sampling!
We need no convincing, it’s two of our greatest loves combined really.


Saturday 3rd December – Sunday 4th December

Christmas Day in Jægersborggade

Christmas comes early to Norrebro; Copenhagen’s hippest hood is getting all festive down Jægersborggade – an atmospheric cobbled street dotted with independent shops and bars – where from 11:00 to 16:00 you can find that perfect one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones (and maybe a little summin for you as well).



Sunday 4th December

Fleamarket at Absalon

Former church, turned culture hub Absalon is hosting another of its infamous fleamarkets – a perfect opportunity to get some winter bargains under your belt! There’ll be snacks and warm drinks to awaken you from post-rummage fatigue.



Thursday 8th December

F for Fake at Husets Biograf

Orson Welles’ last directorial swirl, F for Fake, is a 1973 genre-breaking cinematic feat focussing on the life of notorious art forger Elmyr de Hory and Elmyr’s ‘hoax-biographer’, Clifford Irving. The film – which flips between documentary and fiction – shows the influencing power of art and illusion, reality and trickery.



Thursday 8th December – 19th February

HITO STEYERL: FACTORY OF THE SUN at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

It’s Scandinavian premiere of Hito Steyerl’s video installation, Factory of the Sun, which first saw its debut last year at the Venice Biennale. This all-incapsulating visual experience pulls the viewer lower into their strobe-drenched sun loungers into a futuristic world of image circulation, flipping between news reportage, documentary, video games, and internet dance videos.



Friday 9th December – 11th December

Wood Wood Stock and Sample Sale

Discounted streetwear from Copenhagen’s coolest fashion brand.


The Danish Chair – An International Affair

The Design Museum’s latest exhibition tells the story of an all-important piece of furniture, the chair. Demonstrated by the 110 piece show, the chair can be held up as one of the starkest representatives of the development of Danish design over the years. This is definitely one for the design and interior enthusiasts.



Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th December

Christmas in Kødbyen

Kødbyens food market just couldn’t resist in hosting one more culinary bash before the end of the year. Expect to see all the usual suspects on offer – churros and flæskestegs sandwiches amongst them – with a sprinkling of Christmas cheer with festive songs and mulled wine!

Christmas Market at Kronborg Castle

Hamlet’s home gets the festive treatment when 100 independent traders and stalls open up in the picturesque castle grounds. There’ll be anything from homewares to jewellery; there’s also christmas shows and workshops to occupy little ones!


North Atlantic Christmas carols

Hear the unique choral traditions of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland at this special Christmas concert in Helligåndskirken, located on Strøget. Doors open at 16:00.


Sunday 11th December

Labyrinth at Husets Biograf

The fantastical cult classic starring David Bowie – in some very tight spandex and a peroxide blonde mullet – as Jareth the Goblin King and a fresh-faced 16 year old Jennifer Connolly as Sarah, who must embark on a life-threatening quest into the labyrinth to save her brother, Toby – the babe with the power! There’ll also be a lecture on the occult of David Bowie too for any Bowie buffs.


Wednesday 14th – Thursday 15th December

Red Cross Flea Market

Have a rummage with a conscience at the Red Cross warehouse sale, perfect for nabbing some bargains ready for Christmas gift giving. Entrance is 50kr!

Wednesday 14th December

Sweet Sneak X LowFI – Taste & Sound

Feed your ear drums at Copenhagen-based JØRCK’s concert – hosted by startup Low-Fi and food studio Sweet Sneak – where the band’s dreamy sounds will be complimented by delicious desserts and treats.


Friday 16th December

Politiken Talks: Skam Friday Bar

Drown your sorrows and mark the third season of Norwegian online hit, Skam, coming to an end. Journalist and Skam fangirl, Lucia Odoom, will be chairing the talks, following by a viewing of the *sniff sniff* final episode for a little while. There’s also free beer for the first load of guests to help console you!


Saturday 17th – 18th December

Danish National Girls’ Choir: Christmas Concert

The 50-strong choir – one of the world’s best female singing groups – will be be belting out hymns and Christmas favourites at the DR Concert house to really rev you up for the big day.



Sunday 18th December

Ceramics Chrismas Market at Absalon

A great spot to pick up some new homewares for your own place, as well as hunt for unusual one-of-a-kind presents. Ceramicists include Yonobi, Maja Sofie, clib klap, Tanja Maria Kuijper, Tina Marie Copenhagen Handmade and Rikke Wulff.


Tuesday 20th December

Leviathan at Cinemateket

A stunningly immersive documentary by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel from the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University who used go-pros and 20-hour long shoots to capture the hazardous lives of fisherman aboard a Massachusetts trawler.


Sunday 25th December

Jolene presents: Evan Baggs

Berlin-based New York House Dj, Baggs, will be throwing down some beats at Jolene for those that want to dance off the Christmas calories. We’ll probably still be in a food coma though.



Friday 30th December

Cobain: Montage Of Heck at Cinemateket

Brett Morgen tells the poignant story of grunge god, Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Washington and his steep rise to fame with Nirvana through to his untimely suicide. With full use of the Cobains’ family personal archives, it’s described as ‘the most intimate rock doc ever’ and we can easily see why.


Saturday 31st December

New Years Run

Mark the final day of 2016 with some sweat, tears and er, champers! Runners can set the pace and choose between a 5k, 10k or a half marathon in the pretty setting of fælledparken.


Ongoing in December


A painfully beautiful new exhibition of lost love and broken hearts opens at the Rundetaarn as LA’s Museum of Broken Relationships begins its nordic tour. Browse through everyday objects submitted by ordinary ex lovers; here’s hoping you don’t recognise anything in the display! The exhibition runs from the 19th of November until January 22.



This new exhibition showcases the best of Danish craft and design, and celebrates some of Denmark’s most gifted creatives including Henrik Vibskov, Ole Jensen and Nicholas Nybro.

Previous variations of the exhibition have proven popular; Mindcraft15 – hosted in Milan – bagged a Milano Design Award as well as a German Design Award. The exhibition runs until 8th January.




The prolific practice Cobe – responsible for the new Nørreport Station, Israels Plads, and the Roskilde rock museum – have well and truly hankered themselves into Copenhagen’s urban spaces. Now they want you to pull up a pew at their new exhibition opening this month at the Danish Architecture Centre which will explore Cobe’s most significant projects over the past ten years. It’s on until from the 14th October – 8th January.

Christmas Markets in Tivoli

All of the lights, all of the lights are at Tivoli’s Christmas markets, the biggest in Copenhagen with over 60 stalls. Buy tasty warm treats, crafty bits and scandinavian-style knits! There’s also regular light shows which are pretty spectacular and then wash all that Christmas cheer down with some steamin’ gløgg!

Julemarked Højbro Plads

If you’re starting your Christmas shopping early then pop down to Højbro Plads where a Christmas village is in full swing. The big man himself will be there, along with a few of his reindeer crew too.

Nyhavn Christmas Markets

The chocolate-box streets of picturesque Nyhavn get an extra coating of charm as the Christmas markets begin to open up. Go and grab some early festive sparkle!

The ice rink at Frederiksberg Runddel

Grab your skates and head down to the entrance of Frederiksberg Garden’s because it’s being transformed into a wintery wonderland and ice rink. It’s the perfect spot for nabbing some of that illusive winter hygge!


See the 2016 Holidays & Flag Days Calendar.

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Anna Clarke

Anna Clarke is a writer and editor originally from London. She’s currently living out her Scandinavian dream here in Copenhagen.