What’s On in Copenhagen: December 2017

We’re not sure about you, but we’re just a little excited (read: frighteningly eager) about the holiday season. Fairytale Copenhagen springs to life at this time, with all the twinkling lights and festive sparkle. With the Christmas markets in Copenhagen in full swing and the cultural calendar jam-packed over the next few weeks, you will be at odds to fit in all your shopping and glögg drinking.

Here’s what’s going down this month with all the best Copenhagen events:

Friday 1st – 3rd December

Christmas Fair at Designmuseum Danmark

Nab the perfect stocking-filler for that design-lover in your life. For a couple of days, the Designmuseum’s garden is being transformed into Santa’s grotto, complete with sweet treats from Cafe Klint.


Saturday 2nd – 3rd December

Kødbyens Chrismas Market

Continue your hyper-local tour of Copenhagen’s Christmas markets down to Vesterbro where there will be unique Christmas gifts, homemade cakes and an all-round hyggeligt atmosphere.


Sunday 3rd December

BRUS beer yoga

Want to get a bit of zen back in your life, but not willing to commit to that clean living vibe just yet? This fun workshop at Norrebro’s popular BRUS brewery combines beer tasting with yoga! TBH it sounds a bit weird, but that’s just the way we like it.


Monday 4th December

Opening of Muf Coffee

The most chic new coffee spot on the block is open for business! Serving up CPH Coffee Lab brews with a side of minimalist interior, this is a new place you’ll want to know about. Run by fashion designer Maikel Tawadros, who closed his eponymous brand this year, Muf is named after his adorable pup Muffin. See you there!


Tuesday 5th December

The Only Son at Cinemateket

1938 Japanese movie by Yasujiro Ozu on the power of a mother’s love. Widow Tsune gives up everything for her son’s education and future, in the hope that one day he will become a success. But, the measure of success is entirely subjective, as Tsune soon discovers…


Wednesday 6th December

Bloki – Architecture as a Record

Towerblocks and high-rise living was once seen as a post-war utopian solution to overcrowded, bustling cities bereft of development space. Now these brutalist-style blocks are so commonplace in Poland that a third of the population inhabit them. The documentary Bloki tells the story of these buildings through mouths of those of that live there.


Thursday 7th December


Did someone say Games Night? Grab your pals and head down to Vesterbro for some wholesome fun!

Manna Live: Hôy la at Jolene

Sad that there isn’t enough live music in Copenhagen? Prepare to be blown away by the talented Hôy la at Jolene. She’s releasing her new single on December 4 and we’ll join in the celebration with this live concert. Danish electronic melancholy at is best.


Friday 8th December

Sister Act at Huset’s Biograf

When lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier goes into witness protection, masquerading as nun Sister Mary Clarence, she unsurprisingly has trouble fitting into life with the strict religious order. This is pure Whoopi Golberg comedy gold.


Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th Deecember

Sweet Sneak Poster Shop, Cake & Glögg

From 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, check out the best food posters selected by food makers, stylists and experts Sweet Sneak Studio. They’ll have cake, glögg and good company, so stop by 111 Vesterbrogade for some hygge.


Saturday 9th December

Julefrokost Drag Extravaganza

Drag queens, cocktails, disco and lots of mistletoe. A great excuse to dance off those extra julefrokost calories.


Elmegade Christmas Market

If you’re looking for a more unique Christmas market with a community feel then Elmegade’s is the one. With its special, indie sellers and sloshings of glögg it’s bound to be a good time. And we heard a rumour that SANTA will be in attendance!


Sunday 10th December

Onkel Dannys Fleamarket at DGI

Browse everything from vintage clothes, hats, kids’ clothes, homeware and art. Sundays were made for rummaging.


Monday 11th December

Kelela at Pumpehuset

Kelela plays her first club show in Denmark bringing along her debut album Take Me Apart.


Tuesday 12th December

Game of Thrones Quiz Night

Think you know you’re Missandei from your Ygritte? PROVE IT. Come and battle with fellow GOT fans and make Jon Snow proud.


Wednesday 13th December

Saint Lucia Water Procession

200 kayaks on the water, lit up by candlelight to celebrate the Feast of Saint Lucia. The procession starts at Kayak Republic and ends with glögg and æbleskiver. It’s such a pretty site!


Thursday 14th December

Akira at Huset’s Biograf

Cult Japanese sci-fli flick Akira tells the story of a teenage boy who acquires telekinetic powers after a motorcycle accident. Soon he finds himself in the middle of a chaotic and bloody conflict that threatens the future of Neo-Tokyo, then the entire world.


Saturday 16th December

Closing Party at PapirØen

Celebrate four fantastic years of great culinary experiences at PapirØen at their big goodbye bash! Don’t leave us!


Sunday 17th – Thursday 21st December

Handel’s Messiah at Holmens Kirke

Listen to the glorious choral notes of Handel’s iconic Messiah to get you primed for the big day. An annual Christmas staple.


Monday 18th December


The Danish National Girls Choir – still going strong after an incredible 75 years – are warming their pipes and singing Christmas tunes at the DR Concert house.


Tuesday 19th December

AJ TRACEY at Little Vega

Already a rising star on the London grime scene, AJ Tracey is a new talent to whom you should pay close attention.


Thursday 21st December


An intriguing murder mystery based on Agatha Christie’s crime novel of the same name. Ten total strangers are summoned to an island in the middle of nowhere, where one by one, the guests are picked off by a mysterious killer.


Saturday 23rd December

Free Christmas Movies

All your favourite feel-good Christmas films (Home Alone, Frozen) for FREE at Storehouse. There will be hot chocolate, popcorn and slushies to boot!


Monday 25th December

Traditional Danish Christmas Dinner

If this is your first Christmas in Denmark, then hold onto your herring, you are in for a culinary extravaganza. Studenterhuset are hosting a Danish Christmas dinner and you can try out all the treats, topped off with glögg & æbleskiver, duh.


Tuesday 26th December

The Lives Of Others at Cinemteket

The stunning film debut of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck follows stasi officer Capt. Gerd Wiesler (played by Ulrich Mühe) as he surveys the lives of famous playwright (Sebastian Koch) and his girlfriend. Soon Wiesler finds himself sympathetic to his unsuspecting targets and facing an internal conflict between morality and ideology.


Sunday 31st December

New Years Eve at Everywhere

New Year’s Eve is always a bit hit or miss. But there’s lots of options in the capital if you’re keen to ring in midnight anywhere other than your sofa. Try Operaen Christiania for a full on dance party, or alternatively a Cuban-inspired evening with Havana New Year’s Eve Party. Culture Box is also hosting an electro club night with a lineup of artists across house and techno.


Ongoing in December


Dutch portrait artist Rineke Dijkstra explores identity and vulnerability in her timeless images. She centres her focus on subjects at a time of transition; children moving into adolescence, women in the first flourishes of motherhood. A truly modern approach to the long artistic tradition of portraiture.


Micheal Kvium Circus Europe at Arken

Visual Danish artist Michael Kvium is setting up his circus of the absurd at Arken. The exhibition centres around the European identity and community in a time governed by xenophobia, fear and tension. Kvium takes the political and social scenes of life in contemporary Europe and places it under the big top for all of us to gawk at.



Stanley Kubrick – The Exhibition

The Kunstforening GL STRAND presents the first exhibition of its kind in the Nordics, an exclusive look into Kubrick’s visionary workroom. Constructed from movie excerpts, interviews with Kubrick himself and colleagues, as well as old archive material, get a glimpse into the movie master at work.



Masterpieces. From Degas to Hammershøi at Ordrupgaard

A wonderful opportunity to experience the works of some of the greats from Ordrupgaard’s Danish and French collection, including Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, Paul Gauguin, Vilhelm Hammershøi and several others.

There will also be the opportunity to view the galleries extensive collection of pastels, rarely exhibited previously. These include Degas’s ballerinas in the rehearsal room and portraits by Renoir and Manet of life in Paris.


Don’t forget: all the 2017 Holidays & Flag Days are here.

If you’re a business or organisation that would like us to add your event to next month’s calendar, please contact us at hello [@] scandinaviastandard [dot] com. Thank you!


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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.