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Things can’t get much more romantic than December in Copenhagen. Major streets are dressed in festive decorations, windows glow in candlelight, and the cold air smells like Æbleskiver. While this December will be different in many ways from what we are used to, some things never change: there will still be plenty to do and it will all be magical. Get ready for Christmas traditions, dinners, exhibitions, and movie screenings, as always there is plenty going on in Copenhagen this month.
Here’s everything happening in Copenhagen this December:
Tuesday 1st December
Magisk juletræstænding på Blågårds Plads
Like every year, there will be a Christmas tree on Blågårds Plads. But unlike all the other years, it won’t be possible to join the community singing on the square. Instead, all children and young souls are invited to light the tree with pixie magic from home. Simply pick up a free Christmas bag at Blågårdens Bibliotek containing all you need to get Christmas started, then light up the tree and join the singalong on 1st December at 5 pm.
“Doin’ My Drugs” with Thomas Buttenschøn at Grand Teatret
On World AIDS Day, Grand Teatret is screening this life-affirming documentary following popular South Jutlander Thomas Buttenschøn to Zambia. With his guitar in hand and an important message to spread, he is visiting villages and radio stations. Having been born with HIV himself, Thomas is raising awareness for this fatal disease and the opportunities of medication that have allowed him to have healthy children with his wife – a surprising fact for many Zambian villagers. Thomas will stop by the show and maybe sing a song too. From 7-9 pm.
Thursday 3rd December
Surprise your senses with a dinner served in the dark. With your eyesight eliminated, theory suggests that taste and smell are elevated leading to a unique dining experience. Choose between a vegetarian, fish, or meat menu and let the team take care of the rest. From 5.45 – 7.15 pm or from 7.30 – 9 pm. There will be additional events on 10th and 17th December.
Friday 4th December
Blade Runner with Japanese food, drinks, and introduction at Cinemateket
Get lost in the world of Blade Runner at this screening of the Director’s Cut while SULT is taking care of food and drinks. Besides the screening, there are Chow mein noodles with chicken and prawns on the menu, as well as a welcome drink and introduction to the movie. Tickets for the whole package cost 255 DKK and can be ordered via phone 33 74 34 12 or via Cinemateket’s website. Welcome drinks are served at 4.30 pm.
Buddies | World AIDS Day with MIX CPH at Kaffe Knud
In recognition of World AIDS Day, MIX COPENHAGEN will screen the film Buddies (1985) in collaboration with Kafé Knud. The film follows a gay man in New York City who becomes a “buddy” or volunteer companion to another gay man dying of AIDS and the friendship that develops between the two of them. The screening is free but you need to order a ticket in advance. Learn more about MIX Copenhagen’s work on www.mixcopenhagen.dk. From 7 pm.
Billy Cobham at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
With T.L. Carrington not being able to travel due to the pandemic, one of the greatest masters and innovators of jazz/fusion history, drummer Billy Cobham, is taking over this concert evening at the museum. He will perform alongside pianist Niels Lan Doky, bassist Lars Danielson, and harmonica player Mathias Heise. The concert will feature jazz interpretations of 1990s Seattle Grunge and songs by Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, and Temple Of The Dog. The show starts at 8.30 pm and tickets cost 375 DKK.
Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th December
Blågårdsgade encourages you to buy this year’s gifts locally. There will be festive decoration, culinary treats, and hygge vibes. Not quite ready for the gift hunt? Swing by the second edition on the last weekend of December.
Børnebiffen Special: To Snemanden-julefilm at Cinemateket
Bring your kids, nephews, or grandchildren and watch Snemanden (1982), a classic that more than one generation has grown up with. As part of the series Børnebiffen, Cinemateket is screening Snemanden as well as the sequel that was released to celebrate its 30th birthday in 2012. Børnebiffen is a series of screenings offering quality entertainment for kids from three to seven years old. From 11 am to 1 pm. Tickets cost 30 DKK.
Saturday 5th December
Christmas Extravaganza Dragshow & Bingo – The Hoe Hoe Hoe Edition at Copenhagen Street Food
Get your holiday spirits going when then queens are chanting the Holiday Classics. The evening will start off with disco beats and Christmas bingo, then the drag show begins. Tickets cost 200 DKK in form of a Reffen value card that can be used on food and drinks and that guarantees you a spot for the entire evening. The fun begins at 5 pm.
Sunday 6th – Sunday 13th December
CPH PIX Talents 2020
Get an impression of the future of Danish film when CPH PIX is celebrating new local talents in a limited, exclusive program. Eight Danish feature films by first-time film makers are nominated for CPH PIX Talent Award 2020. Most films will be screened with English subtitles. Find more information and the program on the website.
Tuesday 8th December
Mystiske København – Jule-edition
Get up close with Copenhagen’s spirits and ghosts when visiting some of the city’s most haunted places. Are you ready for thrills, chills, and liberating laughter? Then join this special city tour from 8 – 9.30 pm.
Wednesday 9th December
Stille Nacht Vertical tasting at Mikkeller Viktoriagade
‘Tis the season! Travel back in time by tasting Mikkeller’s celebrated Christmas beer vertically. Bottle and tap vintages will be available from 2005 all the way through to 2020. Seating is limited, so please secure your spot via email to [email protected] Get jolly from 5 pm.
Champagnemiddag på Kong Hans
Feel like splurging? Treat yourself to a six-course dinner paired with a variety of Champagne. Tickets cost 2450 DKK per guest and there are only ten spots available.
Thursday 10th December
Keramikaftener på Copenhagen Contemporary
Join this 4-hour long workshops with professional ceramicist Alikka Garder Petersen, who will take you on a sensual and formative journey, where clay and craftsmanship are in focus. Let your imagination roam freely and express yourself in ceramics. You can decide yourself whether you prefer to take your works home or whether you want to donate them and become a part of Sol Calero’s El barco de barro exhibition at Copenhagen Contemporary. The workshop takes place from 5-9 pm and will be held in Danish. Tickets are available from 250 DKK via Billetto. The workshop will be held in Danish.
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th December
VinoKilo’s Winter Vintage Kilo Pop Up Store at Volume
Go on treasure hunt at VinoKilo’s vintage kilo sale. To keep everyone safe, spots are limited. Book your time by ordering a free ticket. Friday from 12 noon to 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Sunday 13th December
Julefodbad, gløgg og kammerkor i Sofiebadet
Sit back and relax with your feet in warm water and a cup of gløgg in hand while one of the country’s best amateur choirs is performing Christmas songs. Tickets including foot bath and homemade organic gløgg cost 150 DKK and can be pre-bought online. From 2-3 pm.
Danish on a Sunday: Ninna at Cinemateket
Set in small-town Præstø around Christmas time, this movie follows single mother Ninna. When her 18-year old son Dennis announces that he moves out, her life seems to fall apart as she does not only have to deal with her midlife crisis but also with the thought of living on her own. The film is shown with English subtitles and the screening starts at 2.15 pm.
Thursday 17th December
Call Me By Your Name with Christmas food, drinks, and introduction at Cinemateket
Dream yourself away to a love-filled summer in Italy when Cinemateket is screening Luca Guadagnino’s celebrated movie Call Me By Your Name. SULT will take care of dinner and treat you to a welcome drink. From 4.30 pm. Tickets for screening and dinner cost 485 DKK.
PETTERSEN & HEIN at TABLEAU
Danish/Norwegian artist duo PETTERSEN & HEIN is currently showing the solo exhibition “SUPERBLOOM” at TABLEAU. Inspired by the rare desert botanical phenomenon, the artists have created 32 colorful, friendly, and humorous beacons of hope that remind us that something beautiful and lush can grow even from desert soil. From 3-5 pm, the artists will create watercolors of the exhibited pieces. All watercolors are unique and for sale. Can’t make it? The exhibition will be on display until 31st December and can be visited during TABLEAU’s regular opening hours, Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.
Saturday 19th December
As we are approaching the shortest day of the year, enjoying a cozy jazz brunch at Sanders sounds like the ideal Saturday activity. Let the Head chef spoil you with homemade delicacies, coffee, and champagne while listening to Giordano Makholm playing live jazz accompanied by a bass player. From 10 am to 2 pm. Tickets can be pre-booked via Dinnerbooking.
Mal med kodning at Absalon
Come and learn how to create digital and interactive artworks with a few lines of code. In this three hour-long workshop you will get a gentle introduction to programming, focusing on the visual result. Tickets cost 200 DKK, please bring your own device. From 1-4 pm.
Gay Pop-Up #6 – Julefrokost Edition at Restaurant Klubben
Bring your friends and get ready for a good time when Gay Pop-Up is taking over Restaurant Klubben for this year’s Julefrokost. Tickets cost 249 DKK and include a buffet, a drag queen show, and a Christmas quiz. Diversity Pop-Up is a volunteer-based organization aiming at promoting diversity and openness together with traditional pubs in order to show that everyone is welcome. The evening starts at 4 pm and dinner is served at 5.30 pm.
Wednesday 23rd December
It’s a Wonderful Life at Husets Biograf
It’s a Wonderful Life is a well-loved classic in the Christmas movie genre: On Christmas Eve, an angel is sent from heaven to help a desperate businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. Tickets cost 70 DKK and the screening starts at 2 pm.
Thursday 24th December
Rygesalonaften på Granola med Peter Wibroe og Frederik Cilius
Not into Christmas or on the look out to spend the evening of the 24th in a different way this year? Granola is transforming into a smoker’s paradise: Light up your cigarette and smoke away while Frederik Cilius chats with Peter Wibroe. Select between a fish, vegetarian, or meat-based menu. Doors open at 6 pm and starters are served 6.15 pm.
Thursday 31st December
The way things are looking right now, 2020’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will be more cozy than wild. Why not take this opportunity to read up on Danish New Year’s traditions and go all hygge?
Ongoing in December
True to tradition, Broens Gadekøkken is reopening its ice skating rink in the heart of Copenhagen on November 6th. 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 50 DKK/hour. Find more information on the website.
Have a cosy and delicious dinner at home with Hot Pot Republic. Don’t have your own hot pot? No problem! The dinner comes with equipment that you loan for the evening (for free!). What a perfect way to warm up on a cold night.
Christmas markets in the city center
It’s that time of the year: The two popular Christmas markets at Kongen Nytorv and Højbro Plads will be open until 22nd December. Swing by to get your festive sprits going, have some food, and maybe even buy a few gifts.
Take a tour through a winter wonderland by visiting Tivoli during Christmas time. Until 3rd January Tivoli is dressed in festive decorations. Admire the more than 1000 Christmas trees and stroll over the Christmas market.
Step into Bakken’s magical Christmas world every weekend in December. Meet Santa in the streets, explore the exciting Christmas stalls, experience the singing reindeer, or enjoy a wonderful Christmas lunch, the options are plenty but one thing is for sure: you’ll have a great time. As always, entry is free.
Pulp Natural Wine Pop-up at Valby Langgade 52
Natural wine lovers alert, there’s a new kid on the block. With Pulp taking over Valby Langgade 52, Valby is getting its first natural wine store filling a gap in the local food scene. Canadian Russel, a trained sommelier with experience from Noma and Relæ, is opening his dream store in the heart of his favorite neighborhood that he has been calling home for five years. Pulp is a place for locals to connect while appreciating the world of natural wine. The pop-up will be open every day from 10 am to 7 pm until Christmas. Swing by to stock up for cozy pre-Christmas evenings at home and keep an eye out for gift boxes and wine subscriptions that will be available soon.
Familierundvisning i Botanisk Have: Jule Special
Christmas time boasts of traditions, many of them being rooted in the world of plants. Explore Botanisk Have, Denmark’s largest scientific collection of plants, and learn about the history behind the cinnamon we eat with risengrød or the vanilla we eat with risalamand. The tour will be offered every Advent Sunday from 3-4.30 pm.
Indian Street Food by Indian Bites at BHG44
Warm-up your body and soul with some delicious Indian street food on the first three Saturdays in December. From 3-7 pm.
Gløgg & æbleskiver i Kulturtårnet
Enjoy gløgg and æbleskiver in an especially picturesque setting and with the view over the harbor: Every week from Wednesday to Sunday, Kulturtårnet will be filled with the delicious smell of rum-soaked raisins and warm baked goods. Swing by between 3 and 9 pm on weekdays, between 12 noon and 8 pm on Saturdays and between 12 noon and 6 pm on Sundays.
Renowned Danish artist Jesper Just’s installation is full of circuits: the circuit of bodies, the circuit between music and body, and the circuit between the individual parts of the fragmented image. Electricity, music and bodies, sensitivity, and control: all these aspects shift inside the wider circuit of people, things, and technology. The exhibition is on display until 31st December.
Tal R.: Animals and People at Glyptoteket
From 18th June, the Glyptoteket exhibits the Danish artist Tal R’s sizable series of new bronze sculptures and plaster works. While Tal R has always moved between genres, his bronze sculptures represent a new chapter in his oeuvre. The exhibition will be presented in the Vilhelm Dahlerup building, the oldest part of the museum, and is on display until January 2021.
Modern Women at Kunstforeningen GL Strand
This exhibition puts the spotlight on four modernist female artists from Finland. In their work, Helene Schjerfbeck, Elga Sesemann, Sigrid Schauman, and Ellen Thesleff interpret modern life and the modern woman in particular. The exhibition displays several works of all four painters and addresses the lack of recognition of women in society as well as the art world. On display until 2nd January.
Tetsumi Kudo: Cultivation at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo was a radical and visionary outsider who is currently being rediscovered internationally as his work appears highly relevant in the cultural and political agendas of today. Shaped by his childhood in Japan in the aftermath of the atomic bomb, Kudo addresses topics such as humanity’s self-destruction and ecological decadence. The exhibition will be on display until January 2021.
Witch Hunt at Kunsthal Charlottenborg
This autumn’s major exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg focuses on the figure of the witch and the witchcraft trials in the Nordic region from the 16th-18th century. Through the lens of contemporary art, the exhibition examines this under-explored history of violence and encourages reflection on the politics of memory and social persecution in the present. The exhibition will be on display until 17th January 2021.
Anupama Kundoo at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
In the fourth exhibition in The Architect’s Studio series, the Indian architect Anupama Kundoo aims to shed light on a scarce resource in our life: time. Constructed as a journey through time, the exhibition explores and integrates traditional Indian building customs, crafts and materials into Kundoo’s current works. The exhibition is on display until 31st January 2021.
Anna Ancher at SMK
In collaboration with Art Museums of Skagen, SMK presents the largest ever retrospective exhibition about the Danish painter Anna Ancher. Dive into the artist’s universe and experience her characteristic use of light and colors. From 4th November to 31st January 2021.
Miriam Cahn at Kunsthal Charlottenborg
In her first major solo exhibition in Denmark, Miriam Cahn presents an expansive body of work in the entire North Wing of Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Encompassing works in chalk, charcoal, pastel and water colour, film, and photography, the exhibition explores the position of women in society today, and their continued worldwide fight for basic rights and equality. Some of the works discredit socially constructed clichés about gender roles, other works interrogate the human body and the dynamics of intimacy, exploring the relationship between sex, violence, and power. Miriam Cahn lives and works in Switzerland. The exhibition will be on display until February 21st 2021.
Free Tuesday at Glyptoteket
Every Tuesday, Glyptoteket is free to enjoy. Admire the beautiful sculptures and wander the beautifully colored hallways, Glyptoteket is always a delight. The museum owns one of the finest Rodin collections in the world, alongside impressive works by the likes of the French artists, Carpeaux and Degas. Plus a cafe situated next to the museum’s tranquil palm house.
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