What’s On in Copenhagen: December 2022

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It’s December in Copenhagen, so get ready for short days, long nights, and plenty of festive decorations all over the city. The smell of Danish Christmas classics like gløgg and æbleskiver lingers above it all, making for the most romantic atmosphere. No matter whether you’re celebrating the holidays or not, Copenhagen is particularly charming at this time of the year.

From Christmas markets to film screenings to ice skating and exhibitions, there’s plenty going on this month. Here are the best events in Copenhagen in December:

Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th December

72 hours in a launderette: Art sale by Rodløs

Join for the second edition of Rodløs’s pop-up art sale, this time on an open and working launderette in Vesterbro. The idea behind the concept is to demystify the art buying experience – all art works will be available for purchase on the opening night and posted on Instagram before the opening with prices public to all.

The sale will feature works of seven young artists from the Danish art scene. Swing by Arkonagade 2 from 5-8 pm on the opening night or between 12 noon and 7 pm on Friday as well as between 10 am and 7 pm on Saturday and between 10 am and 4 pm on Sunday.



Thursday 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 and spread some festive vibes. There’ll be music, risengrød, and more from 4-6 pm.


Friday 2nd December

Proton Nights at Den Anden Side

Techno lovers, this one’s for you. Recently opened Den Anden Side by the team behind Ved Siden Af is celebrating two years of Proton Records. Get ready to dance your heart out from midnigth to 9 am. Den Anden Side is queer at heart, striving to facilitate a safer space and place of belonging for marginalized people and the LGBTQIA+ community.



Saturday 3rd December

Christmas Market on Værnedamsvej and 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, shop vintage finds and more, and feast on winter treats. From 9 am to 5 pm. Want to put up a stall? Find more information on the website.


Sunday 4th December

Rita Blås Christmas Flea Market

Go on treasure hunt and get some holiday presents sorted at the Christmas-edition of Rita Blås Flea Market. There’ll also be coffee and sweets for a cosy afternoon break. From 11 am to 4 pm.



Saturday 10th December

Christmas City Walk

Learn about Danish Christmas traditions during this special City Walk. How did people celebrate in the 1800s? How long has the Advent wreath been used in Denmark? 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 150 DKK and can be found on the website.


Saturday 17th December

Porridge Radio at Lille Vega

Spend your Saturday night in the musical universe of Brighton-based band Porridge Radio. The group is serving you British rock inspired by PJ Harvey and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among others. Doors open at 8 pm and the concert starts at 9 pm. Tickets cost 200 DKK.



Sunday 18th December

Danish on a Sunday: Day of Wrath at Cinemateket

Dive into the world of Danish cinema and brush up your language skills while you’re at it. In this event series, Cinemateket screens Danish movies in original language with English subtitles. Set against the backdrop of Denmark in the 1600s, “Day of Wrath“ tells the story of Anne, a young woman married to a much older pastor. Anne lives in a world shaped by strict rules and the constant threat of a new witch hunt. One day, she falls in love with another man and begins to wonder if she might have supernatural powers like her mother who was considered a witch. The movie is screened at 2:15 pm.


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.


Read more

It’s All Jul: Danish Christmas Traditions



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

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve Like a Dane



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Kay Litzinger

Kay is a creative multi-hyphenate with a focus on lifestyle and travel. After growing up in Germany and stints in Stockholm and Mexico City, he's now based in Copenhagen. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.