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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Events in Copenhagen through December
Swing by Broens Gadekøkken for ice skating fun, a delicious bite to eat, and winter vibes! Ice skating costs 20 DKK if you bring your own skates, otherwise, you can borrow some for an hourly fee. New to the world of ice skating? Join the free lessons every Tuesday and Friday. For disco on ice, come by Friday and Saturday. Learn more via the website.
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. Until 22nd December.
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
As every year, Copenhagen’s major amusement park Tivoli Gardens will be transformed into a Christmas lover’s paradise – get ready for some of the grandest decoration in the city including glittering lights, snow-covered trees, a Christmas market, and so much more. Please note that you need a regular entrance ticket to visit the market. Until 31st December.
Get up close with the traditional Danish Christmas lunch, often enjoyed in the evening – a long dinner turned party with plenty of food, drinks (including snaps), and good company. Reffen’s Werkstatt is hosting Christmas parties from mid November on Fridays and Saturday. Tickets go fast so book your table and get ready to hit the dance floor.
Get into the holiday spirit the Italian way with a traditional Panettone. Restaurant Brace is offering a limited take-away edition of the Italian classic – preorder yours and pick it up on 10th December.
There’re only 50 pieces available so you better be quick. Each box costs 385 DKK and contains one artisanal Panettone (1 kg) and hazelnut cream.
Until 23rd December, Cinemateket and the Spanish Ambassador in Copenhagen present the best of Spanish cinema. Find the full program on the website.
Under the headline “Børnebiffen“, Cinemateket is offering high quality entertainment for children. Check out the program for the Christmas edition on the website.
Experience the fragmented “paintings“ of Berlin-based artist duo Basis Rho. With their work, the artists challenge what constitutes a painting traditionally, utilizing stone as the canvas and glass as the paint. The exhibition “Fragmented ID“ will be on display at the gallery Sharp Projects in Nørrebro until 9th December.
Glyptoteket’s collection comprises of objects that cover 6000 years of art and culture. This makes the conservation of these pieces critical.
How do museums shield their collections against the impact of the passage of time? And what considerations, challenges – maybe even dangers – does the conservation of a masterpiece entail in the endeavour to ensure that it will bring joy to people both now and in the future?
This exhibition looks at the work of a conservator, concentrating on how they assess the condition of a work, formulate a diagnosis, and decide on the treatment. It will be on display until 31st December.
Working in the intersection between design and visual culture, Alex Da Corte conquers space with color. Louisiana presents the first in-depth exhibition of the Venezuelan-American artist’s work in Europe.
A mix of early and new works is exhibited while specially designed floors, brightly colored walls, neon lights, and characteristic scents create the feeling of a parallel reality.
The exhibition will be on display until 8th January.
Four icons of the art world, some classics and some more contemporary, are taking over Louisiana’s East Wing. Experience the works of Andy Warhol, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, and Yves Klein all exhibited together.
They will be on display until 8th January.
The catalyst system is both, dependent on and threatened by technological progress. Taking this inherent paradox as a starting point, ‘Post-Capital’ brings together works of sculpture, painting, photography, video, and performance that address the nature of production, consumption, and wealth.
The exhibition will be on display until 15th January.
Experience leading Danish artists with Yugoslavian backgrounds explore topics such as war, migration, asylum politics, and the feeling of home. In 2022, exactly 30 years have passed since Denmark received 20,000 refugees from the wars in the former federate country of Yugoslavia, primarily from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the 1990s, the wars sent over half a million people into exile, creating what was at the time the most challenging refugee situation in Europe since World War II. Many of those refugees subsequently chose to stay in Denmark, and today the Danish contemporary art scene includes several prominent artists from the former Yugoslavia.
For this exhibition, SMK is bringing together political and deeply personal works by seven of them. It will be on display until 19th February.
With “Digital Matters“, Honey Biba Beckerlee examines connections and entanglements across there spheres of geology, technology, and biology. The exhibition consists of a series of sculptural installations for which the artist utilizes cable drums, microchip waste, wires, and more. It will be on splay until 19th February.
Chinese artist Can Fei is especially known for her multimedia installations that reflect on the current state of Chinese society and how it shapes her generation. In her carefully staged films, she portrays a China divided between past and present, between its history and a yearning for all things new.
The film “Asia One“ follows the two only human beings employed at a giant sorting centre. Surrounded by a highly efficient infrastructure, the two appear to feel closer to the machines and robots around them than to each other but then bond gradually as they begin to rebel against the sorting centre’s efficiency and predictability.
The film installation will be on display until 19th February.
Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! This exhibition sends you on a sweeping journey through the roaring and explosive 1920s in the Weimar Republic, a time of crises and turbulence but also artistic innovation and hedonism. After the First World War, German society experienced poverty and political unrest, but also a short-lived flourishing of democracy with a rich cultural life and sense of freedom. The Weimar Republic came to an abrupt end with the Nazi takeover in 1933.
Louisiana’s large-scale autumn exhibition takes up the entire South Wing and mixes painting, drawing, photography, architecture, design, film, theater, literature, and music. From 14th October until 19th February.
Henri Matisse (1869–1954) is one of the greatest masters and most well known artists of the 20th century. This autumn, SMK in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art in new York reunites reunite an iconic masterpiece, “The Red Studio“, with all the works of art depicted in the painting.
Painted in 1911, “The Red Studio“ is considered a key painting in his oeuvre and a foundational piece in the history of modern art.
Come see for yourself – the exhibition will be on display until 26th February.
This new exhibition features works of 26 female Chinese artists who, through their work, challenge a traditionally male dominated society. Spanning different artistic expressions such as video, performance, painting, photography, and sculpture, “Stepping out“ gives a unique insight into the last 30 years of Chinese contemporary art and the transformation of the Chinese society from the 1980s to today. It will be on display until 12th March.
In connection with the new exhibition at Thorvaldsens Museum, Irish-American artist Sean Scully has created three wood towers which have been installed just outside the museum on Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads. The art work references both, Denmark’s history as a seafaring nation as well as Thorvaldsens return from Italy to Copenhagen in 1838.
The towers have been created from local oak trees and wood found during archeological excavations on Papirøen where it has been part of its fundament.
Combine your stroll along the canals with some world class art – the sculpture will be on display until March 2023.
World-renowned artist Sean Scully is taking over Thorvaldsen’s Museum, utilizing the museum in its entirety. In his first ever Danish solo-show, Scully is creating large-scale, site-specific sculptures specifically for the museum, working with the interaction of architecture, colors, and the surroundings of Thorvaldens Museum.
The exhibition will be on display from 2nd September to 5th March 2023.
Under the headline “The future is present“, Design Museum Denmark explores the role of design in shaping the future. Following the three themes Human, Society, and Planet+, the exhibition asks questions, proposes scenarios, and shows examples while putting a focus on creating conversations rather than providing concrete answers. It will be on display until 1st June 2023.
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