UPDATE: AOK published a rather long list of markets too. Check it out!
Last year I did a round-up of Xmas markets around the Copenhagen area. I have done this again for 2009 for the LINK (Ladies International Network) newsletter and I’ve also received some great info on Christmas concerts from the LINK group. Here it is for those who love Christmas hygge.
Christmas Markets Make the Season Bright
By Laura Stadler-Jensen
There is no place like Scandinavia during Christmastime. And although it’s often cold, rainy and/or snowy and dark, the city transforms into one of the coziest places on earth this time of year. Tasteful decorations are all around from huge red, light-filled hearts strung along the street lights, to warm-glowing candles in cafes, ice skating and beautiful displays in shop windows. There are also a host of traditions in Denmark that help put you in the Christmas spirit. One of my most cherished is going to Christmas markets. Handmade arts and crafts, including ingeniously designed house wares and other practical things are usually available. In addition, museums and specialty shops often arrange holiday exhibitions that are not to miss.
I have found that information concerning these markets and exhibitions is often scattered about in many different places making it a little tricky to find out just when and where they take place. So, I compiled a list of the most popular markets below. For a more comprehensive list of markets around Copenhagen and across Denmark, visit Marketskalenderen.dk or http://www.markedskalenderen.dk/marked/julemarked.asp to view the whole schedule. Visit Copenhagen has also published a Christmas round-up. If you’re willing to venture to Sweden: http://www.skane.com/cmarter/cmarter.asp?doc=152 or to the rest of Scandinavia check out the round-up at About.com.
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TIVOLI CHRISTMAS MARKET
20 NOV – 30 DEC (both days included)
Open every day from 11 a.m.
Closed 24 and 25 Dec.
What to expect: Stroll around Tivoli and sample the Danish Christmas treats ‘gløgg & æbleskiver’. Or visit one of the 20-odd restaurants and have a traditional Danish Christmas lunch with pickled herring, liver paté, meat balls and other Danish delights. Visit Nissekøbing and study the life of the Danish pixie or gnome (‘nisse’) in this grand display of mechanical puppets. You can also listen to the Nisse Band playing Christmas songs, enjoy the Tivoli Boys Guard Parade or meet Father Christmas/Santa Claus. Really, Christmas at Tivoli is not to be missed.
ELSINORE CHRISTMAS MARKET
27 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER
Monday to Friday 11:00 – 18:00, Saturdays 10:00-17:00, Sundays 11:00 – 17:00.
On Axeltorv in the old town of Elsinore, you can explore more than 30 small Christmas huts and shop for pottery and jewelry, jackets, mittens, hats, scarves, clogs and nisser. In the big tent you can taste sweets and other Christmas delights. The ice rink, the nostalgic ferris wheel from 1912 and the small carousel are open throughout the period.
THE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR IN THE SWEDISH CHURCH
Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 11.30 am to 4:00 pm
Celebrate Christmas Scandinavian style! Once again, the Swedish Church, 21 St Georges Road, Toorak, will hold its traditional and very popular Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar on the first weekend in December. A very popular annual tradition featuring many stalls with Swedish Christmas specialities, arts and crafts. In Gustavskyrkan.
NYHAVN CHRISTMAS MARKET
13 NOV – 22 DEC
Open daily from 11am to 6pm, Fridays and Saturdays until 7pm.
Along the quaint old canal off Kongens Nytorv, stalls offer samples of Danish Christmas specialities, decorations, gifts, candles and other examples or arts and crafts, which have been especially produced for the Christmas crowd. On weekdays from 5 to 6pm you may chance upon the ‘old watchman or town cryer’. There is also a Christmas market nearby at Havnegade near the Custom House however the dates for this market have not been published yet.
MEAT PACKING DISTRICT MARKET
The Meat Packing District will hold its first Christmas market making Vesterbro the very first to hold a delicatessen and design Christmas Market in Copenhagen, with a fine mixture of food, arts and crafts and design stalls. With colored lights, open fires in former oil barrels, a horse and wagon and other exciting experiences for children and adults alike.
Christmas Market in Christiania
Den Grå Hal in Christiania
Open M-F from 14:00-20:00 and 12:00-20:00 on Sat. and Sun. Also open from 12:00-18:00 on Dec. 19.
The alternative Christmas market in the Grey (Grå) Hall in the – hippie district Christiana has all kinds of crafts and resembles a Turkish bazaar.
FUGLEBJERGAARD FARMERS MARKET
Saturday the 5th, 12th and 19 DEC
Open from 10-16
About 45 minutes north of Copenhagen the Fuglebjergaard organic farm has a Christmas market offering organic products for sale from their own shops, cafes, bakery and brewery as well as Christmas decorations, homemade specialties.
NYHAVN XMAS BEER
Open from 13:00-15:00
Sampling of this year’s Christmas brew is a tradition offered by the breweries. A jazz band will entertain by the Nyhavn Memorial Anchor while the free samples from ten breweries are passed around. (From 1 to 3pm in Nyhavn)
CHRISTMAS TABLES AT ROYAL COPENHAGEN
20 NOV – 31 DEC
Every year elaborate, beautifully laid out Christmas tables are on display on the first floor with a
new theme each year. The tradition began in 1963 and is very popular. The theme of the 2006 tables is Christmas in the Metropolis of the World and will be displayed from Friday, 24 November until the end of December.
JETTE FRÖLICH CHRISTMAS EXHIBITON
22 NOV – 12 DEC
Open Mon.-Fri. from 13:00-18:00 and Sat. and Sun. from 11:00-18:00
Jette Frölich, Danish designer who has made decorations for Royal Copenhagen Porcelain for over 30 years, presents a Christmas exhibition at Gammel Holtegård, 170, Attemosevej in Holte. www.jettefroelich.dk
FRILANDSMUSEET CHRISTMAS WEEKENDS
5th, 6th, 12th and 13th of December
Open from 11-15:30
The open-air museum north of Copenhagen is a journey through the past 200 years of Christmas celebrations and preparations. Experience Christmas as it was – in the good old days with traditional decorations and Christmas trees. Sing and dance around a Christmas tree, drink Glögg and eat æbleskiver.
DESIGNER CHRISTMAS MARKET IN FREDERIKSBERG
Visit 15 designers selling unique products, everything from jewelry, clothing, lamps, calendars, Christmas decorations with humor and much, much more. Located on H.C. Oerstedvej 18.
HELLERUP CHRISTMAS MARKET
Open from 12:00-17:00
Stjernestunder, Helle Holst Design will host its 7th consecutive year Christmas market at Stjernestunder (Fyrrehøj 3 in Hellerup). You will find hand-braided Danish Christmas decorations, beautiful French temptations, Japanese towels and much more.
Here are a few more places that usually have Christmas activities. Look these up online for more details, or if you have questions, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
Christmas at the National Museum
Christmas Market at Karen Blixen’s Home
Annual Christmas Market at Forum
Danish Design School’s Christmas Market
Fredrikersberg City Hall Square Christmas Market
Nordic Christmas Market on Frederiks Bastion
Christmas Market on Jaegersorggade