The lead up to the festive period is just not complete without a visit to a Christmas market to soak up the atmosphere, search for some Christmas presents and have a festive drink or three! Last weekend I visited Copenhagen in Denmark, which is steeped in history when it comes to Christmas! A review post of my time and experiences will be on the blog soon. In the meantime I wanted to tell you about the amazing Christmas markets in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is such a good city to visit in the lead up to the festive period, there are a number of Christmas markets of different sizes to visit; from Freetown Christiania, Nyhavn Harbour to the Hans Christian Andersen market at Axeltorv Square and not forgetting, the largest one of all, the Christmas market at Tivoli Gardens.
If your in Copenhagen between November and December, a trip to the famous Tivoli Gardens is an absolute must! It is home to the oldest theme park in the world and undergoes a transformation for the festive period.
This is the ultimate Christmas market and a great tradition for Copenhageners. The whole of the famous theme park is decorated with spruce and fairy lights and the lake features the most amazing illuminations! Of course, no Christmas scene wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkling of snow! You can even experience the Tivoli light show in the Chinese area, which happens a number of times in an evening.
There’s so much to get round and do and see in the park! You could easily spend a day here, we only had a few hours in the park itself.
They’ve really got everything covered in the park including a Pantomine theatre and even 5 star Hotel, The Nimb, which is ranked in the top 50 hotels in the world by one publication. Maybe one day I’ll be able to afford to stay here!
When it comes to food at Tovoli Gardens, you’re spoilt for choice! From small pop up stands that sell hotdogs to restaurants where you can dine in style and have a 3 course meal, there’s something for everyone and to suit different budgets. We can accross an authentic Amercian Diner called Prices, serving a selection of hot dogs and burgers which was perfect for us, not wanting a big meal.
We decided on Hotdogs as they looked so tasty! Pulled duck dog served with apple cranberry conpote an dijonaise (60DKK) for me and coney island chilli dog served with american mustard and onions (60DKK) for Sam. We also ordered a side of french fries (35DKK).
Both hotdogs were delicious and really good value in comparison to some of the other places you can eat. I’d definitley recommend it if you’re looking for just a light bite to eat! Especially if you want to save room for a few drinks!
There’s so many different stalls to see, there are permanent stalls and then the pop-up shops and stalls (60 in total)! selling all kinds of different crafts, leather products, food, decorations, gifts and more, so you can get some Christmas shopping done!
Although I’m not the bigggest fan of rides, I can’t possibly do a post on Tivoli Gardens and not mention them. There’s so many to choose from, roller coasters big and small including one of the world’s oldest wooden roller coasters to rides where you can experience 4 and 5 G! There’s also plenty of choice of children’s rides too. To go on a single ride you need between 1-3 tokens, costing 25DKK each.
No visit to a Christmas market would be complete without a few festive drinks! There’s lots of different bars selling Beer, Wine, Irish coffees and my favourite; mulled wine or as its called in Copenhagen, Glogg! A Glogg was the perfect way to keep you warm (and merry) on a cold evening! Cost of drinks vary between 30 and 60DKK.
There are also plenty of food stalls where you can find food such as Crepes and traditional Danish pancake balls called Aebleskiver, which are very Moorish indeed!
Entry into Tivoli Gardens is 120DKK Friday to Sunday and 220DKK for an unlimited ride ticket, which is definitely worth buying if your going to go on more than 4 rides. Its a must see attraction in Copenhagen just for the Christmas market alone! You can check out Tivoli Gardens site here
Have you been to a Christmas market recently? Let me know in the comments below.