The ultimate Christmas guide

Time travel. Crisp black-and-white photography. Mulled wine. Unicycles. French delicatessen. Soul music. Ballroom dancing. No matter what's on your wish list, the museums of Copenhagen have something in store for you and your friends or family this Christmas.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Market at Kronborg Castle
Kronborg Castle celebrates Christmas with a cosy market where you can purchase unique Christmas gifts for everyone in the family. In the rooms and halls of the castle, you will find a great variety of stands, selling Christmas decorations, arts and crafts, unique design, clothes, toys and small goods. Kronborg makes sure that visitors truly feel the Christmas spirit. The tall Christmas tree in the stunning Ballroom will be decorated merrily, and a fun Christmas show will entertain the children. A ticket gives you admission to the Christmas market, the Royal Apartments, the Ballroom, the Casemates and the Chapel.

Christmas at the Open Air Museum
The Open Air Museum invites you and your family to smell, taste, see and hear how Christmas has been celebrated during the past 200 years. In this fully rounded, old-fashioned Christmas experience, there is something both for the foodie and the creative soul of the family to get excited about in the weekends of the 5th-6th of November and the 5th and 6th of December. Loads of activities will be buzzing in the more than 50 buildings of the museum. Enjoy the smell of freshly baked cookies, cut paper decorations in the workshop, and learn how traditional advent wreaths are made.

Outdoor photo exhibition
Museum of Copenhagen puts on a merry outdoor photo exhibition in Nikolajs Plads from the 28th of November. Experiencing Christmas in Copenhagen through the times will for sure leave you feeling jolly. The beautiful photographs, that stem from the museum’s archives, are exhibited alongside stories about the very first Christmas tree and presents. In Nikolajs Plads you will also find Remake Christmas, a workshop in which you can make your own recycled presents, as well as the trendy Finders Keepers design market.

Christmas market at Esrum Abbey
Esrum Abbey and Mill Farm’s annual Christmas market is much more than a market — it is an atmospheric journey through history, rich in references to France, the Middle Ages, and the surrounding North Zealand. Monks used to enjoy a vast array of delicatessen brought home from France at Esrum Abbey, and so can you. Raw milk cheeses, seductive pâtés, cassoulet, mulled wine and local quality produce are just some of the goodies that await. You can also visit the marzipan workshop and have a peek inside at the current exhibition.

Christmas at Greve Museum
Christmas starts at Greve Museum on November 24th. This year’s Christmas exhibition is about the Danish elves ‘nisser’, entailing plenty of fun activities for children as well as adults. Find out how tall you would be if you were a Christmas elf, challenge your family to see who is best at walking in wooden shoes, and learn about the history of the many different kinds of Danish elves.

Back to the fifties
The 1950s shopping street within the Worker’s Museum is boasting beautiful spruce garlands all through December. Here you can find a vintage present for someone special with a nostalgic trait. Visiting the Hansen Family’s apartment is like travelling back in time, and of course the family has decorated their home with paper cut-outs and other ornaments characteristic of the '50s. If you peek inside the kitchen, you might see how Mother Hansen is preparing for the annual Christmas baking session..

Christmas market on a tightrope
With circus artists breathing fire, juggling and riding around the old barracks of Avedøre on unicycles, the Circus Museum’s Christmas market is something else. Browse through 70 stalls offering artisan crafts and treats from local producers while circus artists perform around you, or go for a ride in the old horse carriage. The quartet The Singing Reindeers will set the mood with classical tunes, followed by the soulful trio Engquist. The market is open between 10-15.


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Denise Rose Hansen