It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

From Christmas markets, beer- and cookie-tasting to ‘gnome schools’ and Christmas storytelling. There are a lot of magical things to do for the whole family at this festive season in and near Copenhagen. Browse through our guide for some advice on where to go and what to see to get a taste of the traditional Danish ‘julehygge’.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas at the Castle
Indulge in the annual gathering of Christmas Market at Kronborg Castle. In the rooms and halls of this historic renaissance castle you will find a great variety of stands selling Christmas decorations, art and crafts, unique design, clothes, toys and small goods. Certainly, you will get in the right jolly spirit when the tall tree in the grand Ballroom is lit and the children’s Christmas show comes on. The seasonal Christmas market at Kronborg Castle is a great opportunity to experience one of the most impressive buildings in Denmark and the mythic home of Hamlet.
Christmas at Kronborg Castle, 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th December from 10 am to 5 pm, Kronborg Castle, Kronborg 2C, 3000 Helsingør.   

Carlsberg Christmas Market… for Dads as well.
Delightful Danish “æbleskiver”, mulled wine with beer, special beer-tastings and Carlsberg everywhere. Visit Carlsberg's rustic beer garden sets the tone for a brand-new Christmas market where the seasonal cheer abounds. Buy beer for your Christmas party, do some last-minute Christmas shopping and take a horse carriage ride with family and friends. It is a Christmas outing for the whole family – and even Dad will enjoy this one! The entrance to the market is free, it takes place outdoors in the ‘Beer garden’ and you can buy tasty foods and drinks at the Jacobsen Brew House & Bar. The entrance to our Christmas market is free, it will take place outdoors in our Beergarden and you can buy delicious food and something to drink in Jacobsen Brewhouse & Bar.
December 2nd – 4th from 10 am to 5 pm. Visit Carlsberg, Gamle Carlsberg vej 11, 1799 Copenhagen V.

Going Old School
In the beautiful scenery of hills, forests, lakes and meadows you find houses, cottages and gardens from the Stone Age, Iron Age, Viking Era and 1800s. Here you also encounter Sagnlandet Lejre’s annual Christmas celebration. Join the atmospheric fun, when Sagnlandet turns the entire scenery into a Winter Wonderland from the 1800s. Make your own Christmas candles, tin soldiers, sweets and elves - and get familiar with all the old fashion Danish Christmas traditions. There are candles in the paned windows and scents of Christmas cookies, homemade honey and sweets in the air. Don’t miss this exciting and cozy family experience.   
Christmas like the Old Days, 3rd and 4th December 11 am – 4 pm, Sagnlandet Lejre, Slangealleen 2, 4320 Lejre.

Gnomes Galore
Gnomes, elves, Santa’s little helpers – it’s the season for small creatures with pointy red hats. Hear stories about gnomes on ships, church gnomes, farm gnomes and garden gnomes, when the National Museum's gnome experts let you in on everything a proper Christmas gnome needs to know. This year The National Museum of Denmark transforms into a ‘gnome school’ where potential little gnomes are learning how to practice the difficult clog walk, learning how to write like a gnome and how to help in Santa’s workshop. If you pass all the tests, you are now considered a real gnome – and receive your own diploma. Meanwhile the adults can indulge in the historic Christmas cookie-tasting. Encounter some of the traditional Danish Christmas pastry; ‘pebbernødder’, ‘æbleskiver’ and ‘vaniljekranse’ and hear the stories behind.
Cookie-tasting: Saturday 3rd December and Sunday 4th December, from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Gnome school: every Saturday and Sunday in December from 12.00 – 3.00 pm. The National Museum of Denmark, Prinsens Palæ, Ny Vestergade 10, Copenhagen.        



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Kathrine Maria Amann