2 weekends ago, a group of us spent a few days in Copenhagen to get us into the Christmas spirit. There were 8 of us in total and none of us had visited Copenhagen before, so it was very exciting. We knew that the Christmas Market would be the focus of our trip, but we also wanted to explore the city and indulge in the local food and drink.
We rented an apartment through Airbnb and our lovely host was there to greet us on arrival. She explained that Tivoli Gardens would be the best market to visit, and left us with a bottle of fizz to enjoy whilst we made our plans for the weekend.
After having a late lunch at a nearby café we walked through the city centre to Tivoli Gardens. Straight away Copenhagen felt like a vibrant and diverse city; it got dark pretty early so we were able to see the city lit up whilst walking to Tivoli Gardens. The Gardens are breath-taking from the moment you arrive at the gate. Having previously only been to Scottish Christmas Markets, I wasn’t expecting to have to pay to enter, however once inside you soon realise why there is a charge. There is so much to see and experience here that the entrance fee is definitely worth it!
Tivoli Gardens is one of the world’s oldest amusements parks, so it has a lot to offer during any month, but it is extra special during the festive period. Once you walk through the gates you will be transported into a glistening Winter Wonderland. Everywhere you turn there are Christmas trees and sparkling lights, as well as fires to warm your hands and mulled wine to warm your belly! Santa’s Grotto is available to visit and there are lots of games and rides to be enjoyed.
So much detail has been put into the Tivoli Christmas Market that it felt impossible for us to experience everything. There are multiple stalls lined up along cobbled streets that reminded me of Diagon Alley, where many Christmas gifts can be purchased. It is extremely quaint, whilst also being vast in size. Bars and restaurants are around every corner of the Gardens but there are also cute sleighs situated throughout, where you can enjoy a warm drink in a more quiet and intimate setting.
You can spend as much time as you like in Tivoli Gardens (it is open from 11am-12am on a Friday and Saturday), but there is also a lot to experience out with the Gardens. Nyhavn is a district in Copenhagen that is famous for the brightly coloured houses that line the canal. It is a great area to stroll down and enjoy a drink at one of the many waterfront bars, especially with all of the Christmas decorations. Many of the bars have outside areas with a fire, which means that you can still enjoy the view whilst staying cosy. Freetown Christiana and The Little Mermaid statue are also interesting sites to explore.