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Traditional Christmas in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a Christmas city, not just because Greenland (part of Denmark) is the home of the 'Julemand' (Santa) and Denmark the home of the Christmas stamp but because this holiday is the most eagerly anticipated by all Danes who have passed down its simple pleasures and traditions from generation to generation.

Tivoli Christmas Market
15 Nov – 31 Dec 2014

In Tivoli, walkways greet you with gaily painted stalls selling small gift items and souvenirs (your best bets are the Danish handicrafts and foods). Pony rides and other amusements are available for children and you can admire a colourful light show on a part of the Tivoli Lake. The atmosphere is much like that of a small carnival, filled with the pungent smells of funnel cakes and glögg and the strains of familiar holiday songs. Linger over a traditional meal or indulge in a quick pick-me-up at one of its restaurants.

Nyhavn
15 Nov - 22 Dec 2014

The picturesque canal filled with moored sailing boats will be full of yuletide with a Christmas Market, booths selling souvenirs, apple dumplings, glögg and foods. Another traditional market is in the Grey Hall at Christiania, the alternative hippie district. Unusual and unique handmade products are on sale for a ten day period in the middle of December.

To see one of Europe's most walk able cities at its holiday best, start out at Kongens Nytorv. On the square stands the venerable d'Angleterre Hotel, gracefully decorated inside and out to evoke an old-fashioned Christmas. The Bang & Olufsen world of sound and vision flagship store is located on Kongens Nytorv as is the Royal Theatre, scene of holiday-inspired productions by the Royal Danish Ballet like the production of the `Nutcracker' with music by Tchaikowsky that was first performed in 2007.

NB The Danes celebrate Christmas on the evening of the 24th and not in the morning of the 25th, so most shops are closes on Christmas Eve.

T: 0045 3315 1001.
www.tivoli.dk

Christmas tables at Royal Copenhagen
15th Nov - 31 Dec 2014

Royal Copenhagen's Christmas tables exhibition is one of the most popular Christmas events in Copenhagen. Every year the tables are set by new artists and are on display on the first and second floor at the Royal Copenhagen complex.
The tradition began in 1963 and is very popular. This year the extravagant Christmas tables are set by singers, who all have written or rendered Christmas songs.
Six tables, each with their wonderful story, provide a creative view of Christmas. This year the theme is Christmas carols and each singer has decorated their table based on their favourite carol.

www.royalcopenhagen.com

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How to say "Merry Christmas" in Danish: Glædelig Jul

VISIT WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN

Good buys: Baked goods and dairy products.

Local dishes: Smørrebrød (open sandwiches) and pastries, as well as a lot of fish, meat and potatoes.

Interesting fact: The Danish flag, the Dannebrog, is one of the world's oldest flags.

Copenhagen is a vibrant modern city founded on rich history and culture. Go to Copenhagen to find contrast and surprise, from water sports in its sparkling clean beaches to 15th century paintings and sculptures at the National Gallery using one of the most beautiful cities in Europe as a backdrop.

The Little Mermaid Hans Christian Andersen wrote a fairy tale about her, Disney produced the movie, and Copenhagen maintains a statue in her honour. The Little Mermaid continues to be the most popular tourist attraction in Denmark and one of the most photographed statues in the world.

Straget Copenhagen's largest shopping area is centred on Europe's longest pedestrian shopping street, Straget, and the streets that surround it. Find Louis Vuitton, Prada, Max Mara, Chanel, Hermes and many more designers all on the same street.

The National Museum and The Viking Ship Museum For a trip back in time, a visit to Copenhagen is well worth it. The National Museum is Denmark's largest museum of cultural history. The museum's main domicile is a classical 18th century mansion just a stone's throw from Strab get at the center of Copenhagen. The Viking Ship Museum is located at the foot of Roskilde Fjord beside the Roskilde harbour, approximately 30 kilometres from Copenhagen. In 1962, five Viking ships were rescued and resurrected from the harbour.

Tivoli Gardens Tivoli Gardens, the highly popular amusement park, is usually top of everyone's list of places to visit. Founded in 1843 it is a beautiful, romantic park with lanterns in the trees that create a unique atmosphere. It has a wealth of high-class restaurants and stages for music and theatre. Few minutes walk from the City Hall Square in the centre of Copenhagen, you will find Tivoli, no doubt among the top ten attractions in Copenhagen. Traditions in the form of an original pantomime theatre dating back to 1874, and brand new thrilling rides such as The Deamon a three-loop roller coaster, The Golden Tower with a fabulous view and a very fast drop! The Monsoon - may the G-force be with you! and many more.

Rosenborg Castle Rosenborg Castle is not only a beautiful historic building, it is also a fascinating museum of cultural history which houses some of Denmark's greatest cultural treasures, such as the Crown Jewels and the Danish Crown Regalia. The museum tells the history of the Danish kings through 300 years, from Frederik II in the late 16th century to Frederik VII in the 19th century; the history of the kings since then feature in the Amalienborg Museum.

Danish Christmas Traditions
In Denmark Christmas is a time of many lovely traditions such as for instance baking Christmas cookies like 'pebernødder', decorating the streets and homes with hearts and candles and lighting the Christmas tree. Get a feel of the unique Danish Christmas atmosphere called 'Julehygge' on a strole through the streets and try some of the Danish Christmas delicacies such as the delicious 'æbleskiver' which resemble doughnuts with a cup of 'glögg' - hot red wine with cinnamon, raisins and almonds.

Tel.: +45 33 25 74 00

Fax: +45 33 25 74 10
www.visitcopenhagen.com

The lake in Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

Lots of Christmas treats in Tivoli Garden

Eating and drinking

As the epicentre of 'New Nordic Cuisine', Copenhagen continues to influence the global culinary scene with two restaurants in the San Pellegrino's "World's 50 Best Restaurants - Noma (number two) and Geranium (number 45). Since Noma opened in 2004 a number of its former chefs have continued to redefine its philosophy with the opening of their own restaurants. These new opening include Restaurant Bror where the UK's own Samuel Nutty has joined forces with Victor Wågman from Sweden to offer a menu bursting with fresh, seasonal vegetables and foraged edible flowers. Meanwhile Matthew Orlando, former head chef at Noma, has drawn on the influence of his international travels to open Amass.

Bringing this Nordic table to a more accessible and broader audience, young and talented chefs such as Jonas Christensen have opened Höst (meaning harvest) a concept from Cofoco (Copenhagen Food Consulting), whilst other informal and unpretentious restaurants include Pony where servings of rustic pig, sausage, and steak tartar are on the menu. Or at Marv & Ben (meaning marrow & bone), located on the oldest street in Copenhagen, traditional Danish cuisine is served in a warm and modest atmosphere. Danish humour is behind the opening of Congo, as the Danish comic actor and talk show host, Casper Christensen, serves up a healthy serving of humour amongst the meaty dishes.

Alongside a great meal no visit to Copenhagen would be complete without a visit to some of the cities eclectic bars and nightclubs. Do not expect an early night as the majority of Copenhagen's discos and clubs don't tend to get going until after midnight, so spend the time in some of the city's super-hip pre-club bars before a night out on the town.

For some of the best new openings head to the hip Vesterbro area of the city where bars such as the inconspicuous Lidkøb Bar is located in an old half-timbered house and packed with full-bearded men in lumber jack shirts and open fireplaces. Or for a Nordic twist on the traditional cocktail head to Karrierebar on Flaesketorvet Square where homemade, organic ingredients offer some great new taste sensations.

Or for beer enthusiasts Mikkeller is a brewery that has been was founded by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, with locations in Vesterbro and Nørrebro. Known internationally as one of the most innovative and cutting-edge brewers, he has made house brews for some of Denmark's most prominent restaurants including Noma, Mielcke & Hurtigkarl and Kiin Kiin. Now the teacher turned brewer runs the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 which he started last year to celebrate extreme beer culture.

Beer festival fever comes to Copenhagen this month as the Oktoberfest takes over the city, during the first two weekends of September. Offering an authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest atmosphere, complete with litre jugs of German beer, live music, schnitzel and rentable lederhosen, the event takes place from 4.00pm on Thursday and Friday, and from 1.00pm on Saturday.

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