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Events between 27 Nov 2017 and 20 Dec 2017

Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark and the capital of Jutland can really provide the sense of the old-fashioned Christmas that so many of us are longing to rediscover. The city centre is very easy to explore on foot and it offers some of the best shopping experiences in Denmark.

End of November

This is when Christmas in Aarhus really kicks off with a Christmas Parade led by none other than Father Christmas himself. The people of Aarhus come out to greet him and to see the stylish Christmas lights being switched on. Christmas has now truly started and the shops stay open until midnight to cope with eager shoppers with Christmas present lists in hand. In the fashionable Latin Quarter you find a maze of individual shops selling jewellery, art, a wide range of interior design items and traditional as well as avant-garde fashion. Aarhus also boasts two major department stores, Salling and Magasn, in case you want it all under one roof.

Bazar Vest is Scandinavia's largest bazaar and makes for a wonderfully different shopping trip. Here you will find Turkish and Arab bakers, butchers, Oriental shops, cafes and restaurants, jewellery and gift shops, and much much more. Also check out this overview of a large range of shops in Aarhus.

Christmas market

25 Nov to 21 Dec 2017

Inside the atmospheric and beautifully decorated "Ridehuset" Equestrian Hall. There will be 95 stalls offering home-made Danish handicrafts, and the cafe will serve coffee, warm Christmas punch and home-baking. Christmas music and entertainment will all contribute to making this a warm and cosy experience.
Free admission.

Times: Mon - Fri 12:00 t0 18:00, Sat - Sun 11:00 to 17:00

Christmas in The Old Town Museum

18 Nov to 23 Dec 2017

The magic at the open air museum "Den Gamle By" , when the living history market town of more than 75 restored vintage buildings puts on its holiday finery. In each room, visitors step directly into a world gone by, with all the details in place.

The Christmas exhibition is comprised of more than 30 large and small exhibitions distributed among the historical buildings of Den Gamle By (The Old Town Museum).

It is a cavalcade of scenes from different periods beginning with the renaissance parlour of the wealthy merchant grocer in 1625, through the 19th century and the first Christmas trees, concluding in the living room of the modern family in 1929, with both an Advent wreath and a Christmas tree decorated with angel hair and electric fairy lights.

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

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Baneg�rdspladsen 20
DK- 8000 Aarhus C
Tel. +45 8731 5010
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Christmas in Aarhus
How to say "Merry Christmas" in Danish:
Gl�delig Jul


In addition to Aarhus Festival, the city also hosts a year round series of festivals and celebrations giving visitors plenty of other reasons to visit the European City of Culture in 2017:
Other locations in the Danish Provinces at Christmas


In the capital city of the island of Funen, you are greeted by an authentic Christmas fairytale. Once the hometown of the world's most famous fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, Odense hosts an enchanting Christmas Fair with stalls dotted throughout the streets near the author's home and museum, offering everything from steaming hot chocolate and mouth-watering Christmas snacks to beautifully hand-made gifts ( For more information on Christmas in Odense please go to:

One of East Jutland's most enduring destinations is the medieval town of Kolding, where Christmas is celebrated in style at the remarkable royal castle of Koldinghus ( The grand halls of Koldinghus will be adorned with delightful Christmas decorations heightening the medieval magic when they host an array of festive Christmas events all through the month of December. Visit the atmospheric Christmas market (8-9 December), find a unique Christmas present in the well-assorted museum shop, enjoy a Christmas concert and end the tour with a traditional Danish Christmas meal in the castle's candlelit cafe.

The lovely town of Vejle is also buzzing with Christmas activities throughout December. Handcrafted Christmas presents, beautiful Christmas decorations and delicious Danish yuletide delights are on offer at Hopballe Mill's Christmas market ( every weekend in December. Try out local specialities such as pepper cookies, bleskiver and glugg (pancake balls with sugar and jam and Danish mulled wine) whilst picking up some wonderful presents including exquisitely handcrafted ceramics, glassware and jewellery.

For a memorable Christmas getaway, Denmark's frosty December air, magical Christmas markets and Scandinavian coolness is hard to beat!
Getting there...
Nearest airport for the destinations above are Billund and Aarhus airport served from the UK by Ryanair, making it both easy and affordable to plan a route. With flight times well under two hours, it will not take you long to experience the run up to Christmas the Danish way:

DFDS Seaways offers a regular ferry service of overnight departures between Harwich and Esbjerg in West Jutland
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