7 Best Christmas Markets in Copenhagen You Must Visit in 2023

Mercados de Natal de Copenhaga, na Dinamarca.
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2024-01-25

Christmas Markets have started in Copenhagen, marking the most anticipated season in Scandinavia, as the enthusiasm for Christmas is clearly visible in the capital of Denmark.

To ensure you make the most of these events, I’ve gathered information in this article about the seven most well-known Christmas Markets in the city, including their operating dates, locations, and some tips based on my personal experience exploring these beautiful markets.

In reality, there are more Christmas markets happening throughout Copenhagen, in places like museums, churches, community centers, and shopping malls. However, these seven are the largest, most renowned, and, in my opinion, well worth including in your Copenhagen itinerary.

I also provide accommodation suggestions in Copenhagen to help you choose a well-located hotel with reasonable prices.

So, take note of everything you need to know before traveling to experience Copenhagen’s Christmas Markets!

Best Christmas Markets in Copenhagen

Christmas Market at Tivoli Gardens

Mercado de Natal nos Jardins Tivoli.
Christmas tree in Tivoli Gardens.

Tivoli is Scandinavia’s most visited theme park and the third most visited in Europe. If you’re in Copenhagen during the Christmas season, you have another compelling reason to explore the enchanting Tivoli Park.

Each year, the Tivoli Christmas Market adopts a unique theme, influencing the park’s activities and decorations. In 2023, the chosen theme is the Festival of Hearts, adorning the venue with scattered hearts and the sparkle of Swarovski crystals.

At Nimb, the central square of Tivoli Gardens, stands a traditional 3.5-meter-high Christmas tree adorned with giant hearts. Over 70 thousand Christmas balls and approximately 1000 Christmas trees grace the park, creating a festive atmosphere.

The craft stalls, along with food and drink vendors, are concentrated in the Plænen area. Delight in sandwiches, hot dogs, Feuerzangebowl (mulled wine with rum), and snueknusser (a drink with lemon and mint).

Dates: Christmas in Tivoli runs from November 19 to December 31, 2023.

Location: Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V, Denmark.

Entrance: Weekday ticket: 155 DKK, Saturday and Sunday ticket: 165 DKK. Purchase at the ticket office or buy the Tivoli Gardens ticket conveniently in advance online in euros.

Note: This ticket grants access to the venue; for unlimited carousel or Ferris wheel rides, opt for this ticket.

Christmas Market in Nyhavn (Nyhavn Christmas Market)

Nyhavn Christmas Market (Mercado de Natal do Porto de Copenhaga).
Nyhavn Christmas Market (Copenhagen Harbor Christmas Market).

Despite being a highly touristy area with charming terraces and restaurants, the port of Copenhagen’s Nyhavn is known for its higher prices.

However, the Copenhagen Christmas Market situated by the harbor offers a unique atmosphere against the backdrop of the iconic colorful houses.

It’s undeniably a beautiful location, accentuated by the twinkle of Christmas lights. Consider taking a cruise before nightfall for an added enchanting experience.

Dates: November 3 to December 21, 2023.

Location: Nyhavn harbor.

Entrance: Free.

Christmas Market at Højbro Plads (Julemarked Højbro Plads)

Julemarked Hojbro Plads.
Julemarked Hojbro Plads.

The Højbro Plads Christmas Market is located in the heart of Copenhagen’s historic center, making it a beloved spot for both locals and visitors.

Bearing striking similarities to German Christmas markets, it proudly holds the title of Copenhagen’s most international Christmas market.

And when I say this, it’s purely positive! I adored the alpine charm of the market stalls, along with the diverse crafts and delectable food offerings.

Witnessing sizable trays of sausages grilling over open flames is truly impressive. The enticing aroma alone is enough to make one salivate!

The market boasts an old-fashioned Christmas village ambiance, adorned with trees, decorations, approximately 280 thousand Christmas lights, and a delightful array of elves and reindeer, with Santa’s sleigh nearby.

Dates: November 3rd to December 21st, 2023.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Wednesday: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Thursday: 11:00 – 21:00
  • Friday: 11:00 – 21:00
  • Saturday: 11:00 – 21:00
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 19:00

Location: Højbro Plads Square, situated in Strøget, specifically between Storkespringvandet and the statue of Absalon in Christiansborg.

Entrance: Free.

Christmas Market in Kongens Nytorv (Julemarked Kongens Nytorv)

Julemarked Kongens Nytorv.
Julemarked Kongens Nytorv.

Situated in the historic center of Copenhagen, this Christmas market offers more than just typical stalls with crafts, food, and drinks—it features mesmerizing 3D lighting installations that are truly worth a visit!

Adding to the festive atmosphere, Santa Claus makes appearances and is available for (free) photos with anyone who wishes to capture a moment with him.

If you’re keen on securing a souvenir with Santa Claus in Copenhagen, note that he graces the market from Thursday to Sunday, between 1 pm and 5 pm.

By the way, this market is conveniently close to the Guinness World Records Museum, providing an additional attraction for those interested in exploring.

Dates: November 3rd to December 21st, 2023.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Wednesday: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Thursday: 11:00 – 20:00
  • Friday: 11:00 – 21:00
  • Saturday: 11:00 – 21:00
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 19:00

Location: In Kongens Nytorv Square.

Entrance: Free.

Hans Christian Andersen’s Christmas Market (H. C. Andersens Julemarked)

O que fazer nos Mercados de Natal de Copenhaga: visitar o H. C. Andersens Julemarked.
H. C. Andersens Julemarked.

While this was the smallest Christmas Market we explored in Copenhagen, I still believe it was worth the visit.

Do you know why? Because on Saturdays, between 2 pm and 3 pm, the Copenhagen Orchestra graces the market with music! Additionally, if you’re keen on capturing moments with Santa Claus, you’ll find him at the Nytorv Christmas Market from Wednesday to Sunday.

Dates: November 17th to December 23rd, 2023.

Opening Hours:

  • Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Friday and Saturday: 11:00 – 20:00

Location: Nytorv, 1450 København, Denmark.

Entrance: Free.

Christmas Market at Axeltorv, in the Center of Copenhagen (Axeltorv Julemarked)

Axeltorv Julemarked.
Axeltorv Julemarked.

Yet another enchanting Christmas market graces the heart of Copenhagen, as the Christmas Market at Axeltorv stands proudly opposite Tivoli Gardens.

This particular market captivated me with its emphasis on local cuisine, offering a diverse array of delectable choices.

For lovers of traditional Christmas fare, the options are abundant, ranging from classic sausage stands to raclette and other Swiss cheese-based specialties.

Indulge in churros, toasted almonds, crepes, and pancakes. To complement these treats, savor a cup of Glühwein, the traditional mulled wine with spices, or opt for the Danish rendition known as Gløgg.

Dates: November 17th to December 21st, 2023.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Friday and Saturday: 11:00 – 21:00
  • Sunday: 11:00 – 18:00

Location: Axeltorv 2, 1609 Copenhagen.

Entrance: Free.

Freetown Christiania’s Alternative Christmas Market

Freetown Christiana, em Copenhaga, Dinamarca.
Freetown Christiania, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Discover the unique charm of the Christmas Market in Freetown Christiania, designed especially for the alternative celebration embraced by the hippie community in Copenhagen.

Dates: December 8th to 20th, 2023.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM (UTC).

Location: The Gray Hall, Christiania.

Enjoy free entrance to this festive haven if your visit coincides with these dates. Immerse yourself in the spirited atmosphere and festivities of this alternative Christmas market.

Best Things To Do and See in Copenhagen at Christmas

Natal em Copenhaga - Tivoli Gardens.
Christmas in Copenhagen – Tivoli Gardens.

As you can see, there are several Christmas Markets in Copenhagen to discover, however, the city’s Christmas festivities are not limited to just markets.

So, here are some suggestions for events and activities not to be missed in Copenhagen at Christmas time.

Fun Fact: Over a thousand years ago, King Harold Bluetooth converted this Viking nation to Christianity. Today, while only 3% of Danes regularly attend Mass, an exception to this trend happens on Christmas Eve when a third of the population decides to go to church.

Santa Lucia Parade on the Canals of Copenhagen

Canais de Copenhaga.
Copenhagen Canals.

If you happen to be in Copenhagen on December 13th, then don’t miss the Santa Lucia parade. And what makes this event special?

Imagine dozens of kayaks illuminated with lights and adorned with Christmas decorations, navigating the city’s canals while singing Christmas carols.

If you enjoyed this scene, take note that this parade passes through Nyhavn, Christianshavn, and Højbro Plads, with the boats setting out at dusk.

Cruise through the Canals departing from Nyhavn Harbor

Porto de Nyhavn.
Nyhavn harbor.

Can you take a canal cruise in Copenhagen all year round? Yes, but at Christmas, it’s even more beautiful!

In other words, don’t miss the opportunity to see the lights, decorations, and Christmas stalls at Nyhavn Harbor during the holiday season. Believe me, you won’t regret the experience!

Check the availability and prices of canal canal cruises in Copenhagen.

Guide to Visiting the Christmas Markets in Copenhagen in 3 Days

Comida nos Mercados de Natal de Copenhaga.
Food at Copenhagen Christmas Markets.

If you have three days to explore Copenhagen’s Christmas markets, know that it’s more than enough time.

To assist you, I’ve included a map with all the markets mentioned in this article.

Another piece of good news is that, with the exception of the Christiania Market, the remaining markets are located along Strøget, an extensive street with shops, cafes, and restaurants stretching over 1100 meters.

Hotels near the Christmas Markets in Copenhagen

Hotel Cabin City Copenhaga. Hotel económico com localização central.
Hotel Cabinn City Copenhagen. Budget hotel with central location.

I found hotels in Copenhagen to be quite expensive, but with some research, I managed to find one with a good location and reasonable prices.

So, I stayed at Cabin City (2 stars), close to the Central Station and the Christmas markets, and I enjoyed the experience.

If you prefer to explore other hotels in the city, check out the map below.

Accommodation in Copenhagen.

Everything You Need to Know About the Christmas Markets in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Luzes de Natal na Rua Strøget Copenhaga.
Christmas lights on Strøget Street, Copenhagen.

What is the most popular Christmas Market in Copenhagen?

Mercado de Natal nos  Jardins Tivoli, em Copenhaga.
Christmas Market at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.

The most popular Christmas Market in Copenhagen is the one at Tivoli Gardens, perhaps because it is one of the oldest in the city, despite having an entrance fee.

The attention to detail and the richness in the decoration of this amusement park are truly incredible, and for that reason, I understand why it is so popular.

However, for me, the Christmas Market in Copenhagen that I liked the most was the Hans Christian Andersen Market at Axeltorv Square, as the connection to the famous Danish writer is well-crafted.

When do the Christmas Markets in Copenhagen start?

Gløgg: vinho quente dinamarquês.
Gløgg: Danish mulled wine.

The Christmas Markets in Copenhagen begin in November; in fact, some, like the Nyhavn Market and a few in the historic center, opened their doors on November 3, 2023.

To find out the exact dates, as well as the days and hours the markets are open, I suggest checking the description in this article for each market.

What are the main Christmas events in Copenhagen?

Patinagem em Tivoli Gardens.
Skating in Tivoli Gardens.

During Christmas in Copenhagen, several events take place in the city. Firstly, there are the Christmas markets, starting in November and extending until the end of the year.

Moreover, on various days and times, Santa Claus is available for photos at the markets (see information in this article).

Despite Christmas trees being scattered throughout the city, Copenhagen’s main Christmas tree stands in Hall Square, near City Hall.

Lastly, on December 13th, the Santa Lucia parade takes place, featuring a procession of kayaks adorned with Christmas themes navigating the city’s canals. The prime locations to witness this event are Nyhavn, Christianshavn, and Højbro Plads.

Are the Christmas Markets in Copenhagen safe?

Yes, as long as you stay vigilant and adhere to basic safety rules, you should have no issues at the markets, even with the large number of visitors.

In fact, Copenhagen is known for its low crime rates, making it safe to travel alone or walk the streets at night.

Is there card payment at the Christmas Markets, or do I need to withdraw Danish crowns?

Salsichas nos Mercados de Natal de Copenhaga.
Sausages at Christmas Markets in Copenhagen.

Card payment at the stalls of the Christmas Markets in Copenhagen is not only possible but also encouraged.

In other words, you don’t need to worry about withdrawing Danish crowns in Copenhagen!

I used my Revolut card, and it always worked without any issues. This card is indeed very convenient!

How is the weather in Copenhagen at Christmas?

Vinho quente com especiarias - Gløgg.
Spiced mulled wine – Gløgg

As you might imagine, the weather in Copenhagen at Christmas is cold, with maximum temperatures hovering around 5º-3º Celsius. Rain is common, which turns into snow on colder days.

Therefore, come prepared with warm coats, waterproof clothing and footwear, a hat, and gloves.

Locals have a strong tradition of consuming hot beverages like coffee and tea (and mulled wine at Christmas markets), which greatly helps cope with the cold days of the Danish winter.

Final tips to make the most of the Christmas Markets in Copenhagen

Iluminação de Natal em Copenhaga.
Christmas lights in Copenhagen.
  • You’ll likely not have time to visit all the Christmas Markets in Copenhagen, so I recommend choosing two or three to visit each day;
  • Check the opening hours of the markets to avoid the disappointment of arriving at one that’s closed;
  • Bring warm layered clothing that you can take off when entering indoor spaces, which usually have heating;
  • Waterproof footwear is essential to keep your feet warm, and bring a hat to keep your head warm;
  • Hot drinks work wonders if you want to warm up, but try not to overindulge in Glühwein (mulled wine);
  • You can easily walk from one market to another. Besides being eco-friendly, it also saves a few euros while enjoying the decorations on the streets.

Unmissable Christmas Markets in Copenhagen: Tivoli, Nyhavn, Højbro Plads, Kongens Nytorv, Hans Christian Andersen, Axeltorv, and Freetown Christiania.

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