It’s my fifth wedding anniversary this month so Patrick and I decided that to celebrate, we’d cash in a few of our Avios and fly to Copenhagen. A visit there has always been top of my list and we thought a trip in December, when the city is in full-on festive mode, would be the perfect time to go.
Although we went armed with Copenhagen Cards and visited a fair number of the main attractions, we also spent hours just wandering round, checking out all of the fantastic Christmas decorations and events throughout the city.
Our first stop was the Hotel D’Angleterre near Nyhavn. The hotel is famed for its annual Christmas facade – this year they have a giant Hans Christian Andersen-themed advent calendar with (of course) new images revealed every day. A new picture is unveiled at 5pm each day and you can catch up with previous images on their Instagram.
The streets looked pretty by day but of course, it was at night that they really started feelng festive with Christmas trees and light displays wherever you looked.
Many of the trees were carefully decorated with a particular theme. I loved this traditional Danish tree at the National Museum; and the tree at the Viking Ship Museum had little boats and Vikings made by children who had visited.
Everywhere was beautifully decorated inside as well – the lobby of our hotel (First Hotel Kong Frederik) had a cosy winter wonderland feel.
Talking of winder wonderlands – no trip to Copenhagen at Christmas would be complete without a trip to Tivoli Gardens. The famous city-centre amusement park is a fantastic place to visit all year round, but at Christmas, they crank the festive dial right up with all the lights, decorations, market stalls and fake snow you’ll ever need.
Another Copenhagen festive tradition is a trip to Royal Copenhagen’s flagship store to see their annual Christmas tables. Running since 1963, each year different artists and celebrities are invited to design their own unique Christmas table using Royal Copenhagen’s collection of tablewares and historic collectables. This year was the turn of the Royal Danish Ballet. My favourite was this 1940s-themed table called ‘All that jazz and love’ by Femke Mølbach Slot.
The Danes certainly take the festive season very seriously and there’s much more to Christmas in Copenhagen that we just didn’t have time to explore so a return visit for more gløgg, hot chocolate and general hygge cosiness is definitely on the cards.