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The Best Christmas Markets in Copenhagen

If you are not in fine festive spirit by the time you get to Copenhagen for your December getaway you will be very soon. The whole city is decked out in glittery fairy lights, full of merry shoppers and will probably have snowed as well! If you are still not quite feeling it then visit one of the city’s many Christmas Markets, savour the tasty treats on offer and spend some cash on last minute presents.

Tivoli Christmas Market 15 November – 31 December 2013

We probably don’t need to tell you to go to Tivoli Gardens as it is one of the must see sights in the city. But Tivoli does everything bigger and bolder and their Christmas Market should definitely be on your list. For a slightly quieter time visit at night when the paths are all aglow with lights and there are hundreds of Christmas trees dotted around every corner. As well as the market there is an impressive ice-sculptor plus all the rides are open, try the toboggan run or ice rink to keep in the winter spirit.

Nyhavn Christmas Market – 15th November – 22nd December

Second only to Tivoli and very much in the traditional Germanic vein, Nyhavn is in fact just around the corner from Generator and the old harbour buildings provide a beautiful backdrop. Here you are likely to find a more serious shopper as there are loads of genuine local handmade items on offer. There is live music and don’t forget Nyhavn is lined with beautiful little restaurants and cafes where you can sit and watch the world do it’s Christmas shopping.

Christmas market on Højbro Plads – 15 November – 23 December 2013

Right in the centre of Copenhagen, a stone’s throw from the end of the Stroget and just across the water from the Christiansborg Place is Højbro plads Christmas Market. You could be mistaken for thinking you had stepped into a little piece of Germany with the delicious smell of glogg (the Danish equivalent of mulled wine) and the little chalet style wooden cabins of the sellers.

Grey Hall at Christiania – 6th December – 20th December

For something a little more out there and a little less traditional head to the Grey Hall in Copenhagen’s hippy district Christiania. Normally a concert venue the Hall has plenty of space for the more eclectic of sellers. It is a very relaxed affair and the foodie stalls here are a real Danish treat as is the live music. As it indoors, be aware that it could get crowded if the weather is bad.

The New Designer Christmas Market – 30th November – 1st December

If you are a little tired of the same old Christmas stuff then try the New Designer Christmas Market in Frederiksberg. This is for the more discerning shopper who is looking for something innovative and unique. All the designers at the market are likely to be selling their own stuff so you can have a chat with them about the pieces while you browse.

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