Christmas in Copenhagen – time for hygge

When December comes it’s time for Copenhagen Christmas. The darkness of December is the perfect backdrop for Christmas hygge. When the sun sets in the afternoon the the city is lit up with Christmas lights in all corners. When you visit Copenhagen in December you will find cosy Christmas Markets and in the ever popular Nyhavn the boats have been decorated with lights too. To find out more about the Christmas Market in Nyhavn visit

December 22 is the shortest day – only 7 hours and 1 minute long.  If you want to enjoy a Copenhagen sunset on this day you have to be ready with your sun downer at 3:39 in the afternoon. And if you are outside better let that sun downer be a hot one, for example gløgg, because the temperature is most likely not much above freezing.

In Nyhavn the hygge intensifies when the sun sets and the lights in the Christmas market twinkles in the canal. The canal boats run tours even in winter.

Not only in the inner city will you find Christmas hygge. All the main shopping streets have been dressed up for Christmas with the traditional street lights along the street and shops covered in bows of holly. In Vesterbro the street Istedgade in Vesterbro you will find plenty of hygge and Christmas joy. Its speciality is the small independent shops, restaurants and cafes. The same goes for all the major shopping streets of the city: they are all lit up with lights above the street.

Copenhagen Christmas in Istedgade Vesterbro

As in any western european the must-have of Christmas is the huge Christmas tree. In Copenhagen it is located in front of the City Hall.

Copenhagen Christmas at City Hall Square Christmas tree

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