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Welcome to the magic kingdom!

Christmas in Copenhagen

Tiếng Việt

When the towns are glowed up with millions of light bulbs, the houses are dressed up with glittering decorations, and the Christmas markets are reopened, you know Christmas is in the air. You can find Christmas markets in almost any town in Europe, but the one that has so far enchanted us most is the Tivoli Christmas market in Copenhagen.

 

In the happiest capital in the world, Christmas was indeed everywhere. As soon as we left the train, our lungs were filled with the smell of cinnamon, gingerbread, and sugar roasted almonds. Around the corner, a lady was pouring smoking hot Gløgg (similar to German glühwein) into the cups for her customers while chatting joyfully with them. The festive atmosphere got even stronger as we went downtown, passing by beautifully decorated stalls which sell Christmas items and sweets. “Everything here is so irresistible!”, I thought aloud.

Sweet treat in Copenhagen
Sweet treat in Copenhagen

After several minutes, a huge gate appeared in front of us. Master announced proudly “Welcome to Tivoli Gardens, Len! Copenhagen’s most popular Christmas market”. “And the second oldest amusement park in the world”, he added with a grin.

Tivoli's main entrance
Tivoli’s main entrance
Welcome to the magic kingdom!
Welcome to the magic kingdom!

1. Tivoli Gardens

Operated since 1843, Tivoli is the second oldest theme park in the world and one of Europe’s most popular seasonal amusement and pleasure parks. Its delightful mix of rides, attractions, performances, and culture make it a treat for kids and grownups alike. During Christmas time, the whole of Tivoli is transformed into a fairytale garden with beautifully decorated wooden houses, spruces, and myriads of fairy lights. Together with the Christmas music and light shows, they set the scene for an idyllic way of experience Danish hygge – basic, uncomplicated and cosiness.

The Pantomime Theatre
The Pantomime Theatre
The Golden Tower
The Golden Tower
The Springyard
The Springyard

2. Nyhavn

Aside from the Tivoli Garden, the picturesque old harbour Nyhavn with its brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century houses are worth a visit as well. Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, prostitutes, pubs and alehouses. Nowadays, Nyhavn is a waterfront and entertainment district where classy cafes and restaurants dominate.

Nyhavn
Nyhavn

Another attraction nearby is the famous Hotel D’Angleterre, which each year displays magnificent illuminated Christmas decorations. And if you are energetic, I would recommend a walk to the symbol of Copenhagen – The Little Mermaid and explore the surrounding area, which has become popular recently thanks to the Oscar-awarded movie: The Danish Girl. On the way thereyou can have a look at Amalienborg – the home of the Danish royalty, and Kastellet – one of the best-preserved star fortresses in Europe.

Hotel D'Angleterre
Hotel D’Angleterre
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid

Together with Gløgg,  Æbleskiver (pancake puff with raspberry sauce) is another Danish speciality that you should not miss during the Christmas season. We tried it at Royal Smushi Cafe and it is addictive!

Æbleskiver
Æbleskiver

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Giáng Sinh ở Copenhagen

Khi thành phố được thắp sáng bằng hàng triệu những bóng đèn lấp lánh, những căn nhà được trang hoàng lung linh và những khu chợ Noel bắt đầu mở lại, bạn biết mùa lễ hội đã đến gần. Phần lớn các thành phố ở châu Âu đều có chợ Noel, nhưng đến hiện tại khu chợ để lại ấn tượng sâu sắc nhất với chúng tôi là khu chợ Tivoli ở Copenhagen.

Hotel D'Angleterre
Hotel D’Angleterre

 Ở đất nước hạnh phúc nhất hành tinh này, bạn dường như có thể cảm thấy Giáng sinh ở khắp mọi nơi. Mùi hương của quế, bánh gừng và hạnh nhân tràn ngập các con phố. Ở một góc đường, một người phụ nữ đang rót rượu Gløgg (một loại rượu đặc trưng cho mùa Noel, giống Glühwein của Đức) còn nóng hổi và trò chuyện vui vẻ với khách. Không khí Giáng sinh càng rõ rệt hơn khi bạn đi về phía trung tâm, ghé ngang qua những quầy hàng bán đồ trang trí và đồ ngọt cực kì hấp dẫn.

Sweet treat in Copenhagen
Sweet treat in Copenhagen

1. Công viên Tivoli

Thực ra ở Copenhagen có khá nhiều chợ Noel, nhưng khu chợ trong công viên Tivoli có lẽ là nổi tiếng nhất. Mở cửa vào năm 1843, Tivoli là công viên giải trí lâu đời thứ hai trên thế giới và là một trong những khu vui chơi nổi tiếng nhất Bắc Âu. Sự kết hợp của những trò chơi, các màn biểu diễn pháo hoa, ánh sáng và nhạc nước đã tạo nên sự hấp dẫn cho công viên này.

Tivoli's main entrance
Tivoli’s main entrance
Welcome to the magic kingdom!
Welcome to the magic kingdom!

Vào tháng 12, Tivoli càng đặc biệt hơn khi phủ lên mình một lớp áo mới  với những quầy hàng bán đồ Noel lộng lẫy, những cây thông xanh và hàng triệu bóng đèn huyền ảo. Cùng với tiếng nhạc Giáng sinh du dương, Tivoli tạo nên một không khí lễ hội đặc biệt, mang lại một cảm giác gần gũi ấm áp cho khách đến tham quan.

The Pantomime Theatre
The Pantomime Theatre
The Golden Tower
The Golden Tower
Tivolis Springyard
Tivolis Springyard

2. Nyhavn

Bên cạnh khu giải trí Tivoli, khu cảng đẹp như tranh Nyhavn với những dãy nhà cổ đầy màu sắc cũng là một điểm tham quan thú vị. Vào thế kỉ thứ 17 và 18, Nyhavn là nơi cập bến của các tàu bè từ khắp nơi trên thế giới, là nơi tụ tập của thủy thủ, gái làng chơi cũng như các quán bar, quán rượu. Ngày nay, Nyhavn đã được tôn tạo lại và trở thành một khu vực sầm uất với những quán cafe và nhà hàng sang trọng. Nếu bạn đến đây vào mùa Noel, bạn có thể thưởng thức đặc sản của Đan Mạch tại các quầy hàng mọc lên khắp nơi.

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Nyhavn

Nếu còn sức, bạn có thể đi bộ dọc theo bờ biển từ Nyhavn để đến tượng người cá The Little Mermaid – biểu tượng của thành phố cảng Copenhagen. Trên đường đi, bạn có thể ghé qua Amalienborg – cung điện của hoàng gia Đan Mạch, pháo đài hình sao Kastellet, hay khu phố cổ nơi quay bộ phim đoạt giải Oscar, The Danish Girl.

The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid

Bên cạnh rượu Gløgg, một loại thức ăn chỉ có trong mùa Noel khác mà bạn không nên bỏ qua là Æbleskiver (bánh rán ăn kèm với sốt quả mâm xôi).

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Æbleskiver
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55 comments

  1. What a wonderful place to spend the holiday season. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures!

    1. You welcome 🙂 I am glad that you like it. The market might look even more magically, if there was some snow. But had no such luck haha

  2. Absolutely brilliant photography like always. 🙂 Omg, Tivoli gardens look straight out of fairy tale indeed :O What did you do there? Did you go on the rides? I love the concept of Danish hygge as that is so me! The atmosphere in Europe during Christmas time is just magical, isn’t it. 🙂 I’ll probably go to Prague after New Year’s but I will still catch the Christmas market for a day. But otherwise just here in Poland.

    1. Thanks a lot for your compliment 🙂 I tried almost everything, except the roller coaster. What I loved most is the light and water show at the lake. If I came back, I would definitely add the Nut Cracker Show in the Tivoli Theater into my list 🙂 I have heard that Prague’s Christmas Market is great too. I have seen some photos but have never been there in winter.
      How is the festive atmosphere in Polen? Any tradition, special foods or drinks 😉

  3. copenhagen is a magical place! it is honestly christmassy at any time of a year – like a fairy tale kingdom

    btw your whole blog is such an inspiration! xx

    1. It is indeed a magnificent place. I would love to visit it again, but maybe in summer or Halloween 🙂 Many thanks for your kind words!

  4. Were you in Copenhagen last Christmas? I am absolutely loving your photos and reliving all those memories! I would love to return for Christmas, as the atmosphere seems to be completely different from summer. The days are short though, so it would feel like hibernating, no?

    1. Yes, I was there last Christmas. Unfortunately, there was no snow 🙁 Hibernating during Christmas season? Hardly 🙂 Because the Glogg (Danish mulled wine) will warm you up. After 2-3 glasses, I doubt that you can even feel cold at all. Coffee shop in Copenhagen is also a good option to enjoy the Danish “hygge”, if you don’t like to stay outside. They open quite late and some even serve the hot Æbleskiver too 🙂
      For January and February, it will be a little bit boring, but it is exam season. So it is a good thing for me because I can concentrate on my study haha

      1. It would be a dream to have the chance to spend Xmas in Copenhagen. Perhaps one day…🙂

  5. Hi Len, Wow! Stunning photos of the beautiful city of Copenhagen. Now I know where you got the hint about the Danish Christmas tradition. 🙂 So you spent last Christmas in Denmark, I guess you had an awesome experience. Denmark has such an interesting Christmas tradition that fascinates me… Well, I had to stop by to say thank you for the follow and also appreciate your visit and comment on my blog. I love the ambience of your blog, it looks very interesting and I will return to read some more posts. Enjoy the season! Cheers! 🙂

    1. Thank you and very welcome, Stella 🙂 Your compliments made my day. What you said was absolutely right, Denmark’s Christmas is so magical, so traditional. I love the atmosphere and the decoration, as well as the Aebleskiver haha. Unfortunately, they don’t sell it here 😉 For Glogg, 1-2 cup is ok, but I don’t like the spicy taste that much. Happy holiday! Cheers! 🙂

  6. Tivoli Gardens look absolutely stunning during the Christmas. I really wish I could walk there on Christmas Eve! 🙂 Merry Christmas xx

    1. Many thanks! Yes, I had a great time there. But it would be more Christmassy if there were some snow. The snowstorm came a little bit late 🙂

  7. I was there last year and loved it! The people were so friendly, the food was delicious, and Tivoli was awesome! We saw the nutcracker there, and the queen made all of the costumes!

    1. Indeed a very lovely place to live! My only complain is the ultra high-living cost, especially when you have to go out for dinner 😛

      1. We were there in early November, so we were able to enjoy Tivoli all decorated for Halloween. I’d love to spend Christmas there.

      2. I’d love to spend Halloween there 🙂 How did they decorate the park? With a lot of candles and pumpkins?

  8. With all the outstanding Christmas markets in Europe, that’s big praise for the Copenhagen market. I think I’ve mentioned to you before that a European Christmas Market trip is high on my list. I’ve been thinking Strasbourg or Köln, but now I should add Copenhagen. Wonderful photos Len…thanks for complicating my decision Len😉

    1. My bad 🙂 Perhaps you should make a Christmas market tour, starting from Strasbourg and northward to Copenhagen. And probably to Finland for an audience with Santa Claus 😛 The markets usually open as early as the end of November, and they last until New Year Eve.

  9. I loved Copenhagen – one of my favourite places in Europe! It seems I must visit during this season…what beautiful pictures!

  10. I always love the look and feel of a Christmas market (and Christmas in general). It’s the time of the year when people wind down, become less stressed out, engage more with friends and families, and be happier. Although personally I don’t celebrate Christmas, but I do celebrate the joy it brings. Thanks for this warm post! (despite the fact that you went there in winter).

    1. Actually, it was not so cold. I could still pull my hands out of the coat and made photos :P. Just like you, I don’t personally celebrate Christmas. But I love the decoration, the food and the joy that people share. The usual grumpy faces are replaced by smiles. And we all have a good reason to sit together 😀

  11. Nếu buổi tối mà 5 độ C thì tuyệt quá, rất ấm. Bên này buổi tối chừng 20 độ F. Ở đâu cũng thấy rạo rực không khí Giáng sinh.

    1. Dạ đúng thế ạ. Mặc dù bản thân cháu không theo đạo, nhưng vẫn rất thích không khí Giáng sinh. Chắc có lẽ là thích mấy cái đồ trang trí rực rỡ thì đúng hơn. Lúc nhỏ thì còn háo hức chờ quà chứ giờ thì quá tuổi rồi 😛

    1. Many thanks, Susanne! I really love the Christmas atmosphere in Denmark. Somewhat magical! But if you ask me what is the thing I miss most. I would say the Aebleskiver 😛 Everything can be replicated but not this delicious sweet treat.

      1. I just made 6 batches of æbleskiver yesterday! Love them too.
        And yes Christmas in DK does seem a little more magical 💕

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