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The season of hyggeChristmas markets, woolen sweaters, candlelight and good times with the ones you love. Winter in Copenhagen can be quite special, and this guide is here to help you understand just what it is that makes a Copenhagen winter so special.


Feel the holiday spirit at the Christmas markets

Copenhagen is a genuine Christmas city, where it is impossible not to get in the spirit for the Christmas holiday season. The best place to soak up the atmosphere is at one of Copenhagen’s many Christmas markets.

Frederiksberg ice rink | Daniel Rasmussen
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Try the city's ice rinks

Every winter, some of the city’s squares dress up for the season and transform into wonderful ice rinks which allows you to have fun on the ice throughout the winter season. By the entrance to the beautiful Frederiksberg Gardens and by Broens Street Food are two of the most notable locations.

Christianshavns Canal in winter
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Watch the canals freeze over

If you're lucky, you'll get to experience snow and frozen canals in Copenhagen. No guarantees given, but the occassional snowfall and ice-covered harbour and canals surely gives the city another magical expression. 


Celebrate New Year's Eve in Copenhagen

New Year's Eve is a big night in Copenhagen. Simply walking through the streets can feel like a party, with fireworks and champagne flowing through the streets. The restaurants often offer special menus making the night special. And honestly - wouldn't it be cool to begin a new year in Copenhagen?!

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Get your saltwater injection in a spa sailing around Copenhagen’s harbor


Gløgg: A sweet and spicy seasonal love affair

Read about the Danes' love for this warm, seasonal alcoholic drink. By local cocktail expert and writer, Rasmus Poulsgaard.