You can’t come to Europe in December without going to the Christmas markets, or Julemarked in Danish. The smaller Christmas markets are usually in November but some of the larger or more tourist-friendly towns have the markets open until Christmas.
Before Mom even came to Denmark, I knew I wanted to go to Copenhagen for the Christmas markets, but more importantly, Tivoli Gardens. I had been told by so many people that Tivoli had the best Christmas market and light display. So, that is exactly what we did. Just a short three-hour train ride, and we were ready to explore Copenhagen and its markets.
Next up was lunch at Restaurant Els, just around the corner from Nyhavn. We had such a lovely, relaxed lunch where we could look out on the street, it wasn’t crowded and the prices were more reasonable than those just a few paces away on Nyhavn.
After lunch we made our way to the Julemarked Kongens Nytorv. This is a larger square near Nyhavn that is flanked by Magasin, the large department store, the Royal Danish Theatre and Hotel D’Angleterre.
The final “street” Christmas Market we stopped by was at Højbro Plads. It had many of the same vendors with a few different items. Mom gifted me a jacket from a Swedish vendor and she picked up chocolates shaped like tools for her boys – sons and grandsons.
The most beautiful way to end our evening was a stroll through Tivoli Gardens. This is the second oldest operating amusement park in the world, opening in 1843. Mom and I were not there for the rides, but the lights. This was truly a sparkling winter wonderland.
After we couldn’t take a bit more holiday cheer, we retired for the evening. The following morning, we made a couple purchases at the Christmas Markets, dropped in Magasin to look around and headed back to Esbjerg. It was a quick, but absolutely delightful trip. No doubt, the Danes know how to to do Christmas on a grand scale.