Taste & Experience Danish Christmas
Christmas (which is called Jul) in Denmark is often described as a magical time full of traditions. Unfortunately, our Christmas markets doesn’t really do Danish Christmas justice, so join me on this walking tour and discover the meaning behind Danish holiday traditions - both the new and the ancient ones dating all the way back to the Yuletide traditions of Viking times.
Taste & Experience Danish Christmas Walking Tour Highlights
- Discover Danish merry-making with a Copenhagen local and get a better understanding of Danish Christmas traditions – both past and present
- Indulge in a feast like the Vikings and taste Danish æbleskiver (kind of Christmas dougnuts), the best Gløgg (which is nothing like mulled wine) in town awarded by locals, gingerbread hearts and a Julebryg (Christmas beer) with a notorious reputation that awakes strong emotions in Danes
- Make it festive by hearing about, or even, dancing around a Christmas tree to one of the hottest Danish Christmas jams, play pakke-spil (a typical Danish Christmas game) and experience some of Copenhagen’s most charming and illustrative places of Danish Christmas hygge.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one-on-one recomendations for further exploring the city, æbleskiver (kind of Christmas dougnuts), gingerbread hearts, Copenhagen’s best Gløgg awarded by locals and a notorious Julebryg that awakes strong emotions in Danes
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide and gifts for the Christmas game. We recommend to buy 2 gifts for a total of DKK20 per person from Flying Tiger of Copenhagen or Søstrene Grene.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 10 people. If you’re the only one booked, we will still do the tour just for you.
- Duration: 3 hours
- In front of Torvehallerne located at Frederiksborggade 21, 1362 København in front of Hall 2 in between the hall and Un Mercato. (GPS coordinates: 55.683881, 12.570021). View on Google Maps.
- Starting time: 3.00 PM
- Ending point: Læderstræde, a street filled to the brim with cafes and artisan shops.
Christmas or jul [ˈjuˀl] as we call it in Denmark is often described as a magical time full of traditions. Unfortunately, our Christmas markets doesn’t really do Danish Christmas justice, so join us on this walking tour and discover the meaning behind Danish holiday traditions – both the new and the ancient ones dating all the way back to the Yuletide traditions of Viking times.
You will kick off your Danish Christmas experience at Torvehallerne – a farmers market beloved by the locals that annually host all sorts of foodie competitions. One of the most anticipated is the annual Gløgg (Hint: It’s not the same as mulled wine) competition, where different mixologists of this ancient, but awesome Danish brew compete about creating the most toasty and christmassy beverage. To honor the Vikings and the over 1000 year old Yuletide traditions, we will help the ancient gods by sampling the merchandise as the good saints we are of course.
We will exit the hall and we’ll pass different Christmas stores, where we will scope out some of the artefacts Danes use to infuse their homes with Christmas and tell you the hyggelige stories about it. This little walk while the sun sets will lead us through some of the oldest and most charming areas of Copenhagen’s historical city centre. Here you will be soaking up the charming Christmas evening ambiance before stopping in front of a beacon of light – a Christmas tree, located on a charming tucked-away square. Here your guide will let you in on the weirdness of the Danish Christmas tree and make everyone uncomfortable by attempting to make it festive by telling you about the Danish Christmas dance, or inviting you for a dance to one of the hottest Danish Christmas jams (Hint: The song is not about Jesus Christ!).
As we proceed further, we will walk under a chandelier of light and settle in under it and make Christmas a feast as the Vikings commanded. As you admire the lights, your guide will stock up on a traditional Danish gingerbread heart from the right part of the country, where the tradition started in Denmark and share it with you as you walk toward one of Copenhagen’s better Christmas markets even though none of them do Danish Christmas justice. As we enter the market, you’ll see a wonderful Christmas display that marks the beginning of Christmas for many locals before your guide show you the local aspects of these otherwise German-inspired markets. Be prepared to indulge in a soft Danish delicacy with a cute hyggelig story we bet you’ll want to bring home with you!
As we exit the Christmas market, we will walk by one of Copenhagen’s oldest churches. Here you’ll tune into stories about why Christmas still is called jul in Denmark and how Christianity and the ancient pagan Yuletide traditions co-exist in a delightful symbiosis today. Let us show you that by concluding the evening at a cozy cafe over a Danish Christmas beer with a notorious reputation that awake strong emotions in Danes. While sampling this, we will of course also all pool the presents we brought with us to the experience and play the omnipresent Danish pakke-spil that all families in Denmark play all the time over Christmas to create a fun, social and not least hyggelig experience.
Before you leave the café and set out for the evening, please don’t forget to ask your native guide for more tips on what else to experience and do during your stay in Copenhagen. We would love to help make your Christmas the best one ever by helping you to experience the best Copenhagen have to offer during this festive season.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one-on-one recomendations for further exploring the city, æbleskiver (kind of Christmas dougnuts), gingerbread hearts, Copenhagen’s best Gløgg awarded by locals and a Julebryg (Christmas beer) with a notorious reputation that awakes strong emotions in Danes.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for your guide
Dress standard: Please wear suitable footwear and clothes for walking outside, and bring an umbrella or rain jacket in case of rain.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Mrs. Helene S. from the United States of America traveled on 15 Dec. 2019:
What a great experience! We had a very friendly time with Sandra. She is an amazing person with strong knowledge. She shared her personal memories. We had a lot of fun during this tour.
Mr. Oleksandr from Ukraine traveled on 13 Dec. 2019:This was an amazing experience in Copenhagen. Sandra is a very interesting woman, with a lot of personal stories, a lot of knowledges. I had a wonderful moment with her. I am now an expert when it comes to Danish Christmas! Thank you! Let’s dance around the Juletræ one more time!
Mr. John H. from the United Kingdom traveled on 11 Dec. 2019:
Really enjoyed this tour! Warm, fuzzy Christmas feelings (must have been the glogg!). Enjoyed the Christmas stories and snacks and we loved the visit to the pub at the end and the game we played. This will be a regular Christmas game at home now! Thank you for making our trip to Copenhagen unforgettable!
Ms. Aiko K. from Japan traveled on 8 Dec. 2019:
Kristian is a great guide. The topic was deep and interesting. He cared about us a lot. Also his voice is very clear, so it’s good English practice for me! I had a wonderful experience! Thank you.
Mrs. Ginny M. from the United Kingdom traveled on 6 Dec. 2019:
We loved this tour! We felt Kristian’s enthusiasm for Christmas through and through. He was full of stories and Danish Christmas culture. The song and dance around the tree was a treat. The best part was playing the present game.
Ms. Corey W. from the United States of America traveled on 3. Dec. 2019:
Sandra was an excellent host and took us down some roads and into some shops that I may not have wandered into myself. It was a fun way to experience Danish jul!
Ms. Keisha M. from the United Kingdom traveled on 1 Dec. 2019:
Amazing winter experience full interesting facts about Danish Christmas. I highly recommend this small, private tour full of traditional Christmas snacks, drinks and stories! I would definitely do it all over again!
Ms. Wenwen H. from China traveled on 29 Nov. 2019:
Sandra is a fantastic tour guide. I like the tour a lot. I felt very happy during the whole tour time. Highly recommended.
Mr. Justin C. from Canada traveled on 27 Nov. 2019:
My wife and I, along with our two girls (14 and 11), all had a terrific time with Sandra. She selected interesting locations for us to visit, shared unique stories, and really made the whole experience both fun and informative. A definite hit, and would would highly recommend to anyone visiting over the holidays.
Mr. Brian H. from United States of America traveled on 27 Nov. 2019:
Sandra was so sweet and warm and made us feel very welcome the moment we met to begin the tour. She was very knowledgeable about Danish culture and Christmas—as we are now also thanks to this wonderful tour and her willingness to share In such a friendly manner. She was so inviting and we truly hit it off. We laughed and shared a good bit about our Christmas traditions—and the uniqueness of Copenhagen. If you’re coming to Copenhagen to learn more about Christmas (Danish style) in order to embrace the “happy” living Hygge mindset—then do take this tour and immerse yourself in it. Sandra is a phenomenal host and a New friend! She followed up this awesome tour with giving us a list of Danish Christmas key points to follow up on later because we enjoyed them so much. Aebleskiver is now a Christmas tradition with family. :-). We really enjoyed this tour with Sandra and have commented on it often in the past few days quite fondly. We have recommended Sandra and this tour to other travel groups because we liked it so much.
Ms. Michelle S. from The United Kingdom traveled on 26 Nov. 2019:
Sandra was our tour guide and she was wonderful. I feel like I have a lot more insight into Danish Christmas traditions and Sandra was really good at sharing stories and she was very engaged. Saw a lot of different spots in Denmark and got a nice list of recommendations from her as well!
Mrs. Jessica T. from United States of America traveled on 25 Nov. 2019:
This Christmas tour is so charming and hyggeligt. We loved walking around Copenhagen learning about the history of Jul in Denmark and some of the traditions! Fun, cozy, relaxed and just the right amount of time. Thank you Sandra! 🇩🇰❤️
Mr. Mark S. from United States of America traveled on 23 Nov. 2019:
We had a great evenin with Sandra and really enjoyed everyone’s company. We feel very Christmassy now, lots of hygge.
Ms. Vass K. from Singapore traveled on 22 Dec. 2018:
Such a hyggelig time with Mie! Tasty, educational and fun 🙂 I really liked that the experience did not feel like a guided tour, but more like a thematic get together with nice and caring people! I would definitely recommend it for those wanting to do a Christmas tour next year.
Mrs. Tracey C. from Canada traveled on 21 Dec. 2018:
Mie was a terrific host, showing us Copenhagen, the food and drinks associated with Christmas and telling us some of her Christmas stories. Highly recommended!!!!
Ms. Emma S. from the United Kingdom traveled on 19 Dec. 2018:
Mie was so sweet and enthusiastic! I loved getting to hear about Danish Christmas and other information about the city. Highly recommend the tour to those wishing to learn more about the city and try some delicious snacks lead by a very knowledgeable local 🙂
Mr. Alex R. from Australia traveled on 15 Dec. 2018:
Despite the cold and rainy weather, Mie kept us warm and interested in Danish Christmas with warm & delicious treats, plenty of gløgg and beer, and entertaining facts and games. 100% would recommend.
Ms. Mimi K. from the United States of America traveled on 14 Dec. 2018:
This was the best tour to do on my first day in Copenhagen! Mie was an absolute joy to have as a tour guide and she took us all over the town and told us all about Danish Christmas traditions (not to mention got us some amazing treats). It was such a great introduction to Danish culture and Copenhagen in general! It will be one of my favorite memories of my time in Copenhagen.
Mrs. Jessie T. from United States of America traveled on 12 Dec. 2018:
I had such a great time on the Danish Christmas tour with Mie. She is a very welcoming, friendly host and provides a wonderful insight into Danish Christmas traditions and history. The gløgg was phenomenal, the treats were delicious and overall, it was the perfect introduction to this magical time of year in Copenhagen. Thank you, Mie!
Ms. Cindy N. from Singapore traveled on 11 Dec. 2018:
It was a fun time! Mie was super informative and a great host! I was in a smaller group and that was a great way to get to know everyone! The gift exchange game was super fun!
Ms. Heather L. from Canada traveled on 9 Dec. 2018:
So much fun! Highly suggest early on in your visit to “learn your way around” the city. Lots of fun history and conversation while learning about the Christmas (Jul) traditions. The guide, Mie, were very friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you!
Mr. Andrew K. from the United Kingdom traveled on 6 Dec. 2018:This tour was such a great way to discover the city, it’s culture, traditions and cuisine. The relaxed and casual format was really appealing, as I’m not much of a fan of tours normally, but this felt like a wander around the city with some lovely food and drinks along the way. I’d highly recommend it to anyone visiting Copenhagen!
Mr. Nathan H. from the United States of America traveled on 5 Dec. 2018:
Mie is very friendly and knowledgeable. If you are in Copenhagen for only a day or two it really helps having a local guide show you all the best stuff so you don’t miss anything.
Mr. Emilio E. from Brazil traveled on 29 Nov. 2018:
Do you want a wonderful host? Do you want to learn about Danish Xmas traditions? If you say yes, then Mie is the right guide for your excursion. Deep dive with her in the city and ask any questions – she will explain in details and provide you with sufficient info that otherwise you may not find in a guidebook. We really enjoyed it and would recommend it to any newcomer for short city trip like we did.
Ms. Eva C. from Poland traveled on 26 Nov. 2018:
Mie is a very lovely person. I really enjoyed this amazing Christmas experience. Thank you and have yourself a merry Christmas from Poland ⛄️❄️☺️
Mr. Lars M. from the United States of America traveled on 23 Nov. 2018:
I booked this Christmas tour as a present for my employee who was traveling to Copenhagen. His feedback: Awesome! Many thanks!
Ms. Brooke S. from the United Kingdom traveled on 22 Nov. 2018:
Great experience! Would highly recommend! ☺️