Five Christmas Traditions in Aarhus you do Not Want to Miss
Christmas in Aarhus is rather special, and all you have to bring in order to have a nice time is some warm clothes, sensible shoes, a sense of adventure, and a healthy appetite for Christmas and having a lovely time.
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Throughout December, a very special and authentic Christmas spirit fills the Latin Quarter, the Cathedral Quarter, and the lovely pedestrian streets. Aarhus’ city centre has just the right size for the city as a whole to create a spectacular atmosphere. Learn about Christmas as it is celebrated today as well as in the olden days, be enchanted by Cirkus Jul at the outdoor event venue, Tangkrogen, or enjoy strolling through an impressive world of Christmas in Tivoli Friheden.
Where should I go to experience traditional Christmas?
Den Gamle By – The Old Town Museum is just the place to go.
The Christmas route through the cobbled streets is the best time travel in the world, letting you experience 400 years of Christmas history. It will take you through houses and sitting rooms for an educational visit to Christmas in the olden days. This is a regular stock cube of concentrated Christmas spirit that will put your own Christmas celebration into perspective. 24 days will not be enough if you plan for go through the extensive Christmas programme there.
At several places in Den Gamle By – The Old Town Museum, lovely, traditional Christmas meals are served; just as you can enjoy your own packed lunch at ’Madkassen’ – the lunch box.
Photo:Bo Petersen, Tivoli Friheden
Where should I go for the most magical Christmas atmosphere in town?
For this, you should go to Tivoli Friheden – and you never get too old for Christmas at ‘Friheden’. Every year for Christmas, the amazing garden turns even more magical when it is lit up by 16 km of Christmas lights.
Enjoy the delicious smell of 10,000 Christmas pancake-puffs and more than 20,000 cups of the traditional Christmas punch, juleglögg. Take in this magical atmosphere and enjoy every second of it; just remember to make it home in time for Christmas.
Where can I find the traditional Christmas markets?
You will find lovely Christmas markets at Ridehuset and Concert Hall Aarhus. Every year from 20 November to 19 December, the big, unique event venue, Ridehuset, is turned into a veritable Santa’s workshop. There are so many ’elves’ there that they have to take turn working at the stalls. This way, there are presents enough for everyone – as long as you show up between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Right next door, you can experience Concert Hall Aarhus’ rich Christmas Programme which ranges as broadly as from the Nutcracker ballet to Christmas concerts by Danish musicians Stig Rossen and Anders Blichfeldt.
Does Aarhus have a special Christmas tradition that I simply have to experience?
Come and be part of a lovely tradition when the city’s Christmas tree and the starry sky above Denmark’s most beautiful shopping street is lit.
In November, millions of eco-friendly LED-light bulbs turn Salling department store into the world’s largest Christmas present. Probably the only Christmas present that has Christmas pancake-puffs and Christmas treats served on top of it; experience this at Salling Rooftop.
From the middle of November, the shopping street is covered by a carpet of lights that are switched on at a gigantic party hosted by Father Christmas himself.
Where can I find Christmas activities for children?
This you will find at Cirkus Jul at Tangkrogen. In December, a magical Christmas circus invites you in for a fantastic show with characters from Danish book classics such as Orla Frøsnapper, Otto the rhino, Cirkeline, Vitello, and so many more – and everything is live.
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