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Julemanden Jan i Randers

Santa’s Guide to Christmas in Randers

Photo: Alexander Håkansson

Did you know that Randers is particularly spectacular around Christmas time? If you love Christmas, you should treat yourself to a visit to the amazing Christmas atmosphere in Randers. And if our word for it is not enough for you, perhaps you will believe Santa. 

📝 By Santa 
Randers by locals

Please note that the ice rink in the centre of Randers unfortunately will not open this year due to the current energy crisis. Furthermore, Randers Streetfood – Mokajen, will be closed over the holidays, just as Museum Østjylland has no Christmas exhibition this year because of currently ongoing renovations.

Julemanden Jan i Randers
Photo: Alexander Håkansson

Nicolas Julius is none other than Santa himself, and he has been so for the past 22 years. Together with his wife, Mrs Claus, Nicolas travels from Greenland to Randers to boost the Christmas spirit among young and old.
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How come Christmas is something out of the ordinary in Randers?

In Randers, the entire city centre is decorated with more than 500,000 bright Christmas lights. Absolutely magical. Whenever Mrs Santa and I stroll through the streets of Randers, we take in every bit of the lovely Christmas atmosphere. And not least the big, bright Christmas teddy bear at Østervold close to the ice-skating rink, the luminous stallion in Søndergade, and the big Christmas tree in front of the old town hall warm our Christmas hearts. 

The town has a very special glow to it when it is decorated for Christmas. And we see it on the faces of the town’s visitors who simply smile more and take their good time strolling through town, because they like to be in the moment and take in the atmosphere. 

Julebamse i Randers
Photo: Jesper Maagaard

Is there anywhere we can experience Christmas as it was celebrated in the old days?

You certainly can. A big part of Christmas is listening to the tales of how various Christmas traditions began and how they have been passed on from generation to generation – and also how different parts of the world celebrate Christmas in different ways. I would therefore like to recommend that you see the Christmas exhibit about the nature of gifts over a thousand years at Museum Østjylland. Telling and hearing these stories is extremely important in order for future generations to understand our Christmas . If you do not know your past, you cannot shape your future.

Where should we go for the best taste experiences in Randers this Christmas?

You could go to the beautifully decorated Mokajen Randers Street Food. Great food is a big part of Christmas and it can even bring out memories from the good old days. Get a Christmas beer and a round of Christmas pancake-puffs at Randers Street Food. Close your eyes and the taste just might take you back to your old grandmother’s house for a short second, because the taste reminds you so much of her delicious Christmas cooking.

Jul i Randers' gågader
Photo: Jakob Lerche

Where can we buy Christmas presents?

Shop windows in Randers are so beautifully decorated that children as well as grown-ups stop and stare at them in awe. The streets are filled with pretty lights, and you cannot miss the stunningly beautiful Christmas version of Hotel Randers

I personally like to shop at the world’s finest and oldest glove manufacturer, RHANDERS Handsker. Fru Lunds Butik is a must as well, as I have to stop by for a look at the large selection of delicacies. Ønskehjørnet is filled with great ideas for lovely gifts – and who does not have room for an exquisite chocolate covered cream puff? 

The friendly staff at the shops are ready with great advice and inspiration for this year’s Christmas shopping, so that you can get everything you need, neatly wrapped in the most beautiful wrapping paper and ribbon curling in all the right places. 

See and follow Nicolas Julius Santa throug Randers

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