Treat yourself to a magical Christmas atmosphere and a wonderful nostalgia trip through four hundred years of Christmas history down Den Gamle By's charming streets with horse-drawn carriages, Christmas decorations, and lit lanterns.
Go exploring in the historical houses og see the origins of Danish Christmas traditions; enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, traditional Christmas food, sweets and goodies from the stalls; or buy Christmas decorations and presents in the period shops.
Follow the twenty four lit lanterns along the Christmas route through Den Gamle By, and go on a fascinating and illuminating journey through the history of Danish Christmas going back for some four hundred years. Enjoy the sight of Christmas decorations from the 17th century right up to 1974, and see when the Christmas tree, the Yule Goat, and Christmas decorations became part of the Christmas tradition in Denmark. Get the Christmas route plan when you buy a ticket.
Drop in at the Mintmaster's Mansion to meet the friendly Christmas elves, and listen to Christmas tales by the fireplace. You can give your Christmas list to the elves. They have pencils and paper you can borrow to make up your Christmas list. Underneath the bird ceiling mural in the Fugleloftssalen hall you can buy and enjoy Christmas rice pudding, fruit juice, and sweet Christmas porter.
Step into the elves’ world, and be an elf for the day. In the elves' loft there are lots of things to see and do for both children and adults.
Step inside the living room of the clergyman’s widow to sit in the growing gloom during the twilight hours. While peace descends upon Den Gamle By, two actors tell you all about how, in 19th century Denmark, they used to sit quietly in the dusk after a long day. In the darkness of the room, by the dim light of a single candle, you can listen in comfort to good old Christmas tales and sing along to Christmas carols.
In the Christmas Shop and Christmas Museum you can buy Christmas decorations of every conceivable sort. The Christmas Museum has a wonderful collection of Christmas goods, including advent calendars, Christmas seals, Danish traditional climbing pixies, Christmas plates, and much more.
The Merchant's House is in full Christmas garb of old with its late 19th century Danish classical Christmas setting. For many Danes, the book ‘Peter’s Christmas. Verses for children’, published in 1866, still provides the recipe for celebrating Christmas “the right way”. In the kitchen, the maids are baking Christmas cookies, the family of the house are having roast goose and rice pudding on Christmas Eve, and on the top of the Christmas tree stands a stork on one leg.
If you want to treat yourself to a snack or bite to eat, you needn’t look far. The eateries and stalls in Den Gamle By serve traditional Christmas food, hot drinks, and Christmas sweets. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, and treat yourself to Christmas cookies or sweets. How about, for example, some traditional Danish doughnuts, gingerbread hearts, or burnt sugar almonds!
Christmas in Den Gamle By is open seven days a week from 17th November until 1st January, including 24th, 25th, 31st December and 1st January. There are lots of things to see and do for both adults and children – check out the opening hours, and read more about activities.
CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS: FREE ADMISSION