Best Little Christmas Markets in Copenhagen

Put Some Danish Design & Art Under the Tree This Christmas

KEEP THE SEASON sustainable when you SUPPORT LOCAL MAKERS

Denmark, oh Denmark. You happy little hip country you. World leaders in design, fashion, bike-riding, sustainable city-planning and annual happiness rankings, Denmark is stylish even come dark December. Get ready to fire up your calendar candle, it is definitely Jul time in the Danish capital. Grab a glass of gløgg and warm your inner aesthete at a Christmas market off (and maybe one on) the tourist trails. In Denmark, you can find all the design, gifts and hygge you need at a Julemarked.

POST UPDATED : NOVEMBER 2019

And just think, when you support local makers and independent entrepreneurs, you help create a more sustainable season that is better for the environment. Goods that don’t have to travel as far to find their place as your present, is a gift for us all. Now that is something to feel festive about!

Don’t live in Copenhagen? No better time for a weekend visit! But it’s cold and dark in Denmark come December I heard you say. Don’t you worry, we have plenty of hygge. For you. It’s not just for Danes anymore – haven’t you heard? (*wink, wink.) Put on the mittens, pull down your beanie, swaddle your scarf and come bundled up. But once you’re here many of these markets are inside! Take home a special and unique gift from the city that defines Danish design. Without further ado, may I present this year’s round-up of darling and Danish and sleek and stylish Christmas markets around Copenhagen.

A Sustainable Christmas Starts with Shopping Local

Late November
Julemarked at C.E.R. Studio IN Frederiksberg

What promises to be the season’s stress-free space to source your seasonal gifts, this creative collaboration will be set in the studio of designer Cecilie Elisabeth Rudolph, whose patterns and products you may have spied at Stilleben, one of Copenhagen’s best design shops. Find your way to her Frederiksberg’s space, where together with her talented maker friends, they will have set up a creative array of gifts to choose. Sample the baked sweets and spiced warm sips while you peruse the wares from these makers.

DATE | November 23 – 24, 2019
VENUE | C.E.R. Studio, Rahbeks Allé 30, 1801 Frederiksberg C
TIME | 10-17
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Unique Julepynt (Christmas decorations), modern and elegant boxed candy, leather goods, collages and prints, photo art, handmade lamps and lampshades, ceramics and more.

 

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KADK JULEMARKED

KADK is the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation. Students hold an annual Christmas market to showcase and sell their wares and latest projects. Cutting edge creative work for Christmas. What could be a better gift?

DATE | Sunday, November 24, 2019
VENUE | KADK Campus Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 51, 1434 København K
TIME | 10-17
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Future architects and designers will host their own stands selling a broad range of untraditional gifts from lithographs, mobiles and Christmas decorations to toys, scarves and jewelry and much more.

KADK 2019 Julemarked | Poster by Veronica Civa

Markets Weekend November 29/December 1 2019
VÆrk Julemarked AT THE Designmuseum Danmark

Culture AND Christmas? Ja and tak. For the fourth year, the Danish Artisans and Designers Guild will be holding their Christmas market in the garden of the Designmuseum Denmark. Cozy tents set up outside will keep you warm while you wander through the booths of 70 professional craftsmen and designers offering unique goods and products.

DATE | November 29 – December 1 and December 6-8, 2019
VENUE | Designmuseum Garden, Bredgade 68, 1260 Copenhagen
TIME | Fridays 12-17, Saturdays – Sundays 10-17
ENTRY | Gratis (Free) for the market only, entrance to museum regular price

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:

Professional artisans and designers offering jewelry, textiles, clothing, home goods, furniture, art, pottery and more. The Designmuseum’s Café Klint will be open serving Christmas cookies, coffee and more from their regular (delicious) menu.

Photo credit : DKOD | Christoffer Askman
Photo Credit: DKOD | Christoffer Askman

FLID JULEBAZAAR

A collective of Scandinavian creatives who prioritize sustainable practices in the material use, production and process of their art and design, Flid hosts their Christmas Market in Nørrebrohallen on Red Square.

DATE | Saturday, November 30 – Sunday, December 1, 2019
VENUE | Flid, Nørrebrogade 208, 2200 Copenhagen N
TIME | 11-17
ENTRY | 30 DKK, children under 12 free

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:

Textiles, ceramics, photo and collage art, jewelry and more.

Illustration by Ida Rørholm Davidsen

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Juledage on Jægersborggade

Not exactly a julemarked per se, but how about a couple of days dedicated to Christmas on one of the coolest streets in Copenhagen. Come to Jægersborggade in Nørrebro for tons of creative julehygge happening from shop to shop.

Bring the kids and try your hand at baking Danish snow bread on a stick over an open fire. Santa will be on hand with his buddy Christmas Pikachu – you heard me. Pika! Pika! Grab a coffee from Coffee Collective and stroll the street. Each shop is a treat. Hot buttered rum and Christmas Polaroid selfie ops at Den Sidste Dråb, an authority on rum and other specialty spirits, will make sure your holiday gatherings are good to the last drop.

DATE | Saturday 30 November – Sunday 1 December, 2019
VENUE | Jægersborggade 1-57, 2200 København N
TIME | 11-13
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:

The makings for your own julefrokost and Christmas dinner. Excellent food, wine, coffee, ceramics, chocolates, organic ducks for sale and juletræer.


KØDBYENS HYGGELIGSTE JULEMARKED

I almost don’t want to share with you the deets about this most darling little Christmas market. Mostly because I want to put it in my pocket and keep it for my own self. It’s my very favorite. If you’ve been you know just how cozy and adorable it truly is. If you ask me, this is honestly Copenhagen’s coziest julemarked. And since you’re here reading, I’m assuming you did. Ask me that is.

Here you’ll find unique gifts from some of the most creative graphic designers, illustrators and makers who share this little light-filled studio hiding in the back corner of Kødbyen, Copenhagen’s meatpacking district. Yes. Meatpacking. Roll your bike right on in behind Warpigs Brewpub and down to the end of Slaughterhouse Street and here you’ll find some of my favorites makers, Mai-Britt Amsler, Sabine Brandt and Lisa Grue plus paper artist Veronica Hodges (you may remember her cherry blossom installation – Cherish – that adorned Marmorkirken), designer Denis Sytmen, Meyerlavigne, graphic designer Helle Jensen, cookbook author Ditte Lykke Ingemann Thuesen, aestheticist Siri-Therese Elmkvist Gensmann and sustainability guru Charline Charli Skovgaard.

DATE | November 29 – December 1, 2019
VENUE | Slagtehusgade 44, 1 tv, 1715 København V
TIME | Friday 16-20, Saturday 10-18, Sunday 10-16
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Art and design prints, posters, cards, unique Christmas decorations, cookbooks, beeswax wraps and one of a kind ceramics all perfect for gift giving. Grab a glass of white gløgg or organic soda to enjoy with classic æbleskivers and home-baked cake perfect for a break in the café.


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Studio Arhoj Christmas Market

Danish designed ceramics using Japanese techniques. Known for beautiful dripping glaze techniques, you may have fallen in love with Arhoj Studio’s work on display at Stilleben. Just me? Lucky for you, their annual Julemarked specifically showcases seconds at 75% off standard prices. Æbleskiver and gløgg available to enjoy while you watch some of the artists in action.

DATE | Saturday, November 30, 2019
VENUE | Studio Arhoj, Kigkurren 8M, st., 2300 København
TIME | 9-17
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
All sorts of seconds from the brilliant and beautiful Arhoj ceramics collection. Find pretty desk jars, plates, planters, mugs, bowls and more.

 

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Weekend of December 6-8, 2019
JULEMARKED AT BERNSTORFF SLOT

Get your princess crown out, you can check out Christmas markets in a castle. Serenely set on beautiful grounds, the Bernstorff Slot in Gentofte will be hosting a Julemarked again with over 90 vendors and places to sit and eat some seasonal fare in this historic setting. Julemanden (Santa Clause) will be on scene for photos and hygge.

DATE | Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8, 2019
VENUE |Bernstorff Slot, Jægersborg Alle 93, 2820 Gentofte
TIME | Friday 15-20, Saturday and Sunday 10-16
ENTRY | Adults DKK 100, Children (4-12) DKK 30

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Christmas decorations, handicrafts, Christmas trees, glass art, fashion and more.

Photo credit: Bernstorff Slot
Julebazar at Absalon

Copenhagen’s unique community house known as Absalon offers a place where locals and tourists alike can come together and enjoy meals, events and of course the hygge of Christmas. Come to Vesterbro for a creative and communal Christmas.

DATE | Saturday 7 December 2019
VENUE | Absalon, Sønder Boulevard 73, 1720 Copenhagen V
TIME | 10-15
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:

Handmade gifts, Christmas decorations, crafts and community.


CHRISTIANIA JULEMARKED

Free town Christiania offers its own take on Christmas with what they call the “oldest and most exotic” julemarked in Copenhagen. Handiwork, crafts, and food made by community members for sale all in a creative smoke-free atmosphere with live music. A little bit hippy, but always happy – there is lots to love in Christiania.

DATE | Saturday, December 7 – Friday, December 20, 2019
VENUE | Christiania, Den Grå Hal, Refshalevej 2, 1432 København
TIME | Open every day 12-20, last day 12-18
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Arts, crafts and locally made organic food with live music and festive atmosphere.

The Lab + The Lab Kitchen Julemarked

Nab some unique and creative gifts at The Lab Christmas on the second Sunday of December. Lots of local artists and designers will be on hand, so you can look for one of kind ceramics, textile art, photography, graphic design and more. The adjacent Lab Kitchen will offer warm drinks and good food. Occupy the littles with activities geared just for them. 

DATE | Sunday, December 8, 2019
VENUE | The Lab Kitchen, Vermundsgade 40A 1st floor, 2100 Copenhagen
TIME | 10-16
ENTRY | Gratis (Free.)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:

Local makers and designers offering a broad selection of gift ideas from jewelry, seasonal foodstuffs, home goods, pottery, graphic design, paper goods, ceramics and more.


Weekend of December 13-15, 2019
ØsterGro Julemarked

The community supported rooftop farm known as Østergro in the Østerbro neighborhood has reason to celebrate this season. Finally free from the threat of closure, you can experience all the sustainable goodness for the foreseeable future. This year you’ll find a cozy Christmas market where you can buy locally grown foodstuffs and products. Pick out your own organic Christmas tree and taste the homemade æbleskivers up on the roof!

DATE | December 14-15, 2019
VENUE | Østergro, Æbeløgade 4, 2100 København Ø
TIME | 11-16
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:

Organic Christmas trees, locally produced seasonal foodstuffs and cases of organic vegetables grown right here at the farm.


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All season long…
TIVOLI GARDENS CHRISTMAS STALLS

So while it may not be small, Tivoli is definitely cozy and a Copenhagen classisk for Christmas. You have to go. For the gløgg and the flæskesteg sandwich alone! But did you know they have a wonderful collection of Christmas stalls selling all sorts of Danish delights? They do. They do. I’m here to tell you.

And I know I said, this was a sustainable Christmas post celebrating local and small. You can feel good knowing that Tivoli helps light up all those LED lights with wind energy and solar power. Returnable cups and eco-friendly cleaning products keep Tivoli turned towards sustainability.

DATE | Saturday, 16 November 2019 – Sunday, 5 January 2020
VENUE | Tivoli Gardens, Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V
TIME | Sundays-Thursdays 11-23, Fridays-Saturdays 11-24, Christmas Eve 10-17
ENTRY | Adults (8 years old +) DKK 120, Children (3-7) DKK 50

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
A large variety of locally produced food and beverages and goods from Fanø, handcrafted ornaments, knitware and candles to support projects for Kirkens Korshær, prints by famous Danish illustrator IB Spangs Olsen, Christmas decor from Jette Frölich, fresh Spangberg flødebøller and much more.

Tasting Danish Christmas Food | Bloggers shared their favorite Danish Julefoods | Oregon Girl Around the World
Photo by Caroline Hadamitzky | Love, Live, Travel
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Tivoli gleams at Christmas time

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Did I miss a creative market in Copenhagen that should be on the list? Let me know – I’d love to check it out!

Coming to Copenhagen this month? See the sights, but take home some unique gifts and treasures to commemorate your time here. As we say here in Denmark in this juleseason, Glædelig Jul! To you and yours! Cheers from Denmark.

 

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34 thoughts on “Best Little Christmas Markets in Copenhagen

  1. Esther

    Oh Copenhagen is just an amazing place to go Christmas shopping. I’d love to visit this year, but work gets in the way (BOO!)
    #FarawayFiles

  2. Wherejogoes

    This is the kind of Christmas shopping I absolutely love – so many options and it all looks fabulous! What a great time of year to visit Copenhagen, we’ve been for New Years Eve but I’d love to go before Christmas it sounds so festive! #FarawayFiles

  3. Clare Thomson

    These Christmas markets look just amazing, Erin! Full of the sort of stylish designs I’d love to find as presents. The Lisa Grue products would be top of my wish list if I were in Copenhagen. #FarawayFiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      I bought a big colorful print from her last year and she signed and I heard all about it – that’s what I love about meeting the makers in person – you get to hear a bit more about it!

  4. Jacki L

    I am so jealous of the European Christmas Markets! They are so charming and I love that it is a great way to shop local. We need to get better at this trend in the States! I guess I will just have to bundle up and make a trip over for the holidays some year!

  5. Well now I want to go to a Danish Christmas market, it really looks like they might have one-up on the German ones! I am quite charmed by the fact I can’t pronounce anything but want to eat everything. #Farawayfiles

  6. ooh! These all sound like so much fun, and I love a cup of glogg!! I definitely see things in the photos that I know I wouldn’t be able to resist! Happy shopping! #farawayfiles

  7. Ruth

    For what I can see from this post, these are not the usual Christmas markets. Some of them look like artisan and local producers markets. I love, love places like this. The only thing is that I can spend tons of money since I want to get everything. So nice to see the aebleskivers. We get them when we visit Solvang, our Danish town in Southern California. #FarawayFiles

  8. Wow, so many markets! I’ve always been envious of the European Christmas markets – of course we have them here but they’re not the same. I’m going to a holiday event tomorrow and while it may not be a market like yours, I’m excited to purchase some locally hand-made goods :). #farawayfiles

  9. vdaltonbanks

    These Christmas markets sound amazing!! I’d love to visit Copenhagen. I imagine it’s quite magical in December. #farawayfiles

  10. What a brilliant time of year to visit Copenhagen. I’ll definitely be considering a trip here in the future. Those designs looks great and I’m sure the crisp weather and cosy nature of Denmark make for a very special Christmas.

  11. This is what we don’t get in our NZ Christmas – gorgeous markets like in Europe. We’re all too busy at the beach and tending BBQs instead! But all of these markets look absolutley delightful. I really loved my very brief stay in Copenhagen last month and am a little gutted I was just a fraction early for the season and missed out on the Christmas charm! #farawayfiles

  12. I had no idea there were so many Christmas markets in Copenhagen. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the city twice but not for the markets. It’s most definitely on my must-go-back list! #farawayfiles

  13. I’m just starting to get into the Christmas mood. I have been swamped with work since I returned from my one-month travels in India that I didn’t realise that Christmas is only a few weeks away. It’s great to get in touch with your Christmas-related post because it’s about time that I start writing the shopping list! 🙂 #FarawayFiles

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