Best Little Christmas Markets in Copenhagen

PUT SOME DANISH ART, FASHION & DESIGN UNDER THE TREE
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.

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.

SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS STARTS BY BUYING LOCAL
KØDBYENS HYGGELIGSTE JULEMARKED

I almost don’t want to share the deets about this most darling little Christmas market, because I want to put it in my pocket and keep it for my own self. If you’ve been you know just how cozy and adorable it truly is. If you ask me, this truly is Copenhagen’s coziest julemarked. And since you’re here, 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 behind Warpigs Brewpub and down to the end of Slaughterhouse Street and here you’ll find two of my favorites makers, Mai-Britt Amsler and Lisa Grue as well as their creative studio mates.

DATE | December 2-3, 2017
VENUE | Slagtehusgade 44, 1 tv, 1715 København V
TIME | 10-18
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Art and design prints, posters, cards, Christmas decorations, unique jewelry, leather goods, ceramics and kokedama or living moss wrapped plants, perfect for gift giving. Gløgg and cake perfect for a break in the café.


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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 she and some friends 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 | December 2-3, 2017
VENUE | C.E.R. Studio, Rahbeks Allé 30, 1801 Frederiksberg C
TIME | 10-17
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Julepynt aka Christmas decorations, leather goods, collages and prints, photo art and ceramics and more.


Juledage on Jægersborggade

Not exactly a julemarked per se, but how about a couple days dedicated to Christmas on one of the coolest streets in Copenhagen. Come to Jægersborggade in Nørrebro on December 2nd and 3rd and experience the hygge happening from shop to shop.

Julemanden (you may know him as Santa or Father Christmas or Saint Nicholas) visits the street each day between 12-15 and choirs will be singing sweet songs of the season. Istid, the yummy Nitrogen ice cream specialists will be serving gløgg and organic æbleskivers. Or grab a coffee from Coffee Collective and stroll the street. Each shop is a treat.

DATE | December 2-3, 2017
VENUE | Jægersborggade 1-57, 2200 København N
TIME | 11-16
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Excellent food, wine, coffee, ceramics, chocolates, organic ducks for sale and of course – Santa.


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JULEMARKED IN THE DANISH DESIGN MUSEUM GARDEN

What better place to seek out Danish design that at the Design Museum Denmark? For the first two weekends in December, a large heated tent will stand in the center of museum garden showcasing works by members of the local, professional guild of Danish Craftsmen and Designers.

Double bonus and Happy Christmas to you, the museum will be offering half-priced entry to see the collection of all the Danish design giants like Arne Jacobsen, Poul Henningsen, Hans Wegner and the like. If you’ve never explored here, it’s a perfect time to do so. Café Klint is always open during museum hours and requires no ticket to serve you refreshments.

DATE |December 1-3 & 8-10, 2017
VENUE | Designmuseum Danmark, Bredgade 68, 1260 København K
TIME | Fridays 12-17.30, Saturdays and Sundays 10-17.30
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Besides an amazing history of design? You’ll find textiles, pillows, graphic prints, ceramics, jewelry and art.


FINDERSKEEPERS CHRISTMAS X PAPIRØEN

FindersKeepers is a collective of small independent businesses, artists, designers and makers carefully curated by a panel of industry specialists. A FindersKeepers market is an experience in and of itself, thoughtfully presented and arranged for you the design enthusiast.

This year, the Christmas market will sit behind Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island, slated for redevelopment at the beginning of next year. Step inside and soak up some select sleek gifts before one last snack at Street Food.

DATE | December 9-10, 2017
VENUE | Papirøen (Paper Island), Transgravsvej No. 10-12
TIME | 11-17
ENTRY | 50DKK or donation of your choice, 50% goes to local charity

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Unique art, design prints, ceramics, furniture, photography, clothing, jewelry, plants and home goods.

Der er sket noget fantastisk – et julemirakel faktisk 🎅🏼✨. Vi har altid drømt om at holde Finderskeepers på Papirøen, og ud af det blå kom muligheden. Det er virkelig en ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ og vi kan ikke sige nej! Vi rykker Nordhavn julemarkedet d. 9.-10. december til Papirøen, – i @copenhagen_contemporary gamle haller – lige ved siden af Copenhagen Street Food.⠀ Vi elsker Nordhavnen, men de er heldigvis kommet for at blive, hvilket man ikke kan sige om papirøen, der desværre bliver revet ned i slutningen af december. ⠀ Kom og nyd de smukke omgivelser en sidste gang, køb julegaver fra de dygtige designere, julehyg og spis lækker mad fra Copenhagen Street Food. Det bliver så fantastisk. 😍⠀ Der vil komme mere information de kommende dage.⠀ ⠀ #Finderskeepersdk #jul #julemarked #papirøen #copenhagencontemporary

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ABSALON CERAMIC MARKET | KERAMIKMARKED

If fine handmade ceramics are a Christmas miracle to you, this julemarked is calling your name. Check out the beautiful work of artists from the studio-gallery Yonobi in the center of the city. Each piece a one-of-a-kind and a special gift for someone you love. Or how about an experiential gift this season and sign them up for a ceramic session at the studio? You attend the pottery class too? Win and WIN.

DATE | December 9, 2017
VENUE | Absalon, Sønder Boulevard 73, 1720 Copenhagen V
TIME | 10-16
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:

Special handcrafted ceramics and pottery of every size, shape, ilk and glaze.


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.

DATE | December 8-10, 2017
VENUE |Bernstorff Slot, Jægersborg Alle 93, 2820 Gentofte
TIME | Friday 15-18, Saturday and Sunday 10-16
ENTRY | Adults 75DKK, Children (4-12) 25DKK

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

#julesnaps a la #bernstorffslot 🎄

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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.

DATE | December 9-20, 2017
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.


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 | November 18-December 31, 2017
VENUE | Tivoli Gardens, Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V
TIME | Sundays-Thursdays 11-23, Fridays-Saturdays 11-24, Christmas Eve 10-17
ENTRY | includes entrance to the park 120DKK

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Locally produced Nordic Licorice from Drops by Samira, prints by famous Danish illustrator IB Spangs Olsen, Christmas decor from Jette Frölich, fresh Spangberg flødebøller and much more.


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Did I miss a market that should be on the list? Let me know and I’ll 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.

32 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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