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

(Originally posted November 2017, updated November 2018)

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.

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JUL AT REFFEN | COPENHAGEN STREET FOOD

Christmas kicks off early in Copenhagen. And when the dark descends, I’m definitely ok with jingle bells and twinkly lights. And gløgg. Come to Reffen, Copenhagen’s new home to street food and sustainable living at the end of the harbor for a free glass of the warm spiced wine goodness on Friday, November 16. Be one of the 200 first gløgg thirsty guests between 18-19 and get one on the house. Live music and a lighting of the tree add to the julehygge.

With events every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 16th, there is fun for the whole family. On Fridays, bring your friends for a modern julefrokost and music from the Reffen DJ. Saturdays you’ll find Santa and take a ride his carriage, plus listen to the sounds of the Reffen Choir singing juletunes. Sundays are for a hyggeligt indoor loppejul with Vera’s Loppemarked set up alongside local crafters, makers and artisans selling sustainable goods from their workshops. Organic Christmas trees will be available for purchase every Thursday- Sunday from November 30th – December 23rd.

DATE | Friday, November 16 – Sunday, December 16, 2018
VENUE | Copenhagen Street Food, Reffen, Refshalevej 167, 1432 København
TIME | Varies with day
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Besides sustainably produced global street food, you’ll find creative and innovative makers upcycling and offering products like resource neutral clothing, cruelty-free skincare, blown glass and interior goods made from plastic waste made at Reffen. Added bonus? Organic Christmas trees.


READ MORE: COPENHAGEN STREET FOOD IS NOW REFFEN


READ MORE: DENMARK IS GROWING A SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS | REASONS TO BUY AN ORGANIC CHRISTMAS TREE

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 25, 2018
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.


VÆrk Julemarked AT THE Designmuseum Danmark

Culture AND Christmas? Ja and tak. For the third 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. Bonus? Entrance to the museum will be half price both weekends while Værk is working.

DATE | November 30 – December 2 and December 7-9, 2018
VENUE | Designmuseum Garden, Bredgade 68, 1260 Copenhagen
TIME | Fridays 12-17, Saturdays – Sundays 10-17
ENTRY | Gratis (Free) for market only, Entrance to museum half-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

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 other creative studio mates. Paper artist Veronica Hodges will be joining this year to sell some of the cherry blossoms that adorned Marmorkirken this fall for her Cherish project.

DATE | December 1-2, 2018
VENUE | Slagtehusgade 44, 1 tv, 1715 København V
TIME | Saturday 10-18, Sunday 10-17
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:
Art and design prints, posters, cards, unique Christmas decorations 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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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 | December 1-2, 2018
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), sustainable fashion from Igen Studio, modern and elegant boxed candy, leather goods, collages and prints, photo art, handmade lamps and lampshades, ceramics and more.

 

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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, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, 2018
VENUE | Studio Arhoj, Kigkurren 8M, st., 2300 København
TIME | 10-17
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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Ho ho ho! 👀 For this year’s big annual Christmas Seconds Market we are coming home! We’re cozying our own studio up for the whole weekend and offering deals of up to 75% off! Come by and look through all our odd, bubbly, lucky mistakes, purchase a special limited holiday item, watch the production team in action, enjoy Danish æbleskiver & glögg (served by our moms), buy sparkling new gifts in our Studio Design Store and, perhaps, say hello to the studio dog Hanx🐶 •••••••••••• WHEN Saturday Dec 1st / 10-17 Sunday Dec 2nd / 10-17 •••••••••••••••••••••••• WHERE Studio Arhoj Kigkurren 8M 2300 Copenhagen S Phone: +45 29 89 58 00 www.arhoj.com •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• We accept all major credit cards, MobilePay and cash. – We can’t wait to see you! 🎅🏻🤶🏻🎄

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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 on December 1st and 2nd and experience the hygge happening from shop to shop.

Live jazz and activities, competitions for kids of all ages. 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. 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 | December 1-2, 2018
VENUE | Jægersborggade 1-57, 2200 København N
TIME | 11-16
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.


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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. Two Saturdays in December to delight you.

DATE | Saturday, December 1 and Saturday, December 8, 2018
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.

 


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 7 – Sunday, December 9, 2018
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.

#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. A little bit hippy, but always happy – there is lots to love in Christiania.

DATE | Saturday, December 8 – Thursday, December 20, 2018
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.


FINDERS KEEPERS CHRISTMAS MARKET

FindersKeepers is wild for design. With this mission in mind, they select the best designers and artists in the furniture, interior, visual arts, photography, ceramics, clothes, jewelry and creative botany fields and present their markets in beautiful settings, making it an experience for both the seller and the buyer. This year’s Julemarked will be held at the new Axel Towers, so if you haven’t seen inside, here is a fantastisk chance to do so! Always a little bit posh and definitely polished, you’ll find all the cool kids in Copenhagen here.

DATE | Friday, December 14 – Sunday, December 16, 2018
VENUE | Axel Towers, Axeltorv 2, 1609 København
TIME | Friday 12-18, Saturday 11-17, Sunday 11-16
ENTRY | 1 day ticket DKK 40 online / DKK 50 at the door or weekend ticket DKK 70 online / DKK 80 at the door. Children under 12 years old are free.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:

Elegant, stylish home goods, art, furniture, clothing, creative botany and more from 120 different designers and entrepreneurs.


KERAMIKMARKED AT ABSALON

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 | Saturday, December 15, 2018
VENUE | Absalon, Sønder Boulevard 73, 1720 Copenhagen V
TIME | 10-15
ENTRY | Gratis (Free)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND:

Special handcrafted ceramics and pottery of every size, shape, ilk and glaze. Food and drinks will be available in the Absalon cafe.


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, November 17, 2018 – Monday, December 31, 2019
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:
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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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 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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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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