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Christmas Market Break in Copenhagen

Denmark's chic and historic capital 
Copenhagen’s Christmas market in the iconic Tivoli Gardens, lit with thousands of lights, is a magical experience. Delve into the city’s history and culture as you explore with the help of our notes for a self-guided city walking tour, and stay at a high-quality waterfront hotel.
Christmas Market Break in Copenhagen. 3 nights
Christmas Market Break in Copenhagen. 3 nights

Holiday information


A Christmas market break in Copenhagen

Combining style and charm, Copenhagen is perfect for a Christmas market break. Things start to liven up as early as the beginning of November, when Christmas beer begins to pour from the taps in the city’s bars. From mid-November onwards, the cobbled streets of gaily painted, gabled houses are festooned with lights, and the Christmas spirit really begins to flow through December, the inviting scent of gløgg (mulled wine) and toasted almonds pervading the air.
Staying in a high-quality waterfront hotel in the historic Nyhavn harbour district, you are well placed to visit the Christmas market in the much-loved Tivoli fairground – where the thousands of lights add to the charm, particularly after dusk – and to browse the shops along Strøget, as well as to discover the city’s palaces, churches, museums and restaurants, several of which have earned Michelin stars.


There’s no fixed itinerary, so you can explore the city and its markets as the mood takes you.
  • Browse the stalls
    The Christmas lights are switched on in mid-November during a special event on Strøget, Copenhagen's mile-long pedestrianised shopping street, which is festooned with garlands. The switch-on marks the start of the Christmas market in the city’s much-loved Tivoli fairground, where brightly painted stalls sell gifts, roasted nuts, apple dumplings and gløgg, and part of the lake is illuminated with festive lights. There is also an Advent market on Nyhavn, where the Christmas lights are reflected in the water at night. Should all this not be enough to get you in the festive spirit, a series of Christmas concerts is held at churches across the city, entrance to which is usually free, and there are several outdoor skating rinks (including one on Nyhavn) where you can while away an hour or two on the ice.
  • Explore the city
    Appealing as they are, we recommend that you don’t devote all your time to the Christmas markets and instead spend at least a day exploring the city itself – we provide notes for a self-guided walking tour and a 24-hour City Card. The Kastellet is one of the best preserved star fortresses in northern Europe, while the Amalienborg (the main residence of the Danish royal family) is considered to be the greatest example of Danish Rococo architecture. Another imposing building with royal connections is the Rosenborg Castle, which now boasts a fine collection of tapestries and the Royal Danish Collection, including the Danish crown jewels. The National Museum explores the history of the Danes from pre-history to modern times, and there are numerous other museums devoted to subjects as diverse as design, medical history and theatre – the latter is housed in an old opera house. Be sure to climb the city’s aptly named Round Tower for a bird’s-eye view of the capital.

Where you stay

Copenhagen is a vibrant city with many excellent restaurants.
71 Nyhavn


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  • 3 nights: 23 November 2019 - 22 December 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    23 Nov - 10 Dec 2019 £640
    11 Dec - 19 Dec 2019 £670

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    Included travel: SAS Heathrow-Copenhagen (2h) (out dep 0955, home arr 1600; hold luggage included) or British Airways Heathrow-Copenhagen (2h) (out dep 0855, home arr 1615; hold luggage included)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    71 Nyhavn, Copenhagen
    Single room: 23 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £95

    Extra nights

    71 Nyhavn, Copenhagen (B&B) Double room Single room
    23 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £110 £205
    Copenhagen (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Copenhagen. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Copenhagen SAS 
    Aberdeen - Copenhagen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Birmingham - Copenhagen SAS 
    Birmingham - Copenhagen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Bristol - Copenhagen easyJet 
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    Edinburgh - Copenhagen easyJet,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  SAS 
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    Glasgow - Copenhagen SAS 
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    Leeds Bradford - Copenhagen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Gatwick - Copenhagen easyJet,  Norwegian 
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    Heathrow - Copenhagen British Airways,  SAS 
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    Luton - Copenhagen Ryanair 
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    Stansted - Copenhagen Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Copenhagen easyJet,  SAS 
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    Newcastle - Copenhagen SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Copenhagen (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Copenhagen. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 3 breakfasts
  • city map and notes for a walking tour
  • detailed cultural information
  • 24-hour City Card
  • flights from Heathrow (regional flights available)

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  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least six months’ validity to travel to Denmark, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • The official language is Danish. The currency is the Danish Kroner. Danish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
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    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
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