Christmas, christmas, christmas, pretty much all you hear about in the UK this time of year. Its an ambush of TV ads, social campaigns, sales, must haves and many more things that couldn’t be any less christmassy. I believe the true spirit of the festive season is found in spending time with family and friends, over indulging in food and drinks while playing board games that only come out once a year (you know the ones I mean).
Having just returned from a few nights in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, I think I have found a city that captures everything good about christmas. Walking around the centre of the city there was a smell of mulled wine, bratwurst and roasting chestnuts filling the air. No rowdy pubs or gigantic sales billboards being thrust into your face around every corner. Of course, there are places to go if you want to have a few drinks, grab a few bargains or have a coffee and pastry, which id highly recommend, but you feel less pressurised into doing so. One thing you MUST do if you visit the city is to go to the famous amusement park, Tivoli gardens. The park is open over the summer months and then again over the festive months. During the festive months the park is transformed into all things christmas. There are coloured lights everywhere, food stalls, amusements, rides, shows, and much much more. Everything you need to make those priceless memories, it simply cannot be missed.
The city it-self is quite spectacular. It is the second largest in Scandinavia and voted the happiest city in the world. This fact is easy to believe when you see the laid back, seemingly stress free, culture of the city. It is former home to Hans Christian Andersen and there are many landmarks around the city giving homage to his great stories. Another thing I love about the city, is its commitment to cyclists. It is one of the top places in the world for cyclists, with around 55% of Copenhageners cycling to and from work everyday, its easy to see why. There are cycle paths literally everywhere and places to lock bikes up on every street.
Copenhagen is a perfect city for this time of year and I’d highly recommend spending a few nights there.
My tips for the city:
- Head out to explore as early as you can, daylight hours were pretty limited.
- Ensure your hotel includes breakfast, buying it each morning could become pricey.
- Get the train from the airport to the city centre. Only takes around 20 minutes and works out about £4
- Visit Tivoli gardens in the evening as it looks far more spectacular in the dark.
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox