Best Christmas Markets in Odense
The home of numerous Christmas traditions that have stood the test of time, Denmark is a rich focal point of festivity and holiday spirit—and you don’t need to have lived in the 11th century to experience the authenticity and heritage that exists in these Norse and Germanic Yule celebrations. Here are just a few of the incredible Christmas markets and festivals happening in and near Odense, Denmark this year. From a 6,000 m2 indoor winter wonderland to a celebration of beloved fairytale-weaver, Hans Christian Anderson, you’ll find magic and wonder around every cobble-stoned corner.
CHRISTMAS GLOW ODENSE
Christmas Glow has been making a huge name for itself since its launch in Vancouver, Canada in 2017 and now, for the first time, this much-anticipated event is coming to Denmark. Glow has gone on to become one of the world’s largest indoor Christmas festivals, featured in 10 cities in 3 countries. Beginning November 21st, you’ll be able to explore a magical family-friendly 6,000m2 indoor wonderland filled with interactive lights, delectable food, an impressive vendor market and live entertainment.
Explore the lighted trails through enchanted forests and gardens and as you stroll under the sparkle of a million twinkling lights. Shop for a unique gift from 28 local artisans and businesses in their Vendor Market or sip on a holiday beverage from seven local food trucks and licensed bars. Enjoy live entertainment and an extraordinary set-up of LED swings & Hopscotch—the whole family can swoop, jump and tap to change colours with these interactive lights. Top it all off with a leisurely ride throughout Christmas Glow on The Glow Train. Be among the first in Denmark to experience the holiday phenomenon taking the world by storm. Christmas Glow happens from November 21 to December 29.
Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Market
In the 1800s, Hans Christian Andersen was the definitive author of Children’s literature with some of the most famous fairy tales under his belt. It is no wonder then that the Danish love for Christmas is merged with their reverence for this Golden Age folks hero each year.
For a unique encounter with Denmark’s holiday heritage, visit the Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Market. Situated in the oldest part of Odense near the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, the area is beautifully transformed with an authentic old fashioned market atmosphere. Visits with both Santa and Hans Christian Andersen coupled with a nostalgic carousel will take you back in time at this market featuring vendors, food-stops, and fairytale entertainment—all paying tribute to the beloved author. The market happens from November 15 to December 21st.
Højbro Plads in Copenhagen
Situated just under two hours from Odense, this massive annual celebration is a sure bet to warm your heart in time for the season of spirit and giving. With 18,000 glowing lights, Santa’s sleigh, and even the added excitement of live reindeer, Hojbro Plads is transformed each year into a festive and interactive market-place festival throughout the months of November and December.
Visit a number of different local vendors to get your hands on hand-knitted garments, unique glassware, and more. Log-cabins lining the street provide the perfect relief from the cold and a host of Danish delights, including German-style barbecue and glögg (mulled wine). Running from November 16th to December 22nd.
Tivoli Christmas Market in Copenhagen
For the 26th year, Tivoli Gardens amusement park in central Copenhagen will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Visit Santa and his reindeer as you explore the famous garden, decorated with more than 70,000 beautiful lights and more than 1000 Christmas trees.
This year, the market boasts a special, brand new projection show outside the concert hall that promises to be a spectacular display of imagination. 60 different stalls will be filled to the brim with Christmas decorations, sweets and delights, and hot drinks included mulled glögg. Tivoli Gardens is open year-round, but this special Christmas experience runs from November 16th to January 5
Old Town Christmas Market (Den Gamle By)
The historic Old Town in Copenhagen provides the perfect setting for Den Gamle By, its annual Christmas market. In the area where many Christmas traditions originate, pass down the cobble-stone streets and witness the different houses and neighbourhoods that give birth to common historic beliefs and folklore. This authentic holiday experience will have you encountering horse-drawn carriages, ravishing decorations and lanterns, and home-made delicacies straight from the neighbourhood kitchens.
Mintmaster’s Mansion provides the perfect opportunity for children of any age to meet the Christmas elves, who will gladly accept their Christmas wish lists in time for the big day. Learn true Danish history and Christmas throughout the ages with this preserved look into a time gone by. Den Gamle By runs year-round with its Christmas edition and market open late November through December.