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Best Places to See Santa in Odense

Christmas is a time of wonder. The lights, the presents, and the music all add up to a season that fills our minds with memories and our hearts with delight. None of this is more evident than through the eyes of a child. Many of us have memories of leaving out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve and then waking up to gifts under the tree in the morning. Visiting Santa is a highlight of the season for many children as they sit on his lap and verbalize their gift list. Even though we as adults know that it’s just a kind soul donning a big belly and red suit, we still love seeing the awe in the eyes of the kids as they visit Santa himself.

If seeing Santa is on your list of things to do this holiday season, then we have suggestions for you on the best places to see Santa in Odense. From attractions to stores, prepare that holiday list and get the kiddos ready to visit good ole’ Saint Nick. As a bit of Danish culture, children call Santa Claus “Julemanden” which translates as “The Yule Man” as Santa is said to have arrived on a reindeer-drawn sleigh.



If you are looking for a Christmas market, light show, and live entertainment, then Christmas Glow is the place to go! Not only do they have visits with Santa, but their holiday theme this year is all about the jolly guy. Princes and princesses can have “A Fairytale Christmas” as they help Santa and Storyland characters find lost presents. Not only can kids tell their Christmas wishes to Santa, but they can also play on playgrounds, stroll through the Christmas Light Gardens, and ride on The Glow Train. Adults can peruse the market filled with local artisans and enjoy seasonal beverages. Christmas Glow truly has something for everyone, no matter his or her age. The best part? The entire thing is under roof, so you can enjoy all of the activities regardless of the weather.

Egeschov Christmas Market

Egeschov Christmas Market

Christmas in a castle? Yes, please! That is exactly what happens at the Egeskov Christmas Market, which is about 30 minutes south of Odense. There are such a variety of unique things to do that everyone is sure to have a great time no matter their interests! Browse vintage cars and airplanes, shop at the 110 market stalls, and marvel at all of the holiday lights. Over a mile of garlands leads the way through the market, and they also have food and drinks available. The weekend comes alive with other activities such as hearing choirs and making pancakes over the fire (a supervised project just for kids). And, of course, Santa is there to greet children on Saturdays and Sundays at his workshop. What a magical place to visit during the holidays!

Flakhaven Christmas Tree Lighting

Flakhaven Christmas Tree Lighting

The Odense City Hall is lovely on its own, but when the annual tree is put in the square outside, things get festive! The evening draws huge crowds to watch the lighting, and the event is filled with festivities such as music, entertainment, and a visit from Santa himself. The Flakhaven Christmas Tree Lighting a great way to ring in the holiday season.

Christmas lights hanging in a tree.

Tivoli Gardens

This visit to Santa requires a day trip as Tivoli Gardens is almost two hours east of Odense, but we promise it is worth the drive. Tivoli is filled with rides, such as The Classic Carousel, The Ferris Wheel, and The Dragon Boats. The gardens are decorated for the holidays, and you can browse the holiday shops as you look for gifts. There are a few opportunities to see Santa, too. Father Christmas is present for the annual tree lighting, and then he takes up residence in the Pantomime Theatre for the season. Children can visit and talk with Santa and also have their photos taken as a keepsake. 

No matter where you choose to see Santa this season, it’s a great way to have a memorable photo while letting children talk to the big guy about their Christmas list.

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