Top 8 Christmas Events in Odense Denmark

Christmas Family Sleigh

Christmas Glow Odense

Escape the cold winter weather and step inside Odense Glow, one of the best holiday festivals around! At Glow Odense, you’ll enjoy a family-friendly indoor wonderland that’s filled to the brim with live entertainers and lots of local vendors. You can also experience delicious cuisine and warming beverages. Check out the interactive light gardens and decorated structures, which turn Glow Odense into a magical place to stroll through. Bring your kids and give them a chance to win prizes as they help Santa locate his lost presents in time for his Christmas journey! Glow Odense runs from November 21 to December 29, so stop by before it’s gone!

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Christmas Tree Odense

Switching on the Christmas Tree

There’s no better way to combine the holiday spirit with custom-made goods and treats than at the Christmas Market at CLAY. This annual traditional market features custom-made arts and crafts from local artisans and vendors, so it’s the perfect opportunity to find unique presents for your friends and family. There are also lots of chocolate makers and sweet treat professionals displaying their wares; you will do well to at least sample some of the goodies on offer. This market is a perfect place to spend a day off or some time soaking in the local culture of Odense.

Clay Museum Christmas

Christmas Market at CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art

There’s no better way to combine the holiday spirit with custom-made goods and treats than at the Christmas Market at CLAY. This annual traditional market features custom-made arts and crafts from local artisans and vendors, so it’s the perfect opportunity to find unique presents for your friends and family. There are also lots of chocolate makers and sweet treat professionals displaying their wares; you will do well to at least sample some of the goodies on offer. This market is a perfect place to spend a day off or some time soaking in the local culture of Odense.

Odenze Zoo Christmas

Christmas at the Odense Zoo

Christmas at the zoo is a great activity for kids and adults alike. You’ll be able to visit the zoo premises dressed up in candle and Christmas lighting and view the animals in their winter fur coats. The zoo provides hot chocolate and roasted almonds at their cafeterias, and the staff hides Christmas hats throughout the zoo for kids to find. Animal lovers of all ages can elect to take a twilight tour that goes behind the scenes of zoo operation. Christmas at the Odense Zoo combines the holiday spirit with a love for animals.

Kids Exhibition

Sensory Exhibition

Brandt’s Sensory Exhibitions are legendary throughout Odense. The Brandt Museum of Art and Visual Culture features 10 exhibitions a year of new and classical art, but their sensory exhibits incorporate visual and psychological stimuli to provide an experience you can’t find anywhere else. While this event isn’t Christmas themed, it’s something that you can’t experience anywhere else. If you plan to visit Odense for the holidays to get a taste of Danish Christmastime, you should check out this exhibit to be swept away by its exceptional design and mystical effects.

Christmas Market Odense

Hans Christian Andersen Christmas Market

This world-famous Christmas market takes place in the oldest part of Odense. It features an old-fashioned Christmas atmosphere with decorations and entertainment inspired from the time of Hans Christian Andersen himself, featuring many of the fairytales created by him.

You’ll often find townsfolk and performers dressed up in attire that suitable for the era that Andersen lived in. You can partake in the festivities yourself by purchasing an era-appropriate costume ahead of time or from one of the shops you can find set up for the festival itself. 

Aside from the Andersen-related offerings, the market features homemade goods from local Odense citizens and people from the surrounding area. Both arts and crafts and food and drink are on display, especially holiday-themed offerings. There’s nothing better than enjoying a cup of hot chocolate as you wander the cobblestone streets.

You can also stop by the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, which is located right by the festival. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the man himself after sampling a holiday-themed festival featuring many of his works.

It all takes place from November 29 to December 8, so be sure to stop by to visit Odense during this window.

Christmas Shopping Odense

Magasin Odense Department Store

Anyone checking out Odense will want to experience their most popular department store. This modern market features many of the most popular vendors across the world and is a great place to get your Christmas shopping done in a warm environment. Take advantage of the many eateries contained within the store’s ancillary shops and you can easily spend an entire day inside without having to experience the bite of winter. The department store features several Christmas only offerings, so be sure to check it out if you still have a few items on your Christmas list to cross off.

Farmers Market Odense

Bi-Weekly Farmer’s Market

Locals and tourists alike should take advantage of fresh produce brought by the Bi-Weekly Farmer’s Market. It’s held every Wednesday and Saturday morning in the city center all year round, so it’s a great way to get fresh food on the table even when most farmers have already closed up shop for the season. It’s particularly helpful if you want to create a holiday meal for your family using fresh ingredients. The market supplies fruit, vegetables, freshly smoked cheese, and fresh fish in ample varieties and quantities.

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