A family Nordic Winter wonderland trip.

Whisper it: Now’s the time for the C word.
Spring has sprung, the morning chorus is getting louder, daffodils are out in bloom, lambs are leaping – so it’s the perfect time … to start thinking about Christmas. Yes, it’s controversial to be slipping the C word into a family travel blog at a time when most of us are still recovering from the festive marathon but it pays to be prepared if you want to get the pick of the wintery wonders ahead.

Kronprinsensgade lights
Photo by Thomas Hoyrup Christensen

We’ve done a Disney December, we’ve gone reindeer spotting in the season to be jolly and we’ve hibernated in the snowy Highlands of Scotland in the winter – but a Copenhagen Christmas will always hold a special place in our hearts.
As a capital, there’s a distinctly village-like feel that makes for a far more family friendly destination than most of Europe’s main cities. The picture postcard waterside setting helps, so too does a genuinely warm welcome at every turn and almost unnervingly spotless streets.

We made the Scandinavian sojourn in the days before we travelled with way too much luggage – a party of three, rather than five back then. Two and a smidgen really, with the littlest of the clan celebrating his first birthday in style whilst on his travels. Carlsberg don’t do first birthdays … for good reason, I suppose.
Because we weren’t so organised back then (spontaneity was still a thing), we were late to the Christmas accommodation party and based ourselves out of the city centre at the airport’s Hilton hotel  ( Clarion Copenhagen Airport Hotel as of 01st April 2017 ).

Thanks to the incredibly efficient public transport system, it proved to be a perfect solution – with a short hop on the regular trains taking us right to the heart of the city with minimal fuss.
There’s so much to see and do in Copenhagen, from pictures with the Little Mermaid to the charm of the Nyhavn district (where, you’ll be glad to know, kids are most definitely welcome in that Scandi way).
If you time it right though, you’ll hit the wintery jackpot by arriving in time for Christmas at the Tivoli Gardens.

Tivoli entrance
Photo by Anders Bogild

The gardens are open mid-April to mid -September and then again from mid-November through to the end of December  where each year they’re transformed into a glistening, shimmery hub of enchanting festivities (fuelled by more than a vat or two of glogg, the traditional local mulled wine that warms the heart as well as other vital organs amid the plummeting temperatures of December in northern Europe).


With a Christmas market, good food, music and – as you’d expect from the second oldest amusement park in the world – fairground rides for all ages in a truly unique setting, it makes for memories that will stand the test of time. To be fair, those memories also include a crystal-maze type search for bananas to satisfy the cravings of a weaning toddler, but that’s all part of the fun of travelling with kids.
With a one-year-old in tow, we were very much pre-Lego – so despite its reputation as a wallet sapping destination, survived Copenhagen without too much of a dent in the bank balance.
With regular flights from our base in Aberdeen, and our northern neighbours actually quicker to reach by air than Spain or France, we’ve certainly got a return trip pencilled on the ‘to visit’ list.

Sadly a misplaced memory card means that credit for the photographs for this post are to the Copenhagen Media Center. (Please click on the individual photographs for the Individual photographer credits)

 

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. I just mentioned the C word the other day, and we should start considering what we’re doing and where we’re going for NYE! Copenhagen is definitely on my list! #MondayEscapes

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      Let me know what you decide, holiday planning is all part of the fun! Don’t think you would be dissapointed with Copenhagen!

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  2. Wow, those lights make everything look so beautiful! I’m obsessed with everything nordic at the mo – I’m off to Oslo next week and getting super excited! #MondayEscapes

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      I love Christmas lights, it was a really good trip and a great time of year to visit. Oh will look forward to reading about Oslo -enjoy!

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  3. The Family Voyage says:

    Wow, Copenhagen in December looks stunning! I’d love to go sometime 🙂 Check out Barcelona for beautiful Christmas lights as well.

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      Oh we haven’t been to Barcelona yet but never thought about a festive visit-that is great idea!

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  4. We spent our first Christmas away from home last year, and I’ve totally fallen in love with the idea of spending the festive season in a new city every year!! Hmmm…where to this year?!?! 🙂

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    1. WTMluggage says:

      That sounds a great idea, all those christmas markets and pretty lights I bet you could come up with a fab list!

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  5. Oh wow it looks idyllic, I so want to visit Copenhagen but it looks magical at Christmas, thanks so much for linking up #Mondayescapes

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  6. I just love Copenhagen at Christmas it is a truly special place. I am not sure I can thank you for mentioning Christmas in April though – although we did book our Lapland trip in Feb! Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes.

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  7. Notmyyearoff says:

    I’ve never been but people always talk about how lovely it is. I might have to look on pinterest a bit more 🙂

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  8. Nikki says:

    Sounds like a lovely trip. I’ve always fancied going away for C….. 😀

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