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Christmas is the time of fairy tales and miracles and Christmas in Denmark is no exception. Before Christmas, every resident and guest in Copenhagen becomes the actor in a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, the whole city turns into a gorgeous theater scene and the air has a light roasted almond flavour and a majical feel.
On the first Friday of November, the mayor of Denmark lights up the Christmas tree in the main square with festive dark sweet beer and hot wine being poured at bars. The shops are also decorated with festive items: Santa Claus, Danish elves and Christmas tree toys. Although the whole city is lighted - the brightest lights of all are in Tivoli Gardens.
A surprise to the residents and guests of the city is also being prepared at the Copenhagen embankment. Pedestrian alley, along the new bay, is being decorated with garlands and light bulbs with street musicians entertaining people with the national music. Cafe's, bars and restaurants are spread across the street inviting guests to sample the national cuisine and drinks Don't miss the delight of eating sweet roasted almonds with washed down with traditional hot wine called "glögg" in Denmark. Use this time to visit the shops and pick up some souveniers for loved ones back home.
Shopping centres in Copenhagen are also preparing for the Christmas rush. One of Copenhagen's oldest pedestrian streets, the Strøget, will become the busiest open-air shopping centre. Decorated with colourful garlands, stores will attract visitors with discounts and beautiful handmade Christmas toys.
It is also worth visiting the largest shopping and entertainment center Fisketorvet, with over 120 shops, you're sure to find a Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one.
By tradition, The Christmas brew will arrive in Denmark on the first Friday in November. The Christmas beer party has marked itself as one of the big party days in the country. The atmosphere is good in pubs, bars and in the streets.
Hot cocoa with marshmallows does also belong to this time of year.Try a delicious cocoa with a dispute from Hotel Chocolat at "Strøget". How about a cocoa with mocha, mint, chili, milk chocolate, or what about the house's own "Made in Copenhagen" - made on freshly ground cocoa beans? Of course, you will also find the traditional cocoa. Remember to bring some pieces home as a gift for those you love.
If you prefer mulled wine, try the famous "Hvid's vinstue", a wine bar located at Kongens Nytorv.
One thing you have to try when in town, and whatever the season - the Danish Smørrebrød! You can find several places that serve real sandwiches all over Copenhagen. Try one of restaurant Schønnemanns more than 110 choices, or Aamann's Deli at Østerport. There they make the few dares - create a modern and sophisticated twist on the Danish classics!
Typical for the danish Christmas is mulled wine and the famous apple slices ("æpleskiver"). You have not experienced real Danish pre-Christmas atmosphere, until you have tried a cup of warm mulled wine and freshly baked apple slices with iceing sugar! You can find these delights everywhere, and you can practically go from place to place in Copenhagen and eat apple slices - in Tivoli, in all the different Christmas markets and in the restaurants.
Don't forget the beautiful decoration of the D’Anglererre Hotel at Kongens Nytorv. Even the Copenhageners have made it to their tradition to go there to witness the beautiful Christmas decorations of the traditional hotel. It is not only the facade that lights up for Christmas, but also the hotel's interior is decorated as a adventure from the most beautiful Christmas stories.
Traditionally, the Royal Copenhagen Flagship Store, since 1963, has had an exhibition with decorated Christmas tables, where various artists, actors, chefs, celebrities, nobles, comedians and many others have been given creative leeway to design their own Christmas table. "Christmas tables" are Royal Copenhagen's biggest annual event, and around 150,000 guests come from mid-November to December.