By Alex Braelow
The holiday season is a time for whimsy. And few cities are as whimsical as Copenhagen, Denmark. Indeed, merely the name stirs to mind images of Tivoli Gardens, Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, and rosy-cheeked Danes striding by the moored ships and polychromatic cafes and bars lining the Nyhavn canal.
Furthermore, there are few words more well suited to the idealized Coca-Cola and Bing Crosby Christmas than the Danish word hygge, which means something like “the feeling or mood of coziness.” It’s a feeling that is practically inescapable when one spends time roaming the streets of the City of Spires.
It’s a feeling also that is perhaps no more powerful than at the Tivoli Julemarked, which takes place every year at the Tivoli Gardens amusement park. Grab a cup of julegløgg (mulled wine) and take a stroll among the wooden houses, snow covered trees, and bright Christmas lights. Meet Santa Claus and his reindeer. Snack on sweets, cookies, and other brightly colored confections of all sorts. And when you’ve had your fill of holiday cheer, step outside the park and grab yourself a hotdog at one of Copenhagen’s world famous pølsevogn (sausage wagon).
If the traditional hyggelig jul (cozy Christmas) is not your cup of julegløgg, and you’re looking for something a little more… ahem… “alternative,” then look no further than the Christmas Market in Freetown Christiania, an intentional community and commune located in the heart of Copenhagen. Just be careful about what you order and prepare yourself for some casual nudity.
Alternatively, if you’d like to knock out some last minute holiday shopping, then it’s hard to beat Strøget, which wends its way through some of Copenhagen’s most beautiful sites and attractions. There you’ll find the world’s most famous designer brands like Gucci and Prada, budget friendly chains like Zara and H&M, and, of course, a Lego store.
No matter how you choose to spend your holiday season in Copenhagen, iPass will have your back with an always best connected and hyggelig experience.