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Things to Do with Kids in Denmark in December


The kids in Singapore have a month long school holidays in December. December is probably not the most ideal time to visit Denmark, as the days are much shorter. Night sky falls by 3.30 pm and the indoor museums have shorter opening hours too. The weather is too cold and not so pleasant for outdoor activities, yet not cold enough for snow to appear. Thus, very often one doesn't get to see snow at all during December in Denmark (I know this is the number one wish of Singaporeans, who live in a tropical island and don't experience the four seasons).

December is a time where the focus is on Christmas. Most Danes tend to stay home for  "hygge" (coziness) to bake Danish Christmas cookies or to make Danish Christmas crafts. Here are some activities Danes do during Christmas http://www.familyfecs.com/2014/12/danish-christmas-traditions.html

Having said that, one of my Singaporean friend's family came to visit Denmark, and they really enjoyed it. And regardless, it is always fun to travel to a different place away from Singapore. Thus, I think it is all subjective and boils down to expectations :-)

Below is a list of things one can do with kids in December in Denmark:
  • Stroll down the main pedestrian street of Copenhagen - Strøget and see the Christmas lighting
  • Visit a Danish Christmas market at Nyhavn, Tivoli Gardens or find a Christmas market near you here and here and here
  • Visit Christmas market at Grantoftegaard farm (Sunday 3 December 2017 10am - 4pm, free horse-carriage 11am - 12pm on Sundays 3, 10 & 17 December 2017)
  • Kids' friendly Christmas activities at The Land of the Legends (Sagnlandet) (weekends 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17 December 2017 10am - 4pm) Make your own candy, make tin soldiers, sew woolen elves, etc.
  • Visit the Christmas market at Kronborg Castle (Kronborg Slot) north of Copenhagen and visit the famous Kronborg castle at the same time (weekends 10 am - 5 pm)
  • Take a ride on a old Danish vintage train (Nordsjællands Veterantog) to Rosendal Christmas market (weekends 10 am - 5 pm)
  • Visit Egeskov Christmas market (10-11 & 17-18 & 24-25 November 2017 10 am - 5 pm)
  • See the changing of guards and get an insight into the Danish royal history at the Amalienborg Palace
  • Stay a night at the harbour floating boat hotel (CPH Living Floating Hotel)
  • Visit the new Lego House in Billund
  • Enter the underwater world of the Blue Planet Aquarium (Den Blå Planet)
  • Have fun at the play facilities inside the community Center Huset KU.BE at Frederiksberg
  • Visit the indoor playland Capella at Fields
  • Visit the Children's Museum at the National Museum and its guided tour (Nationalmuseet)
  • Try out first-hand at different olden day trades and professions at The Worker's Museum (Arbejdermuseet) children's section
  • Have fun with Science through the children's eyes at the Copenhagen Science Centre (Experimentarium)
  • See the ruins - remainings of the wall from Bishop Absalon’s Castle from the 11th century under the Christianbog Palace (Christianborg Slot)
  • See the Christianborg Slot's Tower and get a spectacular view of the city
  • Visit the Frederiksborg Castle (Frederiksborg Slot)
  • Visit the Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot)
  • Visit the Marble Church (Marmorkirken)
  • Visit the Copenhagen Cathedral (Vor Frue Kirke)
  • Experience a Danish Christmas church service
  • Pick edible wild mushrooms with a Danish local guide at Hareskoven Forest
  • See a ballet performance at the Royal Danish Theatre
  • See a Christmas theatre performance (Et juleeventyr) at The Open Air Museum (Frilandsmuseet)
  • Visit the National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst - SKM)
  • Drive and see the Danish country-side by car
  • Go ice-skating at an outdoor skating rink at Frederiksberg Runddel 26/11-28/2 or Toftegård Plads 27/11-28/2
  • Go ice-skating at an indoor skating rink at the Ørestad Skating Hall (Ørestad Skøjtehal)
  • Go ice-skating at the ski-slope Copenhagen Amager Bakke (new, only opens in autumn 2018)
  • Jump to reach the sky (oops, I mean, ceiling) at Xjump Trampolinpark (Xjump Trampolinpark)
  • Go climbing at the bouldering climbing gym at Blocs & Walls Copenhagen Climbing Center (Blocs & Walls - Københavns Klatrecenter)
  • Visit a Danish supermarket such as IRMAMenyFøtex and Netto
  • Experience a Danish library such as Biblioteket Rentemestervej (Rentemestervey Library) - interesting green boxes as part of its interior deco for kids
  • Try the Danish open-sandwich smørbrød Adamsen's Fisk Deli & Sushibar at Gilleleje Havn (smørbrød)
  • Try some finger gourmet delicacies at the trendy Copenhagen Market Place (Torvehallerne)
  • Try some Danish pastry at Lagkagehuset
  • Enjoy a high-tea at the Danish Perch's Tea Room
  • Try modern Danish cuisine
  • Take a Danish culinary course with the Vladimir's Kitchen (Tim Vladimirs Køkken) in Valby cooking course
  • Learn to bake a Nordic pizza with Gorms Pizza
  • Try the La Boca restaurant for its signature Danish beef tartar at the West Market food mall
  • Bake Danish Christmas cookies at home
Christmas activities near our home:
  • Stroll down the pedestrian street of Lyngby and see Christmas decoration and Christmas stalls selling Christmas goodies near Magasin Departmental Store
  • Christmas activities at Lyngby Nordre Mølle (3 December 2017 10am - 2pm) - You get to taste elves Christmas porridge, hear elves Christmas story and play traditional Christmas games, make Christmas decoration and learn Danish traditional dance
  • Visit Lyngby Nordre Mølle Christmas market (9-10 Dec & 17-18 December 2017 10am - 4pm) 
  • Enjoy the Christmas activities at the ope-air museum at the Open-air Museum (Frilandsmuseet)
  • Sorgenfri Church Christmas Market (Sorgenfri Kirke Julemarked) (Saturday 2 December 2017 10.20 am - 4.30 pm)

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