Copenhagen’s Rådhuspladsen may not be Times Square when it comes to New Year celebrations, but the end of one year and the start of another is as much a reason to party here as anywhere else in the world. Restaurants offer special menus, bars and clubs stay open until long into the following day and fireworks light up the sky.
The largest New Year gathering in Copenhagen is in the City Hall Square, Rådhuspladsen. The Rådhus clock is the official time keeper used for the national television network’s countdowns, and the firework display here is the biggest in Denmark. Not surprisingly, it can get pretty crowded.
While many locals stay home for a special family dinner, eat a marzipan ‘New Year Cake’ called kransekage and listen to the Queen’s New Year speech before going out, late, around 11pm – there are some great options for starting the night out earlier. Here is our selection of parties and dinners in Copenhagen this year; at all spots, reservation is necessary.
- For the first time, Tivoli’s Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant The Paul opens for New Year (despite Tivoli ending its season on December 30) with a lavish 6-course menu created by British star chef Paul Cunningham from 6pm until 11pm. Cost: DKK 2010 including wine ‘and everything.’
- New city hot spot Kødbyens Fiskebar (fresh from its Michelin bib-gourmet nomination) begins serving its 7-course seafood menu with aperitifs and starters in the bar between 6pm and 7pm. The menu costs DKK 750 per person without wine and winds up around 10pm, leaving plenty of time to head over to Rådhuspladsen for the midnight fireworks. Fancy white tablecloths and serviettes not included.
- Need an excuse to dress up in your classiest suit? Enjoy dining in (retro) style as Copenhagen’s most stately hotel, the over 250-year-old Hotel D’Angleterre, presents a night of Sinatra songs as performed by Danish actor Flemming Enevold and accompanying, 14-man big band. The hotel’s Palm Garden will be filled with ‘50s props and there’s also a 4-course meal – all for a mere DKK 2500-3000.
- Hotel Skt Petri is known for its swanky New Year parties. This year’s celebration has been given the name ‘Black and Gold Party’; tickets can be bought for a complete package that includes pre dinner drinks, a 5-course dinner, midnight champagne/kransekage and open bar all night: price DKK 1995, or you can buy a ticket for the party (and open bar) only for DKK 895.
- Spend a night at The Square. Many hotels in Copenhagen offer special New Year packages with dinner and a room, but The Square is the only one located on the City Hall Square – at the very heart of the action. There’s an amazing view of the fireworks, just don’t expect to get too much sleep. Prices start at DKK 1075 for a double room, including breakfast.
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