Christmas in Denmark is a special time when the long, dark nights are made that little bit warmer with yuletide preperations that start as early as November. Enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine along with plenty of Christmas cheer and Danish "hygge" or cosiness in this 4-day Christmas Market Tour.
Day 1 - København, Copenhagen, Copenhagen K
You could stay at any of Copenhagen's centrally located hotels for a comfortable holiday break, but we suggest Hotel 71 Nyhavn - for its location, its old-fashioned charm and for the Christmas packages currently being offered by the hotel group, Arp-Hansen.
On Day One of your tour, we suggest starting with a look at the Christmas Tables on show in the flagship store of Royal Copenhagen. Each year, the world famous porcelain empire invites a select group of artists and designers to create a window display of suitably celebratory proportions - a Christmas tradition enjoyed by the city's shoppers, who can see the decorated tables for free from November 19 until the end of 2010.
Later, stroll down to Nyhavn, where the Christmas market runs from November 12 until December 22. Finish the day off with some of the city's best gløgg (mulled wine) in the historic setting of Hviids Vinstue on Kongens Nytorv.
1051 København, DK
tel: +45 3343 6200
fax: +45 3343 6201
In the Royal Scandinavia retail center, Strøget
1160 Copenhagen, Denmark
tel: +45 3314 0229
1051 Copenhagen K, Denmark
tel: +45 3311 0508
Kongens Nytorv 19
1050 Copenhagen K, Denmark
tel: +45 3315 1064
fax: +45 3315 1064
Day 2 - Malmø
Take a day trip over the sound to experience a Swedish Christmas. The lights on the large Christmas tree in central Gustav Adolfs Torg Square are turned on on November 30, when Santa opens his house nearby. There is also ice skating in Folkets Park and for those who really want to see Sweden in December, don't miss the city's Lucia parade on December 13.
Day 3 - Rudersdal, Copenhagen
Take a short train ride north of the city to the art museum Gammel Holtegård, where designer Jette Frølich is holding her annual Christmas exhibition from November 21 until December 11. There is free entry to the 'Julestue' (Christmas salon), which includes handicrafts, trinkets and Frølich's unique papercut designs.
Later, visit Tivoli Gardens: the pleasure park opens for the holiday season on November 12 and offers plenty of Christmas booths in addition to the usual rides and restaurants. For many, December is the most magical time to visit the gardens, where the thousands of lights twinkling in the dusk transform the place into a magical wonderland.
Finally, don't miss the English-language mirth of London Toast Theatre's Crazy Christmas Cabaret, held every year in Tivoli's Glassalen. Advance booking is recommended.
2840 Rudersdal, Denmark
tel: +45 4580 0878
fax: +45 4580 0822
1630 Copenhagen, Denmark
tel: +45 33 15 10 01