Copenhagen, Denmark

The Christmas Market in Tivoli is a must-see, if you are in Copenhagen. Get ready for a tour of lights, and the ultimate “Julehygge” moments one could ask for. Try an “æbleskive” – otherwise known as a Christmas donut, shop gifts and treats at the market and grab a cup of gløgg for a walk around the garden.

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Photo by Anders Bøgglid

 

Aarhus, Denmark

Den Gamle By (The Old City) in Aarhus will take you on the trip back in time. Here you will see how the Danish people celebrated Christmas back in the day. Pro-tip! Stop by Den Gamle By’s bakery and try the “vaniljekranse”, a typical Danish Christmas cookie – warning: one will not be enough.

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Photo by Den Gamle By

 

Stockholm, Sweden

Are you up for a good, traditional Christmas market — Swedish style? Then you should stop by “Skansen” to get the real Swedish Christmas market experience. Go to the market and make some good bargains, dance around the Christmas tree (typical Scandinavian tradition), and listen to cozy music, all while trying some Swedish specialties like their infamous roasted chestnuts.

 

Göteborg, Sweden

In Göteborg you’ll find the amusement park Liseberg – in the spirit of Christmas, the park has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland for your Instagramming-pleasure. To do: Visit the old fashioned “Lapland” market for Christmas delicacies, take in the fairy tale ice ballet, or go on a bundled lights tour of the city.

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Oslo, Norway

One of Oslo’s best Christmas markets is Spikersuppa, also penned as Christmas in ‘winter land.’ The details: Outdoor skating rink, ferris wheel views of the light-filled city, Norwegian Christmas beer, and Norwegian Christmas cake samplings at the market. jul_i_vinterland_2

Røros, Norway

If a sleigh ride doesn’t say Christmas, we don’t know what does.This small Norwegian city set in winter covered hills paints the landscape of a Christmas getaway for the books. Enjoy the idyllic scene of Røros wrapped up in sheepskin and dashing through the snow in a lantern-lit, horse-driven sleigh. roros_2