• It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Winter is upon us! That feeling of wanting to wrap ourselves up in a cosy cocoon and hibernate for the next three months is rather appealing, trust me, I know. But what we should really be doing is embracing the amazing Christmas markets that come along courtesy of this time of year.

    Copenhagen, Denmark, is a real Christmas city and oozes a Christmassy atmosphere. Tivoli Gardens’ Christmas market is a must. It is one of the most magical places I have ever been, seen or experienced.

    With Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens being at the top of my hit list, it is unsurprising that the second oldest amusement park in the world it opened in 1843, is still as incredible today, as the day it opened. At Christmas, the way it looks is something out of a storybook, but this is not surprising considering it inspired some of my most favourite child hood authors, Hans Christian Andersen (fairy-tale writer) and Walt Disney (Disneyland). Just look at how beautiful it is…

    Other than the rides, it has theatres, gardens, music festivals, shops and a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes. There is truly something for everyone of all ages in Tivoli! However aside from this piece of magical wonderland, Copenhagen is a beautiful city.

    This was my first time in Denmark, and it will not be my last, the city has so much to offer to a wanderlust like me. The sun sets at around 3pm in December, so if you’re like me and simply love wandering or biking around, stopping for a coffee or hot chocolate as you please, you will see the city move from day to night with its twinkling lights draped over the trees and the colourful buildings all around you.

    Moving swiftly on to what we’re all waiting for…let’s talk about the Danish cuisine…Denmark truly is a gastronomic metropolis, where the majority of produce is sourced locally, and ranges from typical Nordic traditions to street food fares organic hotdogs, “open-faced” sandwiches (their name not mine) and of course the pastries, that come in all shapes, sizes and flavours! Copenhagen is a real foodie heaven!!

    One thing I love about the Danes, is their new cultural concept “hygge”, basically meaning “cosiness” and being a tucked away in a spot, with a calming atmosphere in dim-lights or candlelight, serving hot cups of coffee or glogg (their version of mulled wine). All over Copenhagen you will find the (newly famous) hygge spaces.

    I will have to say that a massive highlight for me was seeing “The Little Mermaid” brass statue, taking me back to my childhood. The works of fairy-tale author Hans Christian Andersen coming to life through this, and being one of Copenhagen’s iconic spots and a major tourist attraction since 1913.

    Denmark is worth visiting, especially at Christmas, just go and experience it for yourself. You will not be disappointed!

    Alex x

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