From the middle of November, Copenhagen's stores and streets get into gear for the holiday season, with displays of striped, knitted elves or 'nisser' in the storefront windows and the small, ginger nut 'pebernodder' cookies in bowls at the counters. Christmas shopping here is a delight: Staff are friendly despite the extra crowds, and still happy to provide good service and free gift wrapping in most places.
Get in the Christmas mood and learn what Danes mean when they use the word 'hygge' as you cosy up in a Christmas market with burnt sugar almonds, mulled wine and traditional æbleskiver dough balls. In downtown Copenhagen, Christmas markets continue until the last weekend before Christmas at Nyhavn and Tivoli. Support local artists and artisans and get unusual gift ideas on alternative street Jægersborggade or Christiania's traditional bazaar, held every December in Den Grå Hal: perfect for economy-priced stocking fillers.
Alternatively, splurge at the flagship stores of Danish design icons Georg Jensen and Royal Copenhagen, where the annual Christmas Tables display is a Copenhagen holiday tradition. Get everything you need all under one roof at the elegant department stores Illum and Magasin: And don't forget you can may be able to claim tax back on gifts if living outside the EU.
Stuck for ideas? Try Christmas shopping with a difference in the museums. Museum shops are a great place to find unusual presents, like the one at Designmuseum Danmark or the Nationalmuseet.