Best Christmas Shopping in Copenhagen, 2013

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.

Photo courtesy of Ty Stange


For an alternative, less commercial slant on Christmas shopping, head north into the raw-edged Nørrebro district to browse the independent stores, cafes and small galleries of one of Copenhagen's most idiosyncratic streets, Jægersborggade....  Read More

Georg Jensen
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The Georg Jensen brand has been synonymous with expensive Scandinavian design and quality craftsmanship for more than a century. What started as a small store to showcase the designs of a talented silversmith is today a brand of exclusive...  Read More



For a very different kind of Christmas shopping than you would experience anywhere else in Copenhagen if not all of Scandinavia, head on over to the freetown of Christiania, where the atmosphere is laid back and distinctly free from commercial...  Read More

Christmas in Tivoli
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Tivoli's Christmas market is open during the pleasure gardens' entire Christmas season, which always runs from mid-November until the end of December. Of course, you have to pay the admission fee to Tivoli first, but for many, Christmas-time is...  Read More

Royal Copenhagen


The flagship store of the world-famous Danish kitchenware design house is worth a visit even if you're merely window shopping, and includes a small museum floor following some of the most influential of the royal blue porcelain designs....  Read More

Photo courtesy of Susan Liebe


An extremely cute, very Nordic homewares boutique crammed with original-looking homewares, things for the children's room, bags and jewelry. From quirky butter dishes, cups and other porcelain items to the craziest-looking knitted animals, Liebe...  Read More

Designmuseum Danmark, shop
Photo courtesy of Designmuseum Danmark


The store of Designmuseum Danmark, located in a beautiful old former hospital building on Bredgade, is a great place to find small-scale design objects and rather more original gifts to take home than can be found in the more tacky downtown...  Read More

Nyhavn Julemarked
Photo courtesy of Morten Jerichau


Christmas starts early in Copenhagen: The middle of November, to be exact, and the old harbor of Nyhavn is abruptly transformed, its cobbled quayside filled with no less than 19 festive, wooden booths linked by fir tree garlands and fairy...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Bernard Goldbach


Located centrally on pedestrianized Østergade, Illum is a classic department store that - with Magasin du Nord - a Copenhagen landmark that dates from the end of the 19th-century. Everything here is wonderfully arranged and can be packed just...  Read More

Magasin Du Nord
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This historic department store is the oldest (and largest) in Scandinavia and sits grandly on Kongens Nytorv square. Established in 1890, Magasin du Nord was previously Hotel du Nord - writer H.C. Andersen once rented a couple of tiny attic...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane