Denmark and the Christmas Spirit

    27. Sep. 2013
    Joy Smith

    Shopping, Sightseeing, "Hygge" - What more can you ask for when you visit Denmark?

    During November-December, the weather in Denmark gets cold and the skies darken, so the Christmas season is a special time for Danes.  The lights, anticipation of being together and the opportunity to shop are welcomed by all. Christmas is traditionally celebrated on December 24, not December 25 as is done in many other countries, so the festive Christmas spirit is unique to Denmark.  The expression, “hygge” is used for all occasions when people get together and have fun, but it is especially appropriate at this time of the year.  Duck is eaten for Christmas dinner with rice pudding for dessert, and Danes light the Christmas tree and dance around it while they sing Christmas carols.

    There are Christmas markets all over Denmark with lots of Christmas goodies including special foods such as mulled wine, roasted almonds and special cookies.  Many Danes and visitors look forward to this time of the year because they get the opportunity to buy gifts for family and friends.  One of the biggest Christmas markets is held in Copenhagen at Tivoli, the Amusement Park.  This year they will feature a Scandinavian-Russian theme.  Many other markets can be found in other areas and cities. Outdoor skating rinks in various locations in the big cities around Denmark are also popular this time of the year.



    Danhostel Esbjerg has a New Hostess
    | Line Juhl Kronow

    Sally Due Sperling will be the new hostess at Danhostel Esbjerg on January 1, 2020. She will replace Marianne and Børge Bull who will say goodbye after 23 wonderful years as hosts at Danhostel Esbjerg. Sally is not a stranger to Danhostel as she is the current hostess at Danhostel Kolding and will say goodbye at the end of 2019.

    Many Danhostels are Open all Year Round 2019 - 2020.
    | Line Juhl Kronow

    Many Danhostels are open all year, while others are closed only between Christmas and the New Year. Below is a list of the Danhostels where you can book accommodation out of season and during winter.