Christmas Day in Tivoli Gardens

Our second day in Copenhagen was Christmas Day! After a morning run around the trails of Christianshavn and along to see the Opera House, we had a late breakfast at the hotel before wrapping up warm for an afternoon at Tivoli Gardens.

It’s an amusement park and pleasure garden, spruced up and full of festive cheer with fake snow, all the fairy lights and lots of mulled wine and sweet treats! One of Copenhagen’s popular treasures, the park opened in 1843 so is the second-oldest operating in the world and the most visited theme park in Scandinavia.

We bought both entrance and ride tickets, so that we had unlimited access to the rides for the time we were there. I’d highly recommend doing this even if you just go on three or four rides while you enjoy the park. One of the most popular rides and one that the park is famous for is the wooden rollercoaster built in 1914. It’s one of the oldest still operating today!

Even though the park was busy, with locals and tourists, we never spent more than 20 minutes waiting in a queue, so we even enjoyed our favourite rides more than once. Other standout roller coasters were The Demon and The Odin Express, but we also loved the classic bumper cars at the Dodgems and Nige somehow got me on a spinning ride too, not my cup of tea!

For adrenaline junkies there’s Aquila, The Star Flyer and the terrifying-to-just-watch Vertigo – a looping plane ride where the rider controls the plane at 100km/h with 360 degree spinning!

At Christmas every food stand between the rides turns into a German market-like offering, with hot chocolate, churros and mulled wine flowing. We were spoilt with incredible mulled wine adorned with plump raisins and almonds, and we even got to keep the mugs, a keepsake for a very memorable Christmas Day together.

At Christmas and New Year there’s also illuminations and a fireworks display in the evening and the park stays open until 11pm, so you really can spend the entire day there on and off the rides.

At any time of year I think a visit to Tivoli Gardens is a must if you’re spending any longer than just a weekend in Copenhagen. With some of the higher rides it’s an incredible opportunity for the best views of the city!

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