Christmas at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen
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Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was opened by Georg Carstensen in 1847. This makes it the second oldest amusement park in the world. Funny enough the world’s oldest amusement park is also in Denmark, not too far from Copenhagen. When I decided to take a quick trip to Copenhagen the one thing I wanted to do was to visit Tivoli Gardens. When I was there, they had a Christmas Market and they were all decked out for the holiday season.
I got to Copenhagen in the late afternoon, and it wasn’t very long before the sun started setting. I wanted to visit Tivoli Gardens at night to see it all decked out in holiday lights. The amusement park is open until 11 pm (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays). This makes it a great place to check out in the evening. While there were lots of people around it wasn’t too crowded.
I didn’t go on any rides (although I was tempted by the carousel above). I was happy to wander around Tivoli Gardens and take photos. While it was cold, there were several gas fire pit heaters to stand by and warm up at. Outside one restaurant they had chairs by fire pits where you could even roast marshmallows (for a fee). I sat by one of these fires for several minutes when I realized that my jacket would smell like campfire for the next few days. Oh well. #worthit
Another thing I didn’t do at Tivoli Gardens was see a show at one of the theatres. There are a few different theatres around Tivoli Gardens that have both paid and free shows. The little fountain and light show was one of the free shows. There are also free concerts during the day, but I got there too late for those. I was there the night before the musical Elf was opening up, which would have been fun to see. Of course, it’s worth noting that the theatre shows at Tivoli Gardens will be in Danish.
Christmas at Tivoli Gardens, as cheesy as it sounds, felt magical. Maybe it was the fake snow, the Christmas Market, the alcohol in the gløgg, or the twinkling lights but I was in a festive spirit after visiting Tivoli Gardens. If you’re in Copenhagen during November or December I recommend a visit to Tivoli Gardens. I’d love to go back to Tivoli Gardens on my next trip to Copenhagen.
Things To Know
Tivoli Gardens is at Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 in Copenhagen. Admission is 110 Danish Krone (DKK), and ride tickets are 25DKK each. Most rides take 2 to 4 tickets. Ride passes are available for 230DKK. Tivoli Gardens is open from 11 am to 11 pm Monday to Thursday and Sundays. It’s open from 11 am to Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
While in Copenhagen, I stayed at the Urban House Hostel in an 8-bed dorm, for 2 nights for 323DKK (about €43 total). The rooms were spacious, well maintained with a modern design. The hostel has a kitchen/dining area, a large common/TV area, laundry facilities, and a restaurant/bar. The location is close to the Copenhagen Central Train Station. It was a fantastic base for my stay in Copenhagen. If you have a higher budget there are plenty of other great hotels in Copenhagen, which you can book here.
Have you been to Tivoli Gardens? What’s your favourite amusement park ride?