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Christmas in Aarhus

What to do during winter in Aarhus? It is getting very cold, but there are plenty of interesting activities in Aarhus during the time of Christmas.

2018.11.21 | Lene Bekker Lassen

Christmas time in Aarhus

Christmas time in Aarhus

Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Do you like Christmas and the lovely atmosphere surrounding it? Then this event is just something for you. The tradition is to lit the tree, and enjoy live music, Christmas carols, and delicious treats for everyone. The Christmas event will take place on Sunday 2 December 2018 at 16:00 - 17:00 (4-5 pm), where the big Christmas tree at the Aarhus Town Hall will be lit by the mayor Jacob Bundsgaard. Read more.


Tivoli Friheden

Experience the magic of the theme park Tivoli Friheden as it is transformed into a enchanting Christmas market where Christmas lights, decorations, and the normal rides set the scene for a magical Christmas day. There are restaurants to suit every taste, and if you wish to bring your own picnic basket, there are BBQs and dining areas for this. You get free entrance with an AarhusCARD, but be aware that it doesn't include the unlimited ride wristband.

The Old Town

Christmas in The Old Town (Den Gamle By)! Treat yourself to a magical Christmas atmosphere and a wonderful nostalgia trip through four hundred years of Christmas history down Den Gamle By's charming streets with horse-drawn carriages, Christmas decorations, and lit lanterns. Go exploring in the historical houses og see the origins of Danish Christmas traditions; enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, traditional Christmas food, sweets and goodies from the stalls; or buy Christmas decorations and presents in the period shops.

Christmas Markets

Godsbanen is a centre for cultural production in Aarhus. How about going Christmas shopping there? The Christmas market at Godsbanen offers a wide selection of design and artwork to purchase. It takes place on the weekend 8 and 9 December 2018. Find unique Christmas presents of high quality. Also, the charming Christmas market is a foodmarket, so enjoy the various delicious Danish Christmas treats. Address: Skovgaardsgade 3, 8000 Aarhus C. Info email:

Aarhus Street Food transforms the cosy spot outside the raw garage to a cosy Christmas market with delicious street food in all kind of Christmas editions. There will be Christmas booths, the famous Danish "hygge," a joyful Christmas spirit, and a wide range of tasty Christmas treats.

View full guide for Christmas Markets in Aarhus here.

Church Concerts

Let the peace of Christmas descend you during December when the churches of Aarhus offer a superb programme of classical Yuletide concerts and Christmas events. Below you can find a guide to Yuletide concerts at the Cathedral, the Church of Our Lady, the Sct. Pauls Church, and Sct. Lucas Church. For more information about the programme, read more here.

Christmas Eve

Once again this year, the Studenterhus Aarhus is providing the premises on Christmas Eve for both Danish and international students to celebrate a Danish Christmas. You can register via the website of the Studenterhus Aarhus. Select the calendar, select 24 December and click on 'Christmas Eve'. The tickets cost DKK 110 each and will be on sale until 17:00 on 22 December. Read full article.

Cultural Christmas

If you enjoy cultural events, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the time of Christmas in Aarhus. Maybe you would like to go to the theatre, enjoy music concerts, movies, or exhibitions - then please keep an eye on upcoming events in Aarhus in VisitAarhus' event calendar.

Staff, UIC
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