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Christmas in and around Aarhus

Christmas is lingering just around the corner, which means that Christmas markets are blooming all around the city. These are the perfect places to get in the Christmas spirit, enjoy Christmas goodies and atmosphere, and maybe pick up a present or two. 
Get an overview of some of the many activities in the city from now and until Christmas!

Christmas Market at Rosenholm Castle 

Rosenholm Castle in Hornslet offers a big Christmas market for the whole family. 

The beautiful fairytale like surroundings of the castle set the Christmas atmosphere for a big Christmas market that offers everything you can think of, such as Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, delicacies and goodies, glass art, fashion, and much more. 

You can easily spend an entire day at the Christmas market that offers food and warm drinks. There is also plenty of entertainment, including rides on Christmas ponies, model trains, Christmas candle making, meetings with Santa Clause and his wife and children, etc. 

On your tour around the castle you will be met by princesses. 

Read more (in Danish only) 

When: November 18-19 – 10:00
Where: Rosenholm Slot
Rosenholmvej 119, 8543 Hornslet
Adults – DKK 60
Children (aged 4-12) – DKK 25
Children (under the age of 4) – free
You can buy your tickets online in advance here  


Christmas Market at Aarhus Central Food Market

The food stalls at Aarhus Central Food Market offer different Christmas goodies, both in their traditional and new, innovative forms. There will be a lot of different Christmas events and activities in the time leading up to Christmas, so be sure to stop by. 

Read more (in Danish only)  

When: November 10-December – 11:30-20:00 
Where: Aarhus Central Food Market, Skt. Knuds Torv 7-9
Price: Free entrance


Christmas in Tivoli Friheden

This year Friheden will be decorated with a 70 meter long light tunnel with 50,000 LED lights, a 16 km long Christmas garland and more than 3,000 Christmas baubles. It is going to be a magical experience taking a walk in the park. 

There will be several food stands filled with delicious Christmas inspired food, so there is something for everyone.  

Read more (in Danish only) 

When: November 11-December 30 – 13:00-21:00
See specific opening hours here 
Where: Tivoli Friheden, Skovbrynet 5, 8000 Aarhus C
Price: See prices on Tivoli Friheden's website (in Danish only)


Christmas Market at Store Torv

This Christmas, Store Torv transforms into a true European Christmas market with beautiful stalls that offer an abundance of Christmas goodies, delicacies and Christmas gift ideas from up to 20 European countries. Lille Torv will be filled with a retro Christmas universe that features nostalgic rides and entertainment for the entire family, presented by the alternative Danish circus Zirkus Nemo. 

Read more (in Danish only) 

When: November 17-December 22 
Monday-Thursday - 10:00-18:00
Friday - 10:00-19:00
Saturday-Sunday – 10:00-17:00
Where: Store Torv, Lille Torv 
Price: Free


Christmas in The Old Town

In The Old Town you can experience Christmas the way that Danes have celebrated it through centuries. There will be Christmas exhibitions for children and adults, historic shops, and a Christmas market. You can find gifts, goodies, and hot drinks. 

Christmas in The Old Town is a depiction of the history of Christmas and the way it has been celebrated in Denmark through the last 400 years. You can visit the historic houses and get a glimpse of the history of Christmas in Denmark. 

Read more (in Danish only) 

When: November 18-December 30 – 10:00-20:00
See specific opening hours on The Old Town's website
Where: Den Gamle By, Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus C
Price: See prices on The Old Town's website


Christmas Market at Ridehuset

Byens Kunst- & Julemarked (The Art & Christmas Market of the City) takes place in Ridehuset - right in the heart of Aarhus, just a few minutes’ walk from the central train station and the main walking street. 

Ridehuset, which was originally old cavalry barracks, was built in 1876-1877. Decorated with lights and stars, it makes the perfect setting for this Christmas market with artisan arts and crafts.  

Read more (in Danish only) 

When: November 25-December 21 – 11:00-18:00
Where: Ridehuset, Vester Allé 1, 8000 Aarhus C
Price: Free


Elværket Åbyhøj

The beautiful culture house Elværket Åbyhøj invites everyone inside to a Christmas market with lots of Christmas spirit, 25 stalls with various arts and crafts, and goodies in the cafeteria. 
Lørdag d. 25 og søndag d. 26 november kl. 10 -16 i Elværket Åbyhøj.

Read more (in Danish only) 

When: November 25-26 – 10:00-16:00
Where: Elværket Åbyhøj, 
Thorsvej 4, 8230 Åbyhøj
Price: Free entrance


Christmas market at Aarhus Street Food

Aarhus Street Food turns the square in front of the garage into a Christmas market with lots of Christmas street food every weekend in December. Here you can experience the traditional Danish æbleskive, baked in a gigantic mold! 

Read more (in Danish only) 
When: Weekends in December (December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 & 22-23)
Friday, December 1 – 15:00-20:00 
Fridays & Saturdays – 11:30-20:00
Sundays – 11:30-18:00
Where: Aarhus Street Food, Ny Banegaardsgade 46, 8000 Aarhus C
Price: Free


Christmas Market at Aarhus School of Architecture

At the Christmas market at Aarhus School of Architecture you can experience 50 stalls with beautiful designs and Christmas gift ideas. 

If you have any questions, you can direct them at

Read more (in Danish only) 

When: December 2-3 – 10:00-17:00
Where: The cafeteria and the barns south and north at the adjacent farm
Aarhus School of Architecture, Nørreport 20, 8000 Aarhus C
Price: Free


Lighting of the Christmas tree at The Town Hall Square

The huge Christmas tree at The Town Hall Square will be lit on the first Sunday of Advent. As per usual the mayor, Jacob Bundsgaard, will push the button that lights the thousand lights on the gigantic Christmas tree. Afterwards there will be entertainment, singing, and music. 

Program 2017
16:00 Christmas music from the Town Hall carillon by Peter Langberg.
16:10 Concert with Aarhus Concert Band. Aarhus School of Music plays on stage and the children’s choir sings Christmas carols. 
Community singing: Juletræet med sin pynt
The mayor welcomes everyone
The Christmas tree is lit
Community singing: Dejlig er den himmel blå
Aarhus Concert Band plays
16:55 Christmas music from the Town Hall carillon by Peter Langberg.  

Read more (in Danish only) 

When: December 3 – 16:00
Where: The Town Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) by the City Hall
Price: Free


Kalø Organic Christmas Market 

Kalø is located 45 minutes from Aarhus and is known for having an old ruin from a castle from 1313. This year the agricultural college will host an organic Christmas market with lots of organic food, drinks and of course many ideas for Christmas presents. 

The Christmas market will focus on sustainability and ecology and therefor mange local and small companies will present their best goods in the market. There will also be many different activities both for children and adults. 

Read more (In Danish only) 

When: December 9 – 10:00-16:00 
Where: Skovridervej 3, Kalø, 8410 Rønde
Price: Free 


Christmas Market at Godsbanen

Godsbanen lets in the Christmas spirit with their Christmas market, featuring stalls with design and artisan crafts, open workshops, good food, music, Christmas tree sale, and other fun activities. 
You can find unique Christmas gifts in the many stalls that are full of design, art, and crafts produced at Godsbanen. Here you can find ceramics, leather goods, wooden things, textiles, jewelry, drawings, prints, literature, Christmas ornaments, and much more. You can also try your luck in the Christmas tombola with more than 400 prizes. 

Kødbyens Mad & Marked fills up den Rå Hal with delicacies and wonderful Christmas scents of waffles, pancakes, Christmas bakes, and much more. 

Read more (in Danish only) 

When: December 2-3 11:00-17:00
Where: Godsbanen, Skovgaardsgade 3, 8000 Aarhus C
Price: Free


Ice Skating

In front of the Music Hall, a big ice skating rink will be set up once the temperatures drop. Here you can skate to your heart’s desire – all you need is skates. If you don’t have your own, you can rent them on location. 

Read more (in Danish only)

When: December (when the temperatures drop low enough)  – 10:00-20:00
Where: Thomas Jensens Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus C
Price: Free. Rental of Ice skates costs 45 DKK.


Saint Lucy Procession in Your Rainbow Panorama at ARoS

December 13 marks Saint Lucy's Day. The saint of light is celebrated in schools, churches, and associations with processions where young girls dressed in white sing the “Sankta Lucia” song while carrying a lit candle. 

This year you can experience a Saint Lucy procession at ARoS where Denmark’s most beautiful Saint Lucy procession will light up the rainbow at the top of Aarhus. 
You can experience it from the museum or from the streets of Aarhus. And it is a sight for sore eyes. 

Read more (in Danish only) 

When: December 13 – 17:30-18:00
Where: Aros Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus C
Price: See entrance prices for ARoS on their website

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