Ever wondered how the Danes celebrate Christmas? In this little kingdom, the snowy landscapes and beautifully adorned fir trees share some common ground with our Scandinavian neighbors, but there are also unique Danish twists that make our festive season truly special.

 

When is Christmas Celebrated in Denmark?

Denmark rejoices in the magic of Christmas on December 24th, known as Christmas Eve, and especially for tourists it is important to notice that the country virtually shuts. Picture a lavish Christmas dinner followed by the joyous exchange of gifts, often stretching late into the night. In Denmark, we affectionately call Christmas "jul." 

 

Festive Dancing Tradition

Ah, the dance of Christmas! It's a cherished tradition for Danish families to join hands and dance around the Christmas tree, singing carols. Some families even indulge in this merry dance before the grand Christmas dinner.

 

The Danish Christmas Tree

Behold the Danish Christmas tree – a true delight! Imagine cutting down your own spruce tree from the forest. Once home, adorn it with real candles for that essential touch of Christmas hygge. And don't forget the calendar candle, burning one hour a day throughout December.

 

Father Christmas Danish Style

Father Christmas pays a visit to Denmark, but here he goes by the name "Julemanden" or "The Christmas Man." Assisted by mischievous Nisse elves, Julemanden arrives on December 24th, donned in traditional red robes, to bring presents. No chimney acrobatics required – he's often a family member in disguise.

 

Feasting on Christmas Delights

Danish Christmas dinner is a grand affair, featuring roast pork and/or duck, accompanied by boiled potatoes, caramelized potatoes, red cabbage, and gravy. The pièce de résistance is Risalamande, a rice pudding topped with cherry sauce, hiding a whole almond. Finding the almond in your bowl earns you a prize. And let's not forget other delectable treats like æbleskiver (fried doughnuts), Christmas beer, gløgg (mulled wine), and candied almonds.

 

Santa Lucia's Illuminating Arrival

Meet Santa Lucia, dressed in white, who graces Denmark on December 13th, bringing light to the darkening winter. Leading a procession of girls in white, she wears a crown adorned with candles. Children eagerly anticipate participating in the parade through their schools or local areas, making this a luminous tradition.

 

Wishing a 'God Jul'

And finally, how do we wish a Merry Christmas in Danish? It's a simple six-letter phrase: 'God Jul.' Or you can choose the difficult route and go for: 'Glædelig Jul'.

 

Velkommen til vores magiske jul! (Welcome to our magical Christmas!)