If you’re easily spooked, you might want to think twice about visiting Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park this autumn.From mid-October onward, the park will be taken over by a host of ghouls, witches, vampires and other demonic creatures, as part of a fear solely fun Halloween season.Among the many delights on offer are straw bale mazes, pumpkin-counting competitions, stalls with monster trinkets, and even special rides that will get your blood pumping.Head to the Chinese area and you’ll even be treated to a magical light show, involving atmospheric music and over 16,000 dancing lights.Overall, Halloween promises to be a frightening – and frighteningly good – time to visit Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens.
For 10 days from the end of October, The Cinema and Empire Bio in central Copenhagen will host many screenings and present a bunch of premieres to the audience. The festival will feature movies in various languages from Finnish to French – all subtitled in English, of course.
On November 1st, Denmark’s towns and cities will become filled with crowds of people dressed in blue Santa outfits.They’ll be celebrating J-Dag, an unofficial holiday to mark the time when the Tuborg Christmas Beer (Tuborg Julebryg) hits shelves and bars around the country.Carlsberg employees drive around in trucks and visit bars and cafés while singing the traditional Tuborg Christmas Brew song and handing out free beer to mark the start of the festive season.
This November, Copenhagen’s Dyrehaven park will be the setting for a wild ride, involving lots of thrills and spills. The Hubertus Hunt is a Danish horse riding tradition, involving roughly 160 riders and around 40,000 spectators.The Hubertus Hunt is a beloved tradition and has been taking place every year since 1900 – with a few exceptions during the World Wars. It’s a great day out, with many people choosing to bring a picnic and spend the day in the green and pleasant park.
A relatively recent addition to the Scandic film festival circuit, CPH PIX aims to feature ‘both oddballs of mainstream cinema and genre-bending niche films’.The festival will showcase films from different continents and genres, including many homegrown films.
The month before Christmas, the famed amusement park transforms into a winter wonderland where snow, decorations, little wooden homes and hundreds of thousands of festive lights are spread throughout the park grounds. The kids will be able to meet Santa and his reindeer, and Danish Christmas traditions such as the Saint Lucia procession can be viewed as well.The center piece of Christmas at Tivoli is the Christmas Market, where you can buy gifts, crafts, souvenirs, and warm food and drink, including the famed Danish hot wine called glögi that is sure to chase away the winter chill.
Lucia is a Christian tradition commonly celebrated across Scandinavia. It aims to bring light into the midst of December darkness, and celebrations are typically held at universities, schools and churches.The traditional festivities are a beautiful sight, with processions of children singing, carrying candles and dressed in white robes. The kayak procession through Copenhagen’s canals is a unique twist on this standard parade.
Step back in time and enter the Roaring Twenties! Following a string of events across Europe, Party Like Gatsby brings its show-stopping performances and glittery sets to the Danish capital this new year’s eve.The event organisers aim to recreate the glitzy, glamorous world of fictional character Jay Gatsby, who was created by writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2013 film Gatsby.Dress to impress in 1920s-inspired fashion and enjoy the entertainment provided by singers, dancers, musicians, pole-dancers, acrobats and fire breathers, then stick around for the wild party afterwards that will continue into the early hours of the morning.Doors open at 9pm at the Vega concert hall and the party continues until 4am. A little party never killed nobody, so don’t let Copenhagen’s wintry weather stop you from enjoying a night out!
Journalists, buyers and design enthusiasts from around the world will attend the annual event, which presents a ‘new and refreshing look at design, presented in a unique collaboration between top design companies and designers’.Georg Jensen, Paustian,
Muuto are among the names that have been present at recent years’ events.
As well as a multitude of gatherings, product launches, exhibitions and design talks spread across the city over the festival’s three-day run, free transport to the various venues is included in the ticket price, so guests can attend every part of the program they wish to.
At the time of writing, a full program for the festival hadn’t been published, so keep your eyes on the 3 Days of Design website for updates.