Danish Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve in Denmark

In Denmark, Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve (24 December). It’s a day full of busy present-buying , dinner preparations and anticipation! Presents are exchanged and Danish families come together to eat, drink and be merry.

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Old Christmas beliefs

In the old days, it was common to give the animals a special treat on Christmas Eve. It was believed that all animals could talk on this special night, and nobody wanted the animals speaking ill of them! Today some families continue that tradition. They go for a walk in the garden, in the park or forest and bring along small goodies for Denmark’s furry friends.

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Christmas mass in Denmark

Many people attend an early Christmas mass in church before Christmas dinner. This is not just because of religious beliefs; many enjoy sharing in the tradition of coming together in church and singing Danish Christmas carols, as people have done for centuries.

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Plan your Christmas in Denmark

Christmas in Denmark

Try a Danish Christmas weekend break! Indulge in true Danish hygge, Christmas markets and the awe inspiring atmosphere in Tivoli Gardens.