One of the reasons for the short opening at Halloween is because of the extensive work required to prepare for the Christmas season. Tivoli at Christmas is magical, especially if there is an early-season snowfall which turns it into a veritable fairy tale.
Each year, the park selects a theme. The last two years have centered around Russia, complete with an extensive mock-up of Red Square and vendors selling Russian-style products. Because of the costs associated with it, there was a hybrid Russian-Nordic theme this past Christmas, with vendors selling items from as far afield as Greenland, Iceland, Finland and of course, Russia.
One of the primary attractions is the Christmas market in the center of the park. While not as extensive as the German markets, the one at Tivoli has its own intimate charm. And although it’s unlikely you will find anything cheap, there are occasional bargains to be found and unique gifts you won’t be able to pick up anywhere elsewhere.
Another attraction during the holiday season is the sound-and-lights show. While uninspiring during the summer months because of the long days, the Christmas-themed show can be enjoyed throughout the evening with the sun setting by late afternoon. The following are a number of pictures taken from last Christmas, some of them taken the day after the city was hit by a 20 cm (8 inch) snowfall.