Tivoli Gardens, Christmas

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.

Main entrance, decorated for the holidays

Main entrance, decorated for the holidays

The main walkway leading from the front entrance

The main walkway leading from the front entrance. This is the same location shown in the first picture of the previous two posts

The Pantomime Theatre at Christmas

The Pantomime Theatre at Christmas. Last Christmas they had reindeer  in a pen in front of the theatre

Nimb Palace at Christmas

Nimb Palace at Christmas

Swans in front of Nimb Palace

Swans in front of Nimb Palace

Recreation of Moscow's Red Square

Recreation of Moscow’s Red Square on the lawn in front of the main stage

Close-up view of the design. On my trip back to Canada at Christmas, I sat next to one of the primary designers

Close-up view of the design. I sat next to one of the primary architects (an American) responsible for designing this on a recent trip back to Canada  

Christmas market with a definiate bias towards Nordic goods

Portions of the Christmas market with a definite bias towards Nordic-produced goods

View of the park from side entrance

View of one of several streets which wind their way through the park

View of the Chinese Pagoda

View of the Chinese Pagoda with its reflection in the water

View over the lake

View over the lake. The open area is where the “Sound and Lights” show is held

A snapshot of the "Sound and Lights" show

A snapshot of the “Sound and Lights” show set to portions of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcraker Suite

"Snowflakes" dancing across the water, although the camera doesn't do it justice

“Snowflakes” dancing across the water, although the camera doesn’t do it justice

Christmas trees with red doves (or is it hearts?)

Christmas trees with red doves (or is it hearts?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Canadianindenmark

A Canadian expat working in the biotechnology industry in Copenhagen, Denmark
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One Response to Tivoli Gardens, Christmas

  1. Eva Mathiesen says:

    I’ve been to Denmark twice now (and Tivoli once), but only during the summer. It looks amazing decorated for Christmas.

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