Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Culture, Denmark, Expat life

Christmas at Bakken

Welcome to the oldest standing amusement park in the world! Bakken is completely free to enter and situated in a lovely forest area by Dyrehaven, an open park where deers roam freely. It’s perfect for a day trip from Copenhagen. I’ll post about Dyrehaven another time, so for now please enjoy these Christmas vibes at Bakken…and Merry Christmas!

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Christmas in Tivoli (Part 2)

If you haven’t seen Part 1 of this post, take a look here 🙂 This post, I’ll continue sharing images from Tivoli and show you how they decorated the place!

(photos taken before lockdown – Tivoli is now unfortunately closed)

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Christmas at Tivoli (Part 1)

Tivoli does it again! You’ve seen my posts on Tivoli in the summer (here and here) and for Halloween. Now December in Copenhagen could not be complete without some amazing Christmas themed decorations at Tivoli. Today I’ll share with you some of the delightful images I captured when I visited. In fact, I’ve got so many images I want to share that I’ve split this into two posts – so stay tuned for Part 2!

(photos taken before lockdown – Tivoli is now unfortunately closed)

Lots of cute Christmas ornaments to see…
This has got to be the most dazzling, glittering tree I’ve seen in my life, ha.
Cosy outdoor seating with blankets – you’ll find a surprising amount of Danes sitting outdoors even in the chilly November weather – though of course not now with new restrictions in place.
Golden reflections of all the Christmas lights in the mini lake…
…and more.
I’m not sure how they hooked up so many lights to all these trees, but they looked stunning in person.
The light beams in the background were projecting a heart into the sky.
This was taken inside a lovely cafe that myself and my partner frequent when we go to Tivoli usually…they make some incredible treats!
This tree had some moving lights making it look like dripping icicles. Absolutely magical.
A Christmas light waterfall?! They really thought of everything!
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Tivoli, Copenhagen (Part 2)

If you haven’t seen my first post on Tivoli, I suggest you have a look here 🙂 In this post I will share another set of pictures from Tivoli, with captures of the marching band, arcades, restaurants, and funny little items I saw in the cute shops dotted around the place.

Isn’t everything absolutely adorable?

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Tivoli, Copenhagen (Part 1)

Tivoli is apparently the second-oldest operating theme park in the world, having opened in 1843. I must confess I didn’t think much of Tivoli when I visited during my trip to Copenhagen in 2017 (probably because I went alone…), even though I do remember it being a cute place. It’s consistently in “Top things to do” type of articles on Copenhagen and well…I just didn’t see the hype.

Well, I’ve completely changed my impression of the place now. I got my boyfriend a year pass to Tivoli for his birthday (clever me found him a birthday gift that would benefit both of us, haha) and we visited just to have a walk around. And I must say it was so fun and completely magical, even though we didn’t go on any of the rides.

This time, I really noticed what a nice and well-kept amusement theme park it is – when I think amusement park, I tend to get these images of rickety, rusty, run-down rollercoasters and creepy music running in the background, or I think of tacky arcades and Ferris wheels in some nondescript seaside resort town. But Tivoli is nothing like that. It hosts upscale restaurants, a cute marching band, pantomime shows, proper concerts, perfectly manicured gardens, vibrant arcades, specialty gift shops (including a fancy liquorice shop with items like gold-dusted liquorice – very Danish) and a great balance of fun-to-look-at rollercoasters. There is definitely something for everyone, and all age groups – not just kids!

The other big amusement park I’ve visited in Europe is Disneyland Paris, and though Tivoli is a lot smaller, I think it really does compete for amusement and recreational value (and the entry fee isn’t too bad in comparison). The rollercoaster rides are much more interesting and it’s definitely a plus that the park is very much accessible as part of a city break – it’s located right in the heart of the city, basically a stone’s throw from the Central Station, Glyptoteket, and Strøget.

But I think the photos will do a better job of explaining the appeal of Tivoli, so I’ll just leave you with some images below. There will be more in my next post, so keep your eyes peeled 😉

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