Christmas time in Aarhus

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a fairytale Christmas in Aarhus?

Known as the ‘The Festival of Hearts’, by the people of Denmark, the Christmas period offers us the opportunity to see a different view of the festive time.

Take Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, for example. Danes have celebrated Christmas over the centuries at the award-winning open-air Den Gamle By.

Comprising more than 75 restored vintage Danish buildings, the museum cleverly brings to life different periods with costumed staff re-enacting bygone days. At Christmas, with the streets and houses lavishly adorned in decorations, 30 special festive exhibitions showcase everything from the renaissance parlour of a wealthy merchant grocer in 1625 and living room of a 1929 family with an Advent wreath and the first electric fairy lights, through to a town district in the 70’s bedecked with plastic decorations.

Wandering around the Christmas market and shops packed with period toys and gifts, no trip is complete without a visit to the local bakery for some freshly baked ginger cake or a Christmas cookie washed down with a traditional Gloegg (mulled wine).

Christmas in Aarhus isn’t however confined to Den Gamle By.

Kicking off with the Christmas Parade, lighting of the Christmas tree and shopping until near midnight on 28 November, the city shines under a sky of over half a million pinpoint lights for the festive season.

Complementing superb boutique and hand-made designer shopping in the ‘Latin Quarter’ or along the Vestergade, atmospheric Christmas markets are dotted throughout the city. There are handmade wares by the Cathedral, the old  Ridehuset equestrian hall has a range of colourful stands; live bands at the School of Architecture or you can just gorge on food and drink on Ingerslev Boulevard.

In addition to all the Christmas festivities, Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city and soon to be European city of Culture in 2017, offers numerous attractions including ARoS Aarhus Art Museum with its iconic eye-catching ‘Your rainbow panorama’ rooftop walkway, the Aarhus Concert Hall, The Occupation Museum, the Woman’s Museum and new state of the art Moesgaard Museum.

For more about Aarhus, click here.

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