Denmarks Youngest City Celebrates Christmas

Denmark’s youngest city, Aarhus, has lots to offer visitors all year round with its marvellous collection of galleries, museums and theatres along with the spectacular countryside. Christmas time  is a magical experience in this vibrant place, and the streets are awash with wonderfully decorated market stalls.

Getting There

There is a choice of airlines flying to Aarhus from the UK.  Low cost carrier Ryanair has a daily flight from London Stansted and there are several British Airways flights that operate daily from various UK regional airports to Tirstrup, Aarhus.

Christmas Is Coming In Aarhus

In the weeks’ leading up to Christmas, the streets of the old town of Aarhus are decorated and some of the restored old buildings become living museums, with each depicting a different scene and a different era. The exhibitions range from a Renaissance Merchants house in 17th century style, right up to a 1970’s reconstruction of a modern family home complete with loud wallpaper and flock materials!

The Byens Julemarked is one of the finest areas around for buying special gifts for loved ones over the festive season. Beautifully hand-crafted items are easy to spot in this unique and atmospheric environment – since there are hundreds of little places to discover novel Christmas presents.

Christmas Market

Each street and region is decked out in the style of a different era, with the more sedate decorations of the 17th century changing as you cross the Town Square and enter the surroundings of Sondergade Street. Here you will see electric lights and the now familiar sight of Christmassy spruce trees for the first time. A little further along you are taken back to the heady days of 1974 with a rich array of glass, plastic and metal decorations with Christmas lanterns hanging overhead.

All the store holders around the town centre also enter into the spirit and their shop windows reflect the charm and innocence of a bygone age, decorated with fairy lights and mechanical displays. The narrow alleyways are covered in spruce boughs and flickering candlelight gives the whole town a picture perfect feel.

Aarhus Attractions

You can also get the sense of old Aarhus with a candle lit tour by a fictional character who will carry a simple lamp to show the way. This truly evocative walk gives a real magical feeling of in a time before electric lighting. Sample some of the local specialities as you wander the streets looking for bargains – for instance, you could try some traditional Danish fayre such as crispy doughnuts, rich rice pudding and klejner cakes on your journey.

Whilst exploring the Christmas delights of Aarhus,  find time to pay a visit to some of the city’s wonderful attractions including the Domkirke, Denmark’s tallest cathedral and the Aarhus Museum, which is the main rt gallery in the town. Walks to the closed beach at Permanente give breathtaking views across the Aarhus bay and there is always the thrill of the Viking Museum beneath the Nodea Bank or the Moesgard Museum full of the relics from the town’s long history.