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Denmark transforms into a fairyland during its winters. As temperatures drop, the country is taken over by the warm embrace of the holiday spirit. From bustling Christmas markets in cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus to vibrant winter festivals, there's no shortage of things to do in Denmark during winter. Experience the celebration of light at the famous Copenhagen Light Festival, hit the slopes on Copenhill, or cozy up in quaint cafés with hot cocoa and Danish pastries. A trip to Denmark in the winter promises an unforgettable Nordic adventure.

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Denmark experiences a cold winter from December to February. Temperatures normally range from -2 °C (29°F) to 5°C (41°F) during this time, with February being the coldest. The coastal areas are colder due to winds coming in from the sea.

Denmark is no stranger to rain. Light drizzles and occasional rain showers are expected during winter, with December receiving the most rainfall. If you want to indulge in winter sports, plan your Denmark trip for January or February, as they have higher levels of snow than in December. 

Month December January February
Avg high

4°C (40°F)

2°C (36°F) 4°C (40°F)
Avg low 0°C (32°F) -2°C (29°F) -3°C (27°F)
Rainfall (mm) 50 mm 40 mm 20 mm

For a more detailed seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Denmark.


People walking through triangular gates lit by red lights.
Visit the Copenhagen Lights Festival held during winter to witness the exhibitions of top light artists from around the world.

trip to Denmark in winter is nothing short of stunning. There’s a festive spirit in the air, with enchanting Christmas markets and historic sites in every town. Here are some reasons why you should plan a trip to Denmark during winter.

  • Visit Christmas markets: Denmark comes alive with Christmas spirit during winter. Wander through lively Christmas markets with twinkling lights and festival decorations. Sip on mulled wine, savor Danish pastries, and find unique gifts.
  • Explore picturesque towns: Witness the fairytale transformation of historic castles and picturesque towns draped in a delicate layer of snow during winter in Denmark. The winter landscape adds a magical touch to iconic sites.
  • Attend vibrant festivals: Denmark comes alive with vibrant carnivals in winter. Aalborg hosts a Winter Carnival with colorful parades, vibrant costumes, and street performances. Don’t miss the mesmerizing light displays at the Copenhagen Light Festival, where iconic landmarks, bridges, and urban spaces transform into dazzling works of art. Copenhagen's Winter Jazz Festival is a treat for music lovers, and Odense, the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen, hosts a winter festival dedicated to the beloved storyteller. 

If you're considering a trip to Denmark, look at our Denmark guide for a clear overview to help you plan your journey effectively.


Denmark is packed with beautiful places to explore, from the bustling capital of Copenhagen to the spectacular landscapes of Jutland. Here are some top destinations to consider for your winter trip.

1. Copenhagen 

Tivoli Gardens and the statue of poet H.C. Andersen.
Visit the winter wonderland of Tivoli Gardens where rides adorned with Christmas decorations are waiting for you.

A trip to Copenhagen during winter is full of festivities and cultural wonders. With chilly temperatures of between 0°C (32°F) and 4°C (39°F), the city is taken over by festive fervor. With its iconic twinkling lights, charming Christmas market, and exhilarating rides, Tivoli Gardens offers a fairytale setting for all ages to enjoy. Nyhavn's colorful façades take on a new charm in winter, and Copenhagen's Christmas markets, like Nytorv square, heighten the holiday spirit.

Major Attractions: Church of Our Saviour, Nyhavn, National Gallery of Denmark, Rosenborg Castle


  • Copenhagen transforms into a winter wonderland full of fun and celebrations. Twinkling lights, Christmas markets, and the holiday ambiance create a magical atmosphere.
  • Winter sees fewer tourists compared to the peak summer months. Tourist attractions, museums, and cafés are less busy, allowing you to enjoy Copenhagen's cultural and historical treasures without the crowds.


  • The winter season brings shorter days, limiting the amount of daylight for exploration. Attractions may close earlier, and outdoor activities might be more limited due to the earlier sunset.

2. Skagen

Tourists exploring a beach in Skagen during their Denmark winter trip.
Walk along the otherwise crowded beach shores of Skagen in tranquility during your winter trip.

Set on Denmark's northernmost tip, Skagen offers a serene winter retreat with its windswept landscapes and artistic legacy. During the winter season, daytime temperatures here hover around 2.5°C (36°F). The town’s charming streets adorned with yellow houses, the iconic Skagen Museum, and its windswept beaches are perfect for exploring on a cold winter’s day.

Major Attractions: Skagen Museum, Skagen Lighthouse, Grenen


  • Skagen offers a tranquil coastal experience during winter. Beaches like Grenen provide a tranquil setting where you can enjoy the peaceful sound of waves crashing on the shores without the summer crowds.
  • The coastal town has a rich artistic history, and winter provides a quieter time for cultural exploration. The Skagen Museum, dedicated to the Skagen Painters, and other artistic venues offer a meditative environment to appreciate the town's creative heritage.
  • You get to partake in the annual Skagen Ice Swimmers Festival towards the end of January.


  • In winter, Skagen experiences a decrease in tourist services compared to the peak summer season. Some shops, restaurants, or attractions may be closed or have limited operating hours.

3. Aarhus

Aarhus Cathedral on a winter morning.
Be sure to attend the famous Christmas concert in Aarhus Cathedral.

Nestled on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula, Aarhus is Denmark's second-largest city and a cultural hub. During the winter months, temperatures here sit at around 3°C (37°F), making it perfect for wandering around museums like the world-renowned ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and its iconic Rainbow Panorama. The Latin Quarter, with its cobbled streets, cozy cafés, boutique shops, and Den Gamle By, an open-air museum full of beautiful historical buildings, also begs to be explored.

Major Attractions:  Harbour Bath, Aarhus Old Town, Christmas market in Ridehuset, Aarhus Cathedral


  • Enjoy the charm of Christmas markets, seasonal fairs, and community celebrations that bring a joyful ambiance to Aarhus during the winter season.
  • Aarhus' culinary scene shines in winter. Local restaurants and cafés may feature seasonal menus showcasing Danish winter specialties.


  • Aarhus' beautiful coastal areas, like those around the Marselisborg Forests and Moesgaard Beach, may be less accessible in winter.


Tourists and locals exploring a Christmas market in Copenhagen.
Visit Hojbro Plads Square in Copenhagen to explore its Christmas Market in December.
House of Music in Aalborg.
Uncover musical wonders amidst the cozy winter charm of the House of Music in Aalborg.

Denmark in winter is a tapestry of festive delights, coastal tranquility, and cultural gems waiting to be uncovered. Whether you're into winter sports, seaside retreats, or soaking up the holiday vibes in a city, you’ll find plenty of exciting things to do in Denmark in winter.

  • Explore the Wadden Sea National Park: Visiting the Wadden Sea National Park in winter offers a unique perspective on this remarkable coastal landscape. Witness the spectacle of migratory birds, including geese and ducks, as they make the Wadden Sea a temporary home. Explore the vast mudflats, where migratory birds find refuge. Enjoy scenic walks along the coastal paths without the crowds of summer.
  • Discover historical Aalborg: With its quaint charm, Aalborg takes on a magical glow in winter. Wander through the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town, lined by centuries-old buildings adorned with a dusting of snow. Gammel Torv, the city's main square, transforms into a vibrant Christmas market with stalls offering handmade crafts and Danish holiday treats. Dive into the exhibits at the Aalborg Historical Museum or visit the Aalborg Defense and Garrison Museum to uncover the city's military past. Stroll along the waterfront of the Limfjord fjord and enjoy a cozy meal with tranquil wintery water views.
  • Partake in winter sports: Although Denmark is not known for its mountains, it still has decent terrain for winter sports. Try your hand at downhill skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of Himmelbjerget, one of Denmark's few modest peaks. Or glide across the ice while ice skating on one of many ice rinks in Copenhagen. Also, try your hand at ice hockey, one of Denmark's most popular sports, at the Rodovre Skojte Arena. 


  • Winter in Denmark can be chilly, so dress warmly. A good winter coat, waterproof boots, and thermal accessories will keep you comfortable as you explore the winter landscapes.
  • Winter is the perfect time to embrace the Danish concept of ‘hygge,’ a feeling of coziness and contentment. Look for warm and inviting cafés, indulge in hot beverages, and enjoy the laid-back ambiance of Denmark's winter charm.
  • Keep an eye on winter festival schedules. From light festivals to Christmas celebrations, Denmark's winter calendar is filled with events.

From the festive spirit of Copenhagen to the tranquil beauty of coastal landscapes, a winter visit to Denmark promises an unforgettable blend of cultural delights and seasonal wonders.

Reach out to our local travel experts to plan a customized trip to Denmark in winter.

Published by Supriya Rayamajhi, updated on February 9, 2024

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