In Denmark's second city Aarhus, where the seasonal markets open on 17 November through to 30 December, you can walk back through time to experience the atmosphere of Christmas in a bygone era, see Denmark's largest decorated Christmas tree, go skating in the park and even take in a Christmas concert.
With EasyJet, Europe's second largest low-cost carrier, set to launch its first ever twice weekly flight from Gatwick to Aarhus on 2 November, adding to the hugely popular Ryanair flight from Stansted to Aarhus, it's now even easier to indulge in some genuine Danish hygge.
The best place to start a weekend is at the new Salling Rooftop. Located on the top of the Salling department store in the centre of the city, take in the 360º views over Aarhus. With a glass of warming glögg (mulled wine) and æbleskiver (a special kind of Christmas pancake puff served with rich marmalade and coated in lashing of powdered sugar) in hand walk along the new Salling SKYWALK, suspended 27 metres above the 'Strøget' pedestrianised street below.
Then head over to Den Gamle By, for the Old Town's Christmas Market and walk back through time in this living museum to experience the atmosphere of Christmas during three time periods – the 1800s, the 1920s and the 1970s. In this open-air museum of urban history and culture you can take a peek inside some of its 75 historic houses, which have been relocated from all over Denmark. In the old merchant's house, for example, you will see the famous Danish Christmas story 'Peter's Christmas' then stop for lunch at the half-timbered Simonsen's Have whilst the fire crackles from a barrel in the middle of the courtyard.
Meanwhile at nearby Tivoli Friheden see the Christmas Market illuminated with over 300,000 Christmas lights and witness the largest decorated Christmas tree in Denmark. There are stalls filled with handcrafts and a food market offering traditional Danish classics.
Take to the ice on the city's outdoor skating rink in the Concert Hall Park and time your visit to warm up afterwards at one of the Concert Hall seasonal concerts in December. Options include The Sound of Christmas on 8 December and on 20 December there's the Anders Blichfeldt Christmas Gospel. More Christmas music can be heard across the city's many churches and a selection of unique hand-made gifts and Christmas decorations can be bought at the Cathedral Christmas market and along the old cobbled streets of the buzzing Latin quarter.
Away from the markets make time to visit the ARoS art museum, one of the largest museums in Northern Europe. On its roof see Your rainbow panorama, a 150 metre long, circular panoramic path with 360º views of the city or refuel at the light, bright ARoS Wine and Food hall where they serve home cured meats and snacks using their own honey.
Beyond the city don't miss the world class, Moesgaard Museum as the past comes alive with imaginative displays of Danish treasures and round off the weekend with a stroll along the nearby beach.
Getting there …
From 2 November 2018 EasyJet commences its twice weekly flights from Gatwick or Ryanair has UK direct flights from London Stansted to Aarhus.
Alternatively, fly with Ryanair to nearby Billund from as little as £19.99 one-way. British Airways also has daily flights from Heathrow to Billund with return prices from £120. BA also flies from London City Airport and Manchester to Billund through the airline's franchise partner Sun-Air.
It's now even easier to explore Aarhus and the surrounding Central Denmark Region, thanks to the new AarhusCARD which gives access to more than 20 museums and attractions across the city. Buy a 24, 48 or 72-hour card and enjoy discounts on shopping, free admission to the city's public swimming pool, and free transport by bus all over Aarhus and the surrounding region, including X-buses, night buses, local trains in the city of Lemvig and airport shuttles to and from Aarhus Airport and Billund Airport.