The early months of the year are always dark and a little cold in Copenhagen. We sometimes suggest finding things to do inside, and there are plenty – but Tivoli is trying something new this year. During the cozy, post-Christmas, Danish winter, you can enjoy Tivoli Gardens just like you do all year long.
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What's Winter Like in Denmark?
There’s plenty going on in Copenhagen during the winter months. There’s something for everyone in fact. Before the holiday, you have the famous Copenhagen Christmas markets. Besides those, and after they close in January, there’s plenty of other things going on such as festivals and relaxing spaces to spend evenings with loved ones. It might not be the warmest of places to visit during the winter months, but you’ll definitely get the most of your time here with fewer crowds than the rest of the year as well as a more relaxed atmosphere. (For a full list of things to do in Copenhagen during Winter – click HERE)
So you’re all set on Copenhagen during Winter… there’s only one place to truly immerse yourself and get the best experience. That’s the Tivoli Gardens. Here’s what to expect when visiting them.
What's Tivoli Gardens?
Tivoli is a highlight of any trip to Copenhagen no matter what time of year. Tivoli is the oldest amusement park in the world and one of the main influences in Walt Disney’s ‘DisneyWorld’ amusement parks.
Tivoli, the urban amusement park of Copenhagen is tucked away in the heart of this bustling, modern-day city. You won’t have much trouble finding it as it’s located right next to the central station and city hall.
The gardens transform year-round to suit the season. Stepping through the gates you’ll be transported into a new magical world. It won’t be long before you forget you’re in the Danish capital at all. You’ll be amazed by the decorations and extent to which to Parks organisers go to bring the Gardens to life!
Tivoli Winter Attractions
So now Christmas is over don’t expect to see Santa and his little helpers! However, the snowmen and beautiful lights that bring the park to life still survive throughout the season. Visiting during this period also means there’s a higher chance of experiencing some real snow in the park!
Inside Tivoli, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied and keep the cold at bay. The gardens have numerous exciting rides, all of which are open during the winter period. For those who aren’t a fan of rides, there’s an ice skating rink and some beautiful light displays. The jaw-dropping light displays can be found near Tivoli’s own lake.
There are two different light displays each evening. The best place to view the shows are from the bridge which overlooks the lake from the area in front of the Vertigo. See if you can spot the beautifully illuminated swans on the water.
If you’re feeling a little bit peckish… don’t worry. There’s plenty of options for food and drink within Tivoli. If you’re feeling the cold then nip inside the food hall and experience some of the finest eateries Copenhagen has to offer. If you’re lucky to be around during Valentines this is also perfect to enjoy a candlelit dinner with a loved one in one of the amazing restaurants of Tivoli.
Tivoli Winter Attractions for Kids
Tivoli also has plenty to offer from families and for those traveling with young children. You should definitely take a ride on the milky way express. There are plenty of other rides aimed at the younger crowd to also enjoy.
Inside the winter wonderland, you’ll find the ice skating rink, Pingonesia (a giant Igloo full of fun activities for the kids) and there’s also 2 shows a day put on by mascot, Rasmus Klump.
If you head to Pingonesia then expect plenty of slides, adventuring on the climbing walls and snowball fights with your friends and other youngsters.
Make sure you don’t miss the kid’s shows in the open-air theatre which are one every day at 14:00 and 16:00. After the show, the kids will even be able to meet the mascots and get a big hug to warm them up!
Ice skating can be great family fun. You can bring your own skates if you have them or they are available to hire for an extra charge. The skating rink is open from 11:11 – 20:45 Sunday through Thursday and 11:15 through 21:45 on Saturdays.
The children’s area of Tivoli is generally included within the entrance fee to the gardens.
The kids won’t want to leave once you let them free in this magical wonderland!
Hours and Ticket Information
Tivoli winter season 2020 runs from 31 January to 23 February.
Tickets can be bought directly from the Tivoli website or on the gate. (there is a 10% discount when booking online). Entry to Tivoli gardens starts at 130DKK for adults which is around $20.
The opening hours vary depending on when you plan to visit so make sure you check before you make plans to visit.
31 January – 7 February & 17 – 23 February:
Sunday – Thursday 11.00 – 21.00.
Friday – Saturday 11.00 – 23.00.
8th – 16th February:
Sunday – Thursday 11.00 – 22.00.
Friday – Saturday 11.00 – 23.00.
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