For history fans: Jul i den gamle by, Aarhus
November 14–December 30, 2015
This lovingly re-created open-air museum allows visitors to step back in time with traditional Danish holiday scenes from centuries past. Beginning with the 1600s, the exhibits move through the 19th century, which brought the Christmas tree, and culminate with the 1920s, when electric fairy lights made their appearance. Finish off at the traditional Danish Christmas market, which sells mechanical toys, books, posters and homemade sweet treats.
Viborgvej 2; dengamleby.dk/jul
For fairy-tale festivities: Hans Christian Andersen Market, Odense
November 4–6 and 11–13, 2015
Christmas takes center stage in many of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, and the famous Dane’s hometown celebrates with entertainment inspired by his stories. Meet the Little Match Girl, see where the writer grew up, and stroll around a bustling market selling Christmas decorations, jewelry and crafts—all in a fairy-tale setting.
Sortebrødre Torv 1; visitodense.com/ln-int/danmark/christmas-in-odense-gdk828858
For a Viking experience: Valhalla parade and Christmas market, Skagen
December 6, 2015
At the northernmost tip of Jutland, locals celebrate the holidays with a Valhalla parade in which 30 Icelandic horses with riders in Viking dress lead the way to a Christmas market complete with Viking food, music, arts and crafts.
Photographs: Nana Hagel