Last week I travelled to Copenhagen for a long weekend to explore the city and to experience what the famous Danish “hygge” is all about. I believe hygge means something like creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people especially during the darkest time of the year. I am sure this something we all can take home from Denmark, a country of the happiest people in the word.On Saturday evening after a busy day of sightseeing it was time to slow down, take it easy and enjoy some Danish hygge at the world’s second oldest theme park Tivoli Gardens’ fairytale like Christmas world.Tivoli definitely is more than just an amusement park, the place feels like a mini town of its own and there is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. In addition to the amusement park rides, Tivoli has theatres, music festivals, lush gardens, lakes, shops and a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes.Now during the festive Christmas season Tivoli is decorated with thousands of colourful lights and Christmas decorations creating a magical atmosphere straight out of a storybook. The ambiance was something very similar to what we experienced at the Carnival of Light and Colour in Helsinki a few months back, but this was a lot more spectacular.White fake snow was dribbled here and there to create a fairytale like feeling of a white winter wonderland.Tivoli was also converted into a gigantic Christmas market with hundreds of colourful little huts and stalls selling Christmas decorations and lights, toys, snacks, sweets, popcorn, cotton candy, mulled wine etc.In the Chinese area of Tivoli Gardens we watched a spectacular Christmas light show to traditional Christmas songs like Jingle Bells and Let it Snow. At that point I realised that Christmas is honestly just around the corner, less than five weeks away!Later in the evening we were entertained by a Christmas illuminations show with majestic music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker transforming Tivoli Lake into a playful world of colour, light, laser, fire, smoke and water.Strolling around in the gardens admiring the beautiful architecture and historical buildings all decorated with stunning Christmas lights felt totally like walking in a fantasy world.Popping into the little Christmas huts to buy Christmas presents and stopping for some steaming mulled wine and roasted almonds was such an enjoyment.The evening at Tivoli could not have been more relaxing. So much hygge, so much joy. I wish I coud do this every weekend during the dark Christmas season to escape all hustle and bustle.
Location: Tivoli Gardens, Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 Copenhagen VHave you had a chance to visit Tivoli Gardens? How do you create hygge in your life during the cold and dark season?
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