New Year's Eve in Copenhagen, Denmark

Hang with royalty, watch fireworks, or party the night away

Fireworks in Copenhagen

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If you are spending New Year's Eve in Copenhagen, Denmark, you have a variety of events and locations to choose from. New Year's Eve in Copenhagen is a major annual event with revelers throughout the entire city looking for that special spot to welcome in the New Year. Check out the best ways to celebrate it in the capital city.

Midnight at the Royal Palace

As tradition goes, at midnight on Dec. 31, countless Copenhagen locals and visitors meet at the town square of Amalienborg, the Royal Palace. There, they wait for the clock chimes to toll the New Year and wish each other Happy New Year. At the palace, you can also get a chance to see the Royal Guard Parade in their red gala uniforms.

Dinner Out

Be sure to attend one of the New Year's buffets that most Copenhagen hotels offer on Dec. 31. Even if you are staying at a location that does not offer this, you can still get tickets for another hotel's New Year's buffet or dinner gala. Copenhagen's diverse restaurants are open on this night but they are busy. It is a good idea to book ahead if you want to eat out on New Year's Eve.

Nightclub Action

While it is common for families and friends to spend New Year's Eve in Denmark with each other, younger Danes in Copenhagen almost always go to local clubs and have parties of their own. Clubs in Copenhagen are packed on New Year's Eve. Bars and nightclubs pull out all the stops with special drinks, cocktails, and offers, such as entry and a bottle of bubbly, to really get the party started.

For LGBTQ couples and singles, consider going to the New Year's Pan Dance, which is the same-sex New Year's Ball in Copenhagen. Lessons are also available from the organization.

Fireworks Festival

For several nights leading up to New Year's Eve, the night skies above Copenhagen are treated to world-class fireworks displays, as part of the annual Tivoli Fireworks Festival. Each year there's a theme, with each year trying to outdo the last.

Some years, the world-famous Tivoli Gardens may be open on New Year's Eve. All the park's rides and attractions can be open up until the last hours of the eve. As the hour approaches midnight, Tivoli gets ready for the fireworks. Tivoli's restaurants often offer special NYE festive dinners.

Shopping During New Year's

Shops in Copenhagen may stay open until the afternoon on Dec. 31, meanwhile, museums and other attractions tend to stay closed or may close earlier. Jan. 1 is a public holiday in Denmark, so many shops and attractions are closed.

Other Nordic Countries and Scandinavia

If you are considering a trip to Sweden, Norway, Finland, or Iceland, you might want to check out other New Year's Eve traditions in other Nordic countries and Scandinavia. There are plenty of fun activities for New Year's Eve at your favorite destination, including the opportunity to celebrate the tolling of midnight in two different cities twice in one night.

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