I have to admit here and now that Christmas markets aren't really my thing. To be fair, Christmas isn't really one of my favourite things either. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to it, but I can never work out if that's because I enjoy the break from work and seeing all my family, or because it's actually Christmas. Plus Birmingham Christmas Market always seemed to get so badly in my way when I was trying to do Christmas shopping there, when I still lived in the Midlands. I'm also one of those massive Scrooges that gets annoyed that Christmas seems to be getting earlier and earlier each year.
Having moaned about that, it didn't stop me from visiting Nyhavn Christmas market during a trip to Copenhagen last month - quite possibly by chance more than determination. Nyhavn is one of the must visit places when you're in Copenhagen, so of course we were already planning to visit. It seems like the Danes were on to something when they decided to make this is a must visit tourist attraction (even if that was also by chance more than determination) because who can resist brightly coloured houses alongside a canal, with the added benefit of one of their more famous exports - Hans Christian Anderson - having lived there? Most locals during the ~hot~ summer months will head there and grab a beer and sit on the quayside - but we didn't have that luxury, as the temperature didn't exceed much more than three degrees for the entire time we were there.
So the Christmas Market which was taking place actually came to our rescue and perhaps I will have to change my mind about them! Instead of beer we were able to warm ourselves up with a cup of Gløgg - which is basically a Nordic mulled wine - the only difference I could see between the British version and the Danish version being that it had raisins in it, but nothing warms you up like a cup of mulled wine right? And if you're going to do a Christmas market, there's nothing more scenic than doing it in Scandinavia - especially on Nyhavn. Even though it's just a street and even though it's incredibly "touristy", I do think touristy things are often popular for a reason and I loved it.
Anyone else been?
Anyone else been?