The Experience: Celebrate in Scandinavian style in Copenhagen, where legendary amusement park Tivoli Gardens—the world’s second oldest—puts on quite a show. Amid a backdrop of Christmas trees dotting the landscape, browse 50 stalls selling décor, traditional winter clothing and warm drinks, or take a spin on the park’s many magical rides. Special guests include Father Christmas and a cohort of live reindeer. At nighttime, with thousands of fairy lights aglow, walking through the gardens is truly enchanting.
Unique Find: Get a nisse ornament, inspired by the pixie-like folkloric creatures who are rumored to live in barns and attics, helping take care of things for those who are nice to them. Danish children leave out a bowl of rice pudding on Christmas Eve for the nisse.
Must-Tastes: The sphere-shaped æbleskiver are Danish pancakes served with jam and a liberal sprinkling of powdered sugar. Pair the treats with the divine-smelling gløgg, a hot mulled wine spiced with raisins, almonds, cinnamon sticks and cloves that have been steeped in aquavit or another alcohol.