Christmas market at Odd Fellows Palæ
Oh my gosh, how is it December already?!
Is anyone else surprised by the sudden arrival of Christmas season? It might have something to do with the fact that we always celebrate American Thanksgiving in late November, so when most of Denmark starts drinking gløgg and putting twinkly lights in the windows, I refuse to get the Christmas decorations out of the basement before Thanksgiving is over.
This year, I kicked off Christmas season with a visit to a few Christmas markets last Sunday, including in Nyhavn and Kongens Nytorv.
But my first stop was at Odd Fellows Palæ, a town mansion close to Amalienborg Palace. The Christmas market plus flea market is an annual event and the proceeds go to charity, so why not stop by and browse around?
We couldn’t see all of the building, unfortunately, but what we could see was really beautiful. The mansion is from the Rococo area, built in the 1750s, and it boasts high ceilings with golden decor and shiny chandeliers.
The flea market was set up in the great hall, and we took some time to browse around for treasures.
Like any good flea market, we found books, old records, jewelry, kitchenware, paintings and even furniture. I might have even bought a little something as a Christmas present…
The rest of the market was full of handmade little Christmas products, sold by lovely elderly ladies and gentlemen who were happy to strike up a conversation.
There were knitted baby clothes and animals, crafted Christmas birds, ornaments, and figurines, home-baked cookies, and all sorts of other holiday-themed things. I took home some chocolate cookies and a jar of homemade pickled vegetables – I just LOVE anything pickled, really!
After we were done browsing the market, we sat down for this year’s first round of gløgg and æbleskiver. If you’re like “what the heck is æbleskiver?!”, check out my post about Danish Christmas foods here!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sure to check out as many Copenhagen Christmas markets as I possibly can – one of my favorites is still the one on Højbro Plads, because they have authentic German “Bratwurst” (hey, I’m German, let me get excited about grilled sausages, okay?).
This weekend, I’m planning to get the Christmas decorations up in the apartment – it feels like I’m way behind already!
How is your holiday season going so far? Did December sneak up on you, too?