Danish hygge: A fairytale-Christmas in Odense

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They’re everywhere this time of year. The Christmas markets. And whether you’re a big fan of them or not, they light up our cities in this period, where days are “short” and dark. Well, not only the markets, but the vast amounts of Christmas decorations and twinkling lights that seem to be expanding year by year.

That said, some cities are just more ideal for creating a Christmas-atmosphere than others, and I’m proud to say that my hometown Odense here in Denmark is among the better ones – in my opinion anyway.

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Twinkling lights down through Vestergade – as seen from the town hall square

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The city’s largest Christmas tree – in front of the majestic town hall

The main reason is that our lovely city is blessed with the fairytale-like H.C. Andersen Quarter, where the world famous writer was born. And today it’s one of the nicest parts of the city, with its cobbled streets and squares, and the tiny and colourful townhouses. Simply picturesque!

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A look down through one of the cobbled streets in the H.C. Andersen Quarter

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Do some Santa-shopping at ‘Klods Hans’ in Odense’s historic neighbourhood

This is the setting of the annual Christmas market, which is normally held during a couple of weekends in the beginning of December – and this year was no different. It meant a lot of people on the streets, despite the low temperatures, and it always boosts the spirit to new heights.

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Christmas market stalls in the old part of town

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Everything oozes Christmas atmosphere at the market in Odense

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Take a break and try some traditional Danish ‘Gløgg & Æbleskiver’

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Danish ‘hygge’ around the old half-timbered buildings – right in downtown

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Just waiting for the snow!

Odense is more than this old neighbourhood, and the rest of the city is nicely dressed up for the season too, including our Italian-inspired town hall and the towering tree in front of it. These photos are mainly from around the town hall and the H.C. Andersen Quarter, but there are more Christmas-cosy quarters around the city, like Brandts Passage and Vintapperstræde. So if you’re around this part of the world, you might wanna come check it out for yourself – or plan a trip for 2018.

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The newly opened ‘Arkaden Food Market’ is also dressed for Christmas

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Christmas in Odense by night

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By Brian Schæfer Dreyer