Averages for Copenhagen in December

December brings with it the beginning of the winter season as well as some of the coldest conditions of the year. This is not the time to be visiting Copenhagen if cold weather is not your thing. However, the city can be magical when decorated for the Christmas holiday. If you do want to see the holiday decorations or just feel like a getaway during this time of the year, be sure to bundle up in order to keep warm.

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  • Temperature Temperature 2°C 36°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 4°C 39°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 0°C 32°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 1 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 50 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 18 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 6°C 42°F

Daily averages for December

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Averages for Copenhagen in December

December brings with it the beginning of the winter season as well as some of the coldest conditions of the year. This is not the time to be visiting Copenhagen if cold weather is not your thing. However, the city can be magical when decorated for the Christmas holiday. If you do want to see the holiday decorations or just feel like a getaway during this time of the year, be sure to bundle up in order to keep warm.

The region can feel much colder than other parts of Europe at the same time thanks to the damp marine air that comes into the city from the nearby Baltic Sea. As a result, scarves, heavy jackets and gloves are a necessity for this time of the year. The average daily temperature is a very cold 2°C (36°F). Meanwhile, the average afternoon high will only climb to 4°C (39°F). Of course, overnight lows are also very cold with temperatures falling to the freezing point every morning.

With temperatures hovering near freezing, there is a good chance that much of the precipitation that falls will be in the frozen form. When combined with the holiday decorations, the city can look like a fairy tale and be very beautiful. Overall, the precipitation will average 50mm for the month. This mix of frozen and liquid precipitation will typically fall over a period of 18 days of the month making a white Christmas a distinct possibility.

Average water temperatures are also very cold for the month. Only those taking a polar bear plunge will want to brave the 6°C (43°F) waters around the city. It will be a few more months before visitors and locals, alike can enjoy the surrounding beaches and waters. Additionally, the region only sees an average of 4 hours of sunshine per day for this time of the year. 

Where To Stay

One of the more unique hotels not only in Copenhagen, but throughout the country is CPH Living. This floating hotel is located in the centre of the city and offers an opportunity to not only relax on the water, but be close to it all. Each of the 12 rooms has a panoramic view of the city as well as the harbour and guests can take advantage of the rooftop terrace in the warmer months. Guests can also take advantage of a free breakfast each morning along with bike rentals and free Wi-Fi.

Those looking for a good, but inexpensive hotel will enjoy Hotel Rye. This small and charming hotel is home to warm and welcoming staff who will see to it that your every need is met. With only 14 rooms, there is plenty of time to dedicate to guests to make sure that each stay is the best it can be. With a wide variety of room options, there is one to fit every budget.

For the young backpacker through the country, be sure to check out the Copenhagen Downtown Hostel. If you are in town for the December holiday season, this hostel is an excellent choice to be close to the centre of the city. Guests have a choice of a private room, family room, or shared rooms. There is also a late night bar, cafeteria, restaurant, live music, kitchen and more all on-site.

Restaurants and Nightlife

Perfect for those looking to make a show or taste several dishes at one time, Kiln Kiln is one of the newest and hottest restaurants in Copenhagen. With a menu designed to get people to the show on time as well as a tasting menu and a regular a la cart menu, there are plenty of choices. Like many restaurants in the city, the menu at this eatery changes with the seasons in order to take advantage of the freshest local ingredients available.

Having been in business since 2003, Noma is still considered one of the best restaurants in the city. Taking advantage of the different seasons, the restaurant offers meat and fish in the autumn and winter months and then transforms to a vegetarian eatery from May to September. Be sure to come back again and again in order to take advantage of the different offerings on the menu.

If you find yourself in Copenhagen in December, try to be there for New Year’s Eve. The city is non-stop as revellers are ready to bring in the New Year. Be sure to take advantage of the bars and nightclubs offering special drinks and offers to keep the party going well past midnight. Be sure to step outside and also enjoy the fireworks over the city centre.

What To Do

Guarding the area between Denmark and Sweden, Kronborg Castle is one of the more popular tourist spots in Copenhagen. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castle has stood since the 1500’s with a long and distinct history. Today, it sees approximately 25,000 visitors a year. These visitors can see some of splendour of past centuries as well as enjoy a lovely lunch while on the grounds.

If the cold December weather is keeping you indoors during your visit, be sure to stop in the National Gallery of Denmark. As the country’s largest art museum, it houses some of the best Danish and international art going back several centuries. Visitors will enjoy a wide array of tour options, royal collections, concerts, performances and much more. Additionally, the museum only charges to see the permanent exhibits.

December events in Copenhagen

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Christmas Day

25th December 2016

Parties will scatter around Copenhagen during this Christmas celebration, especially in streets like Jægersborggade and Værnedamsvej. This Christmas event is a great chance to taste Christmas delights in Copenhagen, such as salted cod with beetroot tartar and a variety of scallop dishes.

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Christmas Eve

26th December 2016

On this public holiday, people will enjoy the bazaars and Christmas festivities in public places like the Visit Carlsberg, Louisiana Children's Wing and Tivoli Gardens. This is the perfect time to enjoy Danish beer and snaps.

Boxing Day

26th December 2016

Grams Laekkerier and Frederiksberg Have will be open to celebrate the momentous Boxing Day celebration in Copenhagen. Boxing Day is a traditional celebration of gift-giving, which is usually in a box. Celebrate in the streets of Istedgade and enjoy Swedish snaps and Bratwurst.

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