The highlight of our city break to Copenhagen was a family day out at Tivoli Gardens.
Tivoli Gardens amusement park comes firmly top of the list for best family attractions in Copenhagen. Located in the centre of the Danish capital and founded in 1843, it has become a national treasure visited by people from around the world.
Family day out at Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
The secret to Tivoli Gardens success is it offers something for everyone, the young and the young at heart…. beautiful scenery, historic buildings and well manicured gardens not to mention the traditional rides such as the classic carousel and roller coasters which promise to thrill the most extreme of dare devils.
We were aware before entering Tivoli that it had recently undergone a Winter Wonderland transformation which took over 10,000 hours to complete. We were however still absolutely blown away at the sheer beauty of the attraction. I know it is a cliché however my words and images do not do Tivoli Gardens at Christmas justice. The fairy tale atmosphere created at the park is something we have never experienced before, a unique experience.
Everywhere we looked there were Christmas trees, lights, snow and festive market stalls. The photo opportunities were endless.
We entered the park as it opened at 11am and after taking in our festive surroundings visited Santa Claus in his living room at the historic Peacock Theatre. I must admit I am rather crazy about Christmas and I love nothing better than a traditional Santa with a luxurious red suit and an authentic looking beard. The Tivoli Santa was just perfect, he had a large belly (sorry Santa) and a fabulous white beard and even matching eyebrows and a moustache! There was no queue and he spent quality time with my boys discussing Christmas and the gifts they would like, it was absolutely magical.
A visit to Santa is included in the entry price which is pleasantly surprising as entry into Tivoli for children under the age of 8 is free. All children receive a small chocolate from Santa as a token gift. Professional photos were also great value for money at 60 DKK for one, 100 DKK for two ( approximately £6 & £10)
Other highlights of Tivoli Gardens
We made good use of our multi-ride bands and experienced the majority of the rides on offer. Charlie my eldest son (4.5 years old) particularly enjoyed Tivoli’s oldest ride (built-in 1914), a wooden roller coaster which is one of only seven roller coasters worldwide which have a brakeman on board every train. He also loved the ‘Little Dragon’, the dragon boats, swing carousel and the hot air balloon ferris wheel which provided excellent views of Tivoli and Copenhagen.
Harry at 18 months old loved the traditional carousel and was captivated by the Tivoli lights. He also enjoyed the evening ‘Illumination Show’ which was worth waiting around until nightfall for. The show was accompanied to music and lit up the entire lake.
The new ‘Christmas Light Show’ which takes place on a flying blanket above China Town was also enjoyable. It was accompanied by Christmas music but was only a short five minute show compared to the more impressive 15 minute ‘Illumination Show’.
Dining in Tivoli Gardens
There are 43 restaurants and food stalls in Tivoli Gardens offering everything from traditional Danish cuisine to French bistro and Asian food. As I mention in our tips for visiting Tivoli Gardens, we dined on fast food for lunch from a food stall and enjoyed a healthy dinner at Wagamamas. We also enjoyed lots of festive goodies in between from the Christmas market stalls.
Family day out at Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen… final thoughts
We visited Tivoli Gardens as a party of six, my immediate family plus my brother and sister-in-law. We all had a fun and memorable family day out. As well as being thoroughly entertaining, the park was immaculate, we did not see any rubbish anywhere. They clearly maintain and paint the park and rides regularly. We also found the staff friendly and helpful.
Our only slight criticism was the lack of information whilst at Tivoli regarding the Illumination Show and Christmas Light Show. It is therefore recommended that you download the Tivoli app prior to visiting so that you do not miss out on any of the events taking place. For more of our recommendations read ‘Tips on Visiting Tivoli Gardens as a Family’
Need to know
Website address – https://www.tivoli.dk/en/ Address – Tivoli Gardens, Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V. Admission – Adult 99 DKK (110 DKK Friday – Sunday), under 8’s free. Multi ride tickets – 209 DKK (220 DKK Friday – Sunday), for all riders age 1+
Disclosure – We were provided with complimentary admission and multi ride tickets for our visit to Tivoli Gardens, our opinions are however, as always, our own.
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