Oh, how to describe the Danish word "Hygge" (hu-gah)? No other language has a single word that incorporates everything it means.
The closest I can come to describing it is to say that it´s a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary things extraordinary; the art of creating an atmosphere that nourishes the soul. Words like cosiness and comfort are often used to describe the idea of "Hygge", however they fail to capture the essence of this wonderful Danish word.
Christmas is the perfect time to experience true, authentic Danish "Hygge".
Tivoli Christmas market - The perfect place for "hygge"
One of our favorite places in Copenhagen at Christmas time is "Tivoli", the world´s oldest theme park, in the heart of Copenhagen. Each year before Christmas it is transformed into a winter wonderland full of "hygge". Whether you want to see the city from the Ferris wheel or enjoy a quiet moment on a bench with your loved one, you will not be disappointed by this charming park, lit up with millions of Christmas lights.
Does it get any more charming than this?
This year the Christmas Market had a Russian theme. Amazingly beautiful!
Of course, we lived in Copenhagen for 6 years, so we might be just a teeny, tiny bit biased. But honestly, you have to be Grinch if you don´t get into a festive spirit here:
Have you been to Copenhagen at Christmas time? What did you think?