Lonely Planet Writer

Good news for anyone visiting Copenhagen in February

Copenhagen’s beloved Tivoli Gardens amusement park is celebrating its 175th birthday this year, and to honour the occasion, they’re launching a brand new season. Traditionally closed between New Year and Easter, Tivoli will open its doors throughout February for Winter in Tivoli.

Tivoli Gardens amusement park, Copenhagen. Image by fotoVoyager/Getty Images

From 2 to 25 February, thousands of sparkling decorations will light up the park with all things winter: icicles and snowflakes, snowmen, and the Snow Queen. An ice skating rink will be created in front of the Arabian-inspired Nimb Hotel and will feature Parties on Ice and Dance on Ice, as well as Polar Parties for kids.

Hotel Nimb in Tivoli Gardens Image by Lonely Planet

Young visitors can also play in a giant igloo, do arts and crafts at creative workshops, and enjoy a Carnival costume party and special Valentine’s Day activities. Selected rides, including the 103-year-old roller coaster and two of the charming carousels, will be open, with unlimited ride passes available at a discounted rate of 100kr (US$16.60). Guests can warm up and fill their bellies in the newly-opened Tivoli Food Hall, billed as fast gourmet food, featuring a wide variety of cuisines.

The rollercoaster at Tivoli Gardens amusement park. Image by Shutterstock

The park will also take part in the premier of the Copenhagen Light Festival, with dazzling lighting displays illuminating the dark winter nights. Music, light, and special effects will come together for Tivoli Illuminations light and water show at the lake, and winter-themed projections will transform the Nimb Hotel into an ice castle.

Founded in 1873, Tivoli has inspired many over the years, from fairy tale-writer Hans Christian Andersen to Walt Disney himself. Its popularity continues today, with the park welcoming 4.6 million guests in 2016 alone, making it Denmark’s most popular attraction.

Originally a summer attraction, Tivoli launched a festive Christmas season in 1994 and a spooky Halloween season in 2006. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the elegant gardens, thrilling rides, theatrical performances, and assortment of restaurants.

By Caroline Hadamitzky