I would agree that February is not Copenhagen’s best month in terms of daylight and weather but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things to see and do during this time. It is a myth that this is a month to avoid visiting the city. With the right clothes to keep you warm there is plenty to see and do without all the tourist crowds around Christmas and the summer.
Since 2018 Tivoli has added an extra season to the calendar and is open for the winter from 1st February until the 24th with a number of fun activities to enjoy including a beautiful ice rink outside Nimb, where the ice will interact with the people skating. There will also be a Northern Lights event near the Open Air Stage which will illuminate the heavens with a range of electronic sounds and smoke effects to conjure up the atmosphere of the unique natural phenomenon. Tivoli will be bringing light into the dark with the main walk sprinkled with interactive stardust that varies in colour depending on the height of the guest. There are loads more interactive light displays across the park and almost all the rides will be open. Winter in Tivoli has joined forces with Copenhagen Light Festival in February and will present several spectacular light installations unique to Winter in Tivoli, including Hans Christian Andersen’s eleven Wild Swans glowing in the dark.
This festival across the city is in its second year and includes a number of fantastic light displays across the city, guided walks and also a special canal boat trip to see the lights from the water. Just remember to wrap up as it gets cold out in the harbour.
If you are into jazz the Winter Jazz Festival running from 1st until 24th February is perfect to get out and beat the winter blues with over 150 events across both Copenhagen and the rest of the country.
This takes place in week 7 and It is the same concept every year. You can eat at more than 200 quality Danish restaurants. What they all have in common is that they serve a three-course menu for just DKK 215 per person including San Pellegrino mineral water. All of these menus are specially made for the festival, so you won’t find it outside this week.
Ice Skating at Frederiksberg Runddel
The rink outside Frederiksberg Have is open until March. It is free to skate if you own your own skate but if not you can rent them from the cabin next to the rink.
The canal boat tours from Nyhavn will also be running (as they run all year round).
The new ski slope at Amager Bakke is nearly ready to open but they are offering members of the public the chance to try out the lower part of the slope on the 12 and 13 February and you can sign up for a chance to take part here.
Sauna is a fantastic way to warm up during the winter months and has been a tradition in Scandinavia for centuries. For a slightly different experience you can book one of the saunas or hot tubs run by Copenhot on the harbourside. Bracing!
I hope this inspires you to either visit or, if you live here, to get out and enjoy the city.