Christmas in Denmark including my Tivoli Garden Christmas Engagement. What we did. Where we stayed in Copenhagen, Denmark. And where we ate.
I love Christmas. It has always been my absolute favorite day of the year. This year I spent Christmas in Denmark (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, & the day after), with with my now fiancé, Devin (AHH!). We decided on Copenhagen, because Devin’s mom, dad, & sister, Micayla were flying into Copenhagen to visit us.
One quick train ride later & we were there!
I had never been to Denmark, so I was incredibly excited from the start. Devin & I arrived on Christmas Eve, & we ended up having dinner just at the hotel because it was a ghost town. SO many places in Denmark were desolate due to the Holidays & because of Danish law. Our only option was Indian cuisine…15 minutes away…walking. After our freezing/windy walk to the hotel from the train station, we opted out of more walking, due to the cold.
We awoke on Christmas morning to our stunning view of the canal, which our 5th floor floor-to-ceiling window fully displayed. I have always found Christmas to be such a magical & happy day, but I had NO CLUE what I had in store. After a fabulous breakfast, Devin & I then awaited the arrival of his parents & sister.
After seeing pictures of the Tivoli Gardens on Instagram, I knew that I had to go there, but I had no idea it was in such close proximity to our hotel (10 minute walk!). I was ecstatic to learn that we would be celebrating our Christmas dinner at a restaurant within the park.
Now I say park, because that is what it technically is. But the Tivoli Gardens looks like it was dropped down from a scene in the movie, Nutcracker! To say it was incredible is an understatement. Lights on every tree branch & countless Christmas trees complete with fake snow.
It was stunning.
After approaching this enormous Christmas tree in the middle of the park, we began to take just normal pictures, & the next thing I knew, Devin was on one knee.
I could not even believe what was happening.
It was better than anything I had EVER imagined.
Devin worked with his mom, sister, & my mom to help pick out my stunning Tacori emerald cut ring (which has always been my dream stone). Both the setting & stone is from New Hampshire, but the setting was designed by a designer in California.
I really love how it’s from New Hampshire. It’s such a special place for me, & has become my home in the U.S., so that alone, makes it very sentimental for Devin’s & my relationship.
The entire engagement is truly more than I ever could have imagined.
We met at such pivotal times in each others lives. We were just meant to find one another. It’s so crazy looking back, because I never pictured myself wanting to ever get married but when we met, we both knew very early on that we would absolutely spend forever together.
Both of our lives have changed drastically since meeting. My life has transformed in ways I never knew possible. I became the person & woman I wanted to be through loving Devin.
I am so thankful & overjoyed with happiness & love. I actually don’t have words for how I felt when he was on his knee. It was a real life dream.
I am so in love with him & our life together.
The rest of our time spent in Denmark, was nothing less than wonderful.
The day after Christmas, we walked miles through Copenhagen to see what we could find. There were not many locals up & about, it’s just part of their culture to lay low until New Years Day, which is so interesting, especially because in America the 26th of December is such a big day for malls, but almost all of the Danish shops were closed!
For dinner that evening, we were recommended this trendy place in Copenhagen called Gorilla. It was a cool, dimly lit place, where you chose 2-3 small items & call it a meal. I had raw scallops with shaved raw cauliflower & a beetroot salad with figs, which was delish, but the scallops…they were good, but not something I’d get again LOL! The menu varied from homemade pastas, to a dish with rabbit (which Devin got). Overall, it was a spot on place if you are ever in Denmark & want to experience a cool take on some Danish style dishes.
Devin & I headed back onto the train the next morning, to the city where we are living, Nässjö, and yes, pronouncing the city name is just as hard as it looks. His parents & Micayla soon joined us. Traveling is such an incredibly enriching experience & I am so grateful I got to experience such excitement with Devin & his family during our Christmas in Denmark. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so much love always, but especially this holiday season.
I wish everyone nothing but the best this New Year. Let me know if traveling is one of your New Years Resolutions! Be sure to follow along, I’m excited to post more about travel tips, planning, & adapting in a new country!