In the late half of November I went with a dear old friend to Den Gamle By – The Old City in Aarhus, Denmark. This is a sizeable venue made up of houses from the late 19th century for the most part, and one part of it made like in the 1970s. They had just started celebrating Christmas, with a little market at the centre of town, a Christmas tree and mounds of Christmas cakes in the little bakery shop. This is a post card of sorts from a very ‘hyggelig’* afternoon.

*Danish word, translates as something along the lines of ‘cozy, good time’.

christmas aarhus

The Danish/Nordic custom of leaving babies outside to sleep is alive and well in Aarhus.

christmas aarhus

christmas aarhus

There are real shops like in the old days. It is quite fun to browse the old books and recognise a few of them from your childhood.

christmas aarhus

christmas aarhus

christmas aarhus

Nisser (goblins, sort of) in barrels

christmas aarhus

christmas aarhus

christmas aarhus

christmas aarhus

We were sorely tempted! We ended up with a large honey heart each, which served well enough as an early lunch..

christmas aarhus

christmas aarhus

It was a cold and windy day, so we spent a lot of the time just sitting inside one of the cafés, eating cake and talking. Once we decided to go outside again it had gone completely dark, and it was time to go home.

Have you visited an open air museum like this before? How did you like it? Comment below.

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