Yes I know it's only autumn, but as the weather draws in and the clocks go back this weekend I begin to think about Christmas. In my mind it's never to early to start thinking about Christmas, planning and getting excited about the festivities.
As a family we love getting away in December to build up the excitement before Christmas.
Over the coming weeks I will share some Christmas getaway ideas, the perfect places for present shopping, sampling cultural delicacies and soaking up the festive spirit.
Nowhere does Christmas quite like the Danish. To kick us off I will share Copenhagen which is a real Christmas city destination. With a flight time of 1 hour and 45 minutes from London, it is the perfect destination for a quick get away, to have some festive cheer.
It is the second oldest amusement park in the world. It houses some of the oldest working roller coasters. Rutschebanen which is a wooden roller coaster was built in 1914. It also houses the second tallest carousel, The Star Flyer.
Tivoli offers a Nordic wonderland of snowy wooden market huts, selling gifts, ornaments, hot toddies, and wonderful snacks. You can visit Santa's
reindeer's, the beautiful Christmas lights, travel on the amusement rides and visit the theatre.
At night Tivoli becomes especially magical when the fairy lights and Chinese lanterns sparkle bright.
Tivoli also has some wonderful restaurants it is a foodies paradise, whether you are looking for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner you won't be disappointed here.Book early and you can also go and watch the Nutcracker Ballet at the Tivoli hall.
Now if the wonderful story and costumes don't get you in the Christmas spirit there really is little hope.
In the centre of the city you will find Højbro Plads Christmas markets and Strøget one of the longest pedestrian streets. That has wonderful shops that sell brilliant Christmas gifts, ornaments and food. You must visit The Royal Copenhagen store.
One of the absolute highlights for me was running along a snowy and icy road trying to keep up with these Fella's.
The Palace Guards are an amazing spectacle to behold. At noon everyday the guards from Rosenborg Castle march through the streets to replace those guarding the Palace. Given the conditions in winter they march very quickly, there were a few times that this lady nearly ended up on her bum.Some of the best views are to be had by the harbour
(Nyhavn), where brightly coloured buildings stand tall around the waterway.
Having an early morning breakfast and then taking a boat along the canal to see the city from a different view is really wonderful.
Operaen - The Opera House.
Other things to do our Saviour's church is one of Denmark's most famous churches, with a serpentine tower and 400 steps (not for those who suffer with vertigo or unfit). The views are well worth all the effort.
We had a truly wonderful stay in Copenhagen, and it is the perfect Christmas destination.
What do you enjoy doing in the lead up to Christmas, to get in the festive cheer?