Sankt Hans is a Danish Midsummer celebrated on the evening of 23 June. Every year, in every city there are bonfires on beaches and in parks. They are accompanied by concerts, speeches, and picnics.
It has been celebrated since the times of the Vikings by lighting up a large bonfire to ward away evil spirits. In the 1920s, the tradition of putting a witch made of straw and cloth on the bonfire emerged as a remembrance of the church’s witch burnings from 1540 to 1693. This burning sends the “witch” away to Bloksbjerg, the mountain Brocken in Germany, where the great witch gathering was thought to be held on this day.
Most neighbourhoods have their own events, which are open to everyone. Very often it’s on the beach, by a lake or in the local park, like for example Tivoli or Frederiksberg Have or Bakken.
You can find bigger Sankt Hans events this year, the following places:
Islands Brygge, Copenhagen Event for the whole family. Click here for info.
Østerbro, Copenhagen A very child friendly event at “Kildevældsparken”. Click here for info.
Vesterbro, Copenhagen In the park “Enghaveparken” there will be a bonfire and a activities for the whole family. Click here for info.
Nørrebro, Copenhagen Midsummer party at “Blågårdsplads”. Click here for info.
Centre, Copenhagen Here you can see the bonfire by the channel. Click here for info.
Amager, Copenhagen Bring your picnic to the nature park. Click here for info.
Docken, Copenhagen Grill and lounge music at Docken. Click here for info.
BAKKEN in Klampenborg Especially for the children the world’ oldest amusement park “Bakken” in Klampenborg celebrates Sankt Hans with a lot of entertainments for the children. Click here to find more info. Later in the evening, there will also be entertainment for the adults.
Tivoli in Copenhagen Midsummer concert. Click here.