The winter holidays guide: 10 must-do activities in Aalborg

by Ashton Christensen

The winter holidays are about to roll over North Jutland, and for most people, that means a whole week off.

When you live in Denmark, what could you possibly spend a whole week on, since the weather can be… let’s say doubtful, possibly with snow?

Well, no need to worry, since MyAalborg is ready with ideas for family fun and a quick little guide to activities in Aalborg – indoors and outdoors.

For example, you could go on the great treasure hunt in the Aalborg city center and win lots of fabulous prizes, help feed carnivores at Aalborg Zoo or learn to fight like Vikings at Lindholm Høje Museum.

See the complete list below.

The Great Treasure hunt

Aalborg’s biggest treasure hunt runs five times during the winter holiday weeks, so there are plenty of opportunities for some fun alone or with family and friends.

Good entertainment for all ages is guaranteed, for a few hours, while you explore the central part of Aalborg.

There are more than enough tasty prizes and plenty of chances to win in the Great Treasure Hunt. 

At the same time, you can enjoy a good hour or two as family or friends, while hunting for clues, around Aalborg city centre.

The Great Treasure Hunt runs on February Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Monday 21st, Wednesday 23rd and October, Friday 25th.

Read more here.

Streetday at GAME Streetmekka

Hungry for active holidays? Then GAME Streetmekka is made just for you. Join them at what they do best: fun physical activities.

On February Wednesday 23rd, from 12.00 to 15.00, you can bring your kids down to Kridtsløjfen 10 and try your hand at street football, street art, hip hop, basketball and bouldering (free climbing on small rocks).

Everything is free, and GAME promises “great music, cool workshops and epic company.”

Read more here.

Photo: GAME Streetmekka

Workshop with LEGO, Minecraft and virtual reality

At Utzon Center, there’s a workshop for creative and playful architects – big and small.

In weeks 7 and 8, from 10.00 to 17.00, you can use Lego, Minecraft and virtual reality to explore the architecture.

Firstly, you design a model of your sculpture with LEGO, then the sculpture is scanned into Minecraft, and you can build on and refine the design. Finally, you get virtual reality equipment so you can step inside your sculpture and experience it 1:1.

The workshop ‘Design in LEGO – Enter through Minecraft’ is free for children who have a ticket to the exhibition.

Read more here.

Photo: Per Bille

Play with art

“Kunsten” invites the whole family to an all-inclusive holiday with lots of creative activities for everyone throughout weeks 7 and 8.

Taste exciting and exotic dishes in the brasserie, find your way and build your map in the family workshop, go on a journey of discovery with artist Pia Arke, experience world-famous art and design from the inside, and go on tour with a suitcase of art.

You can also participate in this year’s holiday treasure hunt, listen to the sound of wind in the living room, or enjoy a sunset over Florence in the Primavera painting.

Most offers in the Kunsten Kreativitarium are free of charge if the museum entrance fee is paid. Children and those under 18 years do not have to pay for admission.

Read more here.

Photo: Kunsten

Up close with carnivores at the Zoo

Aalborg Zoo always has exciting activities for little ones, and the winter holidays are no exception.

From February 12th to 27th, you can enter behind the scenes of the Carnivora House “rovdyr-huset” and meet Zoo staff who will show exciting effects from predators worldwide and talk about the Zoo’s conservation work.

Watch the staff feed the lions and tigers.

The event is free, but you must pay an entrance fee to the Zoo. The price is 105 kr for children aged 3-11, and 190 kr for adults.

Read more here.

Creative activities and movies

Aalborg Libraries always have lots of activities on their calendar.

During the winter holidays, you can make lanterns at the libraries in Svenstrup, Trekanten and Hals, while at Storvorde and Nørresundby Library, you can make yarn rings and letters. 

At the main library, you can make figures from recycled materials.

Read more here.

Photo: Aalborg Bibliotekerne

Fight like a Viking

Are you fascinated by Vikings? And has that enthusiasm contaminated the younger ones? If so, you need to visit Lindholm Høje February, Thursday 24th or Friday 25th

Here visitors can experience Viking weapons first hand and see how the Vikings used them to rule. There are reconstructions of original Viking weapons and also a warrior school where you can – under safe conditions – try to fight like an authentic Viking using swords, axes, shields and spears.

There will also be other activities if you aren’t into fighting. You can also learn how to create fire, char flax, and make runes on leather pieces.

Children and those under 18 are free, while adults cost DKK 90.

Read more here.

Nordjyllands Historiske Museum
Fyrkat
Photo: © Lars Horn / Baghuset.
Date: 16.10.20

Watch “The Emperor’s New Suit” at Aalborg Theater

In April 1837, “The Emperor’s New Suit” was published for the first time. Two weeks ago, it ran again, this time on Aalborg Theater’s Main Stage.

Aalborg Theater has presented successful children’s and school performances on the Big Stage several times, and this time is no exception.

We can certainly recommend the play to children and adults. With a running time of just 1 hour and 20 minutes, it’s undoubtedly affordable no matter how good you are at sitting still.

The next date for the play is February 19th; otherwise, it runs all through the winter vacation.

However, the play is in danish.

For more information, read here.

Photo: Allan Toft

Huge playground in the House of DGI 

If your kids love nothing but jumping and swinging around, head over to “DGI Huset Nordkraft,” which is transforming the DGI gym into a huge jumping, motivity and climbing playground.

Every day in week 8, 12.00 to 15.00

Children under two years are free, while entrance tickets for others must be bought online or in the gym.

Read more here.

Photo: DGI Huset Nordkraft

Winter holidays at the Aalborg Defense and Garrison museum. 

Aalborg Defense and Garrison Museum will be open for an unusual period in weeks 7 and 8. They have just revealed their winter holiday activities, which offer many fun activities for children and adults.

From large jets, weapons, motorcycles, guns, uniforms to special exhibits, you can explore the museum’s unique setting, including an original giant hangar built by the German occupying forces back in 1940.

Regarding winter holidays, the Training Regiment will exhibit various modern vehicles, which you can enjoy the sight of in weeks 7 and 8.

The museum is open every day from February 14th, Monday until Sunday 27th from 10.00 – 16.00.

Read more here.