In contrast to the family gatherings of Christmas,New Year’s Eve is mainly celebrated with friends. For many Danes the evening includes watching the 6 p.m. broadcast of the royal New Year speech, gathering together for a festive dinner with friends and family, watching the 18-minute recording of the classic comedy sketch “Dinner for One” and toasting with champagne at midnight. The Town Hall Clock in Copenhagen marks the beginning of the New Year, and most people watch the clock countdown on TV. Many Danes head outdoors after midnight to celebrate with a small fireworks display.
Many people also meet up at cafés or bars during the day on December 31st to wish
each other a happy new year. Usually cafés in the city will be full of people in the afternoon, and at night many restaurants and bars offer special New Year’s menus.