NEW YORK -- Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden, are
preparing to host New Year's parties that will usher in the next
century with nonstop entertainment.
Copenhagen's millennium revelry will swirl around Tivoli
Gardens, the city's fairy-tale amusement park. To take part in
Tivoli's first New Year's Eve party, guests will need a ticket to
one of the park's restaurants or concert venues.
Tivoli's mini-train will whisk them to the parties, weaving past
the park's 110,000 twinkling lights.
Three of the park's six restaurants -- Hercegovina, Bagatellen
and Nimb -- are already booked; tickets for the Divan 2, Groften
and Faergekroen eateries are still available, a Tivoli official
The two-hour shows at the Concert Hall and the Glashall Theatre
will begin at 6 p.m. with a welcome drink to accompany a live
transmission of Queen Margrethe II's New Year's speech. At the
Concert Hall, Tivoli's Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir and a
group of Denmark's top singers will perform the second act of
Johann Strauss' operetta "Die Fledermaus."
The Glashall Theatre will present the "Crazy Christmas Cabaret,"
a comedy of songs and gags performed in English by the London Toast
Theatre. The show will premiere at Tivoli's Christmas Market in
After the shows, guests will need a ticket to one of the
restaurants to extend their celebration. Dancing at the restaurants
will continue until dawn. At midnight, fireworks will be set off
from the roof of the Concert Hall.
Tickets for the Concert Hall show and Crazy Christmas Cabaret
range from $30 to $65; tickets to the restaurants range from $100
Tivoli's outdoor Christmas Market, featuring 70 booths, will
open from Nov. 19 to Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (9 a.m. to 10
p.m. on weekends). Tickets to Tivoli are not commissionable and are
not available in the U.S.
Tivoli Gardens, Web: www.tivoli.dk.
Tivoli Gardens ticket center, Phone: (011) 45-31 51012. Tivoli
sales office, Phone: (011) 45-33-50247. The Danish Tourist Board,
Phone: (212) 885-9700.Stockholm will bustle with hundreds of millennium events from
Dec. 27 to Jan. 6.
The city's old town, Gamla Stan, will be transformed into a
medieval village, replete with "locals" in period dress, from Dec.
27 to 31.
On New Year's Eve, an afternoon torchlight procession through
the city streets will lead to an outdoor waterside concert by a
choir of 2,000. Later that evening, musicians will perform on a
stage in front of the Royal Palace during the countdown to
midnight, when 171 church bells will ring in the new century.
The city's major cultural center, the Kulturhuset, will be
transformed into a huge dancehall. A crowd of 4,000 will step to
music ranging from jazz to salsa to big-band.
Tickets, which are not commissionable, cost $72 for dancing or
$120 for dancing and a New Year's supper at the Kulturhuset, a
Stockholm Information Service official said. Swedish Travel &
Tourism Council, Phone: (212) 885-9700.