Copenhagen, Stockholm plan ringing New Year's gala


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.
  • A Christmas market 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 said.

    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 December.

    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 to $660.

    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:

    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.

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