The first time J-Dag was celebrated was in 1990, nine years after Tuborg launched its special Christmas beer known as Julebryg for the first time with a commercial campaign that became an instant success. Over the years, J-Dag became a Danish tradition with locals celebrating on that day the beginning of the Christmas season, singing Christmas songs, and partying until the early morning hours while savouring their favorite drink.
In the beginning, the exact day of celebration was on the second Wednesday of November. That changed many times over the years and since 2010, it has been decided that J-Dag will be celebrated on the first Friday of November. To a great extent, this had to do with the fact that a great number of young people missed school after partying hard the night before.
Nowadays on the first Friday of November, Tuborg provides country’s bars and kiosks with locals’ beloved Julebryg and at 8:59 pm sharp, decorated trucks fill the streets while boys and girls in elves or Santa Claus costumes hand out free Christmas beer.
From that day and for the next few weeks, every pub and bar in Denmark serves Tuborg’s Christmas beer while many of them are decorated with string pennant flags writing ‘Glædelig Jul og Godt Tub’år’ (‘Merry Christmas and a Happy Tuborg Year’).