The Christmas Creatures

All of the Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík City will be present at the Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús, Kjarvalsstaðir and City Hall, 1 December and throughout the Christmas holidays.

In the year 2010, the City of Reykjavík decided to honour Iceland’s storytelling tradition by using the Christmas Creatures in the city’s Christmas decorations.

This was done to encourage people to tell stories about those funny creatures from our past. Amongst those creatures featured are the thirteen Icelandic Yule Lads, who are both entertaining and boisterous troublemakers, their parents, Grýla and Leppalúði, who are bad tempered mountain trolls, and the terrifying Yule Cat.

The Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík is a special project created for the City of Reykjavík. The idea is to promote Icelandic folklore and connect locals and visitors in Reykjavík through stories and conversations. The main goal of the project is to create an inspiring Christmas experience in the city, for visitors and inhabitants alike.