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Christmas Street market this weekend and other holiday schedule

The Christmas Street Food Market will be hosted in Fógetagarðurinn on Saturday 19 December and Sunday 20 December, opening from 13:00 until 19:00 on both days.

The market will be held inside a heated tent where representatives from various downtown restaurants in Reykjavík will offer delicious delicacies from their menus. 

Sunday 20 December

Christmas program 2015 at Árbær Open Air Museum

Immerse yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of a traditional Icelandic Christmas at Árbær Open Air Museum. The ever popular Christmas program at Árbær Open Air Museum has become a fixture of the Reykjavík Christmas calendar. Visitors, both young and old, will enjoy experiencing the Christmas preparations and the celebration of days gone by with activities including the preparation of traditional Icelandic Christmas food, and crafts, such as candle making.  Watch out for those playful Yule Lads (traditional Icelandic Santa Clauses) who may peep through the windows or play tricks on guests. Traditional Christmas sweets will be on offer in the general store, hot chocolate at the Museum Café and much more. Admission for adults over 18 is 1400 ISK. Free admission for children under the age of 18 and people over 70. Free entry for those with a Reykjavik City Card. 

Ice-skating at Ingólfstorg Square in December

Opening hours and details:

From 2 - 11 December, between 12:00 and 20:00

From 12 - 22 December, between 12:00 and 22:00

23 December, between 12:00 and 23:00

24 & 25 December, Closed

From 26 - 30 December, between 12:00 and 22:00

31 December 12:00 - 15:00

1 January, closed

2 & 3 January, between 12:00 and 22:00

Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík at Hafnarhus in December

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. All of the Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík City will be present at Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús, from 3 December. The main goal of the project is to create an inspiring Christmas experience in the city, for visitors and inhabitants alike.

An exciting game “Search for the Christmas Creatures” will start after their appearance. This game is ideal for families. To participate in the game, partakers need to collect the questioner for the game by going to the Reykjavík Art Museum at Hafnarhús, The City Hall or the Tourist Information Centre at Adalstraeti 2 in downtown.

The deadline of the game is 18 December and the questioner can be left at the same place they were picked up at. The result will be announced on 21 December and the winners will receive a grand prize. We recommend that you go check out all the creatures at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Hafnarhús and then look for them on house walls downtown. 

Christmas Valley – Laugardalur

In December, the whole family can have fun together in Laugardalur Christmas Valley,  where Christmas lights and decorations set the mood for a festive Advent. Prepare for a day out, visiting the animals in Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo and ice-skating around a decorated Christmas tree at the Skautahöll skating-rink. It is open daily from 19 December until Christmas, from 13:00 – 19:00 and on 23 December, from 12:00 – 16:00. It is closed on the 24 and 25 of December. You might want to visit Ásmundarsafn Sculpture Museum, walk around the Botanic Garden, stop by Flóran Café for a cup of hot chocolate, or go for a nice swim in Laugardalslaug thermal-pool . Flóran Café has a Christmas buffet until Christmas, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

Christmas Tree Forest at Hólmsheiði

You can pick out and chop down your own Christmas tree in the forest. Open 19 & 20 December, from 11:00 – 16:00. 

Opera Divas in Downtown Reykjavík

On the evening of 23 December at 20:00, Sopranos, Þóra Einarsdóttir, Dísella Lárusdóttir and Sigríður Ósk Kristjánsdóttir will lift the Christmas spirit as they perform from the balcony, located above restaurant Caruso on Austurstræti.