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December in Reykjavík

Reykjavík’s growing reputation as an alternative Christmas destination has exceeded all expectations, attracting much international media attention and a record number of visitors to the city.

Compiled below are all the spectacular Christmas events and attractions that are going on in December.

All stores in the city centre are open til 22:00 on the 10th of December.
From the 14th of December, the stores will stay open daily until 22:00.

Christmas Village

A feast of sights and sounds, the Christmas Village in Hafnarfjörður offers live entertainment, visits from the Icelandic Yule Lads and quaint village of Christmas houses selling everything from Icelandic design and craft to snacks and hot drinks. And don't forget to try some of the homemade Icelandic delicacies.

Ice Skating at Ingolfstorg Square

A Christmas village decorated with lights is next to the rink where you can enjoy food, drinks and other goods while getting into the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Market at Elliðavatnsbær in Heiðmörk

The annual Christmas market in Heiðmörk woods is located on the outskirts of Reykjavík. The market is generally open on Advent weekends






New Year's Eve in Reykjavík

Join 200,000 people on New Year's Eve as the city's population unleashes an unforgettable epic display of fireworks! This legendary night is very much created by the people of Reykjavik who collectively do an amazing job.

Christmas Program at Arbær Open Air Museum

Unfortunately there will be no program this year due to Covid-19

Offering a great program of events for the whole family, you'll not find a more cosy or cheerful place to visit this time of year.


Christmas Tree Forest at Holmsheiði

You can pick out and chop down your own Christmas tree in the forest!

Christmas cat

The Christmas Cat is among the best-known Icelandic Christmas creatures. It is a humongous animal, as described in this popular poem by Jóhannes úr Kötlum, well known to people of all ages in Iceland.

Advent at Reykjavík City Museum

Advent is upon us, and that's the ideal time to visit Árbær Open Air Museum to get in the holiday mood by experiencing the Christmas spirit of the past. The Christmas tree is upon the square, and exhibitions in the museum houses give insight into Christmas celebrations in the olden days.