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 in Hafnarfjorður
A feast of sights and sounds, the Christmas Village in Hafnarfjörður offers live entertainment, visits from the Icelandic Yule Lads, horse-drawn carriage rides 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.
Christmas Forest at City Hall
This is the seventh time that Tjarnarsalur in City Hall is transformed into a Christmas forest and this time the design and implementation of the project is in the hands of Flétta Design / // Haugfé.
Christmas Program at Arbaer Open Air Museum
Offering a great programme 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 Holmsheidi
You can pick out and chop down your own Christmas tree in the forest!
Lighting of the Oslo Christmas Tree
For decades the lighting of the Oslo Christmas tree has marked the beginning of our Christmas preparations in the city.
Advent at Harpa
Various Christmas Concerts will be at Harpa this holiday season.
Harpa will celebrate the advent every Saturday, with a wonderful family program. All the events are free and for the whole family.
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.
Christmas in the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
The Christmas month in the Reykjavík Botanical Garden sets the right mood for the holiday season.The garden is beautifully decorated with lights, both outdoors and inside the display greenhouse and gazebo.
Christmas Valley in Laugardalur
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. You might want to visit Ásmundarsafn Sculpture Museum, walk around the Botanic Garden, or go for a nice swim in Laugardalslaug thermal-pool.
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.