In Iceland Dec 02–23, 2015

The Must-Attend Holiday Events Happening in Iceland This Year!

From tree lightings to delicious street food, Iceland has something for everyone!

December 5 – Christmas Tree Forest at Hólmsheiði
Pick out and chop down your own Christmas tree in the forest! The Christmas tree forest is open every weekend in December, from 11:00am – 4:00pm.  The Yule Lads are known to hang out in these parts of the forest! Hot cocoa will be served to those visiting the Christmas tree forest. For each tree chopped, the Reykjavík forestry association plants 30 new trees. Opening days for the Christmas tree forest: Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-20, from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Check out their Facebook page or website for further information:

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 Dec. 19 until Christmas, from 1:00pm – 7:00pm and on Dec. 23, from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. It is closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas day.

You may 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. More information at:

In Laugardalur Christmas Valley you might run into Jólakötturinn, the Yule Cat; one of many Icelandic Christmas Creatures. The cat resides in the Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo but sometimes sneaks around in other parts of Laugardalur. Listen for a quiet meow and look out for paw tracks.  

Ice-Skating at Ingólfstorg Square
The phone company NOVA has joined forces with SAMSUNG and REYKJAVÍK to open an ice-skating rink on Ingólfstorg Square on Dec. 1, which also marks the 8th birthday of the phone company. The official opening will be at 8:00pm and the ice-skating rink will be open from Dec. 1 – 23. In addition to the Ingólfstorg ice-skating rink, a Christmas village will be located at Ingólfstorg Square surrounding the ice rink, where refreshments, outdoor gear of all sorts and other goods can be bought. To keep everyone in the right spirit, the square will have Christmas decorations, and Christmas songs will be played during opening hours.

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December 6, 13 & 20 – Christmas Program 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.

December 19 & 20 – Christmas Street Food Market in Fógetagarðurinn
The Christmas Street Food Market will be hosted in Fógetagarðurinn on Saturday Dec. 19 and Sunday Dec. 20, opening from 1:00pm until 7:00pm 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.

December 23 – Opera Divas in Downtown Reykjavík
On the evening of Dec. 23 at 8:00pm, 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.