Check out these events that are happening this December in Reykjavík!
All through December
Circuleight features designs and real-time interactive visuals inspired by eight elements: lava, basalt, glacier, water, flora, algae, microorganism, and volcanic gas. Throughout the installation, audiences are fully immersed into this world through original music by Icelandic composer, singer and songwriter Högni Egilsson. Högni’s music combined with the interactive technology enables audiences to experience this installation in an unforgettable way.
The Yule Revels
December 10, 11, 17, 18
Gather around for a spectacular Yule banquet. Enjoy this feast for all the senses taking place in the National Theatre. Prepare for an evening full of food, decorations, laughter, glitter, pearls, and drinks. Christmas traditions will be put in a different light with a mix of adult circus, drag, and burlesque. Chef Ólafur Ágústsson oversees the food and there will be a fantastic spin on festive Icelandic culinary traditions, vegan menu available. No two nights are alike! This event is only for people 20 years and older.
Ice-skating at Ingólfstorg Square
All through December
Nova has yet again joined forces with the city of Reykjavík to open an ice-skating rink on Ingólfstorg square. 100,000 light bulbs light up the beautiful square all through December. In addition to the Ingólfstorg ice-skating rink, a Christmas market will be also located at Ingólfstorg square surrounding the ice rink and down to Austurstræti street, where both refreshments and merchandise will be for sale. Helmets and skates can be rented on-site.
Hafnarfjörður Christmas Village
Weekends until Christmas from 13:00 to 18:00. Open until 22:00 on December 23
The whole town centre of Hafnarfjörður becomes one big Christmas Village during the Advent season. Hafnarfjörður residents and local companies will participate in making this year’s Christmas Village the biggest one yet. Thorsplan plaza is transformed into a Christmas market selling everything from Icelandic design and crafts to snacks and hot drinks, there will be plenty of concerts and events, and people will be able to take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. A new addition this year is an ice-skating rink. Fun for all ages guaranteed. Find more information at www.jolathorpid.is.
Christmas Market at Elliðavatn
Every weekend during Advent from 12:00-17:00
The annual Crafts & Design Christmas market and the Christmas tree sale in Heiðmörk woods, located on the outskirts of Reykjavík, will be open every weekend until Christmas, from 12:00 to 17:00. The Christmas trees are beautiful and Icelandic-grown but even if you’re not there to get a tree, there’s plenty of activities. You can take a stroll around the arts and crafts market and the kids can watch the campfire and meet the Icelandic Yule Lads. If it gets cold, you can always head to the café for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Christmas Market at Hjartatorg square
Weekends in December 13:00-22:00, weekdays 16:00-22:00
The Christmas market at Hjartagarður square is a classic Christmas market following the European tradition. Handicrafts, delicacies, knick-knacks, and hot chocolate are sold by a diverse selection of retailers. The goods will be sold from small wooden houses and Christmas decorations and lights everywhere will ensure the Christmas spirit is all around. And who knows, maybe Santa Claus, Grýla, and Leppalúði will also stop by!