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Akureyri “Advent Adventure” Begins

The first Sunday of Advent is tomorrow, so today, the inhabitants of Akureyri will welcome the beginning of the Christmas season by lighting the Christmas tree on the town square. In Reykjavík, the Christmas tree will be lit tomorrow.

The Akureyrarkirkja church.

The tree is a gift from Randers in Denmark, which is Akureyri’s sister town, and the Danish Ambassador to Iceland Sören Haslund will formally present the tree to Akureyri inhabitants at the lighting ceremony.

The program begins at 2:45 pm when the Akureyri Big Band pays Christmas carols. Then the Children’s Choir of Akureyrarkirkja church will sing, and two “fairy maidens” from the Akureyri Theater Christmas play will perform.

Mayor of Akureyri Hermann Jón Tómasson will address the assembly, after which the lights of the tree will be turned on. The Icelandic Yule Lads will come to town in a horse carriage, sing to the children and treat them with mandarins.

The heart in Vadlaheidi.

Mulled wine and gingerbread cookies will also be available on the town square, while those keen on seeking shelter from the predicted frost can have hot chocolate and kleinur (twisted doughnuts) inside Kirkjubaer by the square.

The Yule Lads’ gruesome pet, the Christmas cat—an artwork by local artists—will observe the crowd with its watchful eyes, always looking out for misbehaving children.

At the same time that the Christmas tree is lighted, “the heart in Vadlaheidi will start beating again,” a press release describes. A heart of lights has been made in the mountain slope opposite the town.

Akureyri has a thing for hearts; even the town’s red traffic lights are heart-shaped.

The local ski resort also opens today.

For further information about the Akureyri “Advent Adventure” and other activities in Iceland’s northern “capital,” visit its official website, visitakureyri.is.

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