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Christmas Tree Lighted in Iceland’s Capital

The lights will be lit on a large Christmas tree at Austurvöllur Square in the city centre today, the first Sunday in Advent, at 3:30 pm. The tree-lighting will be celebrated with choir singing and a visit by the 13 Icelandic Yule Lads.

The Christmas tree on Austurvöllur square is always a gift from Oslo.

There is plenty on offer for visitors at this time of year, a Visit Reykjavík press release states, including shopping, Christmas-themed museum exhibitions and theatre productions. Tourists are also encouraged to explore the winter landscape around the city.

A good way to get into the Christmas spirit is by visiting the quaint Christmas Village in Hafnarfjördur, a neighboring town, or other Christmas markets operating in Reykjavík city centre and beyond.

Some of the best restaurants in Reykjavík serve traditional Icelandic Christmas delicacies on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, including hangikjöt (smoked lamb), served with potatoes, vegetables and a white sauce.

Check out the events calendar on for more information.

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