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National Museum Announces Christmas Program

The National Museum of Iceland is planning a varied program for the Advent. The 13 Icelandic Santas, the Yule Lads, will visit the museum and at the exhibition “Sérkenni sveinanna” children can observe objects related to each of the Yule Lads.

The Lads’ parents, the ogre couple Grýla and Leppalúdi, will also pay the museum a visit. The entire family is invited to participate in a Christmas orienteering game and Icelandic Christmas traditions will be presented in both Icelandic and English.

The National Museum’s Christmas program begins on Sunday, December 6, with a visit from Grýla, Leppalúdi and their gruesome pet, the Christmas cat. They will discuss Icelandic Christmas traditions with the kids and the band Pollapönkararnir will play.

The “Sérkenni sveinanna” exhibition will open at the occasion.

The real fun begins on December 12, when the first Yule Lad comes to town. From then on, a new Yule Lad will visit the museum daily until Christmas. It is free to meet the Yule Lads and to visit the “Sérkenni sveinanna” exhibition.

Admission is free to the National Museum on Wednesdays and children younger than 18 get free admission every day.

On December 19 at 1 pm, folklorist Terry Gunnell will talk about Icelandic Christmas traditions in English and present the Icelandic Yule Lads. The presentation is held in cooperation with the English Speaking Union.

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