Reykjavík Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on Today Skip to content

Reykjavík Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on Today

By Iceland Review

A week late, due to the weather, Reykjavík’s Christmas tree lights will be switched on today.

The ceremony will take place on Austurvöllur square, near the Alþingi parliament, at 15.30 this afternoon and the grand turn on is only part of a much wider festive program.

The lighting of the traditional Norwegian tree, an annual gift from the residents of Oslo, was supposed to take place last Sunday, but a severe storm meant the event was postponed.

The storm damaged the tree beyond repair and a new one was ceremonially felled this week by the mayor of Reykjavík and the Norwegian ambassador in a forest at Rauðavatn, near Reykjavík.

Gerður G. Bjarklind will present the festive program today and among the performances will be Christmas songs sung by Sigríður Thorlacius and Helgi Björnsson, with a band.

Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson and Norwegian ambassador Cecilie Ladsverk will give short speeches, after which Lilja Rán Gunnarsdóttir (aged 9) will turn on the tree lights. Lilja Rán is Icelandic-Norwegian.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!