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Winter Lights Festival Starts Tomorrow

For the 16th time, a four-day Winter Lights Festival will be held in Reykjavík February 2-5.

The festival officially opens by Hallgrímskirkja church at 7:40 pm tomorrow. Images of volcanic eruptions will be projected onto the church walls. Reykjavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson will open the festival. A group of riders from the equestrian association Fákur will then ride from the church with kindles in hand.

This festival of light and darkness includes Museum Night on February 3, Pool Night and a WOW Northern Lights Run on February 4, a snow celebration at Bláfjöll ski resort on February 5, various light art, as well as 150 artistic events, all of them free of charge. The only admission charged will be for adults at Bláfjöll ski resort.

More than twenty buildings will be illuminated in the festival colors, green and purple, in the capital area. In addition, several key buildings will be decorated with light art, among them Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavík City Hall and Kópavogur Church.

Street lights in Reykjavík City center will be turned off Wednesday, February 5, between 9 and 10 pm to allow residents a chance to enjoy celestial lights.

The main goal of the Winter Lights Festival is to entertain people in the capital area and give them a chance to enjoy culture, the arts, sports, and outdoor activities in their own communities, or by visiting a nearby one.

To view the festival’s schedule, visit

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