Reykjavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson has announced that the city will set up Christmas lights earlier than usual this year. The first lights will be lit this coming weekend, and they will be added to gradually afterwards.
“We’ll have the Christmas Cat and the Christmas tree and the basis of this is that if there’s been any year when we’ve truly needed Christmas it’s certainly this year,” Dagur stated in an interview on Stöð 2. “If [COVID control] and such goes well in the coming weeks then we aim for the city to be more Christmas-y than ever and coming here and sitting down at a restaurant will be irresistible.”
The decision to light up the capital earlier than usual was prompted by an initiative called Líf í lokun (roughly translated as Life in Lockdown), aiming to bring more life into downtown Reykjavík by connecting creatives with landlords offering empty or available spaces in the city centre. The movement’s organisers urged the mayor to put up Christmas lights as soon as possible in order to bring a bit of holiday cheer to the town.