Weekend guide: Music, family fun and Christmas markets
Make the most of your weekend in Reykjavík with our guide to the best events and activities taking place between 5.-6. December.
Pop-up designer market
A pop-up designer Christmas market takes place in Harpa Concert Hall on Saturday, 5 December. There you’ll be able to invest in local art and design for reasonable prices. A vegan pop-up restaurant will serve delicious Christmas inspired dishes for hungry shoppers to nibble on while they are not browsing.
The market begins at 11am and ends at 7 pm.
Christmas market at Elliðavatn
The Forestry Commission of Reykjavík’s Advent Market takes place every weekend until Christmas. The market is located in Heiðmörk, a proclaimed a municipal conservation area of Reykjavík since 1950, and offers Christmas trees and hand-crafted goods for sale. Live music and a special children’s programme take place between 1 pm and 3 pm every weekend.
The market begins at 11 am and ends at 4 pm.
Old fashioned Christmas!
Anyone in the mood for an old fashioned Christmas are advised to visit the Árbæjarsafn Open Air Museum in Reykjavík where visitors get a chance to experience Christmas as it was long ago. This includes the preparation of traditional Icelandic Christmas food and crafts such as candle making. Traditional Christmas sweets will be on offer in the old General Store, hot chocolate is served at the Museum’s coffee shop and the Yule Lads will pay a visit to entertain the youngest guests.
Admission fee for adults is 1300 krónur (8 euros/ 10 US dollars) but free for children.
Grandi gets into the festive spirit
Over the past couple of years, the Grandi harbour area has evolved into a fantastic conglomeration of restaurants, shops, museums and IT businesses, as well as fishing boats and baiting huts.
This December, businesses at Grandi will come together to create a lovely festive atmosphere for guests. As of Saturday, 5 December, shops and businesses in the area will stay open until 9 pm. And should that not be enough to lure you into the area, they’ll also have products on special offer!
Högni at KEX
Musician Högni Egilsson will perform at KEX Hostel on Saturday, 5 December, at 9 pm.
Högni is a member of GusGus and Hjaltalín and has also composed music for theatre and film. As of lately, Högni has been writing and producing songs for his first solo album. Admission is 2000 ISK if bought through Kexland.is and 2500 ISK at the door.
A day of family fun
Ingólfstorg square, located at Aðalstræti in downtown Reykjavík, has been transformed into a temporary ice skating rink for Christmas. Opening hours are between 12pm-8pm from 2-11 December, and between 12pm-10pm from 12-22 December. Entrance is free of charge and guests can rent a pair of ice skates and a helmet for 990 ISK (7 Euros/7.4 USD)
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