If you’re in Reykjavik this coming Sunday (27th November) and fancy checking out one of the city’s much-loved Christmas events, then head over to Austurvöllur Square where they will be marking the official start of Advent with the lighting of the Oslo Christmas tree. The ceremony is one of the longest standing traditions of the festive season in Reykjavík and has been an important part of the Christmas celebrations in the city since the year 1952, which was when the tree was first received as a gift from Norway. The Olso tree, for good reason, is no longer transported from Norway, but grown in Iceland in a special designated “Oslo Tree” forest.Oslo Tree 45 © Roman GerasymenkoThe event, which is organised annually by Visit Reykjavík, starts at 15:30 with music from a local brass band followed by a performance by Salka Sól and Valdimar – two of Iceland’s most popular singers, who’ll be singing in the Christmas spirit with some lovely Icelandic carols. Those naughty Icelandic Christmas Lads will be back in town as well bringing their own special brand of entertainment to get you in the festive mood!

 

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