CNN has confirmed for the rest of the world what Icelanders have known all along: Reykjavík is one of the best places to be at Christmastime.
In an article appearing in today’s CNN Travel, ten cities are mentioned as great destination for the Christmas season, listed in no particular order. Amongst these is Reykjavík, about which CNN says:
When it comes to Christmas celebrations, Iceland has a few peculiarities.
Among these, 13 “Yuletide Lads” (scruffy Santas) are said to bring gifts to nice children for the 13 nights leading to Christmas.
Rows of small, beautiful huts make up the Yule Town Christmas market on Ingólfstorg. Here, visitors can pick up colorful Christmas gifts, decorations and treats.
The shopping differs day to day as some craftsmen and designers set up stalls for only one day.
Beaming down onto a city covered in snow and Christmas lights, northern lights displays add to Reykjavik’s festival feel.
If you happen to be in Reykjavík over Christmastime, and are at a loss for things to do, Grapevine’s Listings page is chock full of events and happenings to enjoy.
To learn more about how Icelanders themselves celebrate Christmas, this comprehensive guide will help you celebrate Christmas Icelandic style, whether you spend your holidays here or not.