Christmas is still a little over a month away, which means the city of Reykjavík has started its annual preparations adorning the streets with festive cheer.

City employees were busy yesterday putting up Christmas decorations throughout Reykjavík. The most notable features are the “Christmas Bells” which hang over Laugavegur shopping street, serving as popular photo subjects for guests visiting the downtown area.

However, it is not just the city employees who keep the streets of Reykjavík lit up. Christmas lights have been popping up in windows and on the trees and fences of residential buildings increasingly as December draws nearer.



As winter settles in on this little island in the North, the days become shorter. The sun doesn’t rise until around 11 AM and sets at around 4 PM, meaning the sparkling lights not only serve to celebrate the holidays but also help to brighten up the dark winter days.

The Christmas decorations always bring out the festive spirit of Icelanders. Soon enough, Christmas music will be heard in shops, restaurants and other establishments throughout the city.

Take a look at some of Christmas decoration gallery, photographed this week in downtown Reykjavík:

Illuminated trees by the Thors house in downtown Reykjavík. Credit: Hjalti Pétursson

Illuminated trees by the Thors house in downtown Reykjavík. Credit: Hjalti Pétursson

Christmas lights by the pond

Lights by the city lake, Tjörning. Credit: Hjalti Pétursson

Christmas lights of Laugavegur shopping street. Credit: SBS

The shops of Reykjavík helping to brighten up the dark winter days.

Everybody gets in a festive mood during Christmas.

You will always find the Christmas shop, Jólahúsið, in downtown Reykjavík looking festive, no matter what time of year.

Colourful houses and bright lights, Reykjavík city is a wonderful place during Christmas.

Kaffibrennslan Café brightly lit.

A festive window in downtown Reykjavík.