The Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík have arrived

In the year 2010, the City of Reykjavík decided to honour Iceland’s storytelling tradition by using the Christmas Creatures in the city’s Christmas decorations. This was done to encourage people to tell stories about those funny creatures from our past. Amongst those creatures featured are the thirteen Icelandic Yule Lads, who are both entertaining and boisterous troublemakers, their parents, Grýla and Leppalúði, who are bad tempered mountain trolls, and the terrifying Yule Cat.

The Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík is a special project created for the City of Reykjavík. The idea is to promote Icelandic folklore and connect locals and visitors in Reykjavík through stories and conversations. All of the Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík City will be present at Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús, from 3 December. The main goal of the project is to create an inspiring Christmas experience in the city, for visitors and inhabitants alike.

An exciting game “Search for the Christmas Creatures” will start after their appearance. This game is ideal for families. To participate in the game, partakers need to collect the questioner for the game by going to the Reykjavík Art Museum at Hafnarhús, The City Hall or the Tourist Information Centre at Adalstraeti 2 in downtown.

The deadline of the game is 18 December and the questioner can be left at the same place they were picked up at. The result will be announced on 21 December and the winners will receive a grand prize. We recommend that you go first and check out all the creatures at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Hafnarhús and then look for them on house walls downtown.