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Oslo Christmas Tree Lit Sunday

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Oslo Christmas Tree Lit Sunday

The Christmas tree in downtown Reykjavík

Last year's Christmas tree in Austurvöllur square. Photo: Zoë Robert.

This Sunday, the lights of the Oslo Christmas tree in Austurvöllur square, Reykjavík, will be lit at a public ceremony. The program begins at 3:30 pm and concludes at 5:00 pm.

For decades, the lighting of the Christmas tree, which is a gift from Oslo, Norway, has marked the beginning of the Christmas season.

The announcer this year is former radio host Gerður G Bjarklind. Singers Ragnheiður Gröndal and Stefán Hilmarsson will sing Christmas carols.

Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson will accept the tree on behalf of the city from Khamshajiny (Kamzy) Gunaratnam, deputy mayor of the City of Oslo. Three of the Icelandic Yule Lads are said to be likely to make an appearance, tell stories to children and sing for them.

The program will be translated into sign language. Hot cocoa and coffee will be served.

Last year’s tree was damaged in a storm on November 30, forcing the lighting ceremony to be postponed for a week and the mayor to take down a pine tree from the forested area by Rauðavatn lake, on the outskirts of Reykjavík, to replace the Norwegian tree.

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