Celebrate Christmas at Icehotel

reindeers with sledge in winter
Photo Asaf Kliger

Celebrate a different holiday with us

This year, escape the stress and musts of Christmas to the ethereal surroundings of Icehotel, Sweden. Swap night life for northern lights, taxi rides for dog sledding through winter wonderland and hotel linens for reindeer fur and sleeping bags surrounded by ice art.

While Icehotel is still open for the holidays, our top priority is the health and safety of both our guests and our staff. We follow the information and the directives we receive from the authorities closely and take measures accordingly.

We will now serve all dinners in the late afternoon, either at Icehotel Restaurant or in the Old Homestead of Jukkasjärvi and we will offer room service with some extra goodies for all family until late.

Have you booked your Christmas adventure with us, we will keep you informed via e-mail.

Enjoy The winter wonderland

While Icehotel and the art suites is an experience in itself, we also offer a wide range of winter activities in the snow clad forests to create a Christmas Adventure of a lifetime.

Head out on a northern lights tour or photography workshop, join a class in ice sculpting or Nordic wilderness survival, feed the reindeer or go dog sledding.

Wrap up warm for an unforgettable Christmas Holiday at Sweden’s original Icehotel.



husky tour in snowy landscape at Icehotel
exterior of the wooden house - old homestead in snow
Photo Asaf Kliger

Festive happenings


  • Weekends starting from November 22 – Christmas buffet at Jukkasjärvi Homestead
    The buffet is a classical Swedish Christmas smorgasbord with local delicacies like reindeer steak, roast beef of moose and herring buffet. Book a table to secure your spot.
  • December 13 – opening of the 30th rendition of the world renowned Icehotel and traditional Lucia celebration.
  • December 24 & 25 – Santa visits Icehotel at 5 pm
  • December 25 – The Christmas Day village torch procession & carol concert at Jukkasjärvi Church is a long-standing and much beloved tradition among Icehotel guests and locals alike. Time and price.
  • December 31 – New Years Celebration with special menu at Icehotel Restaurant and release of lanterns into the arctic sky for the stroke of midnight.


Traditional Swedish Lucia Celebration

December 13 at 5 pm

Join in the much loved local tradition of Lucia, celebrated on December 13 every year, all over Sweden. With candles in their hands and in the wreath, Lucia and her choir sings traditional carols at Icehotel at 5 pm. A greeting from the pupils of the local secondary music school to the guests of Icehotel.

Free entrance.

Santa lucia celebration inside Icehotel
Photo Asaf Kliger
Santa on his sleigh outside Icehotel
Photo Asaf Kliger

Meet Santa Claus at Icehotel

24 December at 12 pm – 2 pm 

Santa will arrive in front of Icehotel on Christmas eve, December 24  (the traditional day in Sweden to celebrate Christmas).

Children of all ages are welcome to share their Christmas wishing list and to take a picture with Santa. He may even have some gifts for the children who have been good. Local custom is that Santa will always start with asking the parents if the children have been good in the year past before they are given presents.