Christmas Holidays at Icehotel 2020

Fir-tree covered in snow on a set table during Christmas at Icehotel
Photo Asaf Kliger

Celebrate a different holiday with us

Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. 

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.

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 and New Year’s at Sweden’s original Icehotel.


Book Room
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

December 24

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.


New Year’s Eve at Icehotel

New Year’s Eve the Icehotel way. Leave the heels at home – the dress code for New Years at Icehotel is snow suit and moon boots. The evening starts with a specially composed New Year’s dinner at Icehotel Restaurant and then continues in Icebar by Icehotel. Make sure to reserve your table in good time. 

new years celebration with lights from lanterns rising towards the sky outside Icehotel
Photo Asaf Kliger
pink dessert served in ice plate
Asaf Kliger


Yeasted cauliflower, dehydrated grapes, capers and flavours of mint



Sous vide cooked lobster, roasted heritage carrots, sweetcorn and buttermilk pure



Loin of reindeer, chared leek and shallot, caramelized onion cream , onion gohst and blackberry



Rubus Arcticus Åkerbär sorbet, textures of Åkerbär, chocolate delice and spruce custard