Christmas Holidays at Icehotel 2019

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

Celebrate with us

Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s at Sweden’s original Ice hotel. 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.

The Holiday season starts already in November

Christmas celebrations start already in November with the traditional Christmas smorgasbord and fun winter adventures in the snow clad forests.

While the ice hotel and the art suites are an experience in itself, we also offer a wide range of activities and happenings to create a Christmas Adventure of a lifetime. Head out on a northern lights hike 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.

red cottages covered with snow
Photo Asaf Kliger
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 & 25 at 5 pm

Christmas. Santa will arrive in front of Icehotel both on Christmas Eve, December 24  (the traditional day in Sweden to celebrate) and on Christmas Day, December 25.

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.

Christmas Day Carol Concert

December 25 at 3:45 – 5:30 pm

Enjoy a moment of peacefulness and reflection to the sound of solists Roger Fors and Melinda Wettainen and organ/pianist Ann-Maria Hammarstedt Vilgats, performing spiritual music. As tradition has it there will be a torch procession from the hotel reception, through the village to the church.

  • The concert is held in Jukkasjärvi village church and starts with a torch procession from Icehotel reception.
    Adults SEK 300 | Children SEK 150  Reservations beforehand is advised
Old wooden church in Jukkasjärvi in winter
Photo Maria Sirviö
new years celebration with lights from lanterns rising towards the sky outside Icehotel
Photo Asaf Kliger

New Year’s Eve at icehotel


December 31

New Year’s Eve at Icehotel is different. Leave the heels at home - the dress code for New Years at Icebar by Icehotel is snow suit and moon boots. The evening starts with a specially composed New Year’s dinner at Icehotel Restaurant.

For the stroke of midnight, make your way down to the area between Icehotel 30 and Icehotel 365 and marvel at the hundreds of lanterns slowly rising towards the sky.

The party goes on until late in Icebar Torneland. Sip cocktails ”in the rocks” from glasses made of ice and dance the night away under the ice chandeliers with locals and travelers from all corners of the world.

Live Music & DJ

3 pm – 7 pm Live Music in the Lounge

10 pm – 2 am DJ and party in Icebar Torneland