Here are all the things happening at the ICEHOTEL® over Christmas and New Year that will add to your holiday experience, as you swap the stress of the festive season at home for a once-in-a-lifetime stay in this unique accommodation:
Get into the festive spirit when the Christmas markets come to the ICEHOTEL® on the 15th and 16th December 2018. Browse the local handicrafts and take some unique presents home to your loved ones.
From 23rd November 2018 every Friday to Sunday, you can enjoy a Christmas buffet at Jukkasjärvi Homestead. Tuck into traditional Swedish Christmas delicacies such as herring, roast moose and reindeer steak.
Stay at the ICEHOTEL® for Christmas Day and you’ll receive a visit from Father Christmas himself. Traditionally, Christmas here is celebrated on the 24th so he will make his first appearance on Christmas Eve before returning again on the 25th.
Christmas Day festivities
Though the main family celebrations take place on Christmas Eve, there are long-standing traditions here that take place on Christmas Day. One of these is the village torch procession and carol concert at Jukkasjärvi Church, which attracts both guests and locals alike.
Grand opening of the seasonal suites and ceremony hall
The grand opening of the suites officially takes place on December 14th and the ICEHOTEL® Ceremony Hall opens on December 22nd. The Hall is intended as a spiritual place for ceremonies and weddings. If you’re lucky, you might see the first wedding couple of the season get married here!
New Year’s Eve
Your New Year’s celebrations start with a special dinner in the ICEHOTEL® restaurant. You’ll then bring in 2019 by the spectacular frozen Torne River as hundreds of lanterns rise towards the sky.
Next, the party gets well underway in the ICEBAR as you dance under ice chandeliers and drink from glasses made from, you’ve guessed it, ice. The only way you’ll forget this celebration is if you have too many of the delicious cocktails!
Image credits: ICEHOTEL, Petros Dermatas, Ellie Souti, Asaf Kliger, Akaslompolo Activities, John Bark and Charli Kasselback.