Christmas in Tórshavn
Published on 25. October 2017
Looking for something different to do
this Christmas? We’ve got an idea you’re going to love! Why not come to
Tórshavn this December and experience Christmas like it used to be? No
commercialism, no cheesy decorations and we absolutely promise not to play Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade!
Christmas is a great time to be in
Tórshavn – we dress the town in thousands of white lights and we light candles
in our windows. It’s our way of creating that special Christmas atmosphere that
makes the Faroese capital an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of December
on the average High Street. Here, there’s plenty of room for everyone and the
shops are generally open to 8pm which means it’s easy to find that special
present – at tax free prices, of course, because the Faroes are not part of the
European Union. Perfect!
The fun begins on the first Saturday in December when we turn on the Christmas lights across town and light up the tree in the
main square, Vaglið. Hundreds
of people turn out to watch the spectacle and listen to the traditional music. There‘s
entertainment, too, for the kids who know that pretty soon Santa’s going to put in an appearance. Forget reindeer and sleighs, in
Tórshavn he arrives on a shiny red, vintage fire engine. Up he goes on a
fireman’s ladder and, once the crowd have shouted the magic word, Santa flicks
the switch and the tree and the town are lit up!
With live music, a Christmas market overflowing
with all manner of quality handicrafts and even an ice skating rink, we think
we’ve got it right in Tórshavn. Here, we like to celebrate Christmas how it
should be celebrated: among friends, among children and in the open air around
the tree singing Christmas carols. Oh, and don’t forget the stalls selling
warming Christmas snacks and drinks! We also have a Christmas village, full of
mystery Christmas presents, which never fails to excite our very youngest
But it doesn’t stop there! On the following
Saturday, there are special events for the children of Tórshavn, including singing,
dancing, street theatre – and, naturally, making sweets! Dozens of children
also dress up as Santa and give away sweets to shoppers in town. Plus, there
are choirs in the town centre to add to the authentic Christmas atmosphere.
next Saturday, Tórshavn welcomes a special Christmas ship, which sails into the
harbour at Vágsbotn. Crowds of excited children are on the quayside to greet
the dozen Santas who jump ashore with bags of sweets. It's really quite a
spectacle as the graceful wooden ship, one of our 100 year old schooners,
glides into port, bedecked with lights and flags, to a musical fanfare!
Finally, of course, it’s Christmas week
itself – a great time to be in Tórshavn. Wander through town and peruse the
Christmas market for any last-minute presents whilst listening to choirs
singing Christmas carols; or pop into the church which is open every day this
week; or why not check out the live performances by the talented students from
the local music school. This is what Christmas should be like: unhurried,
uncommercialised, unbeatable. When are you coming?