Over a thousand people watch the Oslo Christmas tree lit in Reykjavik

The annual tradition of lighting the Oslo tree, a Christmas tree donated by the city of Oslo to the city of Reykjavik, took place this afternoon. Over a thousand people, including a great number of young children enjoyed the festive spirit on this first Sunday of Advent. 

The lighting of the Oslo tree marks the beginning of the Christmas season for the City of Reykjavik and today's ceremony included Christmas carols, a visit from the Yule Lads and a poetry reading. The smell of roasted cinnamon almonds drifted in the cold, crips air. 

The heavy snow and temperatures reaching -11 degrees below zero did not deter crowds, and just added to the Christmas spirit.

Our photographer captured a video of the highlights of this annual tradition. 

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