Christmas in Faroe Islands is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.
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Faroe Islands has a very unique and enjoyable set of Christmas traditions that locals and tourists alike enjoy every passing year. Like Denmark, of which it is a part, it celebrates 25 December as a public holiday.
In the capital of Faroe Islands, Torshavn, Christmas shopping and festive events occur each year. Temporary stores are set up along the streets, and people buy amazing knitwear, fine jewellery, locally made artwork, and other gift items. They stop for a coffee or hot chocolate break and delicious Danish pastries when they tire of shopping in the cold.
Many also ice skate at the public rink downtown, which is open all December. And they may shop at SMS Mall or visit its annual “Christmas City” where Santa, elves, Christmas trees, reindeer, and more may be found. The Christmas City is open for weeks before Christmas Day and is one of the largest in the Scandinavian region.