Helsinki – Christmas Markets in Finland

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Dates in the city centre : 01. December.–22.December.2019

Open: Mon-Fri 11.00-20.00, Sat-Sun 10.00-19.00

Location : Lasipalatsi Square

The switching on of the Christmas lights on Helsinki‘s main Christmas shopping street, Aleksanterinkatu, heralds the start of the Christmas season.-

The first substantial snow usually arrives in time for Christmas in the Finnish capital, draping the city in white and creating an appropriately festive ambience. Christmas lights on the city’s main street Aleksanterinkatu and the bustle of shoppers in St Thomas’ Market exude a cheering warmth.

Christmas is usually a quiet family celebration, so people make the most of pikkujoulu – ‘little Christmas’ – during which they party in bars and restaurants. The mercury may plunge below minus ten Celsius, but the mood is one of warm conviviality.

There are three Christmas Markets in Helsinki which follow one another :-

The festive market season starts with the Women’s Christmas Fair at the Old Harbour (Vanha Satama) at the very beginning of December. There are four rooms filled with handicrafts and traditional festive foods – Not being held this year– 10am – 6pm

The largest of the Christmas Markets held in Helsinki is in the Lasipalatsi Square  in December. – 01.–22.December.2019

Lastly in Helsinki is the large indoor Christmas Market in The Old Student House with 160 stalls which finishes just before Christmas.-

In the many beautifully decorated Christmas cottage-style stands, you will find traditional delicacies such as roasted nuts, home-made preserves and juices, and cheesecakes. Handicrafts displayed include knitted hats and mittens, wooden toys, ornate candles and all manner of elves. Enjoy a warming mug of Glogg and a bowl of special winter porridge to keep out the cold.

In December Helsinki is illuminated by the many Christmas lights in the streets and shops . Aleksanterinkatu is the main shopping street in the city centre, an elaborately-decorated and illuminated Joulukatu (“Christmas Street”), is opened by Father Christmas “in person” at the end of November.


Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.

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