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Turku Christmas Market – Finland

Toivotamme teille hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta

Date:    24 – 25 Nov, 1 – 2 Dec, 8 – 9 Dec, 15 – 16 Dec @11:00-17:00

Open only on Saturdays and Sundays

As winter grows darker, it is time to enjoy a warm market atmosphere at the Old Great Square.

The traditional Christmas Market at the Old Great Square (across the road from the Cathedral) is an essential part of the Christmas anticipation in Turku. The old time Christmas spirit can be experienced at the Old Great Square during all four Advent weekends.

At Christmas-time in the year 1900, a Christmas tree was erected in front of the Turku Cathedral. This marked the very first time a public Christmas tree with electric lights was lit outside the cathedral. The very first time the tree was brought to Cathedral Square was in the year 1900, but it did not become an annual event until the 1930’s.

The Lucia of Turku

Since 1996, a festive morning-coffee celebration has been organised at Kvartersklubben (a Swedish-speaking pensioners’ club) at Folkhälsan. This is where Lucia is crowned and makes her first appearance with her entourage. The event starts at 7:40 AM and is open to the public.

The Christmas Street

Turku got its own Christmas Street in 1948. That was the year when, as a result of the co-operative efforts of many store owners, Christmas lights were lit for the first time on Yliopistonkatu between Aurakatu and Humalistonkatu. Besides beautiful evergreen garlands and decorative lights, the Christmas Street opening ceremonies consisted of a Christmas program, various contests, and a festive atmosphere for all to enjoy, and of course, the opportunity for children to see Santa Claus. Christmas Street quickly acquired a permanent position among the Christmas celebrations of Turku dwellers, and residents eagerly anticipated the annual opening festivities.

Christmas

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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Christmas Recipes

Food plays a very important part in the season of Goodwill and Festive Cheer. Here we have a selection of recipes from around the globe which we hope will help you to prepare for Christmas.

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Discover all you need to know about the history of Silent Night, the Lyrics and listen to Silent Night

Discovwer all about St Nicholas. Find out who he was, how he become a saint and why he is associated with Christmas. Discover St Nicholas here

Find Puzzles, word searches, letters to print of for Santa plus much more here, in the Kids Corner

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