CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN HELSINKI
Christmas in Helsinki - Shopping, Christmas Markets, Events and
one of the darkest times of the year in Helsinki, but the city is brightened up
by the many Christmas lights in the streets and shop window displays. Aleksanterinkatu, the main shopping street of the city centre, is an
elaborately-decorated and illuminated Joulukatu ("Christmas Street"), opened by
Santa Claus himself at the end of November. From this time, the large
department stores, notable Stockmanns (the Finnish Harrods) and Sokos have
exotic Christmas window displays On Lucia Day,
13th December, the beautiful Lucia maiden descends the steps of the
Lutheran Cathedral and leads a parade through the city. By now an enormous
spruce is standing in the Senate Square complete with its Christmas lights and
decorations (see picture).
Home-made food delicacies, gifts and decorations are sold by vendors who come from all over Finland to the special Christmas markets. The market season kicks off with the Women’s Christmas Fair at the Old Harbour (Vanha Satama) on 2nd December. The largest is St. Thomas Market, held in the city centre Esplanaadi Park from 7-19 December this year. There is also an indoor Christmas market in the Old Student Hall from the 11-22 December. Several other local markets in the city and surroundings are known only to locals, but all our guests will receive a listing of these when they check-in, so they can experience the off-the-beaten-track markets only locals know. We also include a listing of Christmas concerts and other events of interest, as well as where to go for alternative Christmas shopping, and where to eat and drink Finnish Christmas style, including hidden cafes and bars serving winter beers – all to help you make the most of your pre-Christmas visit to Helsinki.
The Major Christmas Markets in Helsinki
Christmas Fair, Vanha Satama 1-5 December (local handicraft market of items
made by Finnish women)