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30 Nov – 6 Jan 2014

In December Helsinki 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 woo passers by with colourful and elaborate Christmas window displays.

Women's Christmas Fair

Venue: Wanha Satama (old Habour)
4 Dec to 8 Dec 2013

Handicrafts such as eg. jewellery, knittings, ceramics, Christmas delicacies etc. The Women’s Christmas Market was organised for the first time in 1922 by the Finnish Feminist Association in order to encourage women to make their own products and earn some income from them. In 1979 the tradition was continued by the Women’s Cultural Association.

St. Thomas Market

Venue: Senate Square
7 Dec to 22 Dec 2013

The St Thomas Market in Senate Square is the biggest Christmas market in Finland with close to 150 vendors in red wooden stalls selling eg. crafts, baked goods and other Christmas specialities.. On weekends Santa Claus visits the market which is open throughout December.

Christmas Market

Venue: Old student house
11 Dec to 22 Dec 2013

Over 160 vendors offering handicrafts and other unique products including candles, knitted goods, ceramics, cards, clothes.
Free entry.

Suomenlinna Christmas Event

30 Nov to 1 Dec 2013

King Gustav III and the Old Militia of Helsinki will be opening the Christmas season on Suomenlinna with a resounding cannon salute. Visitors can buy products made by local craftspeople and other artists, taste Christmas delicacies in the cafés and restaurants and visit the museums and crafts workshops. There will be concerts in the church and an exhibition of nativity scenes in the church hall. Children can follow the Fortress Gnome’s route in the Suomenlinna Museum.

Helsingin Joulumaailma - Christmas Market

30 Nov to 6 Jan 2014

You will find the real Christmas spirit and all the Finnish gifts and crafts you could wish for. Plenty of hot drinks and food to keep warm and get a true taste and scent of Christmas. You can meet Santa Claus and try the entertaining horse carousel, see nativity, hear music and decorate Christmas cookies.

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra: Christmas by Martta and Rudolf

Venue: Helsinki Music Centre
10/12/2013

A Christmas concert based on the visual world of Martta Wendelin and Rudolf Koivu. The best-loved Christmas carols join with Finnish Christmas icons in this concert. The fresh arrangements by Jukka Perko, Marzi Nyman, Mikko Hassinen, Teemu Viinikainen and Jarmo Saari are mostly of religious Christmas music. The structure of these arrangements, rooted in tradition yet fresh and innovative, permits a flexible choice of instruments from a small ensemble led by Jukka Perko to a chamber orchestra.

Seurasaari Christmas Path 2013

Venue: Seurassri Open-Air Museum
15/12/2013

The Seurasaari Christmas Path is a pre-Christmas event for families with children. It gives children and the child at heart adults a possibility to have a look into the world of fairy tales and to learn old Finnish Christmas traditions, not forgetting the basic message of Christmas. The Path spreads in front of you some 30 different activities. Of course Father Christmas with his wife will also visit.

T: +358 (0)9 169 3757.



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Welcome to Helsinki

Helsinki is one of Europe’s most modern and culturally progressive cities, yet remains in touch with an intriguing history stretching back over 450 years. It is a city of bustling, colourful market squares and halls, of outdoor summer concerts and sports events, of seaside parks, of excellent cafes and restaurants for every taste and budget, top-notch hotels and cutting-edge art in fine museums. It is also a pleasantly compact city, with many of the attractions in the central districts, within easy reach of one another.
Attractions range from the fabulous island fortress of Suomenlinna in the entrance to the South Harbour and the Open Air Museum of traditional buildings on the island of Seurasaari, to the startling Kiasma housing the Museum of Contemporary Art and the unique ‘Church in the Rock’. History abounds in the magnificent Senate Square, with its neo-Classical Lutheran Cathedral, in the nearby Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral, and in the art nouveau details of the Railway Museum and National Museum.
Suomenlinna
Suomenlinna is a major monument of military architecture. The 250-year-old fortress, which has been preserved intact because of its military use, is today part of the world heritage. Suomenlinna is one of Finland’s most popular tourist attractions. At the same time it is a suburb of Helsinki, with 850 people living in the renovated ramparts and barracks.
Rock Church – Helsinki
Quarried out of the natural bedrock, Temppeliaukio Church is one of Helsinki's most popular tourist attractions. The interior walls are created naturally by the rock. The church was designed by architects Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and opened in 1969. Due to its excellent acoustics the church is a popular venue for concerts.

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