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28 Nov – 23 Dec and 27 Nov – 06 Jan 2016
Helsingin Joulumaailma - Christmas World, Kolmen Sepän aukio

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.

2 – 6 Dec 2015
Women's Christmas Fair, Wanha Satama

Over 370 Finnish female exhibitors from all corners of Finland come together at this fair in Wanha Satama to sell their high quality products.
At the fair, you will find hand-knit and embroidered Christmas decorations, pottery, jewelry, candles, leather and wood products and much more – all hand-made in Finland by Finnish women. In a separate section of the fair, you will be able to purchase traditional home-made Finnish Christmas delicacies.

4 – 24 Dec 2015
Helsinki Christmas Market, Senate Square

The Christmas Market proudly presents new main restaurateurs, Helsinki favourites Kolmon3n and Soil Wine Room. The courts are lined with several smaller food stalls, welcoming you to indulge in delicacies. The Christmas Market is home to many traditional as well as more modern gift ideas and home items.

5/6 Dec and 12/13 Dec 2015
Korjaamo Christmas Market, Töölönkatu 51

Christmas market at Korjaamo is specialized on Finnish design products such as clothes, jewels, interior products and books.

11 – 20 Dec 2015
Kaapelin Joulu Christmas Event, Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 C 15

The spirit of Christmas takes over Cable Factory in Helsinki from 11th to 20th of December, when over 150 Finnish craftsmen arrive to Kaapelin joulu event. Kaapelin joulu is known for its warm atmosphere as well as its wide programme and activities for the whole family.

15 – 23 Dec 2015
Old Student House Christmas Market, Mannerheimintie 3

In this traditional market the vendors are selling unique handicraft and Christmas delicacies.
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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 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.

Lucia Parade lights up the city

The traditional Lucia Parade on 13 December is a festival of light during wintertime. Each year a young maiden is selected to represent Saint Lucia, receiving her crown of candles at Helsinki Cathedral before descending the steps to Senate Square.

Lucia is crowned at 5pm. The Lucia Parade begins at 6pm and continues down Aleksanterinkatu where you can catch a glimpse of Lucia along with Christmas elves, horses and historic cars.

Seurasaari Christmas Path

The Seurasaari Christmas Path is a free-of-charge event for families and children taking place on 15 December 2015 at 1pm-5pm. The event offers a glimpse into the world of fairy tales, old Finnish Christmas traditions and the basic message of Christmas.

Animals of the forest can be spotted along the Christmas Path, which is being staged for the 19th year in 2014. You can also enjoy a wide range of events and activities.

Christmas concerts

Throughout the holiday season, Christmas music can be enjoyed in the churches and concert halls of Helsinki. The traditional Christmas concerts performed by the YL Male Voice Choir and Cantores Minores, the Choir of Boys and Young Men of Helsinki Cathedral, are particularly popular. Carol concerts are also held in many churches and are a great way of getting into the Christmas spirit.
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