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Seasonal sales spots

The City of Helsinki leases out sales spots for food items and other products for public holidays and urban events. The duration of the lease for a seasonal sales spot is usually 1–2 days. Longer leases are also available during Christmas and Easter.

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How do you apply?

Apply for a sales spot no later than one month before the seasonal sales start. The application period for the Kolmensepänaukio and Keskuskatu Christmas sales spots ends at the end of the preceding June. You can also apply for any vacant spots later.

What are the times for seasonal sales?

  • Valentine’s Day 14 February
  • Easter: from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday 14.-18.4.2022
  • May Day 29 April–1 May
  • Helsinki Day 12 June
  • Night of the Arts 18.8.2022
  • Christmas season from the opening of the Aleksanterinkatu Christmas Street until Epiphany

What can you sell and where?

The products to be sold depend on the sales spot and the season. Selling goods (e.g. items, sweets, packaged foods) is allowed in all seasons. Food preparation spots can only be leased on May Day and the Night of the Arts.

  • Keskuskatu (pdf): no food preparation, sales only from a vending stall in the Christmas season, only one 10 m2 vending stall per vendor in the Christmas season
  • Narinkkatori (pdf): no food preparation
  • Heikkilänaukio, Lauttasaari (pdf): no food preparation
  • Ruoholahti (pdf) : no food preparation
  • Kolmensepänaukio, Christmas season (pdf): no food preparation, sales only from a vending stall, only one 10 m2 vending stall per vendor in the Christmas season
  • Kolmensepänaukio, other seasons (pdf): no food preparation
  • Hesperia Park (pdf): sales of goods and food preparation spots, sales only on May Day and the Night of the Arts
  • Kaivopuisto (pdf): food preparation spots are only for Helsinki-based associations. Sales spots for sweets are open to apply for all associations and entrepreneurs. Sales only on May Day.

How much does it cost?

The lease for a seasonal sales spot is €50/day/each 10 m² + VAT, see also the price list (pdf) (in Finnish).

Good to know

  • Seasonal sales spots may be used for sales operations from 7.00 to 22.00, with the exceptions of May Day eve (10.00–24.00), May Day (7.00–18.00) and the Night of the Arts (7.00–24.00).
  • Only vending stalls may be used on Kolmensepänaukio and in Keskuskatu in the Christmas season. Request approval from the Urban Environment Division’s Land Use department for the model of your vending stall when applying for a sales spot. The vending stall may also require an action permit from Building Control Services.
  • Seasonal sales spots may not be subleased.

Contact information

If necessary, you can contact inspectors (pdf) by telephone on weekdays from 10.00 to 11.30 or by e-mail at

25.03.2022 11:37