Helsinki Christmas Market is held at Senate Square. Photo: Jussi Hellsten.

Traditional and responsible Helsinki Christmas Market to open 6 December

Helsinki Christmas Market, to be held from 6–22 December, will gather 72 domestic crafts professionals and small producers as well as 12 restaurants and other food vendors at Senate Square. Visitors will again be entertained with a carousel placed in the centre of the market. 

The opening day’s programme on 6 December includes joint signing and crafts. The most beloved Christmas songs, sung from 14:00 onwards on the opening day, will be interpreted into sign language. On weekends, Santa Claus will personally collect last-minute Christmas gift requests from visitors. There will be a bingo, in which the prize is a vegetarian Christmas ham, and Christmas karaoke by Singa. Tori Quarters will offer mulled Christmas wine Glögi hopping and Christmas tree orienteering. 

A sustainable alternative to mass production

The product and food vendors of Helsinki Christmas Market have been selected with consideration to responsible production and operating methods. Helsinki Christmas Market offers sustainable alternatives to mass-produced gifts and decorative items. 

The market’s vendors comprise small local producers and providers as well as producers of regional specialties such as honey produced locally in Helsinki neighbourhoods, traditional Finnish fish pasties and other delicacies from the Finnish province of South Savo, fish products from the Åland Islands, and cheeses. 

Gifts for low-income families

The Finnish Red Cross Container offers a variety of recycled goods as gifts for visitors to choose from for their loved ones. The gifts can also be wrapped at the container. The proceeds go to the Finnish Red Cross disaster fund. Helsinki Christmas Market vendors can also donate their surplus goods to the Hursti charity, which benefits local people in need. In addition to their Christmas shopping, Helsinki Christmas Market customers can also buy gifts from the market to be passed on to low-income families. 

Organic and local foods in the culinary section

The heart of Helsinki Christmas Market is the market’s cozy culinary section. On offer will be hot drinks, traditional Christmas delicacies and new items from first-rate Helsinki restaurants. 

In addition to organic and local foods, catering services focus on vegetarian and vegan options. The market seeks to minimize food waste, and surplus food can be salvaged with the ResQ Club app. 

Helsinki Christmas Market emphasizes recycling and ecological values. The event fights food waste, fosters charitable activities, supports local producers and promotes responsible Christmas gifts. The market is accessible. 

Helsinki Christmas Market

Senate Square 6–22 December 2019
Opening hours: Tuesday–Friday 11–20, Saturday–Sunday 10–20, Monday closed  

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Publishded november 21st and updated December 2nd.

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