Christmas lights at Katariinankatu. Photo Jussi Hellsten.

Christmas in Helsinki

Christmas in Helsinki is so much more than jingles and bells. The dark time of the year and cold temperatures offer the chance to discover the calm and peaceful side of Helsinki. Compared to all the glittering Christmas cities around the world, the Finnish capital is like an urban retreat that energises and soothes you with its hot saunas, beautiful nature, and both new and old traditions.

The Christmas season in Helsinki begins already at the 24 of November, when the Christmas lights along the Aleksanterinkatu shopping street are turned on.  

The best place to do your Christmas shopping is at any of the Christmas markets and bazaars throughout Helsinki. Christmas markets begin to appear already in November and continue all the way up to Christmas Eve.

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. Traditional and responsible Helsinki Christmas Market to open 6 December

Lux Helsinki inspires local residents, communities and companies to light up the darkest time of the year by creating their own light installations. The Light Challenge aims to share the power of light in a communal way in the heart of winter.  The Light Challenge aims to share the power of light in a communal way in the heart of winter

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