As we wait for nature to turn green, you can stop by Winter Garden to enjoy the beauty of Easter lilies and tulips. A sure sign of spring in Helsinki is Easter markets in different parts of the city. On offer are daffodils, tulips, plants, design, organic eggs, chocolates, jewelry and much else.
Restaurants, museums, shops and sights
Most of the restaurants, museums, public saunas and sights are open on Easter. Tourist Information at Helsinki Railway Station is open daily from 10 to 16. Tourist Information at the airport is open daily from 10 to 18. See all Easter opening hours (pdf).
Easter at Winter Garden from 16 April onwards
Come and admire the Easter look of Winter Garden from Tuesday, 16 April, to Tuesday, 23 April. As we’re waiting for nature to turn green, you can stop by Winter Garden to marvel at the splendor of colours of Easter lilies and tulips.
A play: Easter Story
- Tue 16 April at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Sat 10 April at 13 and 15
- First Easter Day, Sun 21 April at 13 and 15
- Second Easter Day, Mon 22 April at 13 and 15
Easter Island at Helsinki Zoo 19–22 April
Visit Helsinki Zoo at Easter and help the Paju bunny to discover how to save Easter Island. The zoo animals will give you hints along your way that help save the whole world. Pick a free Easter Island map at the Mustikkamaa gate. The map will be your guide in the adventure. Complete the tasks shown on the map and you’ll be rewarded with a cool prize for the day!
Open house at Haltiala farm
The Haltiala farm will hold an open house on 19–21 April. The doors will be open from 11–18 on all three days. The Haltiala farm’s ewes have new lambs that can be seen at Lampola.
Seurasaari Easter bonfires 20 April
Easter bonfires will be burning at the Seurasaari festive grounds on Easter Saturday. A smaller jester’s bonfire will burn first, to be followed by the main Easter bonfire.
Via Crucis 20 April
The ecumenical Easter procession Via Crucis – the way of the Cross – sets out at 21 on Easter Saturday. The procession will proceed from the Kaisaniemi park to the Bank of Finland and further to the steps of Helsinki Cathedral, where the event culminates in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Via Crucis is based on a medieval tradition of the church. This year’s procession is the 24th organized in Helsinki. Last year the spectacle was attended by thousands of viewers.
Things to do at Easter
- Easter market in Suvilahti 14 April
- Salvation Army Easter Market 17 April
- American Car Show at Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre 19–21 April
- The sweetest workshop at Easter 20 April, from 12–15: Hotel and Restaurant Museum
- Holiday adventure at Theatre Museum with Detectives Cat&Cat 20–21 April, from 12–15
- Easter flee market in Suvilahti 20–21 April
- Museum ships begin their sailing season in Suomenlinna 22–24 April
Services at Easter
Social and health care services in Helsinki at Easter
Health stations are closed on Easter between 19th and 22nd April.
Emergency services - tel. 116 117
When local health stations are closed, patients in need of urgent care are treated by emergency services. Call 116 117 before you go to the emergency clinic. The service is open 24/7 and free of charge.
24 h Telephone Health Service, Tel. 09 310 10023
Information is provided about Helsinki’s health services and treatment instructions 24 hours a day at the cost of a normal phone call.
In life-threatening emergencies – call 112
In the event of a severe and life-threatening illness or accident situation at any time of the day, call 112 for help.
Emergency dental care is back at the Haartman Hospital, Haartmaninkatu 4, building 12. Appointments can be booked 8 - 21 at 09 471 71110. Night emergency duty is at Tölö hospital emergency department, Töölönkatu 40, tel. 040 621 5699.Please always make an appointment by phone before seeking treatment for Emergency Dental Care.
HSL public transport over the Easter weekend
Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) public transport will operate to special timetables over the long Easter weekend, 18-22 April. In addition, tram route 7 will be diverted on Thursday evening 18 April and Friday evening 19 April due to the Via Crucis procession.
- Waste collection: please note that waste containers are emptied a day early during the Easter week.
- Easter holiday traffic at Helsinki Airport