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At the darkest time of the year, Helsinki is full of light and warmth: the city offers plenty of events for those interested in handicrafts, design and Finnish Christmas traditions. Here are 10 tips for an enchanting Christmas in the city.

The opening of Aleksanterinkatu Christmas street

The Christmas season traditionally begins in Helsinki with the opening of the Christmas street. After the lighting of the Christmas lights, the Christmas parade goes down the main shopping street, spreading the holiday spirit.

Opening of Aleksanterinkatu Christmas street
Senate Square and Aleksanterinkatu, Helsinki

Xmas Garage

Xmas Garage is a shared shop space on Aleksanterinkatu, run by the My o My store. The selection includes lovely gift products from over 100 companies, including Arela, Cozy Publishing and Good Life Coffee.

Xmas Garage
Aleksanterinkatu 11, Helsinki

TRE Christmas Market Helsinki

TRE Christmas Market Helsinki is the largest Christmas event in downtown Helsinki, selling decorations, Christmas treats, items for children, gifts, paper products, cosmetics and accessories.

TRE Christmas Market
Aleksanterinkatu 17, Helsinki

TOKYO Christmas Sales

The Christmas Sales event is organized by the art and design students of Aalto university. The selection contains unique pieces from future art and design stars.

TOKYO Christmas Sales
Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki

Kaurilan sauna

Enjoy a real Finnish wood-heated sauna in an authentic 19th century sauna building. The Kaurilan sauna is located 15 mins away from the Helsinki city center and close to Seurasaari museum island. You can reserve the sauna for private events or come enjoy the soft steam during public opening hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  

Kaurilan sauna
Open Mon–Wed
Heikinniementie 9, Helsinki

Ornamo Design Christmas Market

Ornamo’s annual Design Christmas Market will again take place at Helsinki’s Cable Factory. The three-day market is a unique event where you can meet Finnish designers, explore the latest design trends and purchase Finnish design, textile, glass and ceramic art, fashion and other lifestyle products. The three-day market showcases design and applied arts by both established and up-and-coming Finnish brands.

Ornamo Design Christmas Market
Tallberginkatu 1, Helsinki

Helsinki Christmas Market

The Helsinki Christmas Market is a little Christmas town inside Helsinki. The heart of the market is an old-fashioned merry-go-round. There are restaurants which serve classic Christmas dishes and seasonal products. In the narrow alleys you’ll find interesting handicrafts and design products on sale. This year there is even a sauna in the market!

Helsinki Christmas Market
Senate Square, Helsinki

The Seurasaari Christmas Path

The Seurasaari Christmas Path is a pre-Christmas event designed especially for families with children, offering visitors a peek into a fairy-tale world, an old fashioned Christmas and the message of the first Christmas.

The Seurasaari Christmas Path
10.12. at 12–17
Seurasaari island, Helsinki

Teurastamo Christmas Market

The two-day Christmas market is held in the Teurastamo yard and in the Kellohalli restaurant.  Fifty entrepreneurs and artisans will sell at the event.

Teurastamo Christmas Market
Työpajankatu 2, Helsinki

Culture Sauna

How about enjoying some steam in Hakaniemi? The Culture Sauna is a public sauna heated with wood pellets, always open from Wednesday to Sunday. On Christmas Eve the sauna is open 9–14.

Culture Sauna
Open Wed–Sun
Hakaniemenranta 17, Helsinki

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