28 November 2014

Helsinki Tips December 2014

December is all about holiday magic in  Helsinki. Here are some tips to get you into the festive mood:

1. Attend a Christmas choir concert. They are firm holiday season favorites for us living in Helsinki (please, check about the tickets on the websites). There are so many, from classical to rock, here's only one as an exemple:

KYL (Helsinki Academic Male Choir, ex or current alumni of the Aalto University Business School). First concert is on the 12th December in Agricola Church, two concerts will take place on the 18th in Temppeliaukio Church.

2. The Christmas market (Tuomaan markkinat) in Senaatintori is open 8 - 21.12.2014 between 10-19 daily. There are over 100 little market stalls where you can buy traditional presents or maybe get something to eat or drink. If you are lucky you might meet Santa himself!

The opening is on the 8th December when traditional rice porridge will be served between 10-11. Santa will be at the market the whole day!

3. The Lucia parade will take Place on the 13th December at 6 PM.

4. Since I was a kid the Stockmann department store has been a must in getting into the holiday mood.

The most important thing was to go and see the famous Christmas fairy tale window on the corner of Aleksanterinkatu and Keskuskatu. I still go and see it!

The Argos hall is full of the latest seasonal decorations.

(The photos are old, there's no snow at the moment in Helsinki!)


  1. Can you suggest what to do on Christmas Day in Helsinki? Thanks!

    1. Hi Ian! This is a tough one as Helsinki is very quiet on the 25th. I wish all travellers to Helsinki visit the Suomenlinna island fortress. You can take a boat from the Market square. It seems two cafes (Cafe Vanille and Jääkellarin kahvila) on the island are open, as is the Rantakasarmi Gallery. The best thing is to walk around and watch the scenery. Wear warm clothing!

      The famous Rock church seems to be open from 12 to 5 PM, but do check before going.

      The zoo is open from 10 AM to 4 PM.

      These you can see outdoors: Finlandia house (designed by Alvar Aalto), the Sibelius monument in Töölö, the Tuomiokirkko (the big church in Senaatintori) and the Uspenski cathedral.

      Most attractions and museums are unfortunately closed! I still hope you have a nice stay in Helsinki.


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