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Soaking up Christmas Magic at Helsinki Christmas Markets


Magical Christmas season has arrived in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and the city is filled with plenty of opportunities to capture Christmas spirit and meet Santa Claus in person.



While other people spend their time shopping for Christmas presents at busy Helsinki city centre shopping centres, department stores and boutiques, I prefer taking an easy stroll around in the city admiring the beauty of Helsinki’s Christmas lights and soaking up Christmas spirit at the numerous Christmas markets, fairs and festivals offering unique gift ideas, locally made products and seasonal treats.


St. Thomas Christmas Market (Tuomaan markkinat) (4–22 Dec 2015) at Senate Square, in the very heart of the city, is my absolute favourite. The location and surroundings are so beautiful that you will most definitely fall in love with the place in the blink of an eye. Charming stalls in pastel colours, a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the square, plenty of atmospheric lights, a traditional carousel, and the best of all: a magnificent view of the white striking Helsinki Cathedral standing up high on top of the hill, and the yellow historical government and university buildings lining the square on three sides. You will not find a more perfect setting for a Christmas market anywhere in Helsinki!

Location: Senate Square, Aleksanterinkatu


At the other end of Street Aleksanterinkatu, opposite to Stockmann department store, by the Three Smiths statue and the Old Student House, you will find Christmas World (Joulumaailma) (28 Oct–23 Dec, 27 Dec–6 Jan), an atmospheric Christmas market in traditional style. Here you can buy homemade delicacies and traditional handicrafts, and even meet Santa Claus in person and whisper your special Christmas wishes in his ear.

Location: Mannerheimintie 3


The Old Student House Christmas Market (Vanhan Joulutori) (15–23 Dec 2015) offers a very traditional side of Finnish handicrafts such as woollen socks, hats and mittens, jewellery, accessories, hand-made soaps and candles as well as a good variety of local food products and pastries.

Location: Old Student House, Mannerheimintie 3


Cable Factory’s Traditional Christmas Festival (Kaapelin Joulu) (11–20 Dec 2015) introduces locally hand-made products from over 100 artisans, designers and craftsmen. In addition to the Christmas market you can also attend workshops and enjoy activities such as pony riding and dance classes.

Location: Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1


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Author: Piia | Ticket to Adventures

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24 thoughts on “Soaking up Christmas Magic at Helsinki Christmas Markets

  1. It’ll be my next Christmas trip. Tks!


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  7. Reblogged this on Rantings Of A Third Kind and commented:
    Absolutely Fabulous Post for the holiday shopping in Helsinki Finland:

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  9. Oh my.. It is so beautiful and suitable for this season!

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  10. Boy your main tropical photo is sure in stark contract to your wintery cold Christmas photo! I love all of the handmade items. And that fudge!!!

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    • Yes you are so right, the contrast is enormous. It is extremely dark and wintry with no snow and no sun here in Helsinki. I wish I could go to the beach and soak up the sun instead. But luckily the abundant xmas lights bring some joy into our grey days. How is the xmas time over there?

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      • Winters here are pretty mild compared to most places. I live in California. We get a lot of rain and what I consider cold weather. At its worst it’s probably 40s and 50s during the day and 20s and 30s overnight. Doesn’t snow. I live very close to San Francisco which is temperate all year long along with the rest of the Northern California coast. I also live close to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevadas which get lots of snow and lots of ski weather.

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      • Sounds like a great place to live if it doesn’t get freezing cold at all. That is just like our autumn/spring. Now cannot wait for the first snowfall of the winter!

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      • It’s strange. Sometimes it feels colder and more damp here than it does up in the snow. It gets plenty cold enough but nothing like the midwest or the mountains for sure. The coast is the best where it never gets terribly cold.


  11. Gosh, how fantastic it all looks.


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