As autumn evenings turn darker and nights longer up here in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, people are starting to prepare themselves for the dark and cold winter with warm clothes, gloves, hats, wooly socks, candles and hot drinks. Luckily there are also fun-filled events with colour, light and joy to ease our way into the dark winter season.Last night I braved the cold October evening to join the finale festival, the Carnival of Light (Valokarnevaali), at Helsinki’s legendary amusement park Linnanmäki. This annual celebration marks the ending of the summer season.During the festivities of the Carnival of Light at Linnanmäki amusement park thousands of colourful lights illuminate the park until late in the evening. Admission to the grounds is free of charge and many of the rides are accessible for a fee.I am totally afraid of heights and do not get too excited about any wild rides in the cold either so I skipped the rides and just enjoyed strolling around Linnanmäki and soaking up the magical ambiance of the Carnival of Light while admiring the spectacular light displays.Being surrounded by beautiful and colourful lights all over Linnanmäki was true therapy for the body and mind. Yellow, orange and red autumn foliage with stunning light reflections added to the spectacular experience.
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