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Soaking up Christmas Spirit at Helsinki Christmas Markets


It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Helsinki! The city centre is beautifully illuminated with seasonal lights and Christmas Markets opened their doors on the weekend.fotor_148088580251014Already a couple of weeks ago I took a head start to the Christmas season exploring Copenhagen’s atmospheric Christmas Markets and admiring Copenhagen’s festive city lights and decorations. So I was getting a bit anxious waiting for Christmas to arrive in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, too, but now I am a happy person again as Christmas is full on in Helsinki.fotor_148088629949560Yesterday I spent the day in Helsinki city centre soaking up Christmas spirit at the many atmospheric Christmas markets and wandering the streets of Helsinki to get into the full Christmas mood.fotor_148088561214881

Manta Christmas Market

I started my day at Manta Christmas Market (Mantan joulumarkkinat) (18 Nov 2017–9 Jan 2018), which is a newbie in town with some 30 red little stalls selling traditional Finnish bakery products, home-made juices, flowers, handicrafts, jewellery and other gift items at Havis Amanda Square at the far end of the Esplanade Park right next to Helsinki Market Square.

Manta Christmas Market | Havis Amanda Square, 00130 Helsinki fotor_148088627366167fotor_148088601363466

Helsinki Christmas Market

Then I continued to Helsinki Christmas Market (Tuomaan markkinat) (2–22 Dec 2017) at Senate Square, in the very heart of the city. This is a perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy season, soak up some Christmas spirit and indulge in delicacies.

At Helsinki Christmas Market the atmosphere is very magical with hundreds of charming stalls in pastel colours, a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the square, plenty of atmospheric seasonal lights, and a traditional carousel. Here the best thing of all is the magnificent view of the white striking Helsinki Cathedral standing up high on top of the hill, together with the yellow imposing neo-classical buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel lining the square on three sides.

Helsinki Christmas Market | Senate Square, Aleksanterinkatu, 00170 Helsinki  fotor_148088572514732fotor_148088606575142fotor_148088658216188fotor_148088591183738

TRE Christmas Market

At the historical WTC bank hall on Aleksanterinkatu Street in the very centre of the city I found TRE Christmas Market (15 Nov–23 Dec 2017) that brings together design products by over 100 Finnish design companies under one roof. This is definitely the right place to find true local design gems.

TRE Christmas Market | Aleksanterinkatu 17, 00100 Helsinki fotor_148088644075954fotor_148088640719664

Helsinki Christmas World

The highlight of my day was Helsinki Christmas World (Joulumaailma) (26 Nov 2017–6 Jan 2018) by the Three Smiths Statue (Kolmen sepän patsas) outside Stockmann department store, an atmospheric Christmas market in traditional style with plenty of festive lights. This is where I bumped into Father Christmas and whispered my special Christmas wishes in his ear. I also enjoyed some roasted chestnuts and mulled wine to warm up.

Helsinki Christmas World | Mannerheimintie 3, 00100 Helsinki fotor_148088664361895fotor_148088661446788

Korjaamo Christmas Market

Korjaamo Christmas Market (25–26 Nov 2017) is another attractive Christmas market that should not be missed in Helsinki. It is held at Korjaamo Culture Factory and they have plenty of interesting Finnish design products, jewels, books, cards and interior products.

Korjaamo Christmas Market | Korjaamo Culture Factory,


Other Christmas Markets

There are plentiful Christmas markets and events in Helsinki during the festive season. Women’s Christmas Fair (6–10 Dec 2017) is famous for the abundance of products from hundreds of artisans, designers and Finnish handicraft companies. The stalls at Old Student House’s Christmas Market (Vanhan Joulutori) (15–22 Dec 2017) in turn are filled with unique handicrafts and Christmas delicacies.fotor_148088654276218fotor_148088603636754It may get cold this time of the year with temperatures well below zero degrees Celsius, so it is a good idea to dress warm with plenty of layers and enjoy hot drinks while tuning into the holiday spirit in the city. fotor_148088634348944

You may like to read more about Helsinki:

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Author: Piia | Ticket to Adventures

Captivating travel stories from around the world, near and far, by an experienced traveller and adventurer.

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

  1. Reading this blog post made my day 🙂 I am so happy that there will still be some Christmas markets open in January! Thanks for the information


  2. Oh I love this! I went there last year after a few weeks in Finnish Lapland and it was the perfect way to end my trip. It’s such a beautiful market. Definitely well worth a visit for anyone visiting Helsinki in December 🙂


  3. It’s my dream to visit such a Christmas market. Maybe I’ll plan for next year. Fun fact: my nickname is Manta…Lol 😊


  4. Now I am totally obsessed with heading out to Helsinki those markets look amazing and so different from the traditional British or N. American ones. By the way your pictures are so beautifully clear I loved them.


  5. In a mood for Christmas after reading this. Btw they have some very cool designs on these stands. Love it.


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  9. This looks so wonderful Piia! I haven’t been to Helsinki in winter, but reading this really made me want to go there on a weekend trip before Christmas.


    • Thank you Inger! Christmas time is very nice in Helsinki, so pretty with lots of Christmas markets, lights and decorations, they make such a huge difference in the overall ambiance. Whereas in November before the lights and markets are put out it is nothing but dark, very dark. I think you know what I mean 🙂

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  10. Wow I love all the markets you found! I love the Vanha market, I can’t wait for it. I rarely even buy anything at these, I mainly go for the atmosphere. Thanks for pointing all these out, I certainly did not realize we have so many Christmas markets in Helsinki 💕💕


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  12. Your post has certainly put me right in the mood for Christmas. It’s so lovely to see all the parts of the city I recognise decked out in festive style. I also particularly like your photo of the great man himself – so magical, thank you.


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