Nestled on a peninsula overlooking the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki is the country’s capital. This cultural, southern city has much to offer in the way of history. The central avenue, Mannerheimintie, houses several interesting museums, including the National Museum, with exhibits dating from the Stone Age to the present day. Parliament House also stands here, as well as a contemporary art museum, Kiasma. The city’s Uspenski Cathedral is another iconic landmark that overlooks the city’s harbor. Another site of interest is the Temppeliaukion Church, which dates back to the 1960s and has been carved into a rock on the side of a hill. Suomenlinna offers walking trails and a museum. Shopping is available at Market Square in the city center. During the festive season, this place comes alive, and visitors can head to the top Christmas markets in Helsinki, Finland. Scroll below to read more.
1. Korjaamo Christmas Market (Korjaamon Joulumarkkinat)
The Korjaamo Culture Factory was established in 2004 and is located in Töölö, Helsinki. Throughout the year, the premises are used for music concerts and other events. There is a movie theater on the property, Korjaamo Kino, which is open every day. However, the Christmas season begins at Korjaamo Christmas Market, where visitors can buy high quality, locally made gift items. More than 60 vendors set up stalls in a relaxed atmosphere. A delicious brunch is available at Korjaamo Restaurant, as well as other refreshments, including mulled wine at Vaunuhalli Cafe.
Address: Töölönkatu 51b, 00250, Helsinki, Finland
Website: Korjaamon Joulumarkkinat
Opening hours: November 30 - December 1, 2019: 11am - 5pm (daily)
2. Design Christmas Market at Helsinki Cable Factory
The three-day Ornamo Design Christmas Market will be held at Cable Factory in December. This unique event allows visitors to meet Finnish designers and learn details about the latest design trends. The market also offers locally made items, including ceramic and glass art, textiles, fashion, and lifestyle items produced by both established and up-and-coming Finnish brands.
Design Christmas Market at Helsinki Cable Factory
Address: Cablefactory, Tallberginkatu 1, Helsinki, Finland
Opening hours: December 6 - 8, 2019: Fri: 3pm – 7pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 6pm
3. Vanhan Joulutori Christmas Market
This traditional Christmas market is held at Old Student House in Helsinki and offers visitors the chance to experience the true spirit of Christmas. The market runs over two floors, offering quality Finnish handcrafted products, many of which are produced by the best artisans and designers in Finland. Head here to buy some presents for your loved ones.
Vanhan Joulutori Christmas Market
Address: Old Student House – Vanha Ylioppilastalo, Helsinki, Finland
Website: Vanhan Joulutori Christmas Market
Opening hours: December 14 - 22, 2019: Mon - Fri: 11am - 8pm; Sat - Sun: 11am - 6pm
4. Suomenlinna Christmas Market
The Christmas Market at Suomenlinna will be opened with a cannon salute by King Gustav III, along with the Old Militia of Helsinki. When the market is open, visitors can purchase locally made arts and crafts as gifts, as well as enjoy the various traditional Christmas delicacies in cafes and restaurants. A number of events are held, including museum visits, craft workshops, and fun outings for the children. One of these allows children to follow the Fortress Gnome’s route. There will also be displays of drawings by children and other official art exhibitions. Choirs will sing Christmas carols during the event. This island is only accessible by a ferry service, running from Market Square. The boat trip here takes 15-20 minutes.
Suomenlinna Christmas Market
Address: Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
Website: Suomenlinna Christmas Market
Opening hours: November 29 - 30, 2019: 10am - 2pm (daily)
5. Helsinki Christmas Market
Helsinki Christmas Market is the largest in the city and has been running the longest out of all the others. It is held at Senate Square, in the center of Helsinki. This festive market brings in thousands of visitors every year. The center is where a number of food courts can be found, serving up regional specialties. Surrounding the food court are alleys full of stalls selling quality handicraft products. Also on offer is fresh produce from the many farms surrounding the capital. The children are catered to with a quaint, traditional carousel offering free rides.
Helsinki Christmas Market
Address: Senaatintori, Helsinki, Finland
Website: Helsinki Christmas Market
Opening hours: December 6 - 22, 2019: Tue - Fri: 11am - 8pm, Sat - Sun: 10am - 9pm (closed on Mon)
Nearby Christmas Markets
6. Porvoo Old Town Christmas Market
Porvoo is a charming and beautiful town that is a one-hour drive away from the capital of Helsinki. This medieval city is particularly pretty during the holiday season when Old Town is dressed up in style. The well-preserved, colorful wooden houses are decorated for Christmas, while the narrow, cobblestone streets are filled with lights. When it snows here, kick sleds are the best mode of transport. The frozen river becomes an ice rink for skaters, and stalls are set up in Raatihuone Market Square selling arts and crafts by the art community in the town. Vendors dress up in old-fashioned costumes while selling gifts and tasty food products. Porvoo Art Factory joins in the festivities, with contemporary art on display.
Porvoo Old Town Christmas Market
Address: Raatihuone Market Square, Porvoo, Finland
Opening hours: November 26 - December 31, 2019: 10am - 12am (daily)
7. Turku Christmas Market
Turku is a two-hour drive from Helsinki and, every year on December 24, an event declares The Christmas Peace in the city’s Old Great Square, which is considered to be the Christmas city of Finland. This has been going on since the 1320s and is one of the country’s oldest Christmas traditions. A market is held here, which runs for four weekends before Christmas. A huge Christmas tree is set up in front of Turku Cathedral. The official Christmas street of Turku, Yliopistonkatu, is festooned with garlands of light. Stalls offer traditional and high-quality, handicrafts, gifts, toys, and tasty treats. Music, circus, and theater performances are also held here. Naturally, Santa Claus, his wife, and his trusty elves are on hand to find out what the children wish for during the Christmas holidays.
Turku Christmas Market
Address: Old Great Square, Turku, Finland
Website: Turku Christmas Market
Opening hours: November 23 - 24; November 30 - December 1; December 7 - 8; December 14 - 15, 2019: 11am - 5pm (daily)
"Hyvää joulua" - Merry Christmas in Finland!
Enjoy exploring all the wonders of the Finnish capital, with its modern and historic architecture, fascinating museums, shops, and markets. Taste the traditional cuisine and head out to celebrate the upcoming holidays by visiting some of the top Christmas Markets in Helsinki, Finland.
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