Taking place in the centre of Helsinki in the Senate Square and surrounded by imposing neo-classical buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, Helsinki Christmas Market is part of Helsinki-ites’ traditional Christmas festivities. The Christmas Market is the ideal place to take a break from the hectic run-up to Christmas. Local Finnish produce, good local food, quality, unique gifts and, of course, the Christmas spirit are the main focus of the market.
The face of Helsinki Christmas Market bears the mark of Linda Bergroth, a Finnish designer who has also garnered international acclaim. The heart of the market beats to a hugely popular, old-fashioned merry-go-round offering free rides to children and others who are young at heart. The centre of the market is home to a cluster of licensed food courts focusing on regional specialities. Food is served from restaurants and food stalls to eat on the premises. In the gift alleys surrounding the food courts, there are over a hundred vendors selling traditional handicraft, the latest design and utility products, as well as produce, including honey, pastries, spices, mushrooms, jams, meat and fish, from primary producers and farms.
Helsinki Christmas Market is open from early December until Christmas Eve week. The most expected visitor at Christmas, Santa Claus, will be there every day (Mon–Fri 11–18 & Wknd 10–17). There is also a Christmas post office at the market for Christmas greetings to be conveniently posted when visiting the market. Events such as Finnish Independence Day (6 December), Lucia’s Day (13 December) and many other free smaller events during the run-up to Christmas, regulate the everyday life of the market.
You can get to know some of the lovely vendors beforehand on Instagram @tuomaanmarkkinat.