Facts and figures

Helsinki Christmas Market is the largest and oldest outdoor Christmas market in Helsinki, but how old and how large is it exactly? Read ahead and find out! This list of interesting facts and helpful information of the market aims to paint a picture of what the market is all about.

General information:

  • Oldest outdoor Christmas market in Helsinki, organized from circa 1990 
  • Since 2011 the market has been organized at the Senate Square 
  • The visual identity and spatial layout has been designed by Linda Bergroth (renowned for KOTI Sleepover and designs for Fiskars) 
  • The Helsinki Christmas Market has been mentioned in international media, for example, The Huffington Post and Le Figaro as well as in Finnish media 
  • 350 000 visitors in three weeks in 2016 
  • Visitors from circa 100 countries 
  • One kilometre of spruce garland, 200 Christmas trees and 5km of string lights decorating the market

Cabins at the market consist of:

  • 133 wooden vendor cabins 
    • 39 cabins selling Christmas delights 
    • 81 cabins for gift and craft items 
    • NB! In 98 cabins the makers or producers themselves are present throughout the market days
  • Two Food Courts, where 
    • 2 restaurants with indoor seating and 11 food vendors: traditional herring, savoury  pastries, cinnamon buns, both sweet or savoury Christmas porridge 
    • Spacious sheltered areas for eating and drinking
    • NB! Foodcourts are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. Both hot and cold drinks available 

What to do:

  • The over 100-year old Dutch carousel spins around 120 000 times annually 
    • NB! Carousel has free entry 
  • Lots of free programme: visit Santa daily, Christmas sing-alongs, Lucia day event, weekly programme and performances at the stage next to the statue of Alexander II