Helsinki Christmas Market begins on Friday with a diverse programme

Helsinki Christmas Market crowns the holiday season in Helsinki, offering plenty of diverse programme events throughout the duration of the market. Visitors to the Christmas Market can enjoy the selection of nearly 100 product vendors and over 20 cafe and restaurant operators. Weekly-changing vendors add variety to the product selection.

Providing a more responsible alternative to mass-produced gifts and decorations, Helsinki Christmas Market brings to Senate Square a significant number of artisans and small producers from all over Finland. The market’s atmospheric core consists of the Deliyard and Restaurant Yard, which also serves alcoholic beverages, where one can enjoy seasonal treats and festive holiday spirit.

Diverse programme inspires Christmas cheer

The market’s ample programme includes shows that bring joy to the end-of-the-year rush and experiences that further boost the holiday spirit. These include visits by Santa and Mrs Claus and plenty of varied live music performances, for example, an organ grinder, the ZinZingen choir and Soiva Joulukortti duo. British Army Band Sandhurst performs traditional Christmas carols on Sunday, 10 December, at noon and 2 p.m.

Vendor stalls organise workshops that introduce visitors to the world of glassblowing, chestnut roasting and metalsmithing.

Helsinki Christmas Market is a responsible Christmas event

Helsinki Christmas Market focuses on sustainable development and responsible Christmas shopping. The event’s environmental impacts are assessed using the EcoCompass certificate. The vendors and restaurants at the Market have been selected with an emphasis on responsible production and operation. Renewable energy is used to heat vendor stalls and power the carousel.

Helsinki Christmas Market is open in Senate Square from 1 December to 22 December 2023 Sun–Thu at 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Fri–Sat at 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission to the Market is free. Senate Square will be the final destination for the students’ Independence Day procession on 6 December and initial meeting point for the Saint Lucy’s Day procession on 13 December.