Responsibility and accessibility

Responsible Christmas gifts

The Helsinki Christmas Market brings to downtown Helsinki 80 Finnish producers and craftsmen and women, whose unique products are a responsible alternative to mass-produced gift and ornamental products. There are gifts for everyone, ranging from handcrafted toys and candles to food gifts from small producers. The vendors of the Market have been selected according to the high quality, locality and environmental friendliness of the raw materials, manufacturing process and packaging. 

The Helsinki Christmas Market is part of MyHelsinki’s Think Sustainably service and its environmental impacts are assessed using the EcoCompass certificate.

Clean flavours

The Christmas Market food court emphasises organic and locally-produced ingredients and fair trade products. The food vendors of the Market have been selected with vegetarian and vegan options and other dietary restrictions in mind.

Ecological heat and light

The Helsinki Christmas Market cabins and lounge areas are electrically heated. The event utilises eco-electricity, and all the lights are energy-efficient LEDs.

Doing good

The Helsinki Christmas Market vendors have the option of donating leftover products to be delivered to the Hursti Christmas party for people in need at Messukeskus Helsinki. Event visitors can also purchase a Christmas gift for a family of limited means, to be delivered forward by the Social Services of the City of Helsinki. On Wednesdays, you can get your gifts wrapped at the gift wrapping stall of the Finnish Red Cross, who will donate the collected wrapping fees to the crisis work of the organisation.

Recycling, recovery and logistics

The food court uses nothing but biodegradable dishes and packaging. Instead of a single-use cup, you can enjoy the hot drinks of the season from your own cup or buy a Helsinki Christmas Market enamel cup. To cut down on food waste, our vendors focus on a select few dishes that have been carefully prepared. The Helsinki Christmas Market also utilises the ResQ Club app, which allows anyone to salvage unsold food. The event not only collects biowaste, but also glass bottles, energy waste, wood, metal, paper and cardboard. The only mixed waste bins are located in the lavatories. 

Special attention has been paid to the reusability of all materials sourced as part of material acquisitions, sign solutions and area planning for the Helsinki Christmas Market. Used materials and rented structures and equipment are favoured in decorations. This year’s Helsinki Christmas Market carousel comes from Turku, Finland instead of the Netherlands, which significantly reduces the transportation emissions. 

Merry Christmas to everyone

Christmas cheer and peace belong to everyone regardless of age, ethnicity or nationality, citizenship, language, religion, health, disability or sexual orientation. That is why everyone is welcome to the Helsinki Christmas Market just as they are. The Helsinki Christmas Market is a discrimination-free event and we expect the entire staff, event partners and sub-contractors to commit to the principles of equality, fairness and non-discrimination.

Access and accessibility

We recommend that you come to the event on foot, by bike or using public transport. The nearest metro stop is University of Helsinki, and trams 2, 4, 5 and 7 halt at the Senate Square stop. Senate Square is located in zone A of the HSL area. You can also walk to Senate Square from the Railway Station in about 10 minutes. There are bike parks on the Church-side and Aleksantarinkatu-side of the square. Public transport routes are available online at www.hsl.fi.

We pay special attention to the accessibility of the Helsinki Christmas Market and continually develop the Market services to be even more accessible. The market area entrances at the corners of Senate Square and in the middle of the square on the side of Aleksanterinkatu have sloped curbs at the pedestrian crossings. There is a ramp at the door of the indoor restaurant. Unfortunately, the decked seating areas in the middle of the food court are not accessible, but the food court does have a table that can be adjusted to the appropriate height for wheelchair users. There are accessible lavatories in the event clearing and in the food court. We also take Toilet Pass holders into account.  You can print out the accessibility map below and take it with you to the area.

Sign language interpretation will be provided at the Most Beautiful Christmas Carols event, held at 2 p.m. on opening day, 6 December.

Security 

The event and its security plan are coordinated in close co-operation with the authorities and security professionals. If there is a problem situation, such as an accident or sudden illness, or if you observe any inappropriate behaviour, we encourage you to notify the nearest security personnel. The security team members at the market are trained to provide first aid.