Refreshed in 2014 and having attracted more than 150 000 visitors, the Helsinki Christmas Market is back this year to fulfil all wishes: the upcoming holiday season is celebrated with extended opening hours and an extra warm feeling. The Christmas Market is open daily 4–22 December 2015 from 11am until 8pm in the Senate Square. The food courts remain open on Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm.
“We managed to renew the Christmas Market last year to match our counterparts in the rest of Europe. This year the focus is on offering the best possible holiday feeling to everyone in Helsinki”, says Christmas Market executive producer Eija Malin.
The carousel returns to the city
Last season’s hugely popular old Dutch carousel returns to the Christmas Market this year. A spin in the carousel is free of charge within the market opening hours.
The main voice of the Christmas Market is the holiday season radio station Jouluradio. In addition, the Food Courts will welcome DJ guests during the weekends. The detailed programme of the Christmas Market will be announced later. All events are open to all and free of charge.
A taste of Helsinki in the food courts
The Food Courts proved a huge success last year. This year the courts will be somewhat larger and led by new restaurateurs. The main tastemakers in 2015 are the Kallio favourite Kolmon3n and the popular Soil Wine Room with its permanent location in the Punavuori district. In addition, the Food Court is lined with several smaller food stalls.
“The Food Court is our pride and joy. The new-old part of Helsinki welcomes to bask in the holiday spirit, to indulge in delicacies and to warm your hands with a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate”, Eija Malin describes.
Hand-made holiday spirit
The Christmas Market is home to many traditional as well as more modern gift ideas and home items. About 100 vendors are placed on the Gift Alley lining the area, with plenty of gift items from wool socks to mistletoe, and silver jewellery to candles. Most of the items sold are handmade in Finland.
“If this year’s Christmas Market is even half as fantastic as last year’s, then it will be a huge success. But I’m guessing it’s going to be even more amazing. I remember so many happy smiling faces, and probably not just from tasting my fudge. The wonderful Christmas atmosphere was in everyone and everything”, Fudgelove‘s Richard Cliff shares.
Warm up in the Christmas sauna
The special holiday feeling of the Christmas Market is built together with the Tori Quarters team. The popular Christmas Sauna is back again in the inner courtyard of the Bock House. The Winter Terrace–an idyllic hidden yard–is found right by the sauna, inviting to enjoy vin chaud and other refreshments.
Here’s a video of last year’s Helsinki Christmas Market:
Read more about the vendors at the Helsinki Christmas Market (PDF).