Wednesday December 08, 2021

Helsinki to host Christmas Market from 27 Nov-22 Dec

Published : 06 Nov 2021, 01:12

Updated : 28 Nov 2021, 02:46

  DF Report

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Helsinki Christmas Market is re-locating to the city’s Market Square for this year, said the City of Helsinki in a press release.

The Christmas Market will be held from 27 November to 22 December where about 100 small and independent artisans, crafters and food vendors will participate by the iconic Havis Amanda statue nearby.

Due to the works currently underway to refurbish the lighting at Senate Square, the Christmas market will temporarily re-locate to the seafront site for this year’s event. The market will also extend to the old Flower Market.

Vendors taking part at Helsinki Christmas Market are small, local producers committed to sustainable practices. Visitors will have the opportunity to pick up delicious fish, jams, mustards and other seasonal delicacies.

Shoppers looking for gift ideas will be spoilt for choice, too, with handmade sweets, jewellery and natural cosmetics as well woolly socks, hats and other warm and cosy items on offer.

The market’s food offering will have an emphasis on organic and locally produced fare. There will be plenty of vegetarian and vegan choices, and many dishes will be available to take away too. The vendors include cocktail makers Runar, who will be mixing up home-made glögg drinks in a variety of exciting flavours, Helsinki’s summer outdoor restaurant smash hit Baobao, serving Taiwanese bao buns with a seasonal twist, Haapasalon Hatsapuri offering cheese-filled khachapuris and zero-waste restaurant Nolla.

Families will love the traditional carousel at the heart of the Christmas market, and younger visitors will also enjoy the new Christmas Mystery mobile game, aimed at children aged 5 to 10. Available through the Helsinki Christmas Market website, it offers players a fun and exciting introduction to Helsinki’s historic centre and the history and traditions of the Christmas market. Based around the Market Square, the mobile game has been developed in collaboration with Helsinki City Museum. Both the carousel and the Christmas Mystery game are free for children to enjoy.

The market will remain open Monday to Thursday from 11:00–19:00 and Friday to Sunday, 11:00–20:00.

On the Independence Day it will remain open from 11:00–16:00.