Helsinki – capital of Finland – overlooking the Baltic Sea, just in front of the Estonian capital, Tallinn, which is only 80 km. The city was founded in the sixteenth century by the Swedes under the name of Helsingfors.
Helsinki in 1812 became part of the Russian Empire, the city was rebuilt by the Russians to give her the role that competed as capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland. After independence which took place in 1917, were built others important areas of the city, such as the famous Esplandi, an avenue garden full of statues and fountains.
The island fortress of Suomenlinna, located in front of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
HELSINKI CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Dates of the Christmas Market 2016:
3 December – 22 December 2016 (Tuomaan joulumarkkinat)
3 December – 23 December 2016; 27 December 2016 – 7 January 2017 (Helsingin Joulumaailma)
2 December – 6 December 2016 (Naisten Joulumessut)
The market in Helsinki is the largest Christmas market in Finland, the land of Santa Claus.
St. Thomas Christmas Market (Tuomaan joulumarkkinat). This is the most important Christmas market in Helsinki, made up of nearly 120 stalls, it takes place in Senaatintori (Senate Square), close to Esplanade Park (Esplanadin puisto), the market is full of Finnish handmade crafts, Christmas decorations, desserts and drinks typical of Finland.
Opening: 3 December – 22 December 2016. Opening Hours: from Monday to Friday from 11 am to 8 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm.
Helsinki Christmas market (Helsingin Joulumaailma). This Christmas market is held in the city center on the opposite side of the main Stockmann (Mannerheimintie 3) in a pleasant place to shop. Here you will find the traditional wooden houses with gift ideas and Finnish handicrafts including woolen hats, gloves Knitwear, wooden toys, candles and traditional Finnish products. There will also be local gastronomic delights including delicious cheese cakes, toasted almonds, organic jams, fruit juices, hot drinks and typical food. You can meet Santa Claus, snowmen, and other Christmas characters, take a ride on the carousel, see the crib, listening to music and decorate Christmas cookies.
Opening: 3 December – 23 December 2016; 27 December 2016 – 7 January 2017. Opening Hours: from Monday to Friday from 11 am to 7 pm; on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm; Sundays from 12 am to 6 pm. Closed on 24, 25 and 26 December.
Women Christmas Fair (Naisten Joulumessut Wanhassa Satamassa). Old Christmas Fair which was held for the first time in 1922, it is a charity fair that offers hand-made items by the elderly and by local women. You will find typical items craft high-quality hand-made from Finnish women, including sweaters, dresses, accessories, jewelry, rugs, pottery, wood and leather, toys, decorations and Christmas cakes. The fair takes place in the old harbor of Helsinki (Wanha Satama).
Opening: 2 December – 6 December 2016. Opening Hours: from 10 am to 6 pm.
Agroksenmäen Joulumarkkinat. The loveliest Helsinki Christmas Marketof 2016 is taking place on a 180- year old brewery building in the area of Hermanni. Small local companies- and handicraft sellers most personal Christmas gifts, all from one event. Packed with irresistible Christmas atmosphere, Dj Jinglebells on background. Homy cafeteria offers break for shopping with fresh bakeries among coffee tea and refreshments. Come to sell, or advertise your products, or just to enjoy a wonderful atmosphere to a unique space! Agroksenmäen Holvikellari – Vanha Talvitie 14 ( Behind Teurastamo, next to Lidl and Chef Wotkins ). By public transportation: Busses and teams running on Hämeentie, by metro (Kalastama) and busses 55 ja 56. In the area there is a lot of parking space.
Opening: 11 December 2016. Opening Hours: from 12 am to 8 pm.
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