Christmas in Finland

“To travel is to evolve.”  – Pierre Bernardo

What I love about Christmas in Europe is that there are so many little Christmas markets all throughout the cities. The wintery atmosphere is great and everything is so
beautifully decorated with lights, trees, candles and more.
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A bit of history…
Far North in Lapland you will find Korvatunturi (a mountain) where Santa Clauses lives also known as (Father Christmas) and at the bottom of the hill you will find his work shop.
  • Santa’s little helpers are also known as “tontut”
  • Santa knocks on your door and comes to hand you your presents, unlike some places where you just find your present under the tree.

Some of the traditional Christmas snacks are:

  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Joulutorttu(Christmas stars)
  • Date cake
  • Glögi; Spiced with wine or vodka and a sprinkling of almonds and raisins

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    Christmas flowers, gingerbread cookies & date cake

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    Gingerbread and berry cake

    Some of the popular Christmas foods include:

    • Herring & raw fish
    • Ham
    • Traditional casseroles: Rutabaga, potatoes, carrots, liver & rice
    • Rosolli (root vegetable salad)
    • Rice porridge
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Christmas dinner

 

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Typical elves and candles

 

Now onto the markets, we visited 3 of the closest cities to get into the Christmas spirit.
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Little town market

Tampere
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Located in the central square (keskustori). You will find a nice big Christmas tree full of lights and little wooden stalls selling traditional baked goods, glög, wool socks, jams, sausages and crafts. The market is open Monday- Saturday from 10- 8 and 12- 8 on Sundays from Dec 4- 22.
Be sure to grab a Finnish doughnut “munkki” and a cup of glög!

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Munkki

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Indoor market

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Munkki & Glog

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Beautiful sunset

 
Helsinki
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By far my favorite city and the best Christmas set ups. Although you can find a few different little markets all throughout some parts of the city at the Senate Square you will find the biggest one; St Thomas market, with over 100 wooden stalls selling , glögi, coffee, Christmas baked goods, wool socks, jams and crafts. The atmosphere is great and the decorations are so cute. The market is open from December 3 – 22.

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Traditional Finnish elves

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Small  set up at the Market Square

If you would like to see some beautiful lights head on over to Aleksanterinkatu, also known as the  “Christmas street”.

 Visit Helsinki

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Aleksanterinkatu street

Hämeenlinna
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Snowy day

This market is set up only once a year both inside and outside the Häme Castle. There are a few vendors all around selling wool socks, hand made crafts, jams, smoked fish and
Christmas decorations. The visit is worth it specially because you get to see the winter wonderland all around.

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Indoor part

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Winter wonderland

 



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