Winter wonderlands, Christmas Markets, and delicious food shared with family and friends make the holiday season special. Regardless of your family traditions, Christmas City offers festivities and opportunities to make new traditions. What better way to spend your holidays than in the land of Santa Claus!
So, where does Santa live? In Finland, of course! And Helsinki offers all the best Christmas activities to help you make memories that will last a lifetime! Here are our top five reasons to visit Helsinki this holiday season.
1. Family Matters
Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones and it’s the same in Finland. Christmas Eve brings a traditional meal and family gatherings. Many spend the evening caroling before heading to a sauna for the evening. Christmas day is a time of leftovers and celebrations with friends. The Finns are friendly people so don’t be surprised if you have an invitation to the festivities soon after arrival in the winter wonderland.
2. The Christmas Street
Helsinki rivals New York City for Christmas festivities. Aleksanterinkatu is the official Christmas Street, lit with beautiful lights and decorations. The window displays rival those of NYC and the revealing of Stockmann department store window is not to be missed. Add to your day skating in The Ice Park in the Railway Station Square or shopping at St. Thomas Christmas Market and you may just want to spend every Christmas in Helsinki!
3. Sleigh Rides and Warm Glögi
While hard to limit ourselves to just three reasons to visit Helsinki, we would be remiss to neglect the reindeer! Santa’s reindeer are native to Finland and a reindeer sleigh ride must be experienced while visiting. When you return from an enchanted ride, warm yourself with Glögi, a warm spiced wine. Don’t forget to enjoy a few sweet treats too. Christmas cookies abound and are a delight for kids of all ages.
Whatever activities you choose, Helsinki is sure to delight your whole family. Book your fully furnished apartment close to Aleksanterinkatu street to be part of the magic of a Helsinki Christmas. And have a Merry Christmas!