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Helsinki Christmas Market returns to Senate Square after 3-year break

The last time the market was at the square was in 2019, due to the pandemic and last year's renovations.

Helsinki Christmas Market at Senate Square in 2019. Image: Kim Öhman / Helsingin kaupunki
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Helsinki's outdoor Christmas market is set to return to its traditional home at Senate Square on Thursday, following a three-year absence from the site.

The market will open on Thursday, 1 December and will close for the season on 22 December.

The Christmas market, which has been running since the mid-1990s, will feature wares for sale by nearly 90 artisans and craft makers. The market will also offer food and beverages from more than 20 vendors.

The market will be divided into various categories, with foods relegated to some alleyways, and gifts and other items in others.

Senate Square is adjacent to city landmarks including the Lutheran Cathedral, Government Palace, the University of Helsinki's main building, as well as the oldest building in the capital, Sederholm House.

Due to the Covid situation, the Christmas market was held online in 2020 and in 2021 the event was hosted at the nearby Market Square, due to lighting renovation work at Senate Square.

This year's Helsinki Christmas Market (siirryt toiseen palveluun) will run between 1 -22 December, and will be open Monday–Thursday and Sunday at 11 am – 7 pm and Friday – Saturday at 11 am – 8 pm. Admission is free.

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