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New Year's Eve celebrations to affect traffic in central Helsinki

With up to 50,000 people expected to take part in New Year Eve's celebrations in central Helsinki on Sunday, traffic arrangements in downtown will be impacted.

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Fireworks in Helsinki on Independence Day Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

The city of Helsinki will organise the official New Year's Eve celebrations at the Kansalaistori square on Sunday evening, which approximately 40,000-50,000 people are expected to attend. 

The celebrations will have an impact on traffic arrangements in downtown Helsinki. Mannerheimintie, the main thoroughfare through the centre, will be shut down between Helsinginkatu and Arkadiankatu at 9.30pm and will reopen at 1.30am at the latest. The bus terminal at Elielinaukio will also remain closed from 10.45pm to 1.45am.   

The show broadcast live on Yle

The show at Kansalaistori is slated to start at 11 pm and will include performances by singers Anssi Kela, Reino Nordin and Erja Lyytinen. Dance and circus performances will also feature in the evening's programme. Mayor Jan Vapaavuori will deliver a speech and the celebrations will culminate in a massive fireworks display at midnight.

The celebrations can be enjoyed throughout Finland on TV as Yle will show a two-hour live broadcast on channel 2 starting at 11pm.

A separate programme for children will kick off at 4pm where Maria Baric Company will present a show combining music, fire, dance and circus.  A fireworks display for children will take place at 5.30 pm.

The official New Year's Eve celebrations have been organised by the City of Helsinki since the 1930s.  

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