What to do in Finland this festive season
This month Finland is all wrapped up in holiday ambiance.
1. The music of fairytales
Singer, pianist, and songwriter Saara Aalto’s Xmas concert Fairytale promises to transport you into the right festive mode. Aalto gained international recognition after participating in The X Factor UK.
🗓 December 2–21 📍 Several cities 🎟 From €32.50
2. The 12 seasons of the Finnish calendar
Enjoy Iiro Rantala’s joyous and explosive piano playing in his solo concert My Finnish Calendar. The renowned jazz pianist and creative whirlwind interprets the seasons and how the Finnish soul changes through the 12 months of the year.
🗓 December 5 📍 Helsinki 🎟 From €38
3. The portrait of an artist
Helene Schjerfbeck, also known as “Finland’s Munch,” is known for her extraordinary self-portraits. The exhibition Through My Travels I Found Myself includes landscapes, still life, and depictions of people important to the artist.
🗓 Until January 2020 📍 Helsinki 🎟 From €17
4. Finnish everyday life in frames
Considered the country’s grand old man of photography, Caj Bremer is credited with reinventing photojournalism in Finland. The classic series of pics Finnish Everyday Life is about Bremer’s road trip to the north of Finland.
🗓 Until January 5 📍 Helsinki 🎟 From €5
5. Christmas, the old-fashioned way
Every year on Christmas Eve, the Declaration of Christmas Peace is read out in Turku’s Old Great Square, an uninterrupted tradition since the 1300s. The city’s cosy holiday market is also held over two weekends at this charming square near the River Aura.
🗓 December 7–8 and 14–15 📍 Turku 🎟 Free
6. Manta’s Xmas market
What else can you enjoy at a Christmas market apart from ginger biscuits, pastries, hot glögi (mulled wine), handcrafted gifts, and a wintry ambiance? Well, if you are lucky you might just bump into Santa (known locally as Joulupukki), Finland’s most famous celebrity.
🗓 Until January 8 📍 Helsinki 🎟 Free
Text Carina Chela
Photos Courtesy of the artists, Gregor Hohenberg, Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Pakarinen, Arvo Malmi