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Finland Christmas Markets 2023

What could beat winter dull better than the cheerful bustle of holiday fairs?

The holiday season goes hand-in-hand with Christmas markets and festive light displays in pretty much every city throughout Europe. But in northern countries like Finland, such community events are essential. Locals and tourists alike adore gift shopping and feasting on seasonal treats at local Christmas fairs, which typically run from late November through late December. You can explore the possibilities below to choose your next destination.

Most Christmas lovers head to Helsinki Christmas Market. Tuomaan Markkinat or St. Thomas Christmas Market turns Senate Square into a true winter wonderland. The visitors shop at 140 stalls, and kids ride on the old-fashioned merry-go-round, set in the center of the square. After Christmas shopping, the jolly people can immerse themselves into holiday lights along Aleksanterinkatu, the capital's official Christmas street. For more wintertime fun, market-goers can go ice skating at the rink next to the railway station.

Though Helsinki Christmas Market is the absolute favorite, options are abundant. Check out the Christmas market in the medieval town of Porvoo, located about a half-hour drive northeast of Helsinki. Another alternative location is the Christmas market in Turku, the oldest town in the country.

Note that southern Finland can't always guarantee a white Christmas. If you prefer snow-blanketed landscapes, opt for more northern spots, such as Tampere Christmas Market or Jyväskylä Christmas Village. But if you dare for more, feel free to reach deeper north to the Oulu Christmas Market or visit Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, the famous capital of Lapland.

You can find more information on each of the events on the list in the External Resources below. Also, take a look at the map, suggesting the best accommodations nearby. Book your stay in advance to make sure everything is settled for your perfect Christmas getaway in Finland.

Last updated: by Olha Savych