Want to enjoy Christmas feeling and buy some local handicrafts? Or taste Finnish Christamas pastries? I recommend you to visit Tuomaan Markkinat – a charming Christmas Market in Helsinki downtown. The market is situated next to Tuomikokirkko in Senate Square. You find it walking by Aleksanterinkatu.
Surroundings are very beautiful around the Christmas Market– there are Helsinki University main building, some government offices and lovely café Engel (more about that later) as well as above mentioned Tuomiokirkko around the Christmas Market. Of course there is also a carousel – so nice to taste some glüwine when watching kids having fun.
You may also find many traditional (like woolen stockings and lovely self-made candles) as well as modern gift ideas. The market is really a place to buy all your Christmas presents at once. And if you are lucky you can see Santa Claus as well!
I also want to mention one Finnish Christmas bonus next to Helsinki Christmas Market – it is “Christmas Sauna” in inner yard of Bock block – you find it when crossing the Aleksanterinkatu coming from Christmas Market. After that – ask somebody where is Bock block.
Merry Christmas to all of you,