Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Christmas season has started!

Santa Claus left Rovaniemi to open officially the Chritmas period in Helsinki

Shops are decorated since already a couple of weeks, and the Christmas gifts are everywhere. All the cities in Finland are illuminated by their Christmas decorations, and soon the Christmas markets will open. Only a month is left to Christmas. In Helsinki, Santa Claus is coming to the Senate Square to open officially the Christmas season. The lights in Aleksanterinkatu will shine until the beginning of January as well as the Christmas tree.

Moomins songs and choreographies are appreciated by the children

The event is a tradition in the capital. At 1:30pm, the celebrations start with songs for children performed by the Moomin characters and several choirs are singing as well. Every year, a different Finnish star is invited to sing in front of the crowed. This year, the honor has been given to Jesse Kaikuranta. At 3pm, the 6500 light bulbs will illuminate the streets and a Christmas parade will follow in the center. At 3pm, it is dark enough as the sunset is at 3:30pm.

Christmas parade 2012 on the Mannerheimintie

Antti Tuisku was the guest singer in 2011

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