Finland is Christmas country and the home of Santa Claus. In December, three main cities Helsinki, Turku and Tampere all host lovely Christmas markets, and, as usual, Santa is eager to receive visitors at his grounds in Lapland.
Feel the festive spirit and shop for handicrafts, ceramics, jewellery, and various accessories, without forgetting seasonal local delicacies at Finland’s idyllic Christmas markets. See our tips on where to go.
Turku is the “Christmas City of Finland”. Besides the Christmas market, national Christmas Peace has been declared in Turku for almost 700 years.
Accommodation tip: try a two-night Christmas package in Hotel Hamburger Börs.
The Finnish capital offers several Christmas markets, St. Thomas’ being the most popular, plus all kinds of shopping. Don’t miss the ice-skating rink on the Railway Square, right in the city centre.
Try a Christmas package in luxurious Hotel Kämp.
In addition to the Christmas market and a score of arts and crafts shops, Tampere offers the world’s first Espionage Museum as well as the Lenin Museum where Lenin and Stalin are said to have first met.
Don’t forget about Santa!
Visit him at the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Lapland: Santa Claus Village
Or, alternatively, in Kakslauttanen, Inari, Northern Lapland: Santa's Resort
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