The Christmas paths offer free but fun ways for families to get into the Christmas spirit in beautiful settings:
1. There is one starting by Cafe Kampela in Vuosaari. There will be a path with diverse activities on it; face painting, pony riding, dogs doing agility (or how do you say that in English?), elfs, parkour, animals and Santa Claus. We truly enjoyed that one in 2013. The other big event the same place hosts, the End of the Summer Celebration, is also a brilliant annual event to participate in with the whole family.
2. A smaller Christmas path that allows you to travel back in time is hosted on the grounds of the medieval (?) Herttoniemi manor. The event is in Finnish an Swedish, there will be crafts workshops, puppet theatre, carols, musical games and performances as well as a Christmas market with glögg (mulled wine), coffee and rustic Christmas crafts for sale (cash only!). Most of the programme will be outdoors, and kids are welcome to dress up as Santas little helpers or Lucias. Free entrance. To find out about our experience, please read on here.
3. The third one may be the biggest one and it happens on the beautiful little recreanational island Seurasaari, where we enjoyed a bbq in the darkness. Sounds like fun too!
This is a quote from their webpage 2013:
There are several different kinds of events along the Christmas Path, including play and sing-song, a Christmas play, face painting, horse cart driving, a whipsled and a straw labyrinth, a candle path, a fire exhibition, a slow-burning log fire and bun roasting over a campfire as well as Christmas porridge for the children. Animals of the forest walk around the Christmas Path handing out gingerbread and cinnamon buns to the children while Father Christmas and Old Lady Christmas listen to the children’s gift wishes. The detailed Christmas Path programme and a map with times and places of the events will be handed out to visitors at the Seurasaari Bridge.