3x Christmas Path in Helsinki

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.


  1. […] spent a lovely afternoon on the Christmas path in the Uutela outdoor area. There were a couple of options for paths in Helsinki but the choice was made by good friends already going to the one in the far east of […]

  2. So fun to have Christmas events happening over there! BBQ in the dark sounds amazing too! Just a while ago, I heard of a restaurant in Singapore of eating in the dark, which means you do not know what you are eating and have to use all senses to feel and taste.

    1. A restaurant in the dark sounds exciting! You have to blog about it if you try it! What about Christmas events in Singapore, are there such?

      1. Not really.. but we do have lots of malls going all out for consumers wallet by competing best Christmas decorations, free gift wrapping with lovely wrappers and children’s shows. You will experience a much crowded and Christmas mood in the shopping belt which is really an attraction for tourists who are escaping the cold in their country. We all love the mood created this way. Nearer Christmas and on Christmas day, the shopping streets are full of people as opposed to countries which celebrate in tradition. Many go for Christmas parties hosted in houses. It’s fun! But I love your Christmas market which we do not have.

  3. The bbq in the dark sounds like something I would love, and yet the kids would love the Medieval….I’m sure you’ll have fun

    1. I’d be quite keen on the old times too but it looks like it will be the other one as that as a location will be easier to reach for our friends.

  4. Well the medieval one sounds appealing. Then again – dogs and agility (same in English 🙂 ). Flip a coin – you’ll soon know what you prefer! We’ll wait to hear what it was!

    1. I’ll get back to you when we’ve been there. We let our friends decide, everything is more fun in good company anyway!

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