We 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 Helsinki and us tagging along. Maybe next year we’ll try the medieval one in Herttoniemi, and this year we still have the option of trying one more Christmas path out in Seurasaari next Sunday, but I doubt we’ll make it.
Shortly after 1pm there was a lot of people heading to the cafe and the stalls in the beginning of the trail. The were selling handicrafts, sweets and warm drinks. There was even a smith making tools.
On the trail various organisations and clubs had organised activities such as the tree of good will with notes of good wishes or drawings from the ones on the trail, canoeing down a rock, dog sledges, guessing games (how many almonds in a jar, figuring out what some things are by smelling or feeling them), “fishing” over a wall to “catch” a small gift etc. There was also a Christmas play for kids (15min, kids loved it but us adults were hoping for us to have been considered too with a max 5min play 😉 ), sweet buns and ginger bread handed out for kids and a temporary cafe at the far end of the trail.
With a crowed of 6 adults, 4 kids and a baby our pace could have been faster, and we skipped a few fun looking activities in order to make it back to the main cafe before getting overly hungry and tired kids. But we all had fun, we got to spend 4hrs outdoors playing in good company (yep, that’s how long 2kms can take) and went home with kids that fell easily asleep.
I think the arrangements were pretty good. The only downsides would have been a very crowded start of the path and the shortage of parking – all of that end of Vuosaari was completely packed. I suppose that means that it was popular though, and next year one may consider using the public transport.
PS Once again the pancake at Cafe Kampela did not let us down (picture of the cafe and its atmosphere was taken at 5-6pm).