Santa’s cabin in Helsinki is in front of Virgin Oil by Mannerheimintie. If you want to see him, don’t do the same mistake as I did, don’t expect him to be an early riser; He’ll be seen there today 11-14, 15-17.30 and tomorrow 12-15, 16-17.30. My guess is you can spot him still on Monday and Tuesday 12-14, 15-18.30 but then he probably has other places to visit.
By Vanha is also a human size display of the Christmas story. My kids were more interested in the figures next to, that is Leningrad Cowboys by Zetor’s front door. But at least Baby Jesus is to be seen 24/7.
By the main church is Tuomaan markkinat, ie the Christmas Market open until 22nd. I thought it didn’t look too bad with the sun shining on the church, despite the lack of snow.
I love Christmas markets! The atmosphere… So far the greatest Christmas markets I have visited have been Germany though. I also loved the sustainability angle on the ones in Germany: for a coin or two you get a cute mug with print of the city and the Christmas market, and when you hand it back, you get your money back too. Obviously I never took them back but instead collected a cheap but nice looking, not to mention a memory weighed, tea set. Too bad Finland hasn’t taken after that habit. But they did a good job in creating a nice atmosphere too:
PS Minna Parikkas shoe shop on Aleksanterin katu has a window display worth taking a look at, even in the company of boys and men!