My daughter remembered that I promised last year I’d take them to see Lucia this year, so I did last on Saturday (Dec 13th). My girl was in awe, it was worth standing in the cold and the crowd. But while waiting to see Lucia come down the stairs we enjoyed a ride in the free merry go around and a quick glimpse of the Christmas Market (Tuomaan markkinat) on the square. I liked the renewed look of the market but spent more time chatting with friends than actually checking what was for sale, so I may have to go back.
On the way home we ran into a Christmas themed parade on Esplanadi that our kids loved. They were thrilled to see Lucia had made it to the end of the parade and waved to my son (and quite a few others…).
Before hopping on a bus home we also checked out the window displays at Stockmann that all children need to see. Wonder how long it takes them to build all the things with legos? Must be the dream job for quite a few engineers!