Wow, this was popular! We crossed the lovely pedestrian bridge to the island of Seurasaari on Sunday 14th already at 11.30am because my parents wanted to make sure they’d find parking relatively easily. There were already loads of happy families on the way, even though the event wouldn’t start until noon.
The idea of the free family event is to walk around the lovely outdoor and open air museum area following the scarves in the trees (knitted by Martha Association) and stop for various activities, displays and shows.
We saw a couple of short plays, a nativity, a few lovely displays, sang Christmas carols, danced and played in a circle to Christmas songs, ran through a maze of hay bales, had a ride in an old horse carriage, climbed rocks, ran, jumped and enjoyed the picnic my mum had packed along. There would have been loads more to do but eventually it was time for us to leave. However, some 4 hours of train and bus rides and being active outside (after a rather big evening the previous day too) resulted in sleeping kids at 7pm.
I’d be happy to attend next year too. I do wish they will organise more toilets on the area though as the queues were quite long. Also, be aware that parking is scarce (and chaotic) and even though the city had put in extra buses on the route it would have taken a fair while to get on with a stroller going home.
There are three “Christmas paths” (joulupolku/ julstig) organised annually in Helsinki: this one in Seurasaari, one in Uutela by Vuosaari quite at the end of the underground line in the East, and a smaller bilingual and more historical event on the grounds of Herttoniemi manor.
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I would be all over this! Love it.
Love the idea of those Christmas paths. We went to the midsummer celebrations here a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Would love to see it again in winter at this time of year.
Welcome next year!