We’ve officially kicked off the Christmas season: the decorations are up, cd’s, dvd’s and books are out again to be enjoyed for 3 weeks. Opposed to what I thought, we weren’t even super early: today was the day the Christmas lights were lit on Aleksi, the main shopping street in Helsinki and the event that certainly marks the start of the Christmas shopping frenzy.Prior to the lighting of Christmas lights we checked out the Stockmann Christmas window displays, the annual tradition our 5 yo already asks for (check 2014 and 2013). The children were not disappointed: The best part were the small circles on the windows, by pressing them one could change the lights of the display.
After the window displays we followed the programme on the Senate’s Square by the main church. There were Christmas carols sung by everyone but also performed by Diandra and Pepe Willberg, and a circus doing tricks. The “fire play” was most exciting, and frightening.
Finally it was getting dark and as the Christmas parade of elves, angels, horses, dogs, old fire trucks and other christmasy donned characters entered Aleksi the lights were lit.
Ps really difficult to take pictures while holding at least one kid up to see…