Christmas Parade and the Christmas Opening Day on 1 December
On 1 December 2018, Yliopistonkatu is once again transformed into a picturesque Christmas Street.
The Christmas Parade starts from the Library Bridge (Kirjastosilta) at 4:45 p.m., and everyone is welcome to join or watch! The Parade proceeds on Läntinen Rantakatu, then on Kristiinankatu, ending at Yliopistonkatu. The Opening Day culminates in different performances and the switching on of the decorative lights on the Christmas Street.
A continuous event zone, the Christmas Path, can be seen in the city centre during the Christmas season. The City of Turku, some other organizations, and all the more than 300 members of Turun Ydinkeskustayhdistys (Turku nuclear centre association) are participating in the Christmas Path.
The Christmas Path goes through the city centre, and along the path there will be light, performances, and events during the entire Christmas season. The Path reaches from the Old Great Square through the entire commercial centre all the way to the Pedestrian Street. The Christmas Path will be opened during the Fairy-tale-like Christmas Opening on 1 December.
More information about the Christmas Path.
Every year, Yliopistonkatu is transformed into a picturesque Christmas Street as it is dressed in evergreen garlands and decorative lights. There will be performances, contests, and other programme, and of course the opportunity for children to meet Santa Claus. The Christmas Street is organized annually as a product of co-operation between various companies.
By tradition, the fairy-tale-like opening of the Christmas season fills the city center with merry Christmas events and atmosphere. Unique locations, such as the Market Hall, will guarantee a truly enjoyable Christmas experience for the whole family. The annual Christmas Opening Day culminates in the switching on of the decorative lights on the Christmas Street.
The Christmas lights were lit for the first time in 1948 over the part of Yliopistonkatu that is between Aurakatu and Humalistonkatu. The Christmas Street immediately acquired a permanent position among the Christmas celebrations of Turku residents and the grand annual opening became a long-awaited event for everyone in the city.