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 begins at the Market Hall. The Christmas market at the Old Great Square will open later in the morning and an impressive parade will take place at the Christmas Street opening at Yliopistonkatu.
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.