To celebrate the anniversary of Finnish independence, also the Christmas season is Turku will be opened honouring the spirit of Finland 100. The Christmas lights of Yliopistonkatu will be switched on by war veteran Kelpo Lehto.

The Christmas Path will be opening at the centre of Turku on Saturday 25 November 2017, along with celebrations of the traditional Fairytale Christmas Opening. The Christmas Path is a Christmas-themed zone extending from the Turku Cathedral to Humalistonkatu that consists of events, lightings, beautifully decorated shop windows and, of course, the Christmas Market at the Market Square.

The culmination of the opening day will be the switching on of Yliopistonkatu Christmas lights around 5 p.m. This year, in honour of Finland 100, war veteran Kelpo Lehto from Turku has been selected as the person who switches on the lights. Switching on the lights is a task of honour, previously performed by Robin, Michael Monroe and Pekka Hyysalo, among others.

On the day of the Christmas Path opening, many different performers will take the stage. They day begins with performances of fairy-tale characters, choirs, acrobats and dancers around the city centre streets and market squares. After a parade through the city, the day is culminated with the switching on of Christmas lights and the evening show on the pedestrian street. Artists performing on the pedestrian street include trapeze artist Pauliina Räsänen, famous from Cirque du Soleil, and  the world champion acrobat Slava Volkov. The evening programme is hosted by Rosanne Parikka.

The Fairytale Christmas Opening in Turku is part of the national collective Finland 100 Christmas opening. The national Christmas opening takes place in 30 Finnish cities and municipalities during the same weekend. In each area, the event is organised with unique programme.

The Christmas Path entity is realised by the association Turun Ydinkeskustayhdistys ry in collaboration with the city of Turku, businesses at the centre and other partners.

The day's schedule will be specified closer to the date.

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