Christmas in Turku has begun. Opening weekend has brought along Christmas spirit, events and loads to see for people of all ages. Activities and events are offered even after Christmas, until Saint Knut’s Day.

Christmas City highlights

Ecumenical Christmas in Turku event at the Turku Cathedral on 14 December at 6 p.m.

The Declaration of Christmas Peace in Turku will take place at the Old Great Square on Christmas Eve at noon.

The Finland 100 anniversary will be ending on 31 December with a service at the Turku Cathedral and traditional fireworks at midnight.

Children’s New Year Celebration will take place at the children’s wonderland at Kupittaa Sports Hall at 3 p.m. and fireworks will be shot at 6 p.m.

The Christmas tree of Turku Cathedral has arrived on Wednesday 22 November and switching on the lights has marked the beginning of Christmas City Turku events.

The Christmas Market open until 17 December, the Market Square serving until 23 December

Christmas scents and atmosphere can be experienced at the Old Great Square Christmas Market where stands open on Saturday 25 December. The Old Great Square Christmas Market will be open during four weekends before Christmas until 17 December, on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  As usual, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be present and there is programme throughout the day. During market days, you can drop by and listen to Christmas tunes and poems in concerts at the Old Town Hall.

On the side of the Old Great Square, crafts stores at the Makasiini buildings on Monastery Avenue (Luostarin Välikatu) sell great Christmas presents. The Christmas Market at the Makasiini buildings is open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until 17 December.

Also the Market Hall and the Market Square has switched into Christmas mood. The small cabins selling crafts at the Market Square Christmas Market remain open until 23 December, from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Christmas exhibitions, crafts and concerts set the mood for Christmas

Christmas exhibitions at museums in Turku shed light on Christmas celebrations, food and other traditions in the past. Christmas servings are displayed at the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, the Pharmacy Museum, the Qwensel House and the Turku Castle. The Biological Museum looks into the life of animals in midwinter.

The history of the Christmas tree of Turku Cathedral is presented at the Brinkkala attic gallery exhibition with old photos, articles and wooden discs sawn out of trunks of previous Christmas trees between the year 1980 and 2016. An exhibition on the Christmas tree of Turku Cathedral, Turun tuomiokirkon joulukuusi is open between 25 November 2017 and 14 January 2018, Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Christmas Walk is a walking tour organised on Saturdays during the Christmas period. It invites the participants to see the offering of the Christmas City: the Christmas Market and the Old Great Square, the Turku Cathedral, Christmas in Turku and Finland and finally, a peaceful quiet moment at the Chapel of Holy Spirit. Guided tours in Finnish, Swedish and English will be organised on 2 December, 9 December, 16 December, 30 December and 6 January from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The tickets cost 10 euros and can be bought in advance from the Visit Turku online shop or the Tourist Information.

Christmas crafts workshops begin during the Christmas Opening weekend. Open workshops offer a chance to make presents and decorations in the Adventure Park, at Vimma, at the Kylämäki Village in Kurala and at the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum. Also the Turku Castle organises activities at gingerbread courses of gingerbread master Petrus.

Christmas concerts offer well-needed rest in the middle of hustle and bustle. The cheerful concert of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas around the world will be entertaining the audience on 13 December and 15 December.  

The joint concert Valon Aika of pupils from music classes in Turku and the Turku Conservatory child and youth choirs will be filling the Gatorade Center with almost 650 performers on 16 December at 5 p.m. Dancers from the ballet school of Raija Lehmussaari will also attend.

All Christmas time events in Turku until Saint Knut’s Day can be found at: www.turku.fi/christmas