The Christmas Tree of Turku Cathedral
The Christmas tree of Turku Cathedral is a popular landmark during Christmas time, and many people attend the annual event of lighting up the tree’s lights.
This year the tree's lights will be lighted up on Saturday 1 December 2018 at 4 p.m.
As the lights go on, the Christmas Opening Day officially kicks off, and everyone is welcome to join the Christmas parade (starts from the Library Bridge at 4:45 p.m.).
The Christmas tree of Turku Cathedral has its roots deep in history. The first spruce tree that was lit with electric lamps was brought to the place already in 1900, and the regular tradition of the Christmas tree standing on the Cathedral square started in the 1930s. According to the folk memory, there were small breaks in the tradition during the war years. From 1955 onwards a careful record has been kept of the spruces, their donors, and their homes, among other things.
The number one spruce of the country needs to meet certain requirements: it has to be 20–25 meters high, bushy, symmetrical, and beautifully green. The tree will stand its ground until the 13th of January.
Traditionally, after the spruce has served as the most famous Christmas tree in Finland, it will be returned to its donor in pieces. Sometimes garden furniture has also been made out of it, and once the tree has continued its life cycle as raw wood for the museum ship Sigyn.