Christmas events in Turku

Turku has been a Finnish Christmas city for centuries. So head to Finland’s oldest city (and former capital) to get into the holiday spirit!

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things to do in Turku at Christmastime

Christmas events in Turku

  • The Christmas Path (Joulun polku) is a continuous event zone with a festive program, beautifully lit buildings and decorated shop windows. The opening ceremonies will be held in November.
  • The old town hall will have free Christmas concerts during Christmas time. If you want to make your own crafts, head to the Brinkkala Mansion (Brinkkalan talo). Brinkkala Mansion is also the centre of the festivities on Christmas Eve.
  • All of Finland quiets down to hear the declaration of Christmas Peace from the balcony of the mansion. The tradition, an important part of Christmas in Finland, has been alive since the 14th century.

Christmas markets in Turku

  • The market square (Kauppatori) hosts a Christmas market from November to December, with different themes.
  • The Old Great Square (Vanha Suurtori) will host a market on four weekends before Christmas. There will be artisans, artists and bakers from all around Finland and the world. There also will be many programmes, such as circus acts.
  • The largest Christmas market in Finland, with hundreds of vendors, will take place in the Turku Fair and Congress Centre.

Things to do with children in Turku at Christmas

The kids are going to love the Christmas markets that have many programmes for the young (and the young at heart). The Christmas Path will have a play area in the Forum shopping centre. There are also lots of theatre productions for children around Christmastime, like the Finnish language Joulupukki ja noitarumpu or Peter Pan in Swedish.