Christmas at Helsinki City Museum
Helsinki City Museum’s Christmas season will kick off on 18–19 November. Come and enjoy the Holiday Market, children’s disco, and sing-alongs! At the Burgher’s House, you can experience the Christmas cheer of eras past, all the way up to Epiphany.
The City Museum’s Holiday Market will be offering inspiring ideas for presents on Saturday and Sunday 18–19 November from 11:00 to 18:00. The market features many local producers. Amid the holiday shopping, visitors can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, music, and the delicacies of café El Fant.
The traditional Christmas event for the whole family, Children’s Christmas, will fill the museum with a warm atmosphere on Saturday 2 December from 12:00 to 15:00. Participants can look forward to meeting an old-timey Father Christmas, dancing at the Christmas disco and enjoying fun puppet theatre performances. In Grandma’s House in Children’s Town, you can also help grandma with Christmas preparations, and the event features workshops where participants will make cards for Christmas presents and cardboard gingerbread characters.
Music is also an integral part of the City Museum’s Christmas season. On Thursday 7 December from 13:30 to 14:30, the atmospheric 1930s primary school classroom in Children’s Town will be filled with Christmas school songs. Leading the songs and bringing the Christmas cheer will be musicians Sofia Finnilä and Veera Railio.
Christmas cheer of eras past at the Burgher’s House
Christmas at the Burgher’s House begins on Wednesday 29 November, when the small wooden house will be decorated with mid-19th century Christmas decorations.
On Sunday 10 December from 12:00 to 15:00, visitors can take part in 19th century Christmas preparations, try their hand at hairpin crochet and craft Christmas tree decorations. The double quartet of the Hämäläis-Osakunnan Laulajat will be performing Christmas-time tunes in the garden at 13:00 and 14:00. On two Saturdays, 2 and 16 December at 14:00–15:00, visitors can also make their own easy Christmas tree decorations according to genuine 19th century instructions.
The start of Advent at Villa Hakasalmi
Start Advent with matinees at Villa Hakasalmi on Sundays from 14:00 to 15:00. The First Advent Sunday matinee features female choir fem@il singers and choir Karelia interpreting atmospheric Christmas tunes, and the 10 December matinee features the students and instrument groups of the Helsinki Conservatory of Music. The matinees are included in the price of admission; free entry for persons under 18 and Museum Card holders.
Take advantage of Christmas benefits with the Museum Card
Museum Card holders can now add some more presents under the Christmas tree by taking advantage of some great Christmas benefits! You can now get 20% off the Helsinki art nouveau architecture guide and Art Nouveau reflectors by showing your card. The book and the reflectors can be purchased from the museum shops at the City Museum and Villa Hakasalmi. The offers are valid from 1 to 24 December 2023.
Entry to all the Christmas events is free of charge.
Illustrations: Riku Ounaslehto / Napa Agency.