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Christmas Market Break in Helsinki

Finland's hip capital
 
Stylish Helsinki is a magical destination for a Christmas market break, offering great shopping and thousands of festive lights. We provide notes for a self-guided city walking tour, and there’s even the option to take a ferry to Tallinn, the Estonian capital.
Christmas Market Break in Helsinki. 3 nights
Christmas Market Break in Helsinki. 3 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A Christmas market break in Helsinki

Once overshadowed by its more-visited Nordic neighbours, Finland’s creative capital is fast becoming one of Europe’s most exciting cities, and is a wonderfully stylish destination for a Christmas market break.

Winter arrives early in Helsinki. Nights draw in, the waters of the Baltic Sea begin to freeze and snow starts to gather on the city’s rooftops. But rather than retreat indoors during the colder months, Helsinki comes alive, countering the darkness with thousands of sparkling festive lights.
The most famous of these float above the city’s main shopping street, Aleksanterinkatu, and their eagerly anticipated switching-on ceremony marks the official beginning of the Christmas season in Helsinki. Elsewhere in the city, inviting market stalls tempt you in with their promise of traditional Finnish handicrafts, beautiful festive decorations and a warming glass of glögi  – Finland’s answer to mulled wine, often served with a dash of vodka to keep out the cold.
 
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Itinerary

There’s no fixed itinerary, so you can explore the city and its markets as the mood takes you.
  • Browse the stalls
    Comprising over 120 stalls selling handicrafts, decorations, food and drink, the main Christmas market is held in Senate Square, under the watchful eye of the city’s iconic Lutheran Cathedral, while the nearby Railway Square hosts a magnificent ice rink. Both are within comfortable walking distance of Helsinki’s more permanent attractions.
  • Explore the city
    One must-see sight is the incredible, excavated Temppeliaukio (‘Rock Church’), but do not neglect the authentic market halls and the cutting-edge Design District, whose boutiques, workshops and galleries showcase the work of some of the world’s most innovative designers.

    To help you explore, we provide notes for a self-guided city walking tour so that you can discover for yourself the subtle mix of Scandinavian and Russian influences, and the not-so-subtle juxtaposition of neo-classical and contemporary architecture. What’s more, we include a City Card, which gives you free travel on public transport, as well as free entry to many museums, whose themes range from design to photography, architecture to art, technology to theatre. Also covered by the card is the National Museum of Finland, which charts the nation’s history.
  • Take a day trip by ferry
    For something a little different, you might also like to take a ferry through the frozen seas to visit the Estonian capital, Tallinn, and its popular Christmas market, set out around a huge Christmas tree in front of the city hall in the medieval Old Town. (The ferry takes two hours each way; pay locally.)
 

Where you stay

Helsinki is a vibrant city, with many good restaurants.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.
 
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  • 3 nights: 30 November 2019 - 22 December 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    30 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 £595

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    Included travel: British Airways Heathrow-Helsinki (3h) (out dep 1105, home arr 1815; hold luggage included) or Finnair Heathrow-Helsinki (3h) (out dep 0730, home arr 1710; hold luggage included)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki
    Single room: 30 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £80

    Extra nights

    Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki (B&B) Double room Single room
    30 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 £85 £165
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Helsinki (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Helsinki. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Helsinki Finnair 
    Edinburgh - Helsinki (vai Copenhagen) SAS 
    Edinburgh - Helsinki (vai Stockholm) SAS 
    Edinburgh - Helsinki (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Helsinki (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Helsinki (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Helsinki Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Helsinki British Airways,  Finnair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Helsinki Finnair 
    Manchester - Helsinki (via Stockholm) Finnair,  SAS 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Helsinki. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 3 breakfasts
  • city map and notes for a walking tour
  • detailed cultural information
  • 24-hour City Card
  • flights from Heathrow (regional flights available)
 
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FAQs

  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least six months’ validity to travel to Finland, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official languages are Finnish, Swedish and, in Lapland, Sami. The currency is the Euro. Finnish time is GMT/UTC + 2. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 2.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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