The coronavirus epidemic changed traditions: the Christmas parade will not be seen at the opening of the Christmas season in Helsinki this year.
Helsinki the opening of the Christmas season will be celebrated on Sunday at Senate Square from 3 p.m. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, no Christmas parade will be held this year and only a limited number of spectators will be admitted to the market.
People are expected to follow the opening ceremony in their homes by live broadcast. The submission will take about an hour and can be viewed in connection with this article.
The director will be seen at the opening stage Taavi Vartian from the movie Pertsa and Kilu familiar names on an adventure. The entire opening program is written by Vartia. Music is heard at least Arja Korisevalta and From Mariska. Artist Ida-Elina play the kantele with Christmas pop music.
Santa is also expected to arrive on the scene.
There is also a Christmas party on Aleksanterinkatu and the surrounding area “Window path”, which opens on Sunday. The window stills are visible until Christmas.
“City Christmas has many traditions, of which the Christmas street in Helsinki is one of the oldest. For many generations, the opening of the Christmas Street has become the moment that opens the official Christmas anticipation. Although we are celebrating Christmas in exceptional circumstances this year, it is great that the tradition of the Christmas street can still be continued, ”says the mayor. Jan Vapaavuori in the bulletin.