Must-do in Helsinki

Helsinki offers lots to do, see and experience for visitors of all ages. Visiting events is a great way to experience Helsinki like locals. Find our tips of events to make your stay in Helsinki memorable!

Events in January-February 2017

Please check the event info at the event organizers own website due to possible cancellations and changes in timetables or prices. The calendar is compiled about a month before the events take place.

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS 31.12.
The year 2016 culminates to the joyful celebrations at ‘Kansalaistori’ – next to Helsinki Music Centre and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Every year the city of Helsinki offers a great programme with music and fireworks. The celebrations are a tradition since 1932.

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Photo: Jussi Hellsten / Visit Helsinki

 

J A N U A R Y

ICE PARK
Welcome to the Helsinki Icepark next to the central railway station. Come as you are – with or without the kids, straight from work, with your special someone or on your way to a night out with friends. Skates for rental.

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Photo: Ice Park, paho47/ Helsinki City Photo Competition at Flickr.com

More info at www.icepark.fi

FINNISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Lintu & Juntunen & Hakala
Angels and demons confront one another both in Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony and in Uuno Klami’s Psalmus. On stage with the FRSO and Hannu Lintu are soprano Helena Juntunen, baritone Tommi Hakala, and the Helsinki Music Centre Choir coached by Tapani Länsiö.

More info at www.musiikkitalo.fi/en/content/frso-lintu-juntunen-hakala

LUX HELSINKI 5.-9.1.
One of the brightest events in Helsinki during the year is Lux Helsinki. The annual light festival illuminates historical buildings and courtyards around the Cathedral. Exciting route starts from the Market Square and follows Mariankatu into Kruununhaka district.

Lux Helsinki 2014. Helsingin kaupunki. Kuva: Lauri Rotko

Photo: Lux, Lauri Rotko / Visit Helsinki

More info at www.luxhelsinki.fi/en/

WINTER CIRCUS AT CABLE FACTORY  -8.1.
Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth´s Winter Circus has become a winter time tradition for many families. Winter Circus is a warm-hearted show for all ages. There are no language barriers and wordless storytelling is at everyone’s reach. Circus artists come from all around the world.

More info www.hurjaruuth.fi/en/

HELSINKI CITY MUSEUM
It’s open from Monday till Sunday, it’s always free and the location is optimal! Not to mention interesting ehibitions and a beautiful old building. The latest exhibition in Helsinki City Museum is Smell and it’s availabe till 15.1. What does the nose remember? What does the city smell like? Can a museum experience be built on a single smell?

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Photo: Maija Astikainen / Helsinki City Image Bank

More info at www.helsinginkaupunginmuseo.fi/en/

K50 DISCO 21.1.
Disco for over 50 yrs old at the Vanha Ylioppilastalo (Old Student House). Be prepared to prove your age!

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K50 Disco

More info at www.k50.fi

MATKA NORDIC TRAVEL FAIR 20.-22.1.
Annual Matka brings hundreds of tourism specialists and visitors to Helsinki. Matka is the best place to get inspired and get new ideas for your next holiday. Matka is where the whole world meets!

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MATKA 2017

More info at www.matka.messukeskus.fi/info

DocPoint – HELSINKI DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 23.-29.1.
Annual film festival DocPoint takes place in Helsinki and in Tallinn. It’s one of the largest documentary festivals in the Nordic countries.

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DocPoint 2017

More info at www.docpoint.info/en/

CHINESE NEW YEAR 27.1.
Bright lanterns, Chinese new year delicacies and talented performers from Beijing. Chinese New Year Celebration brings colour to wintery Helsinki. The celebration culminates to grand fireworks above Töölönlahti Bay.

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Photo: Chinese New Year, Jussi Hellsten / Visit Helsinki

More info at www.kiinalainenuusivuosi.fi/en/

F E B R U A R Y

MUSICA NOVA HELSINKI 1.-12.2.
Finland’s biggest festival of contemporary music. The festival presents the most interesting new music and builds bridges between contemporary music and other genres.

More info at www.musicanova.fi/en/

KORTTELI
There’s a new food block in the heart of Helsinki, Kortteli! It consists of 10 tasty restaurants, an exceptional view over the city and great location on the 5. floor of Kamppi shopping centre.

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Kortteli

More info www.kampinkortteli.fi/en

DISNEY ON ICE – FROZEN 9.-12.2.
Hugely popular Disney movie Frozen is now seen on ice as Disney On Ice show brings the lovely characters of the movie to Hartwall Arena. Also movies Lion King, Peter Pan ja The Little Mermaid are featured on the show.

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Photo: Disney On Ice, Live Nation

More info at www.hartwallarena.fi/en/disney-ice-3

MUMIN KAFFE IS OPEN
Mumin Kaffe is a café especially for children and families. It combines the Moomin brand with a family-friendly space. It’s a combination of a playing space and a café. The adults can have a cup of coffee and relax while their children can have fun. Café has also a small Moomin Shop that offers various Moomin products.

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Mumin Kaffe

More info at www.muminkaffe.com

LASKIAISPULLA
A semla (in Swedish), fastlagsbulle (Swedish speaking Finnish), vastlakukkel (Estonian) or fastelavnsbolle (Danish and Norwegian). You can call it whatever you like, but don’t forget to taste it! It’s basically a cardamom spiced wheat bun which is filled with almond paste or strawberry jam, and whipped cream. The cut-off top serves as a lid and it’s dusted with powdered sugar. It was originally eaten only in Shrove Tuesday, but it’s available in stores before and after that.

© SEPPO SAARENTOLA

© Seppo Saarentola

 

BALLET: SWAN LAKE
This beautiful version of Swan Lake is created by Kenneth Greve, the Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet. His choreography is based on the most famous version of them all, the Swan Lake of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov from 1895.

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Photo: Swan Lake, Mirka Kleemola / Suomen Kansallisooppera

More info at www.oopperabaletti.fi/en/repertoire/swan-lake

LAHTI 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 22.2.-5.3.
Over the 12 days more than 700 athletes from 60 different countries compete in 21 disciplines with each day culminating at the biggest après-ski of the world and the medal award ceremonies. Lahti is only a 50 minutes train trip from Helsinki.

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Photo: LahdenMM, Leevi Vähälä / Lahti2017

More info at www.lahti2017.fi/en

VALENTINE’S DAY 14.2.
What could be more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day in Helsinki? Have a ride in Skywheel Helsinki with your loved one and have a romantic dinner at restaurant Salutorget by the Market Square. Enjoy the lights of Esplanade Park and have a glass of sparkling in romantic restaurant Kappeli.

Photo: Couple, Rami Hanafi, Viewmasters of Helsinki Oy

Photo: Couple, Rami Hanafi, Viewmasters of Helsinki Oy

More info at www.visithelsinki.fi/en

For more events, please visit www.helsinkithisweek.com.