Christmas Street © by Katri Niemi
Christmas has officially started in Helsinki now that Jussi Pajunen, the mayor of Helsinki turned the traditional Christmas lights on in aleksanterinkatu today. The old lights are replaced with low energy consumption leds this year to save energy and environment. The 6500 leds are turned on today and will be on until Epiphany (6th of January). This is the 62nd year the Christmas street has been opened.
There’s also a Christmas parade starting from Senaatintori with Santa Claus in a horse carriage, museum fire engines, snowmen, child angels, ponies and forest animals. The parade goes through aleksanterinkatu, mannerheimintie, pohjoisesplanadi and returns to Senaatintori. On Senaatintori there’s a Christmas Market where charity organizations sell their goods to help the needing.