- There is a sprinkle of Christmas magic in the wooden house town – the charming events create a warm and cosy festive atmosphere just like the old times, the service-oriented shops help out the elf, and local delicacies add a finishing touch to the Christmas dinner table. Get into the festive mood in Uusikaupunki!
Enjoy the atmosphere
In Uusikaupunki, the settling into the Christmas spirit traditionally begins on the last Sunday of November, when the Christmas season in the wooden house town is officially opened and the city’s award-winning Christmas lights are lit.
Browse around the craftmakers’ stalls at the Olde Tyme market, sit down for a warming mug of mulled wine in the Christmas land in Rauhanpuisto, dive into the atmosphere of Christmases past in the Christmas exhibition at the museum, and finish the day by enjoying a fire performance that is sure to leave you in astonishment.
Music enthusiasts are in for a treat throughout the festive season in the wooden house town – you can sit down in one of the area’s splendid churches to sing the most beautiful Christmas carols, enjoy the performance of the music school’s talented students or perhaps attend the joint concert of local choirs.
If you find it hard to get into the Christmas spirit, go take a peek at the stunning Christmas calendar windows of the old wooden houses or head for the Christmas gala of Vakka-Suomen Taitoluistelijat (Figure Skaters) – the adorable little skaters will surely melt your heart and put you in the festive mood.
Treat yourself to delicacies
Invite a friend for a Christmas lunch in one of the town’s excellent restaurants or grab a group of pals and go around sampling the delicious Kuumotus beverages in cafés and restaurants in the spirit of the season.
At the Olde Tyme market, you will find delicious food gifts for the near and dear, and at the REKO distributions on Thursday evenings you can buy locally produced delicacies for the Christmas dinner table.
Also at Christmas, it is worth favouring the exquisite offering of local producers: fresh fish caught nearby, meringues with just the right amount of chewiness whipped up in Ruokola, and bread baked with grain from a nearby village.
Something to slip into Santa’s sack
The elf’s attentive helpers in the lovely brick-and-mortar shops in the wooden house town are ready to wrap some Christmas surprises to be hidden in Santa’s sack. On the Friday leading up to the opening weekend of the Christmas season, a joint campaign of local shops Iha pimi perjantai will take place, making inexpensive shopping really worth the rush.
Local shops will be expanding their opening hours at Christmas so that as many people as possible have time to shop for gifts in their hometown. As in previous years, on Tonttutorstai (Elf Thursday) on 16 December, many shops will serve customers until 9 o’clock in the evening – if you like, you can spend the whole evening running errands for Santa in the restful atmosphere of the wooden house town.
The local Christmas peace will traditionally be declared from the stairs of the New Church on 24 December at 12 p.m.
As usual, you will find all of the Christmas events in Uusikaupunki in the city’s calendar of events.
See you at the Christmas in the wooden house town! Have a lovely Christmas season!