Christmas lights up the Helsinki night

Our holiday slideshow contradicts the idea that the northern winter is a time of lingering darkness. Bring on the light!

Holiday decorations in the Finnish capital contradict the idea that the northern winter must be a time of lingering darkness. Our photographer ventures out in search of illumination. Bring on the light!

When the holiday lights on Alexander Street come to life in late November, Helsinkians know that the Christmas season has begun in earnest. Senate Square always features a huge, locally harvested Christmas tree – workers spend several days in a bucket lift adorning the tree with lights. All across the city, merchants spare no expense to make their windows glow with seasonal cheer. Sample the holiday spirit in our slideshow!

A light-hearted Christmas in Helsinki

Photos by Tim Bird,
Text by Peter Marten