I’ve never been a big Christmas person. Most years I just escape to a sunny locale and spend the holidays relaxing, far away from creepy carolers chanting Let It Snow. I’m not sure why, but this year has been somewhat different. I’ve been beaten to submission, I guess. I even made a gingerbread village.
European Christmas Markets are a big deal, and Helsinki happens to be one of the best Christmas cities. The chances of a snowy white winter wonderland in December are rather slim, but the beautifully blue city gets into the winter mood with help from lively Christmas markets, beautiful lights and an absurd amount of Christmas trees.
St. Thomas Christmas Market in Senate Square is the biggest and best of Helsinki’s markets. Head here to sample some roasted nuts and a cup of hot mulled wine, stock up on fur hats and wool scarves or just walk around and enjoy the festive atmosphere. And since Santa Claus is a Finn, you’ll more than likely run into more than one of his brethren!