The Lutheran Church in Helsinki looms over Senate Square, which is also where you will find the St. Thomas Christmas market. With close to 150 vendors in red wooden stalls selling crafts, baked goods and other Christmas specialties, it is the biggest Christmas market in Finland. Along with the Christmas markets, another holiday tradition in Helsinki is the Christmas lights along the city’s main shopping street, Aleksanterinkatu.

The tradition of the Christmas lights began in 1949 to symbolize the returning of light and hope to the city’s residents after the war, and in recent years marks the start of the holiday season.

Read more about the Christmas market and my thoughts on Helsinki in this previous post.