Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

December 20, 2010

Christmas Markets 1 / Mercados navideños 1 / Marchés de Noël 1

Helsinki photos / fotos

In English:

Our Christmas markets in Helsinki are very modest when compared to those in Central Europe. I guess that we are just starting to learn celebrate them. My photos are from 2009.

En español:

Nuestro Mercados navideños en Helsinki son muy modestos en comparación con los de Europa central. Creo que estamos empezando a aprender a celebrar. Mis fotos son a partir de 2009.

En français:

Notre marché de Noël à Helsinki est très modest par rapport à ceux d’Europe centrale. Je pense que nous commençons tout juste à apprendre les célébrer. Mes photos sont à partir de 2009.

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

Christmas Markets / Mercados navideños / Marchés de Noël

32 Comments »

  1. Christmas Markets are something that I have so far not managed to have experienced, despite living “relatively” close to some big European ones. Mostly it’s been because our weekends have been booked up completely with family events at this time of year, or we have been away in New Zealand, and this year foot operations and plaster casts have ruled it out completely. However, a visit is HIGH on my wish-list as these markets are so much more than just a “shopping experience”. I love that there are many hand-made items for sale, and even better, LOCALLY hand made, Brilliant!

    Comment by kiwidutch — December 20, 2010 @ 09:58 | Reply

    • Hi kiwidutch.

      Thank You. I am glad that You noticed those locally made handcraft. Last year at this time in Helsinki we had very small amount of snow, but this year there are too much. That means that we have nearly the record of snow in 100 years.

      Well, I understand that family comes first, it is important. So keep this also in Your list.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by sartenada — December 20, 2010 @ 10:30 | Reply

  2. It is really good and it doesn’t have such a crowd. So you can observe everything in a quiet manner.
    I hope that I’ll visit our Christmas fair in Kiev this year and make some photos to share.

    Comment by Nadezhda Konovalova — December 20, 2010 @ 10:20 | Reply

    • Hello Nadezhda Konovalova.

      Thank You very much for Your visit and nice comment. I hope really that You make Your visit in Kiev and present interesting photos.

      I wish to You a wonderful day.

      Comment by sartenada — December 20, 2010 @ 10:33 | Reply

  3. I would love to see such a market! We have nothing like that over her, at least that I have seen. The hand-crafted items would make very special gifts and it would be very enjoyable to visit each booth, taking plenty of time.

    Comment by montucky — December 20, 2010 @ 17:56 | Reply

    • Hi Montucky.

      I am so glad when reading Your comment. These markets are really a good place for people to hunt something original. Thank You very much.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by sartenada — December 20, 2010 @ 18:03 | Reply

    • Montucky, Can you possibly look into starting something like this in your area?
      Contacting local artisans and building it up over a few years might well be the start of a new local tradition for many people. It not only benefits the local arts and crafts people but also hopefully inspires people to buy locally made and HAND made goods that are usually better quality than plastic mass produced rubbish that falls apart after one use. It also helps people to be aware of what’s actually on offer in their local community and to appreciate local creative talent. Who knows, you could be responsible for starting a brand new Christmas tradition and introducing a little bit of the “European Christmas Market experience” to somewhere local to you!

      Comment by kiwidutch — December 21, 2010 @ 11:45 | Reply

  4. Good morning Matti,
    I like the Christmas market. It is simple but very clear and comfortable. The range of goods is varied and interesting. The colorful hats, scarves and earmuffs look very tasty and are very useful for this season. In Figures 11 and 12 I like the wooden Christmas decorations. One of the lanterns in Figure 20 would I like to decorate our balcony. The lanterns look rustic and robust. The hand puppets in Figure 3 are original and are very suitable for children. I like hand-puppets, because it reminds me of my own childhood. We had a lot of fun to play with hand puppets. Several pieces of jewelry in Figure 4 are creative and color-coordinated very interesting. This Christmas market, I particularly like that he is not totally crowded with visitors. I like the church in the back ground too. I see the difference for the Christmas market in Cologne. In Cologne, the Christmas market is overcrowded with visitors. This year I attended only the little Christmas market in Refrath. There it was comfortable with a pleasant atmosphere of Christmas. I thank you for allowing me to visit this little Christmas market in your pictures and look forward to the next series. We wish you and Anja, all the best and health to your everyday common paths. Thank you for all the nice comments and stars in between. Once again we wish you a happy Christmas and a happy new year 2011. Dear greetings Christel and Detlev

    Comment by Christel — December 21, 2010 @ 03:21 | Reply

    • Hello Christel.

      Thank You. In photo 12, You can see the wooden Cross of Thomas the Apostle. It is typical wooden Christmas decoration here and it originates from the Archipelago area. Those lanterns really look very rustic. If You look at photo 19, then You see our famous wooden coffee cup called in Finnish “Kuksa” and in English Gugsi. It is very popular in the most Northern part of our country in Lapland. Every outdoor people has one when they are outdoors in the nature and normally it is hanging outside of the backpack. It lasts one’s lifetime. If somebody would buy from here something special and typical, then the target is Kuksa. In Wikipedia (English):

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guksi

      When talking about next series of my photos Christel, it is handling Christmas, naturally.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Comment by sartenada — December 21, 2010 @ 07:28 | Reply

  5. What a great series ! I love the atmosphere of the Christmas Markets… who doesn’t ? I really appreciate the fact I’m able to “virtually visit” this one too🙂
    Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day🙂

    Comment by Tamara — December 21, 2010 @ 12:16 | Reply

    • Hi Tamara.

      Thank You Tamara. Your words warmed my heart.

      Have a happy Tuesday!

      Comment by sartenada — December 21, 2010 @ 15:44 | Reply

  6. What beautiful pictures! I wish my city had a Christmas Market! Thank you so much for stopping by my site and sharing the links for those wooden churches. You’re right, they are stunning. Best wishes and happy holidays!

    Comment by elleswim — December 21, 2010 @ 15:02 | Reply

    • Hello elleswim.

      Thank You so much. I am glad that my photos pleased You.

      Have a wonderful Tuesday!

      Comment by sartenada — December 21, 2010 @ 15:46 | Reply

  7. What delightful and lovely shops with so many goodies! I haven’t heard of Christmas Markets and would love such here in our area of the U.S.A.

    Happy Winter, Merry Christmas, and Joyful Holidays!

    Comment by Anna — December 21, 2010 @ 23:06 | Reply

    • Hello Anna.

      I am glad that You visited here and thus heard about Christmas markets. I really thought that they exist everywhere. In Central Europe the tradition is long and now we are learning them also. I guess that they are good for local handcraft makers to present their “products” which cannot be found in big department stores and of course to get the feeling of Christmas.

      Happy Holidays to You and Preston.

      Comment by sartenada — December 22, 2010 @ 08:14 | Reply

  8. This is not such a simple market – the stall holders all have their own little cabin for their crafts. They are lovely in the red and white, very happy and bright. We have a farmer’s market with food and crafts, but the stalls are not so elaborate. I love the wooden cups and would spend ages choosing the right one – as they are all individual. I also like the baskets and the scarves and hats, but would definitely buy one of the lanterns. They look great. What is the blacksmith making? Thank you for a lovely look around this special market. A Very Happy Christmas to you. I look forward to your 2011 posts.

    Comment by jackiequeen — December 21, 2010 @ 23:41 | Reply

    • Hi Jackie.

      Thank You Jackie. I am delighted that that You found something “new” and interesting in my post. I am so sorry, when saying, that I do not know what the blacksmith was making. Next year I have planned some interesting posts, but before the New Year, there will be two posts and interesting, I presume. I also look forward Your wonderful posts.

      I wish a very Happy Christmas to You and Your family.

      Comment by sartenada — December 22, 2010 @ 08:22 | Reply

  9. What an interesting Christmas market ! So many different crafts, mostly local I guess. This is a lovely way to visit a country or a city and its folk art. The day looks so cold ! The setting of the market is beautiful with those great old building all around. I like the musician and its organ grinder. Wonderful, wonderful post, thanks again🙂

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 22, 2010 @ 20:40 | Reply

    • Hello Isa.

      Thank You. I am so glad that my “photo tour” pleased You. I am a great fun of different kind of arts and one art is just handcraft.

      Comment by sartenada — December 23, 2010 @ 08:17 | Reply

  10. Hello Matti (I just discovered that Matti is your first name – is Sartenada your last name?!) Nice Christmas post – we have also Christmas markets here, it is a nice tradition. But I can see, that you do not have much snow in Finland – compared to us in denmark😉.
    I will send you some of ours – together with many wishes of a good New Year and a Merry Christmas!

    Comment by truels — December 23, 2010 @ 01:58 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      Well, Sartenada is not my last name, it is a pseudonym. In Internet, I want to be “unknown” and that I have been learned during years. Matti is my real first name really. My photos are from last year. This year there is in Helsinki about 50 cm snow. I had not time to visit in Helsinki in good time to take photos for this Christmas, so I had to present photos from last year. Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Jeg ønsker Dig en rigtig glædelig jul og et godt nytår!

      Comment by sartenada — December 23, 2010 @ 08:32 | Reply

  11. These are amazing, love all the photos, especially the Christmas markets🙂
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, may you have lots of rest and peace!

    Comment by Estrella Azul — December 25, 2010 @ 13:38 | Reply

    • Hello Estrella.

      Thank You Estrella so much Your visit and nice comment. I wish all the same to You and Your family.

      Comment by sartenada — December 25, 2010 @ 13:44 | Reply

  12. Me encantan los mercados de ventas. (en Costa Rica les decimos “chinamos”, pero no son tan lindos como los de tus fotos). Todo tan ordenado y limpio. Las figuras de cristal están hermosas así como todas las cosas que se exponen en los puestos de ventas…qué diferencia con el mundanal ruido de de por estos lugares!!!! Gracias por compartir tanta belleza y buen gusto.

    Comment by Consuelo Quesada — December 28, 2010 @ 22:23 | Reply

    • Hola Consuelo.

      ¡Qué alegría tus palabras amables me dan y tu visita aquí querida amiga! Eso es muy interesante para aprender una nueva palabra chicamos, Muchas gracias.

      ¡Te deseo muy Feliz Año Nuevo! Espero que sea mejor que este año.

      Comment by sartenada — December 29, 2010 @ 07:34 | Reply

  13. I love your Christmas market in Finland.
    Our Christmas markets are always from Germany.😉
    I don’t why but it’s always German, not French or Spanish…

    Comment by London Caller — December 29, 2010 @ 19:07 | Reply

    • Hello London Caller.

      Ours are, I think, from Germany. Here we have had a big influence from Central Europe during our history in many things. Of course we have influence from the both sides of border, Eastern and Western.

      Thank You.

      Comment by sartenada — December 30, 2010 @ 07:18 | Reply

  14. Very much reminds me of Cologne🙂

    Comment by incompletehistory — January 13, 2011 @ 09:31 | Reply

    • Hello incompletehistory.

      Thank You. I think that You are so right when saying so. I have a blog friend living in Köln and I thought the same when seeing her photos.

      Comment by sartenada — January 13, 2011 @ 09:46 | Reply

  15. I love Christmas markets.

    Comment by Tanja — November 16, 2015 @ 15:38 | Reply


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