Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

December 23, 2011

Christmas Markets 2 / Mercados navideños 2 / Marchés de Noël 2

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 2010.

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 2010.

En francais:

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 2010.

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Merry Christmas!

¡Feliz Navidad!

Joyeux Noël!

Hyvää Joulua! (Finnish)

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

59 Comments »

  1. Once again I have enjoyed your photos and reveled in the sights from your country. It would be so enjoyable to shop in those markets, so much better than in the sterile department stores in our cities. The spirit of the people shows in those shops and despite the snow the market appears as a warm and friendly place to be. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Matti!

    Comment by montucky — December 23, 2011 @ 09:18 | Reply

  2. Hello Terry.

    I agree with You with shopping. This kind of places are lovely and in a way unique too. Of course we need other shops, but Christmas markets bring to us Christmas so close and concrete.

    Thank You for Your nice Comment.

    Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

    Comment by sartenada — December 23, 2011 @ 09:27 | Reply

  3. Merry Christmas to you!Now for random thoughts from me… I like the photo with the Santa climbing the rope ladder and the icicles on the eaves of the shop.The carousel is beautiful. Looks like there’s no heat in those shops-brave people-wait, now I do see there are a lot of those heaters outdoors. And I love the rides that you can hook the children up to in the inner tubes.I notice the northern lights in the pictures-do you see them alot in your country? We have alot of outdoor events but looking at the people in your photos I know I have gotten soft.Need to get outdoors and enjoy it more.🙂 have so little snow this year-it threatens to be a brown Christmas.

    Comment by janechese — December 23, 2011 @ 11:59 | Reply

    • Hi Janechese.

      Very nice to read that You liked my photos and that You found something interesting.

      About Northern lights. Here in the Southern part of Finland where I am living, they are seen very seldom. In the Northern part of Finland, which called Lapland, on clear weather conditions they can be seen many times. This year, I presume that You noticed that my photos are from last year, in the South we have a little bit of snow and in Helsinki nothing. Next year I’ll present

      Old Christmas postcards

      again. It has passed today exactly two years, when I last time presented them.

      Thank You for Your comment and visit.

      Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

      Comment by sartenada — December 23, 2011 @ 12:55 | Reply

  4. It is lovely to see all the snow and the lights of Christmas. I think it would be so much fun to be able to enjoy Christmas markets, instead of shopping malls. The merchants must be very hearty to sit all day in the cold of their shops. Thank you for sharing this bit of Christmas from Finland. And Merry Christmas, Matti! Janet

    Comment by harpingjanet — December 23, 2011 @ 16:34 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      How glad I am that You stopped by and left Your comment. I know that it is hearty, because my mother-in-law was selling flowers on market.

      Merry Christmas to You and Yours.

      Comment by sartenada — December 23, 2011 @ 16:43 | Reply

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos!! I would love to be able to stroll through Christmas markets like those in your photos. They look so lovely, and festive.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

    Comment by alskamom — December 23, 2011 @ 18:17 | Reply

    • Hello Alskamom.

      Thank You for Your nice comment. These are nice stand indeed of making discoveries.🙂

      Merry Christmas to You and Yours.

      Comment by sartenada — December 24, 2011 @ 13:43 | Reply

  6. Wonderful photos. I like the carousel in the winter 🙂 Merry Christmas.

    Comment by Northern Narratives — December 23, 2011 @ 21:44 | Reply

    • Hi Northern Narratives.

      I love that carousel also. It was snowing as You see in my photos, but children enjoyed.
      Merry Christmas to You and Yours also.

      Comment by sartenada — December 24, 2011 @ 13:46 | Reply

  7. Me encantan las fotos, los puestos del mercado son geniales. Aunque me ha dado sensación de frío solo de verlas😉
    Felices Fiestas!!

    Comment by Esther — December 24, 2011 @ 01:14 | Reply

    • Hola Ester.

      Me alegro de que te gusten mis fotos de Navidad.

      ¡Feliz Navidad a Usted y los Vuestros!!

      Comment by sartenada — December 24, 2011 @ 13:51 | Reply

  8. After two year with white Christmas here, we have no snow this year. But we have also markets many places. But with different things than you up there! Interesting to see. I wish you and your family a white and lovely christmas!

    Comment by truels — December 24, 2011 @ 01:42 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      I feel very glad when reading Your kind words. Thank You.

      Merry Christmas to You and Yours.

      Comment by sartenada — December 24, 2011 @ 13:53 | Reply

  9. Helsinki’s Christmas Market may be modest compared to some others, but it looks very wonderful to me. Your photos are beautiful, and I saw many interesting and beautiful things on sale at the market. I haven’t seen a merry-go-round in the snow before, but it looks as if people were enjoying it.

    I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Comment by seniorhiker — December 24, 2011 @ 03:08 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Thank You for Your comment and visit.

      I wish to You and Yours a very Merry Christmas!

      Comment by sartenada — December 24, 2011 @ 13:55 | Reply

  10. Thanks for sharing the pictures. The people who work these great outdoor stands are dedicated! have a great Christmas.

    Comment by travelwithlaughter — December 24, 2011 @ 04:42 | Reply

    • Hi Travelwithlaughter.

      So nice to read Your comment. Thank You.

      Merry Christmas to You and Yours.

      Comment by sartenada — December 24, 2011 @ 13:57 | Reply

  11. Es un placer ver tus fotos, son magnificas y con una calidad muy buena¡
    Feliz Navidad¡

    Comment by 1cruzdelsur — December 24, 2011 @ 06:53 | Reply

    • Saludos 1cruzdelsur.

      Me encanta tu comentario mucho. Muchas gracias por tu visita “aquí en el Norte”.

      ¡Feliz Navidad a Usted y los Vuestros!

      Comment by sartenada — December 24, 2011 @ 13:58 | Reply

  12. Your Christmas markets are beautiful. One day I will be in Helsinki at Christmas time to see them. I was just a bit too early this year. We have tiny markets in Bagni di Lucca as well and none in Brisbane.
    Merry Christmas to you Matti.

    Comment by Debra Kolkka — December 24, 2011 @ 11:33 | Reply

    • Hello Debra.

      You are welcome someday / year for visit this Christmas market. This year, it would have been a disappointment, because the lack of snow in Helsinki. Sigh.

      Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

      Comment by sartenada — December 24, 2011 @ 14:01 | Reply

  13. Merry Christmas to you and yours Matti ! All the best🙂

    Comment by Tamara — December 24, 2011 @ 19:50 | Reply

    • Hello Tamara.

      So nice that You visited on my site.

      Merry Christmas to You and Yours.

      Comment by sartenada — December 25, 2011 @ 11:29 | Reply

  14. I would truly love to visit all these shops in the snow and Christmas spirit.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    Blessings!

    Comment by Anna — December 24, 2011 @ 22:46 | Reply

    • Hi Anna.

      I am sure that You would make some findings for Christmas. One nice example could be felt boots in photos numbers 29 and 30. Just move mouse pointer over images to get easily photo number. They keep feet warm in coldest weather.🙂 There are many models with nice colors for women and men.

      Merry Christmas to You and Yours.

      Comment by sartenada — December 25, 2011 @ 11:42 | Reply

  15. I could spend a long time browsing through those tiny shops. So many pretty and fasinating things! Thank you for sharing this part of Christmas in Finland.

    Comment by kateri — December 25, 2011 @ 02:46 | Reply

    • Hello Kateri.

      Thank You commenting. Well, after all, this Christmas Bazaar is really a kind of “treasure trove”.

      Merry Christmas to You and Yours.

      Comment by sartenada — December 25, 2011 @ 11:46 | Reply

  16. It’s such a lovely place to shop for Christmas!
    I have never seen so much snow in a Christmas market like this.
    We have some artificial snow in our Christmas markets though.
    But these days, we only see Christmas markets from Germany in London.

    I wish you and your family a Happy Christmas.🙂

    Comment by London Caller — December 25, 2011 @ 13:54 | Reply

    • Hello London Caller.

      Thank You so much for Your visit and comment. It is true that last winter we have plenty of snow and even before Christmas as my photos prove.

      Merry Christmas.

      Comment by sartenada — December 25, 2011 @ 17:44 | Reply

  17. Oh, Matti!

    Beautiful… though brrrrr-chilly… photos! I love the one of the baby ’cause I love kids.

    I never imagined anyone going out to the markets in the snow. Our markets are always in the sun. Of course. Ahem, this is South TX after all.

    Merry Christmas to you and sweet Anja! I wish for you good health, happiness, and all God’s blessings!

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — December 25, 2011 @ 16:48 | Reply

    • Hi Deli.

      Cold, chilly, oh yeah. Actually it was not for us cold, because it sleeted and I had suitable clothing for the situation / Winter. The keyword here is a multi-layering dressing.

      Thank You. Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

      Comment by sartenada — December 25, 2011 @ 17:51 | Reply

  18. Wish you a Merry Christmas….lovely pics

    Comment by borntobfree — December 26, 2011 @ 01:55 | Reply

    • Hello Borntobefree.

      Thank You stopping by here and leaving Your comment.

      Comment by sartenada — December 26, 2011 @ 08:53 | Reply

  19. Preciosos mercados navideños llenos de productos artesanos.
    Muchas felicidades en estas fechas
    FELIZ NAVIDAD desde España

    Comment by trapatroles — December 27, 2011 @ 00:11 | Reply

    • Hola Trapatroles.

      Muchas gracias por tu comentario. En mercados Navidaños se pueden encontrar objectos que no se puede encontrar en otros lugares.🙂

      Feliz Nadidad.

      Comment by sartenada — December 27, 2011 @ 08:23 | Reply

  20. Outdoor market + snow + beautiful Finnish design = the perfect way to Christmas shop. Wish I could have done my holiday shopping in Helsinki.🙂

    Comment by Elin — December 28, 2011 @ 15:11 | Reply

    • Hello Elin.

      Oh, Thank You for Your so nice comment.

      Have a lovely Wednesday!

      Comment by sartenada — December 28, 2011 @ 15:49 | Reply

  21. I would love to shop in the Christmas Markets in Helsinki! They are beautiful…and the merchandise is lovely! Thank you for showing us what it looks like….lovely little red cabins nestled in the midst of the city. What a great way to wish everyone Merry Christmas!
    Hyvaa Joulua!

    Comment by Judy — December 29, 2011 @ 04:06 | Reply

    • Hi Judy.

      Yes indeed. It is for us also great happening. White small cabins against the snow are beautiful to watch and they are nice places to search for something special which are not sold in big markets. Those sellers, who offer their products for sale, are coming from all around Finland and they rent these cabins.

      Thank You for Your comment and stopping by.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — December 29, 2011 @ 08:19 | Reply

  22. Sartenada….
    I’m back! I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations!
    Come to my page and see what I said…http://jayjaysfavorites.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    Comment by Judy — December 29, 2011 @ 08:23 | Reply

    • Hello Judy.

      I am mute. Thank You. I pass it forward next year and I’ll respect rules. Once more thank You.

      Comment by sartenada — December 29, 2011 @ 13:09 | Reply

  23. Ok! That’s fine! I just want you to know you are very deserving of this award!! Not only do you take beautiful photographs, but you also teach us about what we are seeing. Thank you so much!

    Comment by Judy — December 29, 2011 @ 22:04 | Reply

    • Hi Judy.

      Oh, I never thought it in that way, that my posts are also teaching. Thank You:

      Comment by sartenada — December 30, 2011 @ 08:26 | Reply

  24. Muchas gracias por tu visita, tienes una fotografías preciosas en tu blog. Los mercados navideños son impresionantes entre tanta nieve, nada que ver con los de Galicia….que frío!!!!!!!
    Te deseo Feliz Año Nuevo
    Que el Año 2012 venga cargado de Paz, Amor y Felicidad y que en él se cumplan todos vuestros deseos.

    Comment by susiloci — December 30, 2011 @ 12:12 | Reply

    • Hola Susiloci.

      Me encanta tu comentario tan amable. Soy muy feliz que mis fotos te gusten. Muchas gracias por tu visita.

      ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

      Un abrazo.

      Comment by sartenada — December 30, 2011 @ 15:04 | Reply

  25. About 20 years ago, I visited Christmas markets in Germany and Austria, but never realized you had such beautiful and charming markets in Finland. Your pictures are so detailed that I feel I have also visited these markets in person.

    Comment by quilt32 — December 30, 2011 @ 13:47 | Reply

    • Hi quilt32.

      Well, I am sure that about 20 years our Christmas markets were very basic. We are learning slowly, but surely. Thank You giving Your time for visit and leaving Your comment.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by sartenada — December 30, 2011 @ 15:08 | Reply

  26. This is the most magical post! It put me in a GREAT mood…especially the babies in the tubes riding in the snow! Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year.

    Comment by Betsy Wills — December 30, 2011 @ 15:49 | Reply

    • Hi Betsy.

      Oh, how glad I am when reading Your lovely comment that my post made a big “impression” on you. When I was photographing, I wanted to take photo from that baby (last photo).

      Happy New Year!

      Comment by sartenada — December 30, 2011 @ 15:57 | Reply

  27. These photos were so fun to look though an really made me miss the snow.

    Comment by Sew Katie Did — December 31, 2011 @ 20:03 | Reply

    • Hi Katie.

      Thank You for Your kind words.

      Happy New Year 2012.

      Comment by sartenada — January 1, 2012 @ 09:36 | Reply

  28. Me ha encantado tu reportaje, ¡hubiese dado algo por estar hay! se ve precioso gracias a tus fotografías. Mi hijo tiene un gorro como el del señor del puesto, se lo trajo de Eurodisney, ¡que me gusta viajar! y de está manera, viendo tus post es como si por un momento estuviese allí, gracias

    Comment by ManoliRizoFotografia — January 14, 2012 @ 13:00 | Reply

    • Hola Manoli.

      Me alegre muchisima tu comentario. Muy bien, que tu hijo tenga un gorro. Claro que si que Yo tengo tambíen uno.

      Abrazos y besitos!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2012 @ 13:09 | Reply

  29. This looks so charming!

    Comment by lmschaeffer — October 28, 2012 @ 18:33 | Reply

    • Hi Lauren.

      Thank You. Helsinki, wrapped in a white jacket, is beautiful. Last two years there has been a lot of snow in Helsinki also, although it is on the Southern coastal line.

      Have a great beginning of the week!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 29, 2012 @ 07:29 | Reply

  30. Snow! Nice photos!

    Comment by Tanja — November 16, 2015 @ 15:33 | Reply

  31. Looks cold but charming! I’d be the one buying up all the warm blankets, hats and coats!

    Comment by bigbertha — July 9, 2016 @ 00:17 | Reply

    • Hello Denise.

      Sometimes winters in Helsinki can be cold and snowy. Christmas markets in Helsinki has long traditions and they prepare people to meet Christmas. Sorry that my answer is delayed, but Yesterday we travelled to our home after spending seven week in our summer house. Thank you for Your kind comment.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 10, 2016 @ 08:08 | Reply


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