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Lux Helsinki

When Helsinki plunges into darkness during the long winter, Lux Helsinki literally lights up the city centre with magical light art. Impressive light installations by Finnish and international artists can be viewed every night when the sun sets.

Date: 04 January 2020 - 08 January 2020
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.luxhelsinki.fi/en
Cost:

Free.


World Village Festival

Cultures from all over the world meet annually during this Festival in Helsinki. There is a lot happening from music, circus, dance, theatre, art to various fun filled activities. The Festival also offers new perspectives on tolerant multiculturalism and global issues.

Date: 23 May 2020 - 24 May 2020
Venue: Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square.
Website: http://www.maailmakylassa.fi
Cost:

Free.


Helsinki Pride

Each summer, Helsinki's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community party and get political at Finland's biggest Pride festival. The annual event promotes equality and openness through discussions, cultural events, parties and a big parade. Thousands march through the streets in an eye-popping and colourful display, and thousands of revellers take part in the wider events. Performers and activists rub up alongside spectators and organisers, but the event is not only popular with the LGBT community. It's also a great excuse for the rest of the city to enjoy themselves whilst showing solidarity for a good cause.

Date: 22 June 2020 - 28 June 2020
Website: http://www.helsinkipride.fi
Cost:

Free.


Helsinki Festival

The Helsinki Festival is the largest multi-arts festival in Finland, lasting two weeks, and featuring everything from classical music to pop and world music, from theatre to contemporary dance, and from the visual arts to cinema and children’s events. Related events include art-themed urban culture, as well as Night of the Arts.

Date: 20 August 2020 - 06 September 2020
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi
Cost:

Varied.


Helsinki International Film Festival

The annual Helsinki International Film Festival offers a great mix of screenings, which attracts thousands of film buffs each year to screens throughout the Finnish capital. Filmmakers from all over the world attend the event where visitors can enjoy a mix of shorts, features, documentaries and animations by well-known film-makers and fresh talent alike.

Date: 17 September 2020 - 27 September 2020
Venue: Various cinemas in Helsinki.
Website: http://www.hiff.fi
Cost:

Varied.


Helsinki Baltic Herring Market

Fishermen have been gathering round Helsinki Market Square at the beginning of October to sell their wares ever since the 18th century. The tradition continues to this day when Helsinki hosts the Baltic Herring Fair, one of the city's oldest traditional events. The market is packed with salted, pickled and marinated fish and special events also take place. As well as traditional marinade recipes, there are also exotic options on offer too, ranging from lemon and rowanberry to cayenne pepper and garlic. Some stalls also sell items such as socks, hats and jumpers made from the wool of sheep living on the remote islands, as well as loaves of the delicious black bread so popular in the Finnish archipelago.

On the Saturday, traditional sailing ships race each other just off the Helsinki shore, where crowds gather to watch the spectacle. After the race, the ships dock at Market Square for the sailors to attend the Traditional Sailing Ship Meet on the Sunday. The ships are also open for the public to jump on board and look around.

Date: 01 October 2020 - 31 October 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Helsinki Market Square.
Website: http://stadinsilakkamarkkinat.fi/en
Cost:

Free to watch.


St Thomas Christmas Market

Several stalls selling Christmas treats and seasonal crafts line the street of Esplanade Park and Aleksanterinkatu. The Lucia Parade is another seasonal favourite; starting from Senate Square, the parade features elves, horses and historic cars.

Date: 01 December 2020 - 31 December 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Esplanade Park.
Cost:

Free.


We Jazz

A series of jazz concerts kicks off the first jazz event of its kind in Helsinki each winter. Local and international artists will take to the stage at a number of different venues throughout the city.

Date: 01 December 2020 - 31 December 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://wejazz.fi
Cost:

Various.


New Year's Eve celebrations

New Year’s Eve has been celebrated at Senate Square since 1932. Thousands of people gather to celebrate to enjoy musical performances, traditional speeches, greetings and songs. The festivities culminate in brilliant fireworks, after which the partying continues throughout the night all around town.

Date: 31 December 2020 - 31 December 2020

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CheapSleep Helsinki

This hostel does what it says on the tin, offering affordable accommodation in a notoriously expensive city. The humorous tagline of its website sums it up: "Sleep cheap, stay rich". With 10 private rooms and 118 dorm beds, take your pick from this modern, comfortable and clean hostel, which benefitted from a refurb in 2012. There's free Wi-Fi throughout, a supermarket on the ground floor, kitchen, 24-hour reception and free lockers.

Crowne Plaza

The 349-room Crowne Plaza benefits from an excellent location opposite the Finnish National Opera on Mannerheimintie close to most of the attractions in Helsinki. The hotel offers wireless internet access in all areas. Creature comforts include saunas a spa and pool and a restaurant and bar.

Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre

The thoroughly modern Holiday Inn in Helsinki benefits from an excellent location in the centre of Helsinki, next to the train station, the terminus for buses from the airport and the new music centre. There are 174 rooms and suites with modern amenities, plus a restaurant and lobby bar. There's also a gym and a kids play area.

Hilton Helsinki Strand

Just north of the centre, in the Hakaniemi district, the Hilton Helsinki Strand makes the most of the water views from its rooms, restaurant and rooftop sauna, pool and gym complex. The 192 rooms have every convenience, including wireless internet access, and the Helsinki hotel offers excellent services for families, including a babysitting service. The hotel is less than a mile from shops and entertainment areas in the city.

Hotel Kämp

Founded in 1887, the Hotel Kämp has attracted high fliers for more than a century, and its public areas swim with period charm. Restored throughout, the Helsinki hotel offers 179 spacious rooms with luxurious amenities and high-quality dining at the elegant Kämp Café Brasserie & Bar and Yume, which serves innovative Japanese/Scandinavian fusion cuisine. Other facilities include a gym, spa, sauna suite and a stylish bar and nightclub. The hotel has five meeting and conference rooms, plus the flamboyant Mirror Room, with banqueting space for 120.

Hotel Helka

Housed in a building designed by architect Wivi Lönn in 1928 and furnished with furniture designed by Alvar Alto, this inexpensive and comfortable Helsinki hotel also scores points for its convenient location, just west of the centre. Refurbished throughout in 2006, Hotel Helka has 150 rooms, sauna facilities, a restaurant and bar. Limited parking spaces are available.