Christmas Market and Festive Lighting

Open today 10—16
14.12.2019 10:00 — 15.12.2019 18:00

Enjoy light and the hustle and bustle of a marketplace in the middle of winter darkness! The atmospheric market will get your whole family in the Christmas spirit. The Häme Castle Christmas Market will also bring festive lighting back to the castle and the Prison. Come and choose the best handmade presents to place under the Christmas tree and to enjoy the Christmas-themed programme and festive lighting. The castle and the Prison will be open 10 am–9 pm on Saturday 14 December and 10 am–6 pm on Sunday 15 December. Free entry. Welcome!

Häme Castle and the Prison will be filled with a wide range of activities and vendors for the duration of the Helsinki Christmas Market. Roughly 50 vendors will be selling their products, ranging from crafts to delicacies and Christmas decorations, at the courtyard of Häme Castle, in the Cannon Tower and in Leivintupa (the Bakery). The programme will feature hand-led horseback riding, workshops, music and special Medieval Christmas tours. Food will be provided by Häme Castle’s Museum Restaurant at the Crown Bakery, in addition to which Hämeen keskiaikayhdistys (Häme Medieval Association) will be selling warm beverages and small snacks in the area outside the castle. The highlight of the Saturday afternoon is the switching on of the festive lighting at 4.30 pm. Check out each day’s programme day below.

Programme

Guided tours of the castle. Guided tours of the castle will be held on Saturday and Sunday. The tours will depart from the castle’s museum shop.

Special Medieval Christmas tours. How did people spend Christmas in the Middle Ages and in Finnish castles? Come and find out more about different customs, dishes and Christmas traditions, some of which continue to this day. The maximum number of participants in a tour is 30 people. Sign up at the checkout desk of the castle’s museum shop.

Aseenkantajain tupa (the Squire Room). Aseenkantajain tupa, which was popular in the autumn season, will once again be opened for children and the young at heart in the exhibition space on the castle’s second floor. The room will be open 11 am–5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Workshops, Koillissiiven sali (Northeast Wing’s Hall). Koillissiiven sali on the castle’s second floor will host a workshop where you can make Christmas cards and beeswax candles. The workshop will be open 11 am–5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Hand-led horseback riding, Finnhird, Southern Courtyard. Finnhird, which is also known for the Tournament Weekend held at the castle, will arrive from Jyväskylä to offer an opportunity for families with children to try hand-led horseback riding on Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–12:30 pm, 1:30–3 pm & 3:30–5 pm.

Eetu Klemetti, medieval music, King’s Hall. Musician and instrument maker Eetu Klemetti will play medieval music on instruments such as the hurdy-gurdy at the castle, adding to the market atmosphere in the castle area. Eetu will give two performances at King’s Hall on Saturday and Sunday.

Duo Taika – Mystique, Taikatulet, Southern Courtyard. Two members of the fire performance group Taikatulet from Helsinki will perform at the castle’s Southern Courtyard against the backdrop of the illuminated castle. The performance will take place at 7 pm on Saturday.

Saturday 14 December 2019, Häme Castle and the Prison are open 10 am–9 pm

10 am The castle and the Prison open

11 am–12:30 pm Hand-led horseback riding, Southern Courtyard

11 am–5 pm Workshops, Koillissiiven sali

11 am–5 pm Aseenkantajain tupa, exhibition space on the 2nd floor

1:00 pm Eetu Klemetti, King’s Hall

1:30–3 pm Hand-led horseback riding, Southern Courtyard

3:30–5 pm Hand-led horseback riding, Southern Courtyard

4:30 pm Switching on of the castle´s festive lighting, Southern courtyard

5 pm Eetu Klemetti, King’s Hall

7 pm Fire performance, Taikatulet, Southern Courtyard

9 pm The castle and the Prison close

Guided tours at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm & 8 pm.

Special Medieval Christmas tours at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm & 5:30 pm.


Sunday 15 December 2019, Häme Castle and the Prison are open 10 am–6 pm

10 am The castle and the Prison open

11 am–12:30 pm Hand-led horseback riding, Southern Courtyard

11 am–5 pm Workshops, Koillissiiven sali

11 am–5 pm Aseenkantajain tupa, exhibition space on the 2nd floor

12 noon Christmas devotional, King’s Hall

2 pm Eetu Klemetti, King’s Hall

1:30–3 pm Hand-led horseback riding, Southern Courtyard

3:30–5 pm Hand-led horseback riding, Southern Courtyard

5 pm Eetu Klemetti, King’s Hall

6 pm The castle and the Prison close


Guided tours at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm & 5 pm.

Special Medieval Christmas tours at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm.


Also check out the Prison’s programme during the Christmas Market here.