Christmas Market and Festive Lightning

Open today 10—16
14.12.2019 11:00 — 14.12.2019 18:00

A Christmas fair you don’t want to miss! The traditional St.Thomas Day Fair takes place within the walls of the medieval Olavinlinna Castle on December 14th, 11 AM to 6 PM. In celebration of the bustling atmosphere of the fair Olavinlinna is adorned with festive lights, which visitors may admire on the courtyards of the castle until 8 PM. Entrance is free of charge. We welcome you all to enjoy the joyful atmosphere of this engaging family event!

The vendors of the event offer a wide variety of quality products for purchase. The selection includes for example handcrafted goods, decorations and accessories, baked products and other seasonal treats both sweet and savoury, art and utensils, as well as decor items.
The stalls, brimming with unique options for gifts, are located in the Watergate Bastion, on the Great Courtyard, in the basement of the Thick Bastion, the Kings Hall, Tott’s Chamber, and the Congress Hall. The surest way to meet the Santa Claus and the Christmas elves is to head to the basement of the Thick Bastion!


The doors open for the visitors at 11 AM. The fair ends at 6 PM.
The visitors may stroll around the outdoors areas of the castle until 8 PM in order to admire the Savonlinna Illumination festive lights.

The Little Duke’s Hall
Open for visit during the whole event.

”The Treasure Chamber”
Members of the Savonlinna Medieval Society (Mustan Virran Keskiaikaseura) present their organization.

The Basement of the Bell Tower

11.30 AM Christmas songs – singing together
12.30 PM

12 PM A short Lutheran devotional (in Finnish)

2 PM Star Singers performance, ”Tiernapojat”

4 PM Christmas music

The Congress Hall

12 PM Star Singers performance, ”Tiernapojat”

1 PM

4 PM Star Singers performance by the local Tourist Guides, ”Tiernaoppaat”

4.45 PM

5.30 PM

The 2nd Floor of the Church Tower

11 AM – 6 PM Christmas Crafts workshop

The Chapel

3 PM Christmas Flute Music, duration about 20 minutes

The Basement of the Thick Bastion

11 AM – 6PM Santa Claus’ reception

Iso linnanpiha

11 AM – 1 PM Care Dogs’ introductions


Museum restaurant Linnantupa is open for visitors during the whole event from 11 AM to 6 PM. Christmas lunch is served between 11 AM and 3 PM.

We recommend you to make a reservation for lunch: +35810 764 2000 (0,0835 €/ call + 0,1209 € / min) or Price with the S Bonus Card 19,90 €, regular price 23,90 €, children -50%.

On the Great Courtyard of the castle visitors may find traditional black pot coffee, sausages, and pancakes available for purchase throughout the whole event.

Entry to the St. Thomas Christmas Fair is free of charge. There are no guided tours in the castle during the Christmas Fair.
Olavinlinna Castle is closed on December 16th - 26th and 31st 2019, and on January 1st 2020.


The National Museum of Finland / Olavinlinna Castle, in partnership with:

Class 5c of the Mertala School, Savonlinna Medieval Association Mustan Virran Keskiaikaseura ry, Cooperative Shop Suur-Savo, Association Sakke ry /Savonlinna Illumination project, the Town of Savonlinna, Care Dogs Association in Savonlinna region, Savonlinna Music and Dance Institute, Savonlinna Tourist Guides, Association of Reservists, Savonlinna Evangelical-Lutheran Parish, FC STPS -Juniors

The parking facility in Tottinkatu is free of charge for the duration of the event, despite the Reserved Marked Parking Spaces.

Christmas Lunch in Linnantupa on Saturday 14th of December 2019

Green Salad
Herring (M,G)
Smoked Muikku Mousse (L,G)
Crispy Ryechips
Gravlax (M,G)
Stadtholder’s Roast Beef (M,G) and Herb Sauce
Castle’s Rosolli Salad (M,G
Kitchen Maid’s Forest Mushroom Salad (L,G)
Karelian Pies and Churn Butter (L)

Christmas Ham, Peas and Plums (L,G)
Karelian Stew (L, G)
Swede Casserole, Carrot Casserole (L,G)

Potatoes with Dill (M,G)

Christmas Pastries and Gingerbread Cookies (L), coffee, tea.