The Christmas season is in full swing in Helsinki. It was kicked off a few weeks ago with the coming of Santa Claus in a traditional Christmas parade. The stores and shops are lit up and decorated and the main streets are lit up to brighten the season for Christmas shoppers!
|Last week was the Christmas parade in Helsinki. It began in the square in front of Helsinki's main Lutheran cathedral, with a few brief speeches including one in Finnish and English by Santa Claus. The square was filled with families.|
|After a few introductory remarks the Christmas tree in front of the cathedral was lit and the parade began.|
|Aleksanterinkatu is the main shopping street. It is closed to traffic except for the trams.|