Sunday 10th of December at 12pm – 5pm
The Seurasaari Christmas Path (Joulupolku) is a free pre-Christmas event for families with children in the Helsinki region, offering visitors peeks into the fairy-tale world, old-time Christmas and the message of the first Christmas.
In 2017 the Christmas Path is being organised for the 22nd time. Mrs. Jenni Haukio, the spouse of the President of the Republic, is the patron of the event and the parties responsible for the arrangements are the Joulupolku Association and hundreds of volunteers, who prepare the Christmas Path as a present to the children in the Helsinki region.
Peeks into the fairy-tale world and old-time Christmas celebration
There are several different kinds of events along the Christmas Path, including play and sing-song, a Christmas play, face painting, horse cart driving, a whipsled and a straw labyrinth, a candle path, a fire exhibition, a slow-burning log fire and bun roasting over a campfire as well as Christmas porridge for the children. Animals of the forest walk around the Christmas Path handing out gingerbread to the children while Father Christmas and Old Lady Christmas listen to the children’s gift wishes.
The detailed Christmas Path programme in English and a map with times and places of the events will be handed out to visitors at the Seurasaari Bridge. The programme 2017 in Finnish can be downloaded from site at the beginning of the December 2017.
Makers of the Christmas Path
Besides hundreds of volunteers, a great number of organisations, educational establishments, the church, companies and communities have all participated in the voluntary work, which enables the Christmas Path event.
Arrival at Seurasaari
There is no parking space for private cars so it is best to use public transportation.
Some Advice to Visitors of the Christmas Path
By the bridge there are spruces onto which the children may attach their self-made Christmas decorations. Christmas porridge will be offered to the children, so be sure to bring spoons and plates with you. It is also a good idea to bring along a flashlight, which can light up the wonders of the forest in the twilight. It is possible to light a candle of peace by the Christmas Path.
The children may also “give up the dummy” on the Christmas Path. Be sure to bundle up warmly. Visitors of the Christmas Path are served by the restaurant and the kiosk on Seurasaari as well as by a few campfire sites and spots for grilling sausages. On the island, there are also some nice places for eating your own packed lunch.
Warm clothing and Christmas spirit help enjoy the Christmas Path tour!