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Help and joy for the holiday season

Keep safe this Christmas and New Year.

Christmas 2020 will surely be remembered for the coronavirus pandemic. The holiday season cannot be celebrated in the usual way due to the restrictions imposed on gatherings. The currently valid recommendation is to not arrange private events in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and Uusimaa region. Private events also include family gatherings. Small memorial services (no more than ten people) are the exception to this recommendation.

More people than ever before will be spending this Christmas alone. On this website, we have collected a host of services and activities that can bring some light and cheer to the holiday season, despite the circumstances.

The site features tips and contact information for those who

  • need tips for spending the corona Christmas engaged in outdoor activities or virtual events and services.
  • need support for personal coping.
  • want to support and help others.

Do you suspect a coronavirus infection?

You can make a coronavirus assessment at omaolo.fi. Based on your symptoms, you will get instructions on what to do. If needed, you can make an appointment to a coronavirus test. Another way to access a coronavirus test is to contact the Coronavirus Helpline ( everyday 8–18), tel. 09 310 10024). You can also get tested for coronavirus during the Christmas holidays. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, get tested.

Health stations

Health stations are closed on Christmas from 24 to 27 December, on New Year's Day, 1 January and on Epiphany, 6 January.

All health stations (also Kalasatama and Vuosaari) are open on weekdays 8-16.

Nine artificial ice rinks and fields open during Christmas holidays, libraries continue to have limited service

All artificial ice rinks and fields of Helsinki will be available to the residents even during the Christmas holidays except for Christmas Eve 24.12. Due to the coronavirus situation, maximum rink and field-specific skater numbers have been specified. Personnel will monitor the skater numbers on the artificial ice rinks and fields, and it might be necessary to wait for being allowed onto the ice during the busiest hours. As of 19.12., the rink and field-specific user numbers will be updated hourly during the public skating hours in the ulkoliikunta.fi service.

The libraries offer limited services. The restrictions apply until at least 10.1.2021.
The following library services are available:

- Books and other materials can be borrowed and returned using self-service machines
- Reserved materials can be picked up from the reservation shelf
- Materials can be borrowed from limited collection and theme shelves at the machines
- Indispensable transactions can be performed quickly on the customer computers

Face mask usage is a requirement in the libraries. If you are unable to use a face mask due to health-related reasons, please contact our personnel. Please check the opening hours of your local library here.

Your local guide to Christmas 

Christmas in Helsinki is so much more than jingles and bells. The dark time of the year and cold temperatures offer the chance to discover the calm and peaceful side of Helsinki. Compared to all the glittering Christmas cities around the world, the Finnish capital is like an urban retreat that energises and soothes you with its hot saunas, beautiful nature, and both new and old traditions.

Head out to Finland’s world heritage site and explore the Trail of the Fortress Gnome. Pick up a map for the self-guided tour from the tourist information desk at the Jetty Barracks.

Visiting restrictions at senior centres, service houses and hospitals continue

The visiting restrictions at senior centres, service houses and hospitals will continue. The visiting restrictions are in place until 10.1.2021. Visiting restrictions at senior centres, service houses and hospitals continue

Pupils and students on Christmas holiday from 23 December to 6 January

Christmas break in municipal comprehensive schools and general upper secondary schools starts on Wednesday 23 December. Pupils and students go back to school on Thursday 7 January 2021, after the Epiphany. The majority of Stadin AO, Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute students have a Christmas break on the week commencing 21 December.  Pupils and students on Christmas holiday from 23 December to 6 January

Public transport services over Christmas and New Year

There will be changes to public transport services over the Christmas and New Year. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, a Sunday service will operate. On Christmas Day, services will run from about 11am. On New Year’s Eve, a Friday service will operate and on New Year’s Day, a Sunday service will operate.

In Helsinki, the New Year will be rang in at home in the company of top artists

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the New Year will not be celebrated in Helsinki city centre but instead will be seen in remotely, at home. Instead of the traditional public event, the Helsinki Channel and Yle will broadcast a programme to bring a festive atmosphere to people of all ages. Laser beams will also light up the Helsinki sky. News on the city’s fireworks displays will be announced later.

Photo: Josh Boot/Unsplash.