New Year’s celebration in Kansalaistori Square.

Welcome to Kansalaistori Square to celebrate New Year’s Eve

Splendid festivities will be arranged 31 December in Kansalaistori Square to welcome in year 2020.

Stars of the evening are ALMA, who has made a name for herself internationally, Pyhimys and Gasellit, the leading artists in the domestic rap scene, and the children’s favourites Pikku Papun Orkesteri & Blind Gut Company. The popular DJ Windows95man with his 90s blast will make sure to keep the crowd dancing. Actress Alina Tomnikov and Constantinos “Gogi” Mavromichalis, well-known from Yle Kioski, will host the Helsinki New Year’s celebrations this time. Additionally, Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori will appear presenting the traditional New Year’s speech. The evening will culminate in the display of impressive fireworks.

This year, you may also go to the Parliament Building stairs or Mannerheimintie, closed for traffic, where you have a view over the New Year’s show. Mannerheimintie and Töölönlahdenkatu will be closed off for cars at 10 p.m. at the latest.

Please arrive in Kansalaistori from the direction of Mannerheimintie, passing either between Musiikkitalo and Kiasma or along Töölönlahdenkatu. There will be no entry for pedestrians from Linnunlaulu to Töölönlahti Park. Access is also provided from Elielinaukio along Töölönlahdenkatu.

The Children’s New Year:

5:00–5:30 p.m. Pikku Papun Orkesteri and Blind Gut Company

5:30 p.m. Fireworks for the children

Evening programme:

10:00–10:45 p.m. DJ Windows95Man

10:45 p.m.–12:00 midnight New Year’s show ALMA, Gasellit and Pyhimys

00:00–00:05 a.m. The city fireworks

00:05–01:00 a.m. DJ Windows95Man

Entrance to Helsinki New Year’s celebrations is free of charge. The event is accessible and with no age limit.

As usual, YLE will telecast the show to enable people to enjoy the show while staying on their sofas as well. The show will be broadcast on YLE TV1 on New Year’s Eve 31 December 2019 at 10:45 p.m.–01:00 a.m.


Due to the New Year’s festivities in Kansalaistori Square, traffic arrangements will be altered in Helsinki city centre on 31 December 2019

The event will necessitate special arrangements, especially concerning motor traffic on 31 December at 10 p.m.–01:30 a.m. Töölönlahdenkatu as well as the section of Mannerheimintie between Arkadiankatu and Eteläinen Hesperiankatu will be completely closed off for cars at 10 p.m. There will be no entry at all for pedestrians from Linnunlaulu to Töölönlahti Park on 31 December at 5 p.m.–01 a.m. Elielinaukio bus terminal will be out of use 31 December. Due to the special arrangements, most bus lines will be transferred to Mäntymäen kenttä, which will be reserved for bus transportation during the event, i.e. 10:00 p.m.–01:30 a.m. As long as Mannerheimintie is closed, trams 4 and 10 will take the route via Runeberginkatu and Arkadiankatu.

Dispatchers will be on hand.

HSL public transport over the New Year and on Epiphany, 6 January: service changes and additional services

HSL will provide additional transport services on New Year’s Eve and on 5 January. There will be some service changes as well as bus and tram diversions in Helsinki due to New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Kansalaistori Square. For up-to-date timetables and routes, see the Journey Planner.

There will be more frequent night departures and extra departures of buses, metro trains and commuter trains. This also applies to some tramlines and metro feeder buses. Please check the HSL website or mobile application for updated information about the special arrangements in public transportation.


More about the subject in Finnish:

The Children’s New Year on Facebook

Helsinki New Year on Facebook

MyHelsinki hints: New Year in Helsinki