Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas lights are coming

Yes, many shopping centers and stores have switched on their Christmas lights already. But the Christmas street lights on Aleksanterinkatu are still missing.

Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu

But today that will change. With a big Christmas parade through the center the city celebrates the illumination of the most important shopping street today. 

Christmas parade

The parade starts at 14.00 from Senaatintori. Of course also Santa Claus will be there.

Santa at Christmas parade

Also don't forget to pay a visit to Stockmann's Christmas window which also will be opened today.

Have a nice Christmassy Sunday!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lots of snow

And here it is. The snow arrived in Helsinki. After a first flakes already a few weeks earlier this time the real snow came. 

Snow in the capital region

Have a nice and white weekend!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finnish-American art of brewing

Beer fans listen up. There is something you should try. The Finnish Sinebrychoff Brewery started a cooperation with the Brooklyn Brewery from the US.

Two Tree Porter

Together they created the Two Tree Porter. This dark malty and fruity beer has a slight taste of chocolate and coffee. It is one of the finest Finnish beers you can find. Give it a try and enjoy!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Camping for The Hobbit

You might have wondered what tents are doing in front of Tennispalatsi these days? The reason is that the third The Hobbit movie named "The Battle of the Five Armies" will soon come to the theaters. 

camping for the hobbit

Tickets are sold already in advance and fantasy fans around the world do almost anything to get into one of the first shows. In Finnkino the sale will start on Saturday and to make sure they are the first those first people started queuing already days before.

Hobbit tickets available on Nov 22

Let's hope the movie justifies the long queing. Thanks for the hint and the pictures to matwin!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

First Christmas trees

The first Christmas trees arrived in the city center. You can see them, decorated with lots of small Christmas lights, on Keskuskatu in front of Stockmann.

Stockmann Christmas trees on Keskuskatu

Not long anymore till the Stockmann Christmas window will be opened as well.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nokia for your feet

Today Nokia is going to announce a new customer product on Slush. Let's see what that is going to be and when it is going to come to the market. But did you know that already today you can buy real Nokia products everywhere in Finland?

Nokian rubber boots

Nokia (or rather Nokian) rubber boots are probably the most common and most popular rubber boots in Finland. And even if Nokian is now independent they have common roots with the network and former cellphone Nokia.

Check out their shoes. They are available under the brands Nokian and Hai and are really good.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Slush 2014

The biggest startup event in Northern Europe starts again today. Over 12.000 visitors from around the world come to Slush at Messukeskus Helsinki to see what's on in the Nordic startup scene.

Slush 2013 at Kaapelitehdas

Tickets to sold out already and anyway way too expensive for private visitors. But you can still get an idea of Slush. Tonight Apollo hosts the Slush Grand Opening Party. And it is open to everyone. So check it out and meet entrepreneurs, investors, journalists and the organizers.

The party starts tonight at 21.00. Slush continues until Wednesday.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Vagabrothers in Helsinki

This video of the Vagabrothers takes you on a trip through our wonderful city and gives a really good impression of the highlights of Helsinki.

And it also brings back some good memories of Finnish summer.

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tasty Saturday

Not just the Street Food Carnival takes place in Helsinki today. It's also Restaurant Day again. For the last time this year you can again visit hundreds of pop-up restaurants, cafés and bars around the city and whole Finland.

Pop-up restaurant at an office

So don't worry about cooking today. The streets are literally full of delicious food on this Saturday. Find your favorite pop-up restaurants on the offial Restaurant Day website.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Street Food Carnival in November

It has gotten cold in Helsinki. Some street food trucks are still around but the season of the weekly Street Food Carnival is over. Or is it really?

New York Ninja sandwich at the Street Food Carnival

This Saturday and Sunday you get the chance to relive the summer street food experience. The Street Food Carnival comes to Kaapelitehdas. For the probably last time this year street food trucks from around Helsinki come together to offer their delicious take away meals. And this time they are not along. All together 24 vendors from all over Finland and even abroad will come. And they will bring amazing food with them.

Take a look at the vendors and their dishes already on the official facebook page. The event starts on Saturday at noon at Kaapelitehdas in Salmisaari. Don't miss it or you will have to wait for the next Street Food Carnival till summer.