The official opening ceremony of the Christmas illuminations in Aleksanterinkatu street is very famous for its long history and traditions.
The main character of this ceremony – surely the Finnish Santa Claus (Joulupukki), who arrives in his carriage, welcoming guests. In the city center in Senate Square, Joulupukki and Mayor officially announce together the opening of the new Christmas season and of the illumination in the street Aleksanterinkatu, that will shine a million Christmas lights up until Christmas.
After the official ceremony the Christmas parade starts: Joulupukki, together with his elves, reindeers and other Christmas characters, march through the city center.
The ceremony is followed by a music concert and a fair with traditional Finnish Christmas delicacies.