Helsinki will ring in the New Year with lots of entertainment in Senate Square beginning at 10pm on 31 December.
Organised by the City of Helsinki, the fun family-oriented celebrations will include ballet in the square and a one-off gig by Finnish pop star Maija Vilkkumaa.
The celebrations will kick off at 10pm with the We Love Helsinki DJ. Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri and Bishop Irja Askolawill present their opening words at 11pm, after which visitors will have a unique chance to enjoy a performance from the Snow Queen by the Finnish National Ballet. The dancers will then show some of their ballet moves that members of the public can try, even in winter coats, as a way of welcoming the International Ballet Competition to Helsinki later in 2016.
The broadcast can be watched anywhere in Finland and the rest of the world as a live stream on Visit Helsinki’s YouTube channel and on the Helsinki Channel.
Special New Year’s Eve programme for kids
The Children’s New Year’s Eve event will be held this year at Kattilahalli in Suvilahti on 31 December from 1pm to 5pm. Unlike in previous years, this year’s children’s event is open to all and does not require tickets. The programme includes circus, science experiments and summery sand games. There will also be a giant giraffe bouncy castle, as well as an exciting adventure track created by Circus Helsinki. The event’s partners include Sea Life Helsinki, Helsinki Zoo and Helsinki Playground. Families with small children are asked to remember that strollers and prams may have to be left in the cloakroom. The programme culminates with a special fireworks display at 5pm.
The official New Year’s Eve celebrations in Senate Square have been organised by the City of Helsinki since the 1930s.
Find the event also on Facebook and #NYEHelsinki.
Opening hours for Christmas and New Year (PDF)