Easter 2023 in Helsinki – events and things to do

Are you planning an Easter holiday in 2023? Helsinki offers plenty of interesting things to do and see during this time of year. During Easter week, many schools and workplaces have days off, making it the perfect time for at least a small vacation.

If you’re looking for Easter 2023 tips in Helsinki, you’re in the right place. Here are VALO’s tips for celebrating Easter in Helsinki.


Easter week’s events in Helsinki (week 14)

During Easter time, there are usually various events and activities taking place in Helsinki. More detailed information about Easter events can be found, for example, on the Visit Helsinki website or on the Helsinki city event calendar.

Some traditional Easter events in Helsinki include:

  • Easter markets, which are usually held, for example, at the Market Square and Senate Square. The markets sell crafts, delicacies, and decorations.
  • Easter church services are held in various churches throughout the city.
  • Easter exhibitions at museums may vary from year to year. For example, the Ateneum Art Museum has previously organized various art exhibitions during Easter.
  • Special offers and menus at restaurants may include traditional Easter dishes or specialty drinks.
  • Traditional Easter bonfires are usually lit on Good Friday in various locations throughout the city. The exact locations of the bonfires can be found, for example, on the Helsinki city website.

In addition to these, there may also be various concerts, shows, theatre performances, and other events taking place in Helsinki during Easter time.

Seurasaari Easter bonfires 8.4.2023

It is possible to admire the glow of  Easter bonfires at the Seurasaari celebration court. A smaller bonfire will be lit on April 8, 2023, at 6:30 pm. Shortly after that, the actual Easter bonfire will also be lit.

It is possible to prepare your own snacks at the barbecue area of the festival grounds. You can buy cold and hot drinks, snacks and cold sausages for grilling at the on-site kiosk. The event also organizes a small-scale program for the family’s youngest members.

Location: Seurasaaren ulkomuseo, Juhlakenttä
Time: 8.4.2023 at 6.30 pm
Price: free of charge

American Car Show 7.-9.4.2023

American car lovers can enjoy the four-day American Car Show.

The exhibition started as a small hobby event and has expanded over the years into Finland’s largest Easter event for hobbyists and the whole family. During the event, participants can admire American irons restored to their peak from Finland and the rest of the world.

A total of four exhibitions are organized at the American Car Show, where, in addition to hobby cars, e.g. motorcycles and trucks.

Location: Messukeskus
Time of the event: 7.-9.4.2023, between 10 am  and 6pm
Prices: Ticket prices are between 15-39€

MEOW! Easter in the puppet show theatre

Puppet Theater Sampo organizes the popular MEOW! –  performances. During Easter week, there are three shows arranged for the whole family.

The famous puppet theatre presents folk traditions and beliefs related to Easter in a fast-paced puppet theatre cavalcade. The performance includes nursery rhymes, poems and songs, versatile puppetry skills and humour suitable for all ages.

Easter week plays:

Thursday, April 6, at 6 pm Nukketeatteri Sampo
Saturday, April 8 at 3 pm Nukketeatteri Sampo
Monday, April 10 at 2 pm Nukketeatteri Sampo

Location: Erottajankatu 7, 00130 Helsinki
Prices: tickets 12 – 18 €

Suomenlinna Art Walk 2023 20.1.-28.4.2023

During Art Walk afternoons, artists working in Suomenlinna open the doors of their studios to visitors.

Visitors can get to know the artisans and the products they make with their skills. The event also features the Helsinki Artists’ Society’s own HAA Gallery.

Location: Suomenlinna
Time: 20.1.-28.4.2023 between 12 am and 4 pm
Price: free of charge

Kathrine Windfeld & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra

The UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra’s two Easter-themed concerts will be held on Maundy Thursday at Musiikkitalo and on Good Friday with an evening concert at Mikael Agricola’s church.

The orchestra has been giving concerts with the Silent Music theme for over 20 years, and for many the concerts have become one of the new traditions of the silent week.

This Easter, Danish pianist, composer and bandleader Kathrine Windfeldin (b. 1984), who is considered one of the most exciting and refreshing new Scandinavian jazz composers, will perform with UMO this Easter. Winfield also conducts the concert himself from behind the piano.

Location: Musiikkitalo & Mikael Agricola church
Time of the events: 6.4.2023 at 1 pm and 7.4.2023 at 6 pm
Price: Tickets 8-9,50€ & 15-25€

J. S. Bach: Matteus-passio

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Matthew Passion is a harsh journey into suffering, guilt and trials of faith. However, the bleak-sounding whole also includes moments of compassion, comfort and hope.

The purpose of Matthew’s passion is to delve more into inner feelings with an emphasis on action.

Location: Musiikkitalo, concert hall
Time of the event: 7.4.2023 at 7 pm
Price: tickets 25-67 €

Via Crusis 8.4.2023

Via Crucis (Ristitie) is also one of the annual events in Helsinki. This theatrical parade is a symbol of Jesus’ pain on his way to the crucifixion.

It is a kind of street theater in which more than a hundred professional and amateur actors take part, performing a march of pain.

The parade starts from Kaisaniemi Park, moves to Säätytalo and from there to Senatintor.

Location: Kaisaniemen puisto
Time of the event: 7th and  8th of April at 9 pm
Price: free of charge

Book hotel accommodation in Helsinki

VALO Hotel & Work, located in Ruskeasuo, Helsinki, is an ideal base for your Easter vacation to Helsinki due to its location. Our hotel is located along excellent public transport connections, which means you can easily participate in many of the events mentioned in this text.

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Sources: Juhlapyhät.fi | Pääsiäinen 2023, Nukketeatteri Sampo & My Helsinki | Events in Helsinki
Main image of the article: Linda Eronen | Visit Finlandin mediapankki