Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Finland

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Finland.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Finland. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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2015

April 30:  Walpurgis Night (bonfires, choirs)

May 1:  May Day (parades, some closures)

May 14:  Ascension Day (closures)

May 24–25:  Pentecost and Whit Monday

June 20:  Midsummer's Day (Juhannus; cookouts, bonfires)

July 3–August 2:  Savonlinna Opera Festival

August 14–30:  Helsinki Festival (music, dance, film, theater)

November 1:  All Saint's Day (businesses open)

December 6:  Independence Day (candlelit windows)

December 13:  St. Lucia Day (festival of lights, parade; Swedish-speaking areas)

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

December 26:  Boxing Day

2016

January 1:  New Year's Day

January 6:  Epiphany (closures)

March 25–28:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)

April 30:  Walpurgis Night (bonfires, choirs)

May 1:  May Day (parades, some closures)

May 5:  Ascension Day (closures)

May 15:  Pentecost (closures)

June 20:  Midsummer's Day (Juhannus; cookouts, bonfires)

July (4 weeks):  Savonlinna Opera Festival

Late August (2 weeks):  Helsinki Festival (music, dance, film, theater)

November 1:  All Saint's Day (businesses open)

December 6:  Independence Day (candlelit windows)

December 13:  St. Lucia Day (festival of lights, parade; Swedish-speaking areas)

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

December 26:  Boxing Day