We wish You welcome to the grand opening of Sweaborg Christmas on the 26th of November which will be honored with salute shots by musket and cannon at 12:15 p.m. at Sweaborg Fortress (near the ferry pier):
The day starts with military exercise and salute shots to the honor of His Majesty The King Gustaf III with mousquet and cannon: after which follows His Majestys speech and the official opening of Sweaborg Christmas: after which all participants in historical dress will enjoy a Christmass Lunch.
After which a Christmas Market for historical re-enactors will be held until 5 p.m.: after which we shall all congregate to spend the evening in the form of a Christmas Ball in historical dress.
The occasion is organized by The olde Militia of Helsinki and the Fine Citizens of the Town in co-operation with Sällskapet Gustafs Skål and Suomenlinna Fortress.
After the Grand Opening we will all gather at the historical Christmas Market at Tenaille von Fersen (right next door to Ehrensvärd's grave and Ehrensvärd museum). On display will be wonderful replica products of Gustafs Skåls production, glass, porcelaine, fabrics, eating utensils, candle holders, et cetera, et cetera. in addition to various selection of clothing and other accessories. Föreningen Brage will also bring forward their most beautiful period shoes for both men and women, in addition their authentic collection of clothing, buckles, fabrics, et cetera, et cetera. Also available is a multitude of wool and cotton fabrics, sewing materials in addition to antiques et al. Various historical re-enactors will bring forward their handiwork, clothing, accessories, and other pieces at their flea market tables. What a perfect setting to find that little missing piece to complete your outfit!
Participants interested in aquiring a sales table may do so at info (at) hww.fi
Elias Martin: Dancing guests at a ball in Sveaborg in 1764.
As the annals of history tell us: "Sveaborg in the 18th century was not only a military fortress, but also a city that had more inhabitants than Helsinki. The officers families spent their with picnics, dances and masquerades. They read books and listened and played music. Sveaborg also had many amateur theatres and talented military musicians."
We have prepared for you this year a modest traditional Christmas table (smörgåsbord): after which follows various performances, dances and games for your pleasure and enjoyment. Historical 18th century outfit is compulsory.
What you need to participate
You will also need these personal accessories:
How to get there
The ferry leaves from Market Square at 10:40 which will bring you just on time for the Christmas Grand Opening. If you are only coming for the Christmas Ball the best ferry leaves at 4.40 p.m. Walking distance to Myllysali is about 1 km. The last ferries to the "continent" leave at 1.40 a.m. and 2.2 a.m.
On the map: 4 = Tenaille von Fersen, 5 = Tenaille von Fersen Myllysali, 7 = Ruutikellari, 17 = Restaurant Chapman, 18 = Cafe Piper.
The Christmas Ball is a private event for members of HWW and Gustafs Skål only. We ask of you only a modest fee of Fifteen daler (15 €) to cover our costs. Those poor citizens who do not yet own a membership in our Societé can join here.
The Christmas Opening and Christmas Market are open to all.
Participants must sign up by November 19th mennessä and pay 20 € Sign up in advance at hww.fi. No entrance without advance payment.
After November 20th the participation fee will be 30 €.
More information may be inquired from info [at] hww [dot] fi.