The Opening of Christmas will be honored by His Majesty's speech while The Olde Militia of Helsinki performs a military exercise and salute shots with musket and cannon according to the reglements of 1752, under the admiring eyes of the Fine Citizens of the Town: after which all participants in historical dress will enjoy a Christmas Lunch.
An 18th Century Market will be open to the public from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. with historical dress items and accoutrements and various reenactor necessities available for purchase. Here you can also get acquainted with 18th century reenacting, 18th century dances, dresses, military uniforms and other outfits and perhaps even arrange to get one for yourself.
The occasion is organized by The Olde Militia of Helsinki and Fine Citizens of the Town and Suomenlinna Fortress.
Please note that this years event happens by The Fortress Great Courtyard! The Grand Parade of Mousqueteers and Citizens starts at the ferry at 11:30 a.m. and marches to Ehrensvärd's Grave where the opening ceremonies will be held at noon.
The Opening of Christmas will be honored by His Majesty's Adolf Fredrik's speech while The Olde Militia of Helsinki performs a military exercise and salute shots with musket and cannon according to the reglements of 1752, under the admiring eyes of the Fine Citizens of the Town: after which all participants in historical dress will enjoy a Christmas Lunch.
After the Grand Opening we will all gather at the historical Christmas Market at Tenalji von Fersen (300 metres walking distance from the ferry pier). On display will be wonderful replica products, 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
The Sweaborg Fortress Christmas Opening and 18th Century Market is open to the public at no charge.
As the annals of history tell us: "Sweaborg 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. Sweaborg also had many amateur theatres and talented military musicians."
We have prepared for you this year a traditional Christmas table (smörgåsbord): after which follows various performances, dances and games for your pleasure and enjoyment. Historical 18th century outfit is compulsory.
This is a private occasion for members of H.W.W.C.H.A. and it's member associations. Membership can be applied for at hww.fi.
Helsinki Olde Militia and collaborating associations members only.
Sign up until sunday 16th of November 30 € here hww.fi.
Sign up early! After 16th November participation fee is 50 €.
Additional info available from info [at] hww [piste] fi.
Bank: Helsingin wanha waruswäci ia caupungin hywät asuckat r.y. Sampo Pankki: 800015-70513268.
Inquire membership at hww.fi.
How to get there
On the map: 1. Pirunkirkko, 4. Tenaille von Fersen, 5. Myllysali, 7. Ruutikellari, 8. Restaurant Suomenlinnan Panimo, 9. Suomenlinna kiosk, 10. Grocery Store, 11. Ravintola Yläkerho, 12. Cafe Vanille, 17. Ravintola Chapman, 18. Cafe Piper.
The ferry leaves from Market Square at 11:20 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 Pirunkirkko is about 300 metres (3 min), Tenalj von Fersen 800 metres (11 min), and Ruutikellari 1,1 km (15 min). The last ferries to the "continent" leave at 00.00, 00.40, 1.20 a.m. and 2.00 a.m.