At the end of November every year, the city centre of Vaasa dresses up for Christmas and the Christmas lights are lit. At the Grand Opening of the Christmas season, the streets of the city centre become filled with Christmas songs and the scent of mulled wine and gingerbread, as the market square comes to life with more than a hundred vendors selling seasonal products in their stalls.
Shop shelves groan under the weight of lovely presents, and the competition for the most beautiful window dressing inspires shop keepers to do their best. No wonder that Santa Claus himself never misses the Grand Opening in Vaasa, which culminates in a magnificent firework display as the night grows darker. In the spirit of Christmas, Toriparkki offers free parking for visitors to the event.
The beginning of the Christmas season is also celebrated in other municipalities in the Vaasa region. To find out timetables for them, see the Event Calendar. One of the Christmas events that you definitely won’t want to miss is the Stundars Christmas Market. Did you know that there’s a concert somewhere in the region every evening in December?