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Finland, guest country of Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas 2018Published on 25 October 2018
In Finland, Santa Claus' country, this celebration is an important event that brings together all the members of the family to share a calm and peaceful moment.
In order to present these traditions to the public, big chalets but also open fireplaces for the traditional cooking of salmon and a typical Lappish tent will animate Place Gutenberg.
The products shown will all be representative of the country's crafts and gastronomy. It includes salmon, elk sausages, mulled wine and liqueurs, decorations, animal skins, jewellery made of feather, sauna/wellness items, etc.
This presence will be accompanied by a program of cultural activities:
Concert of Seeli TOIVIO
Finnish cellist and singer Seeli TOVIO will perform works by Finnish composers, Bach, Gounod and Christmas songs.
November 24 at 8:30pm, at the Cathedral
Free admission subject to availability.
Finland Day ("Itsenäisyyyspäivä" in Finnish)
The "Hors-la-voix" choir will offer Christmas carols in Finnish on the occasion of Finland's Independence Day.
December 6 at 6:00 pm, Place Gutenberg
Finland's Christmas traditions
Guided by the gentle Chrischtkindel, visitors will enjoy the magical atmosphere of old-fashioned Christmas and discover the traditions of Finnish Christmas.
December 9 from 2pm to 5pm, at the Alsacien Museum
"The Flight Before Christmas" returns to Strasbourg
The Finnish animated films telling the story of Niko, the little reindeer will be shown at the cinema l'Odyssée from 7 November to 11 December (in French: Niko le Petit Renne) and from 12 December to 15 January 2019 (Niko le Petit Renne 2).
More information on the program: www.cinemaodyssee.com