Christmas in the Fortress of Hamina 1 December – 26 December 2022

As Christmas approaches, Hamina is transformed into the enchanting Hamina Christmas Town. The popular and much-awaited Hamina Fortress Christmas Event will once again be a celebration of light, art and the magic of the holiday season.  Experience the ambience of the Christmas Town when the streets, parks and boutiques in the centre of Hamina are lit and filled with Christmas decorations. The Christmas Market stalls open their doors for handmade decorative items and delicacies for all to enjoy. The Town Hall Square and the Fortress area will offer plenty of events for the whole family. 


  • The Town Hall will be lit blue and white 5 – 6 December, and the special Town Hall Square illuminations will usher you into the spirit of the Christmas season 9 – 26 December, 2022. 
  • The Hamina Christmas Calendar Windows 1 – 24 December. Each evening at 18.00, a new window of the calendar will open in one of the old Fortress houses around town.
  • Christmas Pop Concert, 1 December at 19.00, RUK Reserve Office School yard. Enjoy Christmas hits performed by the Air Force Big Band. Tickets sold at 20€/10€ and at the door 25€/15€. Proceeds will go to support Ukranian refugees. The cafe will open at 18.00.
  • Annan Narinkat Christmas Bazaar, 3 December at 12.00-16.00, Shopkeeper’s Museum.
  • The Shopkeeper’s Museum Christmas story: Maria and Johan’s Christmas, 3 December 2022 – 1 January 2023. Open Wed 14.00-18.00, Thu-Sun 12.00-16.00. Closed 24-25 December.
  • Independence Day Parade, 6 December, Kadettikoulunkatu Street at 13.15.
  • Hamina Christmas Opening Event, 9 December at 18.00, Market Square at the Vepan Lava Stage. Shops open 17.00-20.00. Programme for all ages 18.15-20.00.
  • Christmas in the Old Vaults, 10 – 11 December at 10.00-16.00, Hamina Bastion.  A Christmas Bazaar in the Hamina Fortress. The event offers a variety of Christmas treats and hand-crafted items as well as programme for the whole family.  Free admission.
  • A Moomin Christmas in the Bastion, 13 – 16 December at 13.00-18.00 and 17-18 December at 11.00-18.00, Hamina Bastion (Kulmahovi). An inventive, active workshop involves delving into the wintery world of Tove Jansson’s book Moominland Midwinter. Free admission.
  • The Great Christmas Adventure in the Hamina Bastion, 13 – 18 December, at 15.00-19.15, Hamina Bastion Old Vaults. Step into a Christmas adventure, solve a mystery at the North Pole and meet Santa, forest folk and elves. Tickets: 8€ person/ 20€ family (includes up to 4 people). Children under 2 for free. Tickets on premises, card payment only. Duration approx 25 minutes. Sign up in advance beginning 1 December at
  • Hamina Town Hall Square Christmas Bazaar, 16 – 18 December. The Christmas booths are open Fri 16.00-20.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-19.00. Enjoy the programme while shopping for treats and delicacies, Christmas items.
  • J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, 18 December at 18.00, St. Mary’s Church. A narrative, Christmas-themed musical work for orchestra and voices. Tickets at and in the Simeon-sali lobby between 9.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00, or at the door an hour before the concert.
  • St. Thomas Christmas Bazaar, 21 December at 8.00-18.00, Hamina Market Square. Traditional Christmas Fair with programme at the Vepa Stage. 

Christmas Events produced by various Hamina Town departments as well as Linnoituksen wanhat talo ry, Puolustusvoimat, Haminan seurakunta, Satumatka Productions, Kehittyvä Hamina ry ja Haminan Energia Oy.

Find more Christmas events via the Hamina Town events calendar at

Changes to the events and programme may occur. 

Current information about other activities happening around town can also be found here.



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