The fifth annual Joulu—Magical Finnish Christmas will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Saarisen Kirkko. The Twin Cities Finnish community is celebrating Finnish Christmas traditions, and we’re inviting neighbors and friends to join us.


Holiday Christmas Buffet —Noon– 2 p.m.

This is the only event that requires a ticket. Enjoy the Deco Catering’s elegant Pikkujoulu dinner of Finnish traditional holiday foods— Christmas ham, breads, salmon platter, a variety of herrings, rosolli (beet salad), lanttulaatikko (rutabaga casserole), porkkanalaatikko (carrot casserole), perunalaatikko (potato casserole), etc. Tickets: adults $39; children ages 5–12, $17.50; and children under 5, free. To reserve call 651-646-3715 or online at The deadline to reserve is 11 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.


Kauneimmat Joululaulut (Most Beautiful Christmas Songs)   sing-along program at 3 p.m.

Join with Finns around the world singing favorite traditional and new songs from the same songbook. The offering taken for the Finnish Mission Society supports global projects that promote peace and provide basic help to people in need.


Joulutori (Marketplace), 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

is a great place to do some Christmas shopping. In the Finnish Café, enjoy Christmas tarts; pulla (cardamom bread), Christmas cookies and torte; coffee, tea and juice during the day. Drop in on kids activities during the afternoon. Enter the Wreath Design Contest—create your own wreath for “Magical Finnish Christmas” to bring for decoration during the afternoon at Joulu and to take home.



Most events are free. Please consider making a donation—only with your donations can Joulu remain a free community event for friends and families. For additional information, visit or call 651-270-9784. Joulu is cosponsored by FACA, Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities, Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Minnesota, AlwaysMod, Minnesotan Suomi-koulu/Finnish Language School of Minnesota, and the Honorary Consulate of Finland, all in partnership with Christ Church Lutheran.

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