Almost 30 Days of Events in Rovaniemi – November is Full of Happenings
Starting from the end of October, there’s an event going on in Rovaniemi almost every day. The cocktail of events starts on 25th October, when snowboard and freeski enthusiastic gather to celebrate Arctic Weekend and it’ll last until the end of November.
Arctic Weekend 25.-27.10.
For the third time, Arctic Weekend gathers snowboard and freeski enthusiasts in the heart of Lapland to begin the upcoming season. No matter of your age, skills or what style you’re riding, there’s everything you need to get and know in this perfect season-starter.
Arctic Celtic Gathering 31.10.-3.11.2019.
The first Arctic Celtic Gathering is a celebration and gathering of Celtic and Sámi music and culture above the Arctic Circle in Finland. It begins on Samhain (Halloween) which Ancient Celtis considered the most important of the Gaelic festivals marking the end of the harvest. The events include plenty of Sámi and Celtic music and culture. Most of the concerts are free. See Arctic Celtic Gathering’s full schedule here.
The name translates to Snowmobile Fair and the event is already an iconic piece on Rovaniemi’s annual event calendar. It’s also one of the most hectic weekends in Rovaniemi – last year Kelekkamessust gained more than 18 000 visitors. The fair opens on Saturday November 2nd at 10am. Lappi Areena in Ounasvaara is full of international exhibitors and snowmobile-minded people. All the biggest snowmobile brands are found there. Sunday 3rd November is again a family day with familiar Moomin characters.
Smaku is a food festival that aims at promoting local food culture to locals and travelers. Started in Porvoo in 2015, Smaku now extends to Rovaniemi where locally owned restaurants have joined the challenge. From 4th November until 15th November you’ll find tasting portions in participating restaurants that each have created a Smaku-portion that follows their own food philosophy. Each portion costs 5-7 euros. In 16th of November each restaurant brings their Smaku-menus to main Smaku event in Science Center Pilke, where visitors can try tasting portions in a same place.
9.-10.11. Rovaniemi Countdown to Christmas – Season’s opening weekend
Held first time now, Rovaniemi Countdown to Christmas opens the Christmas season in the Official Hometown of Santa Claus. The weekend is full of small and big events, that culminate on Sunday 10th in Santa Claus Village, where the annual celebration of the Grand Opening of Christmas Season happens.
The festivities start on Saturday 9th at 12am with a Christmas Parade. The parade goes from the Rovaniemi City Hall toward the Lordi’s Square. The parade is free of charge and it’s open for every one – and it’s led by Santa Claus himself!
Santa’s home cavern SantaPark opens its doors for the season at 10am on Saturday 9th November. Tickets 34€/adult and 28€/kid.
Ysärin kuninkaalliset –concert will take place in Lappi Areena. The concert is a tribute to 90’s Finnish music.
The annual Grand Opening of Christmas Season is held in Santa Claus Village at the central square of Santa Claus Village on Sunday 10th. The elves and local artists put on a festive concert that culminates in Santa Claus’ speech – what’s he got in store for us this year?
Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit 12.-13.11.
The event has been organized in Rovaniemi every two years since 2013 and is the only regular international Arctic conference in Finland. The Conference will be arranged for the 4th time on 12-13 November 2019 under the theme ‘Climate Change and the Future Generations’. The conference will bring continuity to Finland’s Arctic activities after the end of Finland’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and it is the official side event of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. More information.
Glamour Day + Jukka Rintalan Exhibition Opening 28.11.2019
Arctic Glamour by Jukka Rintala is an exhibition inspired by the Arctic – Snow and ice are highlighted in Rintala’s dresses, paintings and prints. Jukka Rintala (born 1952) is one of the best known fashion designers in Finland. The Exhibition is open until February.