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Winter holiday with kids in the Jyväskylä Region

Winter holiday is just around the corner and the snowy Jyväskylä Region in Finland warmly welcomes the holidaymakers. In the Jyväskylä Region, you can have your winter holiday consisting of well-being and pampering, refreshing winter activities or cultural experiences. Read below tips on a memorable winter holiday, get tuned into the holiday mood and break out of everyday life in the Jyväskylä Region!

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Culture and Crafting

At the Craft Museum of Finland, there will be Anesama -doll-making workshops for children on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 2:00 PM, and an adult crafting session on Thursday, February 29, at 4:00 PM. Visitors can also meet the artists from the museum’s Dialogi – Woven and Embroidered Bridge exhibition on Thursday, February 29.

At the Sparvin Museum Shop, located in the cozy Toivola old courtyard, visitors can craft adorable animal figures from recycled and natural materials from February 26 to March 1, 2024. While crafting, you can explore the diverse product selection of the Sparvin Museum Shop. As a Museum Card benefit, all children’s books are 20% off throughout March with Museum card!

Experience the atmosphere of the nearly hundred-year-old Felt Factory J. Alho, located in Jämsä. During the open doors event on Friday, February 23, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday, February 24, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, visitors can try felting, and purchase items such as felted slippers to warm your toes or souvenirs for the winter holiday.

Extra tip: Mäki-Matti Family Park offers wintery holiday activities 26.2.-1.3.2024 for families.

Thrills and Outdoor Activities

For the adrenaline junkies, Vaajakoski Karting Center is a great way to spend the day. You can also organize races with bowling, with good options available at Revontuli in Hankasalmi, Peurunka in Laukaa, and Hollywood Bowling in Jyväskylä.

Explore the world of skiing at Laajavuori Ski School in Laajavuori, Jyväskylä. At Himos, chosen as the Ski Resort of the Year 2022, children can enjoy the Lumila area: kid-friendly slopes and thrilling toboggan runs.

The highly popular ice skating rink on Lake Jyväsjärvi in Jyväskylä is open again this year. Access the rink from the Lutakko harbor.

Extra tip: Have you ever petted reindeer or fed moose? Near Himos is Moose Manor, moose and reindeer await in enclosures. Moose have roamed this area for thousands of years.

Photo: Neea Veikkolainen

Splashing around at the spa

At Scandic Laajavuori Hotels´ spa charming theme saunas, a warm water lagoon, and an infrared sauna can be found, located right by the Laajavuori slopes. In Keuruu, at the Hotel Keurusselkä miniature spa, beautiful lakeside views can be admired from the jacuzzi.

At the Peurunka spa in Laukaa you can slide in the longest free sliding water slide in the Nordic countries (130 m) and have a fun adventure in the Wibit-water track. At Aalto Alvari, in Jyväskylä, daredevils can jump from the diving platform, or the little ones can splash around in the children’s pool.

Extra tip: Check the Lasten Lysti-program for fun activities to do with kids!

Photo: Peurunka

Feel the magic of winter at these accommodations

During winter break, there are various accommodation offers available. At Varjola in Laukaa, you can relax and indulge in pampering during your winter holiday or even go on a snowmobile safari. Hotel Keurusselkä in Keuruu offers versatile facilities for your winter getaway. For the youngest members of the family, there are activities like pony rides, art workshops, discos, and family bingo. Accommodation options include comfortable hotel rooms or cottages, and the activities are also open to day visitors.

Those craving the hustle and bustle of downtown can stay at Hotel Verso with a 15% discount using the code TALVI24. An extra bed is provided free of charge for children under 12 upon request, and the hotel features a children’s playroom and board games for a family game night. Right in the heart of the city, you’ll find winter activities such as sledding, ice skating, and skiing.

What could be better after an active day of winter fun than enjoying the warm sauna and delicious burger? At Finlandia Hotel Alba by Lake Jyväsjärvi, you can enjoy comfortable accommodation and tasty burgers at the hotel’s scenic restaurant.

Extra tip: In Hankasalmi, you can experience the thrill of speed at Häkärinteet and enjoy comfortable accommodation at the nearby Revontuli Resort.

Photo: Hanna Palosaari

Ready Set Go treat yourselves!

In Jyväskylä there are restaurants and cafes for every taste. At lunch in Kuokkala Manor, in the authentic manor environment, it is easy to let go of the every-day. In the old wooden courtyard of Toivola old courtyard, Valkoinen Puu Café serves artisan pizza and handmade American style cakes.

While skiing or sledding at Himos in Jämsä, have some delicious local food at Restaurant Patapirtti. Treat yourself with mouth-watering pastries made on the premises at Karoliinan Kahvimylly & Kestikievari, in Joutsa.

Extra tip: On the weekend the views of Jyväsjärvi can be admired from the Lapland inspired Kotakahvila Café– perhaps even pay a visit to the Jyväsjärvi ice skating track.

Left with some questions?

The Visit Jyväskylä Region Tourist Office is happy to help finding the best and most interesting places to visit. Visit the self-service Tourist Information or reach the travel advisors by phone, chat or e-mail!

Contact Information

Tourist Information
Shopping Centre Forum
Asemakatu 7, 40100 Jyväskylä
Entrances both from the Asemakatu’s side and the Forum shopping centre

Tel. +358 14 569 0113
travel (at)

Photo: Julie Weien Forøy

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