ON THIS PAGE YOU FIND THIS FINNPEZ INFO:
* What and when * Where * How to get from airport to the hotel * Fees
* Payment * Accommodation - Rooms * Program * Registration
* How to get TO Helsinki * How to move INSIDE Helsinki * Pimp my PEZ competition * Questions
* Absentee registration pack * Contact information * What else to do in Helsinki * Dispenser

 Takes place in HELSINKI 
Please note that like last year FinnPEZ is held in the Finnish Capital HELSINKI.

 What and when? 
FinnPEZ - The Finnish PEZ Gathering - is a PEZ Collectors' Convention in Finland which is held annually in Spring time. In 2016 the event is held from Wednesday 18th of May to Saturday 21st of May (18.-21.5.2016) in HELSINKI. Like in previous years the main event is on Saturday the 21st, but in this anniversary year we also have program (see the program below) scheduled for few days before the main event.

The event is open for everyone, BUT a registration in advance is required. The event is all about having fun around PEZ - which basically means spending time with other PEZ collectors and fanatics, playing games, swapping, trading, chatting and laughing. We are very family oriented event and even have a special FinnPEZ Kids Club for the children (from age 3 to 12 years) - which itself is basically children's own mini-convention inside FinnPEZ.


 Where? 
FinnPEZ 2016 is held in South coast of Finland in the Finnish Capital Helsinki (check location of Helsinki from this map).

FinnPEZ is held in Park Hotel Käpylä (check the hotel website here) which located some 6 km North from Helsinki city centre and 11 km South from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport.

Check from here how to get from airport to the hotel.


 Program 
  Wednesday May 18th

Arrival day. Guests start to arrive. No special program. FinnPEZ organizers available at the hotel to meet & greet and help in all matters. Meeting with other PEZ collectors.

 

  Thursday May 19th

Sightseeing day in Helsinki area. Couple different great tour options available with lots of things to see. Different program covering different aspects of Helsinki. Visiting known landmarks, shopping, PEZ hunting, etc. And of course lot of interacting with the wonderful international PEZ collectors.

More detailed program about the available tours and prices to be published later in the winter.

There will also be a PEZ competiton with a good prize during Thursday.

 

  Friday May 20th

Official program starts around 15:00 o'clock when we depart to an exhibition centre to visit a small PEZ exhibition in a toy museum. Also possibility to see other exhibitions in the same toy museum. In the same exhibition centre there are also four other museums which can be also explored.

After returning to the hotel, dinner at the hotel around 19:00 o'clock.

After dinner the FinnPEZ convention lounge is open for chilling and nibbles and hanging out with good company. Hosted by the FinnPEZ Crew. The conference room is open for setting up the sales tables for those who will have a sales table at the main FinnPEZ event on Saturday. No sales on Friday, only setting up the tables.

There will also be a PEZ competiton with a good prize during Friday.

 

  Saturday May 21st

The FinnPEZ main event.

In the FinnPEZ 2016 main event we'll have fun around PEZ for one day. During the day we'll have several PEZ related games both for children and adults. Games like FinnPEZ Lottery. Game winners and runner-ups will be awarded with PEZ related prices. In addition to games we of course trade/swap sell/buy dispensers & other PEZ related items. If you need a table at the event for your PEZs, please provide the info in the registration. We have a fair number of tables available, but due to the expected large number of attendees ;), please register early to confirm your table - first come first served.

The event starts at 11:00 o'clock and ends at 18:30 o'clock. During the day there will be coffee/tea/juice and small snacks available and we will also have a lunch in the afternoon. Refreshments and lunch are included in the registration fee.

After the event we'll have a short break and then head out to dinner and to have fun - the part also known as the famous FinnPEZ After Party - What happens in FinnPEZ stays in FinnPEZ. Everyone staying in Helsinki after the event is welcome to come and join our night in town.

More detailed program with more exact timetables per day will be updated here later in the Winter.


 Fees - Registration prices 
FinnPEZ has the following registration fees in 2016:

  • First registree, 70 €
    registration fee of the first registree (first registree of the household, family, company) includes:
    a goodiebag with one special FinnPEZ gathering dispenser made espsecially for FinnPEZ by PEZ company,
    FinnPEZ t-shirt, FinnPEZ sticker, FinnPEZ pin, goodiebag with all kinds of PEZ items, etc.

  • Other registrees of the same household / family / company with ages of 0-6 years, 0 €

  • Other registrees of the same household / family / company with ages of 7-12 years, 8 €

  • Other registrees of the same household / family / company with ages of 13 years and older, 18 €


All registrees will get t-shirt and also on Saturday the LUNCH, refreshments and snacks are included in the registration fee.

Registration fees do not cover the costs of the tours and programs of Thursday and Friday.

FinnPEZ is a non-profit event and all the registration fees are used to cover the organization costs of the event.



 Registration 

A registration made beforehand is mandatory / required.

Only registrations made before Monday 2.5.2016 (2nd of May) are eligable for the goodiebag. Registration can also be made after the 2nd of May, but the acceptance cannot be guaranteed and the goodiebag contents for the late registrees may be limited.

   Registration for the FinnPEZ 2016 is now CLOSED!!   


 Payment 
Registration fees can be paid either via bank transfer (IBAN/BIC) or via PayPal. As bank fees are high when paying from non-Euro countries, it is recommended that non-euro countries pay via PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account the payment can be arranged in other ways. We hope that the payment is made after the registration, but the latest 3 weeks before the event. Bank transfer and PayPal information will be passed to you after receiving your registration e-mail.


 Accommodation - Rooms 

A quantity of rooms have been reserved from the hotel for the participants of FinnPEZ from Wednesday to Sunday. The prices of the rooms are different on the week night and weekend nights. The negotiated prices for FinnPEZ attendees can be seen from the table below.

There are only couple of so called family rooms (3-4 persons) available. The organizers are staying in Park Hotel Käpylä during the event and wish all of you welcome to stay. If you are interested in reserving a room from Park Hotel Käpylä, please contact the hotel directly. Please mention that you are coming to FinnPEZ. Park Hotel Käpylä's website with the contact information can be found from here.

  Wed - Thu night Thu - Fri night Fri - Sat night Sat - Sun night
Single person room 90 euros 90 euros 78 euros 78 euros
Twin room (2 persons) 100 euros 100 euros 90 euros  90 euros
Triple room (3 persons) 120 euros 120 euros 114 euros 114 euros
Quodra room (4 persons) 140 euros 140 euros 130 euros 130 euros

PLEASE NOTE: We have to release our room quantity from the hotel 5 weeks before the event (16th of April). So if you are staying at the hotel (like we of course would like you to) please reserve the room in time so that you can get the room from the convention hotel. Park Hotel Käpylä is a rather small hotel with only 40 rooms out of which 35 rooms are at the moment in our FinnPEZ quantity.


 Dispenser 
Yes, there will be a special cool dispenser that is made for FinnPEZ 2016 by PEZ International! This limited edition dispenser is not available anywhere else - you get it only through us. So to quarantee that you will get one dispenser to your collection - register for FinnPEZ 2016 and come and join us.

And if you wonder what this special dispenser is - well... come to Helsinki - we'll reveal it all in our FinnPEZ event - not before :)


 Pimp my PEZ 

And yes, the "Pimp my PEZ", is on again in 2016.

"The Pimp my PEZ" competiton has been the most popular game in FinnPEZ during the past 10 years.

The idea for the competition is that everyone can (if they want) make ONE fantasy pez AT HOME and bring it to Helsinki with you. In Helsinki, at the FinnPEZ event, all these fantasy pezs will be displayed and all the attendees will vote which is the best looking fantasy pez. The winner will be rewarded with a GOOD prize. The only limitation / rule for the competition is that the fantasy pez must have an original pez stem (mini and XXL pezs are also allowed). All the other parts and details can be whatever and don't have to be original PEZ parts. So let your imagination flow freely and create as wacky or otherwise stunning pimped PEZ which will amaze people and bring it with you to Helsinki!

Please look at the picture right, where we have our Pimp my PEZ competition winner PEZ and winner herself from 2015. More pictures of the pimped pezs can be found from our picture gallery..




 How to get from airport to the hotel 
You can use either bus, train or taxi. The hotel each easily reachable with all these transports. Hotel provides this info:

"You can take the Finnair City Bus or bus 615. They both leave you at a stop at Käpylänaukio, about 500 m walk from the hotel (along Pohjolankatu). We do recommend a taxi or a yellow cab for convenience with your luggage."

In addition to above, you can also take the P train from the Airport and get out of the train at the Käpylä stop. The Käpylä train station is located 800m from the hotel.

Timetables for the above busses and trains:

  • Finnair City Bus
  • Bus 615 (Lentoasema is Finnish for Airport). Traveling time without walking 25 min.
  • P train (In the middle of the page are the trains leaving from Airport (Lentoasema) to Helsinki city centre) Traveling time without walking 20 min.


 How to get TO Helsinki? 
Helsinki is easily accessible from basically anywhere around the World. The Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is the main airport of Finland and also several low cost airlines fly to Helsinki from Europe. The list of Airlines flying to Helsinki-Vantaa airport can be found from here.

Finland and Helsinki is also accessible with boat/ship. There are frequent daily (several per day) boat/ships/ferries arriving from Stockholm, Sweden and Tallinn, Estonia. Ship companies that most commonly operate are: Viking Line and Tallink-Silja Line. In Helsinki-Tallinn way there are also other companies like LindaLine and Eckerö Line. All the ship companies mentioned here are reliable and reputable companies which all operate reliably.

 
 How to move INSIDE Helsinki? 
Whole Helsinki is accessible with public transport like busses, tram, commuter trains and metro/subway. All these provide good coverage within city of Helsinki. Main operator for the public transport is HSL. The same ticket is valid on all the vehicles mentioned above and also ferry that access Suomenlinna island fortress just outside of Helsinki city centre.

You can by either single tickets, day tickets or tickets for 1-7 days. The pricing information for tickets can be found here.

Please also notice that there is very good public transport guide/journey planner you can find here.

There is also many mobile apps for different phones thas show routes, help you plan your trip inside Helsinki etc. Please check the HSL mobile apps from here.

If you need to use taxi in Helsinki (Taksi in Finnish), please call to the number +358 100 0700. Taxi can also be ordered from their web site http://www.taksihelsinki.fi/en Taxis in Helsinki and in Finland in general are quite expensive BUT they all have fixed rates and are very reliable. So there is basically no difference which official taxi you use, it is reliable and will charge you by the official rates.


 What else to do in Helsinki? 
None of organizers of the FinnPEZ live in Helsinki but as Helsinki is the Capital of Finland and also the largest city there are of course lots to do on your spare time. Please visit the Visit Helsinki website for more information.

Here are some things that you would like to see or do:

  • SeaLife, aquarium where you can explore underwater world. More info here.

  • Korkeasaari Zoo, a zoo on an island with lots of different animals from Finnish nature and all over the World. More info here.

  • Tropicario, The Tropical Animal House, a place where you can see snakes, lizards, etc. More info here

  • Finnish Museum of Natural History. More info here.

  • Suomenlinna, old sea fortress on an island just outside Helsinki city centre. There is also a toy museum in Suomenlinna. More info here.

  • Heureka Science center, great place with lot of interesting stuff for all family - both children and you. Heureka is located in the neighbouring city of Vantaa (by bus 40 minutes or so from the Helsinki city centre). More info here.

  • Children's Town, in Helsinki City Museum's Sederholm house. More info here.

  • Helsinki Skywheel - a ferris / observation wheel in the city centre. More info here.

  • Restaurant Torni (tower) - the bar of the restaurant is located in the top floor of the tower near city centre which gives spectacular view over the city. A perfect place to have drinks or coffee. More info here.

There is also lots and lots more attractions suitable for families listed in the Visit Helsinki website's "For Families" page. You can find the list here.

If you have any questions or would need any assistance from us, please don't hesitate to ask us. We do our best to help you.


 Absentee Registration Pack 
There were 40 absentee registration packs available and they are now sold out. We want to thank you all who supported FinnPEZ by ordering the FinnPEZ 2016 abs pack. We really appreciate your support.

 

 Questions? / Contact information 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail finnpez (a) gmail.com


Sincerely

FinnPEZ Crew


 
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Last updated 14.5.2016