The Christmas Market is open daily from 10:00 until 19:00, until the 6th of January 2018

Tallin, capital of Estonia, is situated on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, the eastern arm of the Baltic Sea. Though the town may not be the home of Santa Claus and his reindeer, legend has it that the first Christmas tree, possibly the first in the world, was put up right here. Whether that is true or not, this year is the 576th year since the tree first went on display on the market square in the city’s enchanting Old Town. Now wish for a sprinkle of Christmas snow to fall over Tallin’s exceptionally well-preserved medieval town centre – a World Heritage site since 1997 – and you’ll be hard pressed to find a more interesting northern European cultural and historical setting to get you in the mood for the upcoming festive season.

Header photo: Christmas Market in the Old Town of Tallin – Photo © Jaanus Ree, Visit Estonia

The Tallin Christmas Market offers a wide selection of gifts and delicacies, most of which are made in Estonia. A large selection of meals and various refreshments are also available, from well-known Christmas dishes, such as sauerkraut and blood sausages, to fish and duck. Hot drinks are offered by many sellers throughout the week until late in the evening. Christmas programme on Fridays from 17:00 to 19:00, on Sundays and Sundays from 12:00 to 14:00. This year the Christmas Market is open daily from 10:00 to19:00, from 17th November to 6th January 2018.

For more details see the official page of the Tallin Christmas Market

Christmas Market in the Old Town - Photo © Jaanus Ree, Visit Estonia
Christmas Market © Jaanus Ree, Visit Estonia

+ 5 things to do in Tallin

Bastion passages in the Old Town of Tallinn
Not far from the market square and accessible from the Kiek in de Kök (“peek in the kitchen”) Museum, is the mysterious passages in Tallinn’s earthwork fortifications. They were built along with the bastions in the 17th and 18th centuries in order to conceal the movement of soldiers, ammunition and other equipment from the enemy. Guided tours only.

Creative City – Telliskivi Loomelinnak
In the Creative City, you are going to find a unique selection of shops offering design, interior design and natural products, various cafés and restaurants and different services. In the halls and yards of Telliskivi, over 400 cultural events take place in a year; each Saturday, we host a flea market. Telliskivi Loomelinnak is located in a former industrial complex next to the Balti Railway Station.

Sweets Mastery in the Rotermann Quarter
Come and make a sweet surprise with your own hands! In addition to the wide selection of sweets, you can find the Sweets Mastery from the first floor of the Kalev Chocolate Shop.

Kumu Art Museum
The museum’s collection contains both Estonian art classics as well as the works of artists that cultivate modern trends. Kumu was recognized as the best museum in Europe in 2008 and is the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award.

Tallinn Television Tower
The Tallinn Television Tower in Pirita is the tallest building in Tallinn and Estonia with 314 metres. Her you can enjoy a panoramic view from 170 metres, brasserie/restaurant and terrace on the 22nd floor; interactive multimedia solutions that introduce Estonia and Tallinn; view of the ground through the glass floor of the platform; futuristic interior milieu; attractions for children; mini TV studio, gift shop.

For more information and more things to do in Tallin, see VisitEstonia

 

Tallin’s Old Town is World Heritage

The Historic Centre of Tallinn developed during the Hanseatic League’s major period of trade and colonizing expansion in the 13th-16th centuries. The Old Town (historic centre) was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1997, for being “an exceptionally complete and well preserved example of a medieval northern European trading city that retains the salient features of this unique form of economic and social community to a remarkable degree”. (UNESCO)

The Old Town in summer © Kaupo Kalda, Visit Estonia
The Old Town in summer © Kaupo Kalda, Visit Estonia

SOURCES & CREDITS
All photos courtesy of VisitEstonia and the respective photographers as indicated
Tallin Christmas Market
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