Christmas City of Tartu events start on 28 November when people are invited to take part in the tarring of the barge "Jõmmu". Until Christmas Eve the Hanseatic barge "Jõmmu" hosts a number of workshops, dance acts, singers, choirs and all kinds of different performers on its deck and around it.
The rest of the Town Hall Square is filled with a traditional Christmas market, there is also a carousel for children, genuine sledge dogs, horse and a sleigh and of course the City’s Christmas Tree. Another Christmas Market is opened at the St. Anthony’s Courtyard on 17 – 20 December and a
Christmas fair will be held on 19 December on the Town Hall Square and around it.
The focuses of this year’s Christmas City of Tartu are the Christmas traditions and customs of the Northern lands.
As a demonstration five Christmas trees on the Town Hall Square are decorated according to the
traditions of Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland and there are a lot of different lectures and workshops introducing the Christmas traditions of those lands. The cafes around the Town Hall Square are also offering the traditional Christmas dishes of those lands.
All throughout December and on almost every day there are a lot of concerts and other interesting events that can be found on the website http://joululinn.tartu.ee and http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee.