The online edition of the reputable English newspaper The Times has compiled a top 20 list of Europe’s best Christmas markets. The top position on this list has been given to the Christmas market in Tallinn, which will operate from the 29th of November 2009 to the 7th of January 2010.
The first Christmas tree at Tallinn’s Town Hall Square was first erected in 1441, making it the first public Christmas tree ever put on display in Europe. Single merchants and city girls had the tradition of dancing around the Christmas tree and later burn it down. The modern Christmas market is now taking place in Tallinn for the eighth time and during 40 days about two hundred thousand guests are expected to visit it.
Wooden huts will be set up on Town Hall Square, where merchants will offer visitors various Christmas-themed temptations – from handicraft candles and sweaters to mulled wine, sauerkraut and blood sausage. The Christmas market is also home to Tallinn’s Santa Claus, who will listen to children’s gift wishes. Among other activities, various Estonian artists, children’s choirs and ensembles will give performances, a public decorating of the Christmas tree and a golf tournament will take place during the 40 days. The article about Europe’s best Christmas markets can be read at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/holiday_type/breaks/article6874921.ece.