The medieval Old Town in Tallinn takes on a completely new look when winter arrives. The colourful window displays, the stunning views that open up from its viewing platforms, its many cosy cafés with live music and candlelight… You’re bound to enjoy a day spent wandering its streets and alleys!
One of the biggest attractions in the Old Town in winter is without doubt the fantastic Christmas market on Town Hall Square. You can do all of your gift-shopping at its handicraft and farm produce stalls, try traditional Christmas food and drinks, enjoy the concerts on the festive stage and meet Santa and his helpers.
A unique winter experience is also to be had at the skating rink on Harju Street right next to St. Nicholas’ church. A well-tended and well-lit rink, it offers skate hire if you don’t have your own, allowing you to enjoy the festive music against a backdrop of falling snowflakes and the ancient beauty of the Old Town – something you’ll remember for a long time to come!
Skiing tracks in Tallinn and surrounds
Open year-round and free of charge is the Pirita Health Track, which in winter offers a range of skiing trails of various lengths. The trails are well-tended and remain lit until the early evening. You can use the lockers in the changing rooms and also make use of the shower facilities.
There are also well-tended ski tracks between 1 and 15 km long in the forests in Harku and Nõmme on which you can ski either classic or freestyle. If the weather is mild, artificial snow is brought in, and all of the tracks are regularly maintained using professional equipment.