Christmas holiday tips from VisitTallinn

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Christmas holiday tips from VisitTallinn

VisitTallinn is the leading authority on all things merry in the capital region, so it's only natural that they have some super hints on how to spend a Christmas in Tallinn. Whether you've come for the legendary Christmas Market or just want to experience the white, snowy winter, this is your guide to events, food, shopping and fun. 

Embracing the snowflakes

Enjoy the snowy, wintry weather in layers of warm clothing. 

Photo by: Annika Haas

Though the nights may be dark, winter is when you'll find Tallinn at its most enchanting. From skating at the Old Town's outdoor ice rink to enjoying a cup of mulled wine in a cosy café - every day brings new delights! December brings high spirits and festive moods to Tallinn's medieval churches, shops and of course, the world-famous Christmas Market at the Town Hall square. Regardless of whether its snowing or reminiscent of autumnal temperatures, the market is full of life, selling everything from knitwear to traditional Estonian Christmas food.

From as early as November, visitors can come and make Christmas wishes under the lush Christmas tree towering in Town Hall square. The Christmas tree of Tallinn always has a story to tell, because it is chosen each year through a contest that sees spruce trees all over Estonia competing for the honour. The tree will be lit with candles on the first advent.

Come and experience Tallinn's winter full of magic!

Christmas Markets

Age-old traditions

The tradition of having a Christmas tree in Tallinn dates back to 1441.

Photo by: Toomas Volmer

During the most wonderful time of the year, Tallinn hosts many Christmas markets around the city. Besides the most famous Christmas Market on Town Hall Square, there are many other wonderful markets and fairs in various districts of Tallinn.

Seasonal Events

Despite this being the darkest time of the year, Tallinn is glowing with warmth, light and buzzes with positive energy. Every evening offers new opportunities to take part in enchanting winter events in the city's cinemas, concert and theatre halls, churches, pubs and nightclubs. Look for all the events from here.

Festive Food

Sampling the wonderful flavours of Estonian cuisine is a must during your visit to Tallinn. Estonian food, traditional or modern, changes throughout the year, with each season boasting its own unique flavours. The winter brings a range of hearty dishes. At a genuine Estonian Christmas dinner, you'll find jellied meat (sült in Estonian), beetroot salad, herring, roast potatoes and pork, sauerkraut, Christmas bread, black pudding with pickled pumpkin and lingonberry jam. Traditional home-made beer has been replaced by dark porter that goes well with a roast. Few know that the porter-type beer is also excellent for desserts, especially chocolate treats. From local brands look for Saku Porter or A Le Coq chocolate porter.

Winter superfoods

A wintry twist on beetroot, a vegetable appearing often in Estonian cuisine. 

Photo by: Mariann Liimal

Traditional Estonian desserts often include kringle, a pretzel-shaped sweet bread and delicious buns, served with whipped cream, that are great after a day of skiing or sledding. While strolling along the snowy town, pop into any shop, cafe or wine bar for a delicious cup of hot drink of your choice from mulled wine to hot chocolate.


Between the modern department stores, cosy Old Town boutiques and design and handicraft shops, you'll have no trouble finding that special gift to take with you from Tallinn. The Old Town in particular offers a mix of design shops featuring the work of both burgeoning and established local designers. If you want to add a personal touch to your gift, there's nothing like making it yourself. Tallinn has a number of workshops to start you off, most situated in Old Town and easy to find.

Winter Fun

Snowy sports

You don't have to go far outside the city to try cross country skiing. 

Photo by: Visit Estonia

When the air is crisp and streets covered in white snow, head down to fairy-tale-like Tallinn Old Town or for a stroll in a quiet local suburb! The winter season in Tallinn offers different activities such as skating at the Old Town's outdoor ice rink. The more adventurous souls can explore winter parks or try out cross-country skiing.

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Last updated : 17.12.2017

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