Advent and Christmas time is worth spending in Estonia. Historians notably claim that while the first public Christmas tree was erected in front of the Town Hall in Berlin in 1780, in London around 1840, and in Paris in 1865, the reports of a tree in front of the Tallinn Town Hall date back to 1441. This means that Estonia’s tradition of erecting a public Christmas tree is one of the oldest, if not the oldest in the world.
Every year, the Tallinn Old Town tree keeps the traditions alive and stands proudly in the middle of the fairytale-like Christmas market, which has also won the title of the best Christmas market in Europe. It can be half-jokingly said that the title of the country of the oldest Christmas tree can also be wearisome, which means that each year, resourceful Estonians have ideas on how to make Christmas more exciting, as well as how to reinterpret traditions and the message of the holidays. Here are some of the best ideas of this year – travel around Estonia and take a look!
Christmas hoops on Võru Town Square
Completed this year, the Central Square of Võru is proudly decorated for Christmas for the first time. The spruce tree is surrounded by large light hoops that shine beautifully in the dark and of course refer to the name of Võru (which means hoop in English).
Be sure to follow the weather information regarding snow, because Võru County is almost designed for skiing with its varied terrain and a persistent snow cover, compared to the rest of Estonia!