TOP 10 events this season

Source: Patrik Tamm, Visit Estonia

TOP 10 events this season

If you still need an excuse to spend your holiday in Estonia, then check out this list of sports events, festivals and concerts. From opera on a medieval island to the biggest electronic dance musicians on the beach, these events are for the holiday lovers.

Tallinn Christmas Market

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

15.11.2019 - 07.01.2020

Tallinn Christmas Market with a touch of a fairy tale will be held at the Town Hall Square of Tallinn. Everything is possible at the Christmas Market! The star of the market is the Christmas tree, which is the most important Christmas tree in Estonia and has been set up in Town Hall Square since 1441, making it the first Christmas tree ever to be put on display in Europe. The Christmas land is decorated with trees, Christmas decorations, and Christmas lights. Local merchants will offer Estonian Christmas cuisine, from black pudding and sour cabbage to gingerbread and hot Christmas drinks, as well as various handicrafts. Our younger guests can enjoy merry-go-rounds and there is a diverse Christmas programme. The real gem of the Christmas Market is Santa Claus, who will greet children in his own house!

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Festival Jõulujazz

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

29.11.2019 - 15.12.2019

Jõulujazz is a two-week intimate Christmas festival that fills Tallinn’s churches, concert halls, and clubs with beautiful jazz music in late November and early December. There are performers from both near and far.

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Viljandi Handicraft Fair

Viljandi maakond, Viljandi

13.12.2019 - 14.12.2019

Every December, craftsmen and chefs come together in Sakala Centre who help to preserve the legacy of out previous generations in the changing world. The need to keep our traditional way of life is increasing day by day. We are proud of the national crafts that have been preserved and will never tire of admiring the beautiful folk costumes, colourful textiles, embroidery, lace, and jewellery. The food we offer is tasty and healthy.

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Christmas Village and Christmas Fair in Pärnu

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu linn

21.12.2019 - 22.12.2019

A Christmas village will be opened at the Pärnu Independence Square. This year, a Christmas fair will also take place there. Come and enjoy a great cultural programme and enjoy Christmas in Pärnu! Santa and his helpers welcome all locals and visitors to come to the Christmas Village, join the festivities activities, and enjoy the performances. There will be fun activities for children and an exciting cultural programme, with a cafe and a fair. There will also be performances by the Pärnu Handbell Studio, Kalle Sepp, and Inga and Toomas Lunge. In addition, a play by Tõstamaa Folk Theatre. There will also be a winter disco.

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Christmas City Tartu

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

01.12.2019 - 10.01.2020

We might have white Christmas, we might not be that lucky. There is no knowing even when it comes to old university towns in this matter of great importance.  But one thing is certain – every year Tartu will become a Christmas City, snow or no snow. This joyous transformation will always take place on the first Sunday of Advent. A candle is lit on Town Hall Square and this officially kindles the season in the city and all its Christmas lights. People in Tartu meet up at the very heart of the city on all four Sundays before Christmas Day and at noon on 24 December. They also enjoy the festive season activities and treats offered by the city`s unique set of museums and great concert halls. To name a few of the surprises available – one might even meet a folk dancer or two, in fact couple of hundreds of them, in the middle of winter right at Town Hall Square in Tartu. 

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DocPoint Tallinn documentary festival

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

29.01.2020 - 02.02.2020

Launched nine years ago by a group of enterprising Finnish filmmakers in Helsinki, the Docpoint documentary festival has since gone on to become a prestigious event throughout Europe.

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Simple Session

Harju maakond, Haabersti linnaosa

08.02.2020 - 09.02.2020

Simple Session, the most popular skateboarding and BMX competition of the year, is one of the most important events in Estonia! This extreme sports competition attracts more and more foreign visitors and famous competitors every year. Thanks to the media, millions of viewers follow it. The exciting weekend is full of unprecedented spectacles, as several hundred BMX riders and skateboarders from all over the world compete in the massive competition area. The atmosphere is exciting and pleasant. In the evening, however, it turns into a wild party programme.

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Tartu Marathon

Throughout Estonia

09.02.2020 - 16.02.2020

Tartu Marathon is the largest ski marathon in Eastern Europe, which brings together nearly 10,000 participants each year. The Tartu Marathon tracks are located in the beautiful Southern Estonia and it is possible to choose between distances of 63 and 31 km. Foreign visitors have said that this trail is one of the most beautiful and interesting ones in the world. Tartu Marathon is part of the international Worldloppet cross-country skiing series.

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European Sauna Marathon

Valga maakond, Otepää linn

15.02.2020 - 15.02.2020

The sauna marathon sees 4-person teams attempting to experience as many of the saunas in and around Otepää as possible over a period of 6 hours. The start is at the Otepää Central Square at midday, with teams being given orienteering maps. All of the members of a team must be in each sauna for at least 3 minutes, with bonus points for dips in ice holes and cold water pools and the use of other attractions provided by the sauna owners. The sauna marathon aims to value our sauna traditions and provide entertainment to both participants and spectators.

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Kallaste Karakatitsa

Tartu maakond, Kallaste linn

29.02.2020 - 29.02.2020

Kallaste Karakatitsa is an event for our local vehicles that are called karakatitsa: vehicles with enormous tires made for ice ride and for fishing on the ice. This day we have a parade of Karakatitsa and a cultural program.

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Last updated : 14.08.2019