White nights are great. We get it. We love them, too. But Estonia's black nights are far from boring. We've gathered 40 things to do and places to go in Tallinn or nearby during the late afternoon and evenings of autumn and winter. Indoors or out, there's always something to do when the sun goes down!
Old Town is magical during the black night season. Christmas lights twinkle, and the cobblestone streets take on a mysterious air. Book a special walking tour, sip mulled wine at the Christmas market, or travel back in time with a candlelit dinner, just like a medieval merchant.
Now is the time to enjoy pickled pumpkins and mushrooms, smoked meat, and homemade berry preserves. Pop into some of the top restaurants in Tallinn to see what innovative chefs do with local ingredients, or head to the market to sample seasonal delicacies.
Planning a night out on the town? During Estonia's black nights, you might as well get an early start! Glamorous speakeasy, wine bar, American-style microbrewery, or hipster hot spot — take your pick! The night is extra long, and it's all yours.
The Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) is the cultural event of the season. With hundreds of feature films and shorts to choose from, this festival can easily fill up two weeks' worth of black nights in November. If you can't make it for the festival, head to the opera, take in some jazz, or check out the films at Kai Art Center.
There's no need to let the cold weather slow you down. Tallinn has plenty of opportunities for high-adrenaline indoor activities. From skate parks to sand volleyball courts, push yourself to the limit with these indoor activities. Even kids can get in on the fun!
Once you start to feel the chill outdoors, head inside to one of Tallinn's many spas. Let the jacuzzi wash away your aches after a day spent hiking or skiing. Pamper yourself with a relaxing massage or an invigorating facial — you've got the time!
Skiing, sledding, skating, and swimming — these winter sports are top in Estonia. The city maintains several ice rinks around town, and summer time hiking tracks turn into ski trails in winter. Fancy a challenge? Try winter swimming! There are places to go in Tallinn or you can take a day trip to Haapsalu and visit their winter swimming center.
Nature is open 24/7 every day of the year. Grab your gear and a light, and head out of town. Frozen waterfalls and forests by twilight offer magical black night experiences. But if a hike in the dark doesn't sound so appealing, get your nature fix on the well-lit trails of Kadriorg Park.
A sauna is a must-do experience, no matter the season. The cooler weather that comes with the black nights makes a warm sauna feel extra delicious. Bar/sauna combo, old school, new age, or super Instagrammable — there's a sauna for everyone!
Need some company after dark? Venture outside of Tallinn with an experienced guide. Seeing abandoned buildings by lantern light or following a trail by flashlight are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. And the best part is you can go out when it gets dark and still make it back in time for dinner!