27.11.2020 – 27.12.2020
Tallinn Christmas Market
Tallinn Christmas Market
On 27 November, the Tallinn Christmas Market, which was titled the most beautiful in Europe last year, will open its gates – this time smaller and more compact and for a shorter time, but the cultural program can be enjoyed all over the Old Town. The Christmas market will be open until the third day of Christmas on 27 December 2020.
Traditionally, the center of the Tallinn Christmas Market is the Christmas tree. This year, a suitable spruce was found in Pääsküla, Lõikuse Street. The tree is about 50 years old, 15 meters high, beautiful and mighty, grown in a friendly backyard, received a lot of light and good soil. The decorations of the spruce will be new, glorious, and bright, dominated by 300 golden balls of different sizes and as many as 3.7 kilometers of light chains.
There are fewer Christmas kiosks than usual, but they are arranged in such a way that the health requirements established during the season of the pandemic can be met. Kiosks for Christmas products are concentrated around the Christmas tree, where the selection of goods is primarily traditional and has become popular over the years – from gingerbread all the way to knitted mittens and handicrafts. To experience a real Christmas feeling, you can refresh yourself with hot mulled wine at the Christmas market and enjoy Christmas dishes. Oysters, champagne, and black caviar are available to stimulate gourmet taste buds.
This year, the “Cultural Kiosk” will open its doors for the first time, offering gems from Estonian culture. The Kiosk features books by Estonian authors, music on CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records, and design art from earrings to face masks. Many books and records are signed by the authors. It is planned to organize autograph hours for various artists and writers, about which information is published on the web on an ongoing basis.
As always, the Christmas market has a Santa Claus cabin, and a mailbox awaiting letters and gift wishes to Santa Claus. Santa Claus himself is arriving this year in a particularly modern way – as a hologram! Estonia’s first hologram Santa Claus talks about his activities and preparations for Christmas, and those who are more skilled may also be able to catch him with a photo. Two carousels offer classic Christmas fun for the little ones in the family.
Cultural events are scattered this year. Instead of the usual stage and hundreds of performers, the whole old town is open at Christmas as an open musical art and history museum – as befits a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Window Gallery sets itself up on Pikk Street – from 29 November to 10 January, you can see the works and installations of Estonian active artists and art students in the shop windows, which will help you discover the Old Town in an entirely new way.
Within the framework of the project “Living Windows,” Viru Street will come to life – Estonian professional musicians and dancers will perform for an hour on the empty shop windows. A repository of classical, jazz, pop, and hip-hop will be presented. On 29 November and 19 December, the windows of Georg Ots Music School will be open to the young people, featuring Helin-Mari Arder and Swinging Sisters. On December 5 and 20, the audience can see dance performances by young dancers of the Estonian Dance Agency Dance School. The windows on Viru Street will become “alive” every concert day at 4 p.m.
The installation “Invisible Spruce” is on display in St. Catherine’s Church from 29 November until the Epiphany. Bring a tealight to illuminate the invisible spruce – this way the invisible spruce will lead you to invisible values! St. Catherine’s Church is open on Advent weekends; admission is free.
At the beginning of the Advent period, Vene Street becomes an exhibition of Christmas mangers – both local schoolchildren and adults display their Christmas mangers on the windows of Vene Street. The largest Christmas manger is traditionally located in the courtyard of Peter and Paul Cathedral (Catholic Church).
The Tallinn Christmas Market is open every day from 12 to 7 p.m; hot drinks are served even a few hours longer. The Christmas Market closes its doors on the evening of 27 December.
Come to the Tallinn Christmas Market to take part in a Christmas fairy tale!