26.11.2021 – 02.01.2022
Tallinn Christmas Market
Tallinn Christmas Market
A bit of Christmas fairy tale on the Town Hall Square – the Tallinn Christmas Market is coming again!
The Christmas market will take place from 26.11.2021 to 2.01.2022
Open daily from 12.00 to 19.00
Hot drinks until 22.00 pm (Fri-Sat until 23.00)
The Tallinn Christmas Market, which was titled the most beautiful in Europe a couple of years ago, invites you to visit already on Friday, November 26. You will be able to enjoy the Christmas spirit until the new year – the party ends on January 2, 2022.
Traditionally, the jewel and centerpiece of the Christmas market is the Christmas tree, which is celebrating its anniversary this year: 580 years ago, in 1441, the first Christmas tree in Europe was erected on the Tallinn Town Hall Square. Now this custom has spread all over the world and has become an important part of the Christmas customs of very different nations – almost every village square now has its own Christmas tree. This time a spruce suitable for the representative square of our capital was found in the Kuusalu municipality. It took 300 golden balls of different sizes and more than 3 kilometers of light chains to decorate the spruce.
We have wonderful news for children – in addition to the two classic carousels on the Christmas market, a third, completely different carousel has arrived. Instead of the familiar Christmas train, passengers are now driven around in the Old Town by a double-decker Christmas bus. As always, there is a mailbox attached to Santa’s house, where Santa is waiting for letters, both with gift requests and just good wishes.
This year, the Christmas market is primarily aimed at local people, so the selection of food and drink is wider than usual. Alongside traditional flavors, you can discover surprising but completely local Christmas flavors. There are food stalls where you can nosh on well-known and sturdy Christmas foods, such as roast pork and sauerkraut, and various sausages, from grits and blood sausages to fine grilled lamb sausages. Nourishing lentil-chickpea soup is a novelty for eaters with vegetarian preferences.
Innovative and surprising tastes are represented by the selection of mulled wine, which has expanded this year at the expense of craft mulled wine. Hot drinks, both with and without alcohol, are probably made from all the berries growing in Estonia! There are sea buckthorn, cranberry, raspberry-blackcurrant, apple-ginger, plum, blueberry, and cherry mulled wine, but of course, you can also find mulled wine with classic flavors.
Handmade jams include exciting Christmas chutneys, cheese, and pancake jams such as pear-ginger jam or cone jam. The crown of a natural and healthy choice is the sale of antiviral and immunity boosting Chaga products, shots, and elixirs; there are even variants with Christmas spices as suitable for Christmas time. The selection of Christmas flavors includes a variety of handcrafted bread with cranberries and cumin, Christmas cookies and Christmas-themed eclairs, as well as hot donuts in chocolate sauce.
For the first time, there is a waffle kiosk in the Tallinn Christmas Market. In addition to sweet waffles, there are cheese waffles with chili tartar sauce and even gluten-free and sugar-free waffles.
The world of gingerbread offers great innovations – next to the usual well-known gingerbreads, you will find handmade gingerbreads, which in their technical level, fall nothing short of a work of art. The most beautiful of them are sold only in the Tallinn Christmas Market.
Santa’s gift bags can be filled in artisan kiosks, where you can even find a dwarf doll world as local handicraft. According to the winter season, sheepskins and sheepskin slippers, and natural wool knitwear are sold here.
The Christmas decoration kiosk of Estonian designers, where only the most fashionable goods are sold every year, helps to keep up with the Christmas trends in fashion metropolis. For the second year in a row, Culture Kiosk has been open, offering pearls from Estonian culture, including books by Estonian authors and music on CD, DVD, and vinyl records.
The sales stalls will open their counters on Friday morning (November 26), but only at 17.00, when the sun has set, the lights will be lit on the Christmas tree in the Town Hall Square and Monika Haukanõmm, the elder of the City Center, will declare the Tallinn Christmas Market actually open. The first Advent candle will be lit on Sunday, November 28 at 14.00 by Mihhail Kõlvart, Mayor of Tallinn, and Jaan Tammsalu, Tallinn Provost, and the choirs will perform.
Like last year, the stage will only be set up for special events, but the Christmas program can be enjoyed all over the Old Town. As part of the Living Windows project, the shop windows of shops that have become empty will be revived on Saturdays, as young musicians will perform there. The first concert will take place on November 27 on Viru Street. During the Christmas market, the Hopner House offers several concerts and workshops, and Katariina Guild and the Old Town Museums await visitors.
You can partake in the Christmas fairy tale all over the Old Town and beyond. The gates and gangways of the Old Town have been adorned with new decorations, light chains, and wreaths garnish the streets, and a spirited light installation is coming to Vabaduse Square again. There are as many as 250 small lit-up fir trees placed around the entire city.
The Tallinn Christmas Market is open every day from 12.00 to 19.00, and hot drinks are served even a few hours later. The Christmas market will last until the evening of January 2, 2022.
Come to the Tallinn Christmas Market to take part in a Christmas fairy tale!