The Christmas holidays are one of the largest in Estonia. Here they are associated with multiple chains of lights, traditional food, holiday atmosphere and a great number of people joining at the town square. But nothing can compare with special Christmas markets, the heart of Estonian winter holidays. Games, holiday events, tasty dishes, and cheerful mood. It was started celebrating dating back to ancient pagan times of the winter solstice.
Holiday markets are the main historical points and meeting place of towns in winter, and today you can enjoy the wintry ambiance with the thousands of locals coming here. Handmade Christmas gifts from local artisans not sold in shops during the rest of the year like luxurious furs intricate knit socks, and wooden decorations.
You can also taste here amazing traditional dishes like blood pudding, gingerbread cookies, and hot mulled wine. Tallinn’s Christmas Market is famous all over the world.
Tallinn Christmas Market 18.11.2016-7.01.2017
Famous Estonian Market is famous for its beautiful decorations, great performances, busy markets held on Tallinn’s medieval Town Hall Square. You can eat and drink, shop at stalls, pay a visit to Santa Claus and take a pony ride. You should also visit gorgeous live performances with local dancers, singer, and other artists.
Christmas City Tartu 27.11.2016-15.01.2017 and Tartu Christmas Fair 10.12.2016
Tartu, Estonia’s capital of art and culture, is a perfect destination for Christmas. Festivals and main events begin in November with the “Forest of Swings.” This is a special Christmas event where children along with adults can have fun on wooden swings, eat, drink and be merry. Don’t forget about the Tartu Christmas Fair on the Tartu Town Hall Square held on the 10th of December with warm drinks, pies, and handicrafts.
Paide Christmas Festival 3.12.2016
Paide, with its 13th-century castle, lies right in the heart of central Estonia. We recommend you to visit this beautiful place on December 3rd to experience such activities as a candy tournament, tree decorating contest and multiple bright performances by a troupe of elves on the Paide Central Square.
Winter Fair in Narva 10.12.2016
Narva, is a historical city on Estonia’s eastern border. It hosts Winter Fair Market where craftsmen from all three Baltic countries sell their useful arts and amaze all the citizens with their beautiful and unusual crafts. The event takes place in the town center. While you’re there, take a tour of the Narva castle and museum.
Viljandi Christmas Hansa 16.-17.12.2016
Viljandi, a Hanseatic trade city, holds a handicraft market on the Town Hall Square in partnership with the local Bonifatius Guild of craftsmen. There will be a tiny zoo for children, a Christmas train and a big choice of gorgeous Christmas trees.
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