Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia (Southern Coast of the Gulf of Finland and about 70km of south of Helsinki) is a place flocked by millions of visitors every year because of its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another wonderful site here is the hill of Toompea, which has medieval houses and cobbled streets that would make you feel as if you’re in another time.
It is during Christmas season, however, that this town beams with so much beauty, adding to the already wonderful setting it boasts of all year round. One of the holiday highlights here is the Tallinn Christmas Market, an attraction so exciting and wonderful that it drives hundreds and thousands of visitors from all over the world to visit this place every year.
From the end of November to the first week of January, Tallinn will have its Christmas Market at the Rotermann Square, where shops in the form of little huts and booths will give visitors different treats for this season. Having a medieval setting, but possessing both traditional and modern items, this is definitely the place you want to be when you’re here at this time of the year. This is relatively new, as it was founded in 1991, but it has been considered as one of the most important and most festive Christmas markets in all of Europe.
Snow-covered houses, lights that illuminate the mysterious night sky, smiling faces everywhere, and carol singers performing heartwarming tunes—these are just the things you’ll encounter when you’re here at this time of the year. Clearly, this place will not give you the usual loneliness brought about by the cold. Here, it’s nothing but fun and colors; lights and good vibes.
The Tallinn Christmas Market at the The Town Hall Square is a haven for handmade goods and homemade treats. You will find products of ceramic, glass, and wood created by talented artisans. When it comes to food, this place is also a great venue to find treats made by local bakers and cooks—sausages, sauerkraut, gingerbread, nuts, cookies, chocolates, and a wide array of Estonian favorites. There’s also a wide selection of wine to keep you warm. If these treats are not enough, the square has a lot of restaurants you can chose from. Indeed, this place will not allow anyone to get hungry!
Children will simply have the best time here, as this is the place where they can have the best time exploring the illuminated streets, eat yummy sweets, and of course, meet Santa Claus, who will always be ready to hear about their wishes for this year. They can even send postcards to their friends with the help of Santa’s post office—just write your letter and Santa’s helpers will do the rest. There is even a mini zoo, where they’ll find cute animals such as goats, lambs, ponies, etc.
In the previous posts, we’ve featured other Christmas markets such as those in Amiens, Dublin, Florence, and Vienna. After reading about all these wonderful holiday attractions, have you decided on a favorite? All of these Christmas markets in the world are undeniably amazing, but we’d love to hear about your thoughts on which place you think is the best! As people prep up for exchanging gifts, why don’t we begin by sharing ideas? We’d love to hear yours!