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Tallinn Christmas Market, Estonia 2023

1 December 2023 - 7 January 2024

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Tallinn Christmas Market runs from 1 December until 7 January in the Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats) right in the heart of the medieval lower Old Town of Tallinn.

This is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Europe. A Christmas tree has been erected in the town hall square since 1441, when the Brotherhood of Blackheads decided that this was a good way to celebrate Christmas. This was the very first Christmas tree to be place on display in the World.

Tallinn Christmas tree and the Market_Sergei Zjuganov
Tallinn Christmas tree and the market, photo by Sergei Zjuganov

Medieval Tallinn

The Estonian capital is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. It received a UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997, as “an exceptionally complete and well-preserved medieval” city. This is a beautiful and romantic city perfect for a winter break, with the cobblestone streets filled with lights and the aroma of mulled wine, or glögi.

When Is the Tallinn Christmas Market?

The Christmas market in Tallinn will run from 1 December until 7 January, open from 10am to 10pm.

Where Is It?

It is in the Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats) in the lower Tallinn Old Town.

What to Expect from the Tallinn Christmas Market

Local merchants will offer traditional Estonian festive food, such as black pudding, and sauerkraut as well as hot Christmas drinks.

More than 100 stalls will offer traditional wares, including hand-knit woollen garments and festive decorations. There will also be live music, carol singing and plenty of activities for the kids.

Tallinn Christmas Market_Sergei Zjuganov
Christmas market in Tallinn photo by Sergei Zjuganov

Tallinn Christmas Market

For more information on the Christmas market in Tallinn, visit:

Other Christmas Markets in Estonia

Tartu’s Christmas Market

The Town Hall Square of the university town of Tartu is turned into a winter wonderland for its Christmas market from 3 December to 7 January (9am – 9pm).

Tallinn Things To Do

For more ideas on what to do in Tallinn visit the official Visit Estonia website.

Main image: Tallinn Christmas Market Old Town, Sergei Zjuganov. All images courtesy of Visit Estonia.


1 December 2023
7 January


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Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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