6 Most Delightful Christmas Markets In Tallinn, Estonia - Updated 2024

christmas markets in tallinn
Isha
Isha 
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Most countries celebrate Christmas with great abundance and cheer, but Estonia’s love of Christmas goes to another level altogether. Long before December rolls around, the Christmas markets and fairs in and around Tallinn in Estonia are already set up, welcoming the winter and inviting visitors to partake in celebrations of the most important festival of the year. Locals and visitors gather in town squares across Estonia to celebrate the holidays. Bright lights, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, cute huts selling Christmas goodies and holiday tunes all make for the perfect Christmas market ambience. And in Estonia, Christmas markets are everywhere - from Tallinn through Tartu to Narva and everywhere in between. To get your fix of Christmas festivities, come along and take a look at the most delightful Christmas markets in Tallinn, Estonia.

Winter in Tallinn

  • Tallinn mainly experiences constant cloud cover during winter, as well as snowfall and short daylight hours, according to Weather Spark, so make sure to dress in warm layers, waterproof boots, and insulated gloves to stay comfortable while exploring the town and its festive holiday markets. Average daily temperatures in Tallinn during winter typically range from a high of around 1.1 degrees Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit) to a low of -5.6 degrees Celsius (22 degrees Fahrenheit).

Events to look out for

  • Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) is perfect for film enthusiasts. This is an annual event that takes place in November that showcases international films with the aim of presenting a comprehensive selection of world cinema to both locals and foreigners. If you're interested, then make sure you don't miss this event when you visit!

Christmas in Tallinn

Christmas in Tallinn is celebrated with as much charm and magic as anywhere else in Estonia. Here are some things to check out:

  • Tallinn Christmas Market is a must-see because the Town Hall Square is transformed into a winter wonderland. Expect a festive atmosphere with charming wooden stalls, traditional Estonian crafts, and delicious holiday treats and drinks.
  • Children can also see Mr. Santa Claus, who happens to be a multilingual MC as well for the weekend performances, so bring along your friends, families, and kids for a memorable time. You can check out the tourism website for Tallinn for updated information on the festivities.

Of course, the city also has a few popular Christmas markets. If you’re new to the custom, or you just need a refresher on the markets, make sure to check out our comprehensive guide.

Christmas markets in Tallinn

1. Tallinn Christmas Market

Tallinn Christmas Market
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ypsilon from Finland used under CC0

Tallinn Christmas Market is unarguably Estonia’s most popular Christmas market. Situated in the beautifully-preserved medieval city of Old Town Tallinn, this Christmas market looks like something out of a fairy tale with its snow-covered stalls, bright lights strung everywhere, dozens of stalls selling all manner of Christmas goodies and happy Christmas shoppers milling about. At the centre is a giant Christmas tree that has been set up since 1441 and is the highlight of the market. Shop for handicrafts, Christmas decorations, hand-woven socks and scarves, etc. and sample local Estonian Christmas treats like black pudding, gingerbread, sausages and mulled wine at the market. Children can enjoy visiting Santa in his house or enjoy various Christmas activities, so I think families with kids will especially enjoy this feature.

Tallinn Christmas Market

Address: Raekoja plats 8-9, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia

Dates: For updated dates and hours, please visit The Official Website of the Tallinn Tourism Board

Website: Tallinn Christmas Markett

Market highlights: Estonian Christmas food and hot mulled wine, meet up with Santa Claus, presents and souvenirs, carousel rides, and general holiday spirit

What guests are saying about their experience:

“Tallinn Christmas Market is one of the top rated markets in the world and it is totally worthy. It is not a large market, but is filled with Christmas magic. Food is very authentic, yet I would say it is a little bit pricy. However, they would reimburse you 4€ if you return your dish and glass to the green stand. Here you can get a wide variety of traditional drinks to warm up, as well as candies and chocolates from the season. They also sell hats, gloves and other winter clothing. I really appreciate that the wool of these products is genuinely from the area, rather than selling Peruvian wools. It was a great experience visiting this market!!” - by Google reviewer, Yessie Herrera

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2. International Christmas Bazaar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

photo: Ilze Dzirniece

Posted by International Women's Club of Tallinn/ Tallinna Rahvusvaheline Naisteklubi on Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Organised by the ‎International Women’s Club of Tallinn each year, International Christmas Bazaar is a celebration of all things Christmas. Established with the co-operation of embassies of over 20 countries in Estonia, the bazaar brings specialities of these countries to visitors. It is a unique Christmas market since all proceeds from the sale go to women’s and children’s charitable organizations working across Estonia. Visitors the bazaar to shop for fabulous handicrafts, traditional items of various countries and also participate in a silent auction. A tombola, children’s corner, and a meet-and-greet with Santa are also to be enjoyed here, so if you have your kids with you or you’re a kid at heart, then I think you’ll enjoy this!

International Christmas Bazaar

Address: KultuuriKatel, Põhja puiestee 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia

Dates: For updated dates and hours, please visit The Official Website of International Christmas Bazaar

Website: International Christmas Bazaar

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Nearby Christmas markets

3. Tartu Christmas Fair

Tartu Raekoja Plats
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Vaido Otsar used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Spend an enjoyable day by yourself, with family or friends in and around Tartu Town Hall Square while attending the beautiful Tartu Christmas Fair. On one day of the holiday season, the town square in Tartu transforms into a magical Christmas land with a gorgeous Christmas tree, beautiful Christmas decorations, lovely glass stalls selling Christmas treats, live music, activities and more! Against the backdrop of the handsome town square buildings, visitors can enjoy shopping for Estonian handicrafts, jewellery, clothes, cosmetics, traditional sweets, baked goods, warm drinks, etc. Adults can enjoy dancing to live music and various entertainment programmes and workshops suitable for the whole family are also held at Tartu Christmas Fair, so if you’re down to do any of these things, then I believe this could be a suitable event for you.

Tartu Christmas Fair

Address: Tartu linn, Tartu Raekoja plats, Estonia

Dates: For updated dates and hours, please visit The Official Website of Tartu Christmas Fair

Website: Tartu Christmas Fair

Market highlights: Handicrafts, snow skating, gigantic Christmas trees, lighted houses, smoked meat and fish products, blood sausages, sauerkraut, baked goods, honey, sweets, hot drinks, pies, and more.

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4. Paide Christmas Festival

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

Renowned for its 13th-century castle, the small town of Paide is situated in central Estonia and hosts a lovely holiday festival called Paide Christmas Festival in its central square each year. During this day-long festival, families come together to celebrate the Christmas spirit with a range of fun activities like singing folk songs and Christmas carols, tree decorating contest, candy tournament, performances by Santa’s elves, folk concerts, etc. Visitors can participate in these events or tuck into local Christmas fare and shop for traditional crafts. Hence, if you’re a music and holiday lover, then I think this Christmas festival is for you.

Paide Christmas Festival

Address: Paide Central Square, Paide, Estonia

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5. Christmas Fair at Pärnu Kaubamajakas shopping centre

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Kaubamajakas hindab kõrgelt kohalikku elanikkonda ja nende eluväärtusi, sest oleme ju ometigi kõik Pärnakad, kes...

Posted by Kaubamajakas on Wednesday, 30 January 2019

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Posted by Kaubamajakas on Saturday, December 9, 2023

In Estonia, visit the local Kaubamajakas shopping centre in Pärnu for a cute Christmas fair that has the flair that will put you in the right mood for the holidays. For starters, the shopping centre has striking Christmas decorations that will take your breath away - from a giant snowy Christmas tree through multiple festive-looking trees lining the shopping corridors to the beautiful red carpet welcoming the visitors. Plus, be entertained by various performers at the fair or shop for Estonian handmade gifts, home furnishings, decorations and more. Of course, Christmas treats and drinks are available too!

Christmas Fair at Pärnu Kaubamajakas

Address: Pärnu linn, Kaubamajakas, Estonia

Dates: For updated dates and hours, please check Visit Parnu

Website: Kaubamajakas

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6. Winter Fair at Narva

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

With its location on the eastern border of Estonia, Narva is able to attract artisans, traders and craftsmen from the neighbouring Baltic countries of Lithuania and Latvia to its Winter Fair. Thus, visitors to the fabulous Christmas market of Winter Fair at Narva can enjoy browsing through the handicrafts of three countries, including local Estonian products. You can also buy lovely Christmas presents, beautifully decorated cookies, cakes, gingerbread and hot chocolates here. Various masterclasses are held at the fair and visitors are invited to participate in them.

Winter Fair at Narva

Address: Narva, Ida-Virumaa Kutsehariduskeskuse Narva koolimaja, Estonia

Dates: For updated dates and hours, please visit The Official Website of Narva Tourist Information Centre

Website: Winter Fair at Narva

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Christmas cheer in Tallinn, Estonia!

From large town squares to humble local gatherings, Estonians’ love for Christmas is evident in their joyful Christmas markets. Savor food at some of the best places to eat and head to the markets to enjoy entertainment and shopping. These markets are a must-visit in and around Tallinn in Estonia. So, arm yourself with our list of the most delightful Christmas markets in Tallinn, Estonia and have a merry Christmas!

This is definitely the place to be to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones, and if you’re looking for places to stay, the city has Airbnb vacation rentals.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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Isha is a former corporate employee who now leads a tranquil life centered around travel, writing, and minding her own business.

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