The Tallinn Christmas Market – Good to Know!

The Tallinn Christmas Market opens on November 15, 2019. Here are some interesting facts about the annual Christmas market in Tallinn. 

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In the year of 1441 the Brotherhood of Blackheads erected the first Christmas Tree at Tallinn Town Hall Square, making it one of the earliest evidence of decorated trees.  It was the first Christmas Tree ever put on display in Europe.

The Christmas Market of today started again after Estonia regained its independence in 1991.

The Best Christmas Market in Europe

European Best Destinations website created a poll to find once again the best Christmas market in Europe. More than 200 000 people voted and Tallinn Christmas Market was voted best. It reached the top 10 also the year before.

The Christmas Market is right here at Maikrhv’s door. People love its cosyness, long traditions and historical location in the medieval old town. They also mentioned the Christmas treats, Santa Claus’ house, Estonial traditional hadicraft and other gifts.

Oh, Christmas Tree…

The gourgeous Christmas Tree is picked annually at a nationwide Christmas Tree competition. The trees must grow in Estonia, at least 15–18 meters high, thick and symmetrical. Santa Claus himselt will lead the ceremony of bringing the tree into the heart of Tallinn.

This year the Christmas tree comes from Tallinn, already the second year in a row: it weighs up to 2,1 tons and comes from Rõika street in the Haabersti district. Take a look at how the Christmas tree arrives at the Town Hall Square here.


Friday, December 15 at 5 p.m. – the Christmas Market opening ceremony.

December 1, the mayor arrives, church choirs perform and the first advent candle is lit. On Christmas Eve at  12 p.m Christmas peace is announced.

Cultural program during weekends with over 3000 performers. For more information click here.

In addition, the Christmas Market, with its Tallinn City Museum, organizes fun tours in the Old Town. A 1.5-hour Christmas tour reveals how Tallinn emerged 800 years ago and how Christmas was celebrated in medieval Tallinn.  Tours are in Estonian, Russian and English for more informatioin click here.

More Than Half a Million Visitors

Every year the Tallinn Christmas Market is visited by over half a million people. Are you one of them?

Thanks to the title of the Best Christmas Market it is expected to attract a great deal of visitors this year: the tourism figures of previously winning cities have grown significantly, and Tallinn is also among one of the most booked winter travel destinations on the European Best Destinations website.

The Christmas Market is open from November 15 until January 7. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Read more here.


Hope to see you at the best Christmas Market and at Maikrahv!




(Photos: Kaupo Kalda and Krõõt Tarkmeel / Visit Tallinn, Jõuluretk „Tallinn 800“)