Tallinn's Medieval Christmas Market

Wednesday, December 14, 2016



During our first year living in Vilnius, J and I hopped a bus to Riga to wander the Christmas market. Each year we've had the pleasure of enjoying the Christmas markets and festivities in Vilnius, and this year, our last year in Vilnius, I really wanted to experience Tallinn's Christmas market. Tallinn is possibly my favorite capital city of the Baltics, and I knew their Christmas market would be special.

Unfortunately, I caught the nasty stomach bug that had been going around (or food poisoning?) and only got to see the market on the first evening when we arrived! I'm still SO bummed about it. Nonetheless, what I did see was magical, so you should really add Tallinn's Christmas market to your Christmas travel itinerary for next year -- I certainly know that I need a revisit.

In Tallinn's old town square, you'll see a massive, real tree, sparkling Christmas lights, and numerous stalls selling mulled wine and gifts. It really was a beautiful market. Because I didn't get to see a ton of it, J's given me a tip to share with you. He said to skip purchasing ornaments from the Christmas market and instead, head to one of the surrounding ethnographic stores to purchase something slightly more unique.

Tallinn, Estonia's 2016 Christmas market


Tallinn, Estonia's 2016 Christmas market in old town




This year, Tallinn's Christmas market runs until January 7, so you have plenty of time to plan your visit. If you are looking for a nice hotel near Tallinn's old town, I really like the affordable Tallink Express Hotel*, which is near the port and about a 5 minute walk to the old town. You can read a review of my stay and see photos of the room here. During this specific trip, I stayed in St. Olav Hotel*, which is located directly in Tallinn's old town. The location is convenient and the hotel is nice, but keep in mind that the property doesn't have an elevator.


Have you ever gotten sick while traveling? What is your favorite Christmas market in Europe?

I'm linking up with #citytripping number 57 with Wander Mum and Mummy Travels.

11 comments:

  1. Ah I love Tallinn, it is such a beautiful city, and the Christmas market is gorgeous. Shame I haven't had a chance to go there for several years, would love to visit there again :) #citytripping

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    1. You should try to make it next year! It is really beautiful. Have you visited the Christmas markets in the other Baltic capitals?

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  2. I would love to go to Tallinn, looks do fairytale and especially at Christmas. I have been ill a few times on my travels but (touch wood) nothing too terrible - my husband was wiped out by one virus in Barcelona so still need to revisit that. #citytripping

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    1. You should go to Tallinn and the rest of the Baltics -- they are beautiful and pretty inexpensive to visit.

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  3. I would love to go to Tallinn, looks do fairytale and especially at Christmas. I have been ill a few times on my travels but (touch wood) nothing too terrible - my husband was wiped out by one virus in Barcelona so still need to revisit that. #citytripping

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  4. Thailand provided a great sickness bug so we missed a fantastic boat trip ... It does look beautiful, and Talinn itself looks amazing. #citytripping

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    1. Isn't it miserable to get sick while traveling and have to miss out on wonderful experiences? Hopefully you enjoyed the rest of your trip in Thailand though because I've heard it is a beautiful country.

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  5. Oh I really wanted to visit Tallinn during Christmas time this year & eventually didn't as we were already traveling a lot to other places.. but now your pics make me regret it!! Well... next year!! :)

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    1. I think traveling anywhere is a good excuse to not visit somewhere else -- there is only so much time each year! But, yes, do add it to your list for next year during Christmastime!

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  6. The markets look magical. Tallin is somewhere I would really like to travel to so this has inspired me. Sickness bugs are never good especially when abroad. I've been ill in Thailand and Malaysia in the searing humid heat...very unpleasant. Thanks for linking #citytripping

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    1. I bet that being sick in Thailand and Malaysia would really stink.

      I do hope you make it to Tallinn soon -- it is beautiful. Let me know if you have questions when planning your trip!

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