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.
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.