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Top events in December: Christmas and New Year's Eve in Tallinn

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By Laura Hiietamm  •  27.11.2019

At last, the time of the year has arrived when it is okay to play your favourite Christmas songs on repeat, go all out on decorating your home, and shamelessly indulge on festive treats. Below are our jolliest suggestions on where to spend Christmas and New Year's Eve in Tallinn, including Europe’s best Christmas market and parties in some of the most exciting places. 

For more information on what is happening in Tallinn, please check out our events' calendar.

Christmas highlights in Tallinn 

Tallinn Christmas Market 

15.11.2019-07.01.2019

Do not miss your chance to visit the best Christmas Market in Europe in 2019! A majestic Christmas tree surrounded by tiny wooden cottages in the fairy-tale-setting of the medieval Town Hall Square - it is the perfect place for a cup of mulled wine and some stress-free gift shopping.  


A local’s tip: the Christmas market on the Town Hall Square is not the only festive fair in Tallinn. You can find plenty of other events, from design and handicraft markets to art and vintage sales - just pick your favourite from our list

Christmas jazz festival

29.11-12.12.2019

The annual jazz festival fills Tallinn’s concert halls with festive sounds from the most exciting local performers and international stars. Some of this year’s top acts include Accent, Kurt Elling, Sebastian Plano, and Sabrina Malheiros. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Christmas music festival “Church Holidays in the Land of Mary”

30.11-06.01.2020

The eloquently titled music festival is a series of Christmas-themed classical music concerts in Tallinn and beyond. It is a beautiful occasion to take time to yourself and ponder about the true meaning of Christmas.  

Tickets available at Piletilevi

Tallinn City Museum's Christmas programme

01.12.2019, 11:00-16:00
05.01.2020, 11:00-16:00

Three branches of the Tallinn City Museum invite everyone for a day filled with games, workshops, and thematic excursions. Come and find out more about local holiday customs! The participating museums are Tallinn City MuseumMuseum of PhotographyKiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum.

Facebook event: Üle linna jõulud! 

Piparkoogimaania – Gingerbread Mania 

05.12.2019-05.01.2020

Gingerbread cookies are one of Estonians favourite Christmas treats. In fact, we love them so much that every year we dedicate an entire exhibition to everything made out of gingerbread! 

Facebook event: Piparkoogimaania 2019 

Christmas Village 

14.-15.12.2019, 11:00-16:00

Set up like a quaint little wooden village in the outskirts of Tallinn, the Estonian Open Air Museum is a collection of dozens of original farmhouses and public institutions - some of them dating to as early as the 17th century. You can step into the houses, talk to the costumed inhabitants, and discover first-hand the Christmas traditions of our ancestors. A true time-travel experience. 

Facebook event: Jõuluküla

An extra tip: the outside skating rink on Harju Street in the Old Town opens on 30 November 2019 - it is a perfect addition to your magical winter day in Tallinn. 

New Year’s Eve in Tallinn

Lot’s (and lot’s) of different NYE parties take place in Tallinn on 31 December. To help you choose, here are our suggestions on how to spend the New Year's Eve in Tallinn. 

New Year’s Eve at the Tallinn TV Tower

31.12.2019, 19:00-02:30

If you wish to look far ahead, then the highest building in Estonia is definitely the best place to start the New Year. The party takes its guests back to 1980 when Tallinn was hosting the Regatta of the Moscow Summer Olympics. Put on your best neon tracksuit, puff up your hair, and you are ready to end the year in style! 

Booking available at Teletornirestoran.ee

New Year’s Eve Ball at the Opera

31.12.2019, 19:30-01:00

Probably the classiest way to welcome the New Year in Tallinn: ballroom dancing at the National Opera. Enjoy a glamorous evening with performances by professional ballet artists, orchestra music, and plenty of waltzing.  

Tickets available at Piletilevi

New Year’s Eve Cruise on Tallinn Bay

31.12.2019, 20:00-02:00

On the last day of the year, steamboat Katharina takes you on a cruise on Tallinn Bay with live music and spectacular views of the city. 

Tickets available at Piletilevi

New Year’s Eve at the Estonian History Museum

31.12.2019, 20:00-03:00

Maarjamäe Palace celebrates the New Year with a Slavic cinema-themed event. The programme is in Russian only. 

Tickets available at Fienta.com

New Year’s hike around the peninsula of Paljassaare

31.12.2019, 20:30-00:00
Starting point: Pikakari Beach

A three-hour hike around Paljassaare peninsula on New Year’s Eve is probably one of the healthiest ways one can spend the last night of 2019 in Tallinn. Prepare yourself for crisp sea air, spectacular views of the city's skyline, and lot’s of exciting sights. 

Register at info@hikingestonia.com


An extra tip: if a simple hike is not enough, you can also spend the last evening of 2019 running. The Estonian Ultrarunners Team invite everyone to complete at least 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) at their annual Candlelight Run. The track near Tallinn (at RMK Meremõisa, a 45-minute drive from the centre) is open for 12 hours straight (12:00-00:00): start when you wish and run as much as you can! Facebook event: Viimase öö unistus 2019 

New Year's Eve Celebrations on the Freedom Square 

31.12.2019, 22:00-00:10

Tallinners celebrate the last hours of the decade with a huge outdoor concert featuring two local pop-rock sensations, Liis Lemsalu and Tanel Padar. The musical programme ends with fireworks. The event is free. 

New Year’s Eve at the Tallinn Christmas Market

31.12.2019, 22:00-01:00

Europe’s best Christmas market celebrates the New Year’s Eve with a musical programme. The evening is hosted by no other than Santa Claus himself! The event is free. 

New Year’s Eve in Fotografiska 

31.12.2019, 23:00-04:00

New Year’s Eve in the world-renowned photography museum? - Yes, please! The programme includes music, art and light installations. Dance yourself to the New Year with Bombossa Brothers, Sofia Rubina, and Widenski. 

Tickets available at Fienta


Spectacular parties also take place at Tallinn's big hotelsrestaurants, and night-clubs. Keep your eyes open for advertisements or check-out events on Facebook and Piletilevi.