Looking to get into the Christmas spirit? Come take a look at Tallinn's fairytale-like Old Town, whimsically decorated in anticipation of the holidays. Take a walk in its medieval streets and look into its cosy courtyards, as this year the Old Town will have fantastic courtyards straight out of fairytales, beautiful lighting and timeless Christmas cribs.
Come and find seven fairytale courtyards in the Old Town
Starting from the Second Advent, something new and yet familiar awaits in the Old Town – beloved fairytales will be brought to life with the help of light and sound installations in a total of seven courtyards and streets of the Old Town. The courtyard of Hopner House, the courtyard of the French Institute, the courtyard of St. Catherine's Church, the Town Hall Square, the square in front of cinema Sõprus, the Green Market Park on Pikk Street and Saiakang Street will be decked out with fairytale decorations. The following fairytales are waiting for you: Sleeping Beauty, Bluebeard, Cinderella, Snow White, The Nightingale, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp and Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince.
Lighting up the Old Town
Christmas is a holiday of lights and so as per usual, the whole of Tallinn, especially the Old Town, will be filled with light, the most charming of which are the tiny Christmas trees decorated with lights lining several streets of the Old Town.
All the medieval gate arches surrounding the Old Town will be lit up. The illuminated towers of the Old Town – Fat Margaret, Kiek in de Kök, Maiden’s Tower, Tall Hermann and a large part of the surrounding walls – will whisper their centuries-old stories to those passing by. Light decorations will cover both trees and fountains, parks and squares. There will also be a new light park on Freedom Square that will grow with each Advent and reach its full size by Christmas.
Hedges and pergolas wrapped in lights on the green area of Harju Street will provide a pleasant space and a cosy mood throughout the winter. Snowflakes on trees invoke the Christmas spirit along with the ice rink that has crept deep into the hearts of the townsfolk.
Traditional Christmas cribs
Designing Christmas cribs is a very old tradition dating back to Ancient Rome. This beautiful legend of the birth of Jesus will also be revived in Old Town Tallinn. Christmas cribs made by craftsmen and schoolchildren in the Old Town will decorate several streets, most of all Vene Street. The city's largest Christmas cribs are located by the portico at the Town Hall and in the sacred courtyard of the St. Peter and St. Paul's Cathedral.