Are you looking for the most beautiful Christmas tree in Tallinn? – You can find wonderful Christmas trees all around the city: in museums, in churches, on public squares and elsewhere, one more stylishly decorated than the other. We have put together a list of this year's seven most spectacular spruces in Tallinn, which you should definitely see.
The Christmas tree on the Town Hall Square
The Christmas tree on Town Hall Square has traditionally been the centrepiece of the Christmas market, and this year we celebrate 580 years of Christmas trees on the square. In 1441, the Brotherhood of Black Heads were the first in Europe to erect a public Christmas tree. Nowadays, this tradition has Carried around the world and you’ll find a Christmas tree in almost every town square.
This years’ tree was found from Kuusalu parish. The giant spruce is decorated with 300 golden baubles in various sizes and over 3 kilometres of lights. On the First Sunday of Advent, the tree was additionally adorned with white roses made from rainproof paper, as paper roses were the decorations for the first ever tree on Town Hall Square 580 years ago.
Good to know! Visit the Town Hall Square on a working day – you can calmly admire the spruce, and there is plenty of space for everyone. In the evening, dozens Christmas decorations light up the Old Town. Grab a hot drink from one of the cosy cafés and stroll through the medieval streets of the Old Town!
Estonia's largest reed spruce in the Tallinn Tourist Information Centre
This year, the Tallinn Tourist Information Centre (Niguliste 2, Tallinn) is decorated with a truly special Christmas tree: a simple and beautiful Nordic reed tree. Traditional himmeli-style ornaments have been given a modern interpretation by artist Urmas Veersalu and the Eesti Rookoondis.
The Tourist Information Centre is open every day, except on public holidays – see our website for exact opening times. Free entrance.
Good to know! When in town, drop by the Tourist Information centre not only to admire the tree but to get useful advice and tips on what to do and see in the city.
The Christmas tree in Noblessner seafront quarter
As always, the trendy seaside Noblessner celebrates Christmas in style: the gorgeous spruce of the port's main square has been decorated by the designers from the locally-born interior design brand Shishi. The tree has been decorated with red baubles, which have been a staple since 2019, and over 22,000 LED lights have been added to the tree. This truly metropolitan light decoration mirrors the style of lights that illuminate the Eiffel Tower in Paris!
Good to know! Bistro Lore, located in the same building as Kai Art Centre, is offering a special Christmas menu!
The Christmas tree in St. Nicholas' Church
The traditional Christmas tree in Niguliste museum (St. Nicholas Church) has also been decorated by Shishi. This years decorations carry the theme „Life has colour“ and the entire tree has been decorated with gorgeous colourful sparkling baubles. Entrance with a museum ticket or the Tallinn Card.
Good to know! Once you have seen the Christmas tree, take your time to visit the museum’s main exhibition which introduces ecclesiastical art from the middle ages up to the 15th century.
One of the symbols of Tallinn's Old Town, the Fat Margaret Cannon Tower, is decorated with a fascinating sea-themed Christmas tree. Among the ornaments, you will find both ships and glass floats, dotted with beautiful details that shine like the Northern Stars in the night sky – what else can you expect from the impressive maritime museum? Entrance with a museum ticket or the Tallinn Card.
If one tree is not enough for you, take a walk downtown. For several years now, not only one but several spruces adorn Rotermann – in fact, the whole quarter sparkles with Christmas lights and decorations!
Good to know! The most convenient way to get from the Old Town to Rotermann Quarter, is to take Viru street. During advent Saturdays at 4 PM, many windows on Viru street become alive – the windows become stages for live concerts for classical, jazz and pop music.
Christmas trees in the Estonian Open-Air Museum
The dwellings in the Open-Air Museum will get Christmas trees in time for the Christmas Village that traditionally takes place on a weekend mid-December. Every household will have a special tree with decorations that suit the era represented by the dwelling. For example, the tree in Köstriaseme Farm will be pulled up to the ceiling and the tree in Härjapea Farm will be decorated according to 1930’s tradition.
The newest exhibit in the museum, the Kolkhoz apartment building, has 4 apartment representing different decades during the soviet times. Here you will see a traditional New Years’ tree (Christmas was forbidden during Soviet times) and also a more modern style of Christmas tree.
Good to know! Tallinn Zoo is only 15-minutes from the Open-Air museum, and during Christmas time, they are organising fascinating trips around the zoo during dusk, where you’ll see what animals get up to after the zoo has usually closed for visitors. Have the inhabitants of the seemingly quiet zoo fallen asleep or is there an active nightlife?
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