Although the sporadic weather in Tallinn does not always correspond to the season, there are still clear signs that distinguish autumn from spring. Numerous outdoor music and neighbourhood festivals are proof that spring has arrived in the city. Seaside cyclists and sailboats appear, markets are bustling with traders who buy and sell vegetable seedlings, and ramson, herring, and rhubarb are added to restaurant menus.
In summer, Tallinn hosts various festivals such as the Old Town Days and Maritime Days. Restaurants and cafés overflow onto terraces, where it is easy to lose track of time. Lush parks are bustling with strollers, joggers, and open-air concerts.
Autumn is knocking on the door when people are saying farewell to summer at the light festival in Kadriorg, running the Tallinn Marathon, and cultural and social events are being held indoors again. The best restaurants offer affordable menus during weekdays, and Tallinn’s markets are filled with autumn produce. The fruits of artistic creation can be enjoyed at autumn design and fashion events. Autumn is also the best time for relaxing in a spa or beauty salon. Anticipation of Christmas begins as early as mid-November, when the famous Christmas tree is erected on the Town Hall Square.
The Christmas period in Tallinn lasts from Advent Sunday until the beginning of January. Christmas music is performed in churches and concert halls, restaurants offer Christmas menus, and unique gifts can be purchased at the Christmas market and in handicraft and design shops. Skating on the Old Town ice rink and having a cup of hot cocoa in a cosy café is definitely part of the winter experience. The year ends with a New Year’s Eve Ball in the Estonian National Opera and fireworks, then it all starts again.