Christmas is just around the corner and this time of year, Tallinn’s Old Town takes on an especially magical quality. Regardless if you’re new in town or been living here for a long time, we have listed our top 10 tips on what to do during the festive season.

1. Visit the Tallinn Christmas Market

Just like in a winter fairy tale, the Tallinn Christmas Market the market offers Christmas decorations, and Christmas lights and a magnificent Christmas tree. Local merchants will offer local delicacies, from black pudding and sour cabbage to gingerbread and hot Christmas drinks, as well as various handicrafts.

2. Enjoy Mulled wine in a cozy cafe in Old Town

Why not try the medieval tavern III Draakon for the genuine historic experience.

3. Visit the Chocolate Museum

Discover how chocolate was made, learn more about the Chocolate history in Tallinn and marvel at the chocolate sculptures and art.

4. Visit Baltic Station Market

Baltic Station Market is a unique market in Estonia, which includes nearly 300 traders on three floors. It offers everything from a  supermarket, a sports club, and a large hall for fresh food and dining, as well as Estonian design and crafts, clothing, household goods, and antiques.

5. Take a walk in the Kadriorg Park & Palace

Kadriorg Palace is one of the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture and is surrounded by a garden modelled on Versailles and deserves a visit.

6. Go Christmas Shopping

Visit one of the malls: Solaris, Ulemiste City, Viru Shopping Center or the newest one: T1 Mall of Tallinn that offers shopping and entertainment unlike any other built in Estonia and the Baltics so far and featuring an extravagant landmark unique in whole Europe.

7. Endulge yourself at Tallinn Viimsi Spa

Enjoy a luxury spa experience with 8 saunas, different pools, jacuzzis, massages packages and refreshments at the Spa Bar.

8. Go ice skating at the Old Town’s outdoor ice rink

Uisuplats, an outdoor skating rink in Old Town, provides a perfect opportunity for slippery, winter fun. There’s even a fast-food eatery onsite.

9. Visit the Gingerbread Mania exhibition

PiparkoogiMaania, gingerbread mania, is an art exhibition with just one rule: everything must be made from gingerbread dough. As in previous years, visitors can admire gingerbread art created by different professional artists.

10. Pick up some local handicraft

The Estonian Handicraft House is the place to buy authentic Estonian handicrafts from. Here, folk traditions exist alongside contemporary ones. The works of the best artisans are represented – a wide selection of textiles from natural materials, as well as wooden, metal, and ceramic items.

Come and experience Tallinn’s winter full of magic!