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A woman at the Tallinn Christmas market
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

Tallinn, Estonia at Christmas is one of the most magical places to experience. Between the city’s beautiful gothic architecture, the magical Christmas markets, its stunning historical sites and wonderful restaurants, there is so much to enjoy during 2 days in Tallinn during Christmas in Estonia. Plus, there is always a high chance of there being a winter wonderland during the Tallinn holidays.

Visiting Europe during the month of December is magical. Every year, I enjoy doing a Christmas market trip to dreamy European cities. There is something special about all the beautiful wooden stalls that brighten up an Old Town’s square along with all the mulled wine and sweet treats that you can get from them; all of the happy faces that wander through the charming streets and the magic that fills the air.

Tallinn Christmas market during the day

I started traveling to Europe during the holiday season in December 2017 when I visited Lapland, Finland with Crawford Concierge.

In 2018, I visited Munich and Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria; Salzburg and Hallstatt, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia and Vienna, Austria. This was my very first solo trip to Europe!

During December 2019, I started my Christmas trip in Kraków, Poland and then made my way to Prague and Česky Krumlov, Czechia; Nuremberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria along with Frankfurt and Cologne in Germany. I also did this trip solo!

A woman having mulled wine at the Tallinn Christmas market
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

The Christmas season of 2020 had me participating in all the magical New York City activities in December.

In 2021, I enjoyed the Christmas season in the Baltic’s on a solo adventure. I visited the Christmas markets in Tallinn, Estonia; experienced a winter wonderland in Riga, Latvia and enjoyed the holiday magic in Vilnius, Lithuania.

In this article, discover the best things to do with 2 days in Tallinn, Estonia at Christmas.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Tallinn, L’Ermitage Tallinn hosted me for two nights. From now until 3/31/22, L’Ermitage in Tallinn is offering 10% off all their packages and accommodations (excluding New Year’s Eve). Use code TAYLOR when you send an email to [email protected].


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2 days in Tallinn, Estonia at Christmas

Traveling to the Tallinn Christmas Market:

The Christmas tree in Tallinn

Getting to the Talinn Christmas market in 2021 had me taking a flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport in Estonia with a layover in Helsinki. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner!

(If you have ample time during your Baltic’s Christmas market trip, I recommend adding a day trip to Helsinki, Finland from Tallinn. You can take a ferry from both cities and it’s only a few hours. The Tallinn-Helsinki ferry operators are Tallink Silja, Viking Line and Eckero Line and it’s around 40 euros, round trip. The Helsinki Christmas market is beautiful and worth seeing!)

A woman exploring Old Town Tallinn
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

Once you arrive in Tallinn, I recommend downloading the app Bolt. It is the Baltic’s version of Uber and it is fairly cheap to use and get around. Once you’re in Old Town Tallinn, which is where the city’s Christmas market is situated, it is easiest to get around by walking. The city is small enough to get everywhere by foot and cars aren’t allowed within the fortified walls anyway. Plus, you’re going to want to walk everywhere once you’re in Tallinn. It is beautiful!

The best ways to get around the Baltic States is via bus through the Lux Express. (The bus station in Tallinn is Tallinna Bussijaam.) Whenever I travel around Europe through public transport, I always use Omio to get the best price for train and bus tickets. If you’re looking to explore beyond the big cities in the Baltic’s, I recommend renting a car. I flew home from Vilnius International Airport back to JFK with a layover in Frankfurt.

Where to Stay during Christmas in Tallinn:

A woman staying in the Christmas room at L'Ermitage Tallinn

One of the best parts about visiting the Christmas markets in Tallinn, Estonia was staying at L’Ermitage during my two days. It is a stunning and modern hotel that is situated in Tallinn City Center, just steps outside of the Old Town. From now until 3/31/22, L’Ermitage in Tallinn is offering 10% off all their packages and accommodations (excluding New Year’s Eve). Use code TAYLOR when you send an email to [email protected].

Staying at L’Ermitage Tallinn:
The Christmas room at L'Ermitage Hotel

Overall, L’Ermitage hotel is the best place to stay in the city of Tallinn at Christmas. I was hosted in their iconic Christmas room, which was decorated festively for the holiday! It set the magical and comforting mood for this entire trip! (The Christmas room is the Superior Room at L’Ermitage.)

My spacious room included a double bed with an en-suite bathroom along with Christmas lights, a mini Christmas tree, a gnome Santa, decorative holiday pillows and homemade gingerbread cookies to enjoy! It was the best! The room also included a mini-bar, safe, flat-screen television, desk and more.

A gingerbread cookie and Elf movie at L'Ermitage Tallinn

I loved warming up in my room after a day out in the cold and admiring the snow falling outside from my window while watching one of my favorite Christmas movies!

In addition to my room, there is also a Single Room; Double, Twin and Family Rooms; Standard Premium Room; Business Room; Superior Romantic Room; Superior Sauna Room; Superior Family Room; Junior Suite; a Suite with a Sauna; the Suite L’Ermitage and a Suite Loft. All rooms feature a contemporary design.

Dining at L’Ermitage:
The lobby at L'Ermitage Tallinn

During Christmas in Tallinn, L’Ermitage hosts a lovely 3-course Christmas dinner at their onsite restaurant – Restaurant L’Ermitage. It is a cozy restaurant that serves classical European dishes and features a great wine, beer and cocktail menu.

The 3-course Christmas dinner at L’Ermitage hotel includes three different options for you to choose from. The course I chose included scallops with lemon, tomato, avocado, mint and crème fraiche as an appetizer; duck with celery, carrots, orange, kumquats and honey wine with mashed potatoes for my main meal and chocolate pear cake for dessert. Everything was incredible and I savored my dinner with an Apulian red wine. It felt like I was experiencing Christmas Day in Tallinn!

A scallop appetizer
A roasted duck dinner
Chocolate and pear cake for dessert

Also included with a stay at L’Ermitage during 2 days in Tallinn is a complimentary continental breakfast at the hotel’s Restaurant Katze! During breakfast at L’Ermitage, you can savor typical European breakfast items like croissants, pastries, smoked salmon and local fish, grain and rye breads with berry spreads (lingonberry is popular in the Baltic’s), fresh fruit and veggies, eggs, sausages and more.

Overall, L’Ermitage is a cozy hotel to stay at during Christmas. It has a Christmas tree and a fireplace in its lobby and there is also a bar to grab a drink at.

Tallinn at Christmas Time – One of the Best Christmas Markets in Europe

A woman experiencing the magical at the Tallinn Christmas market in Estonia
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

Enjoy the Tallinn Christmas Market:

One of the best parts about visiting Tallinn during winter is the Christmas market. Tallinn was named the Best Christmas Market in Europe for 2019. It also remained a top Estonia Christmas market in 2021 and it remains one of the safest in Europe.

A woman getting mulled wine from a Christmas market stall
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

Estonia Christmas traditions are important and date back to the pagan times. At the Tallinn Christmas market, you can enjoy glögg, which is a traditional Nordic spiced and alcoholic mulled wine that will sometimes include berries. It’s heartwarming!

Other foodie and drink staples you can enjoy at the Tallinn Christmas market are blood pudding, which is a type of sausage; potatoes; gingerbread cookies, hot cocoa and local beer.

The Tallinn Christmas market during the day.

In addition to food and drinks, these wooden stalls also sell toys, hand knit and wool clothing, wooden trinkets, Christmas village houses and more!

The Tallinn Christmas market is situated in the Town Hall Square of Tallinn. Surrounding the market is the Tallinn Town Hall, which is the oldest town hall in the Baltic region and Scandinavia.

The Tallinn Christmas market during nighttime

Also located in the Town Hall Square, in the middle of the Christmas market, is the beautiful Christmas tree. It’s been in the Town Hall Square since 1441 and it is considered the most important Christmas tree in Estonia.

Overall, the Tallinn Christmas market is free for all and the hours that it operates are from noon to 7pm. There is a carousel, concert stage and more. Also located near the Christmas market are beautiful decorations to admire within the Old Town. It starts at the end of November and goes until the first week in January!

Savor Delicious Estonian Food during Your 2 Days in Tallinn:

Christmas market food

During your 2 days in Tallinn at Christmas, there are a plethora of great restaurants to check out within the Old Town. Estonian cuisine consists of a lot of great fish dishes, tender meats and comforting soups to enjoy.

In addition to my incredible Christmas meal at L’Ermitage, I visited the three restaurants below:

Kompressor:

A pancake from Kompressor in Tallinn

Situated in Old Town Tallinn, just steps from the Town Hall Square, is Kompressor, which is a legendary Estonian pancake pub. It is a great spot to enjoy awesome food portions at a low cost.

When you first enter Kompressor, you get seated on a first come-first-serve basis. So, you have to wait for a table to open and then you seat yourself. Once you’re seated, you must go up to the bar to order your food and drinks.

Since Kompressor is known for its pancakes, there are over 29 different pancakes to choose from, including other non-pancake options. The pancakes in Estonia are more like Westernized crepes and they include sweet or savory fillings.

You can savor pancakes with seafood, meats, cheeses and veggies along with berry fillings, chocolate, fruit, cream and even ice cream at Kompressor!

Because Estonia, Northern and Eastern Europe in general is known for its beer, I got a local ale and it was awesome! I also savored the pancake with raspberries and condensed milk (since Estonia is known for its berries) and it was delicious.

I loved the vibe at Kompressor! It is a chill place to meet with friends and cozy up while watching the snow fall outside the windows.

Olde Hansa:

A medieval dinner from Olde Hansa in Tallinn

One of the best places to go back several centuries ago during Tallinn at Christmas time is at Olde Hansa. Situated steps from the Christmas market, Olde Hansa provides diners with an authentic medieval experience that is created through a combination of mouthwatering dishes that are made from 700-year-old recipes.

Olde Hansa is known for its game meat dishes such as bear stew in a wild berry sauce. The restaurant uses fresh and country-grown ingredients that come from local farmers and hunters. They also use a lot of spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, saffron, etc. in their meals.

For my dinner, I enjoyed a local beer with the salmon that came in a mushroom sauce with farro, lentils, an Estonian cheesecake and veggies. It was incredible!

There is also a Christmas feast served at Olde Hansa too!

Kohvik Must Puudel:

Truffle mushroom rice balls from Tallinn

For lunch during my 2 days in Tallinn, I visited Kohvik Must Puudel for a light meal and hot cacao. This great café is known for its vegetarian and vegan options in Tallinn and it is an awesome spot to get work done and even bring your dog!

I savored a delicious truffle mushroom rice ball dish and it was amazing!

Have Fun Ice-Skating during Christmas in Tallinn:

A woman ice skating in Tallinn at Christmas

In addition to wandering around the Christmas market during your 2 days in Tallinn, another fun thing to do is to go ice skating on Harju Street, which is situated at the historic St. Nicholas Church.

This pop-up ice rink opens at the beginning of December and closes either at the end of March or beginning of April, depending on the weather. I decided to go ice skating at this spot for around an hour and it felt like I was placed in a fairytale snow globe since it was snowing!

The rink is open everyday from 10am to 10pm. It costs 9 euros for an adult to skate and 7 euros for a child to enjoy the rink. You can also rent ice skates at this spot for a few extra euros, which is what I did since I didn’t bring my own with me on this trip.

During my skating session, I admired all the beautiful architecture Tallinn boasts in its Old Town and enjoyed listening to all the Christmas music being played.

Go on a Tallinn Holiday City Tour:

The city of Tallinn during winter

Some basic facts about Estonia is that it was once a country under the Soviet Union until it became independent in 1991. A lot of people in Estonia don’t identify under a specific religion, but most of the population are either Eastern Orthodox or Lutheran.

A woman enjoying Christmas time in Tallinn
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

Tallinn is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited in Europe and the medieval Old Town is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you stroll through the city, you will see why it is amazing!

A woman admiring the view of Toompea Hill in Tallinn
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

There are two parts to the Old Town of Tallinn – the upper and lower cities and it is on the coast of the Baltic Sea. As you make your way around Old Town Tallinn, you will notice all the hills. Glacier erratic boulders of Estonia are large boulders of rock that were formed during the Ice Age and moved by glacial action. To this day, the city of Tallinn is getting bigger. It is also growing technology wise as it is expected to become the next Silicon Valley. Estonia is also one of the most sustainable countries in the world!

Tallinn, Estonia during a winter wonderland

Between 800-1200 AD, the Estonian Vikings came in via the Baltic Sea and then in the 13th Century, the country was taken over by the Germans. Current day Estonia and Latvia became Medieval Livonia and became part of the Holy Roman Empire. To this day, there is a lot of Medieval and German influence in the city. Later on, Tallinn, Estonia was granted city rights by the Danish king. The Danish, Swedish and Russian tsar governed the city till the end of the 19th Century.

Old Town Tallinn during Christmas

The Republic of Estonia became independent in 1918. Shortly after, the country became occupied under Soviet rule. It restored its independence in 1991. Every year, Estonia celebrates The Singing Revolution for its independence. Tallinn is the current-day capital city of Estonia!

A woman in the Baltic's during winter
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

During your 2 days in Tallinn at Christmas, I recommend taking a city tour. I chose to do a city and photoshoot tour with Tallinn Photo where I got to learn all the above in more detail. Since I was traveling alone, it was a great way for me to get photos of myself in Old Town Tallinn.

A woman near the Tallinn City Walls
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

I also recommend getting the Tallinn Card that gets you free access to numerous attractions in the capital city and it also allows you access to public transportation without having to pay! (All Tallinn residents can use the city’s public transport for free anytime! Unless you have the Tallinn Card, visitors will need to pay.) You can get a Tallinn Card at the tourist information center.

Some of the best spots to check out on a Tallinn city tour during the winter are below:

Toompea Castle in Tallinn
  • Tallinn’s Town Wall – Tallinn’s city wall was established in the 13th Century to help protect the city. It was known as one of the largest and strongest fortified walls in Northern Europe. They are now a great place to walk and enjoy beautiful views of Tallinn.
  • Toompea Hill and Castle – Located at the upper part of Old Town Tallinn is Toompea Castle, which has been the seat power of Estonia. Today, it is Estonia’s Parliament. It is a beautiful pink, Baroque palace that dates to Catherine the Great. You can tour Toompea Castle for free and explore the inside of it. (Guided tours are offered in Estonian, Russian or English.) In addition, Toompea Hill, near the castle, offers some of the most magical views of Tallinn (especially during a winter wonderland). Another one of the best Tallinn viewpoints to visit is Khotuotsa Viewing Platform, which features The Times We Had Wall. (It’s a mystery as to why that wall is there.)
  • Aleksander Nevski Katedraali: Another beautiful landmark to check out in Tallinn at Christmas is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. It is situated on Toompea Hill and it is Estonia’s main Russian Orthodox cathedral that was built in 1900 under the tsarist Russian empire. It is known to be the grandest Orthodox church in the capital city.
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali in Tallinn, Estonia

Visit Kadriorg Palace during Tallinn at Christmas Time:

2 days in Tallinn is not complete without visiting and taking a tour around Kadriorg Palace. This beautiful Baroque palace was founded by Russian Tsar Peter I in 1718. It got its name in honor of his wife Catherine I.

Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn during winter

The palace houses the Estonian Art Museum’s collection of foreign art and it features stunning Italian architecture.

Kadriorg Palace is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. On Wednesdays, it is open until 8pm. It costs 8 euros for one adult, 16 euros for a family ticket, 6 euros for a senior citizen and 6 euros for a student.

Optional – Do a Day Trip to Pärnu:

Parnu during winter

If you’re looking for a great day trip to explore another Estonian city outside of Tallinn, Pärnu is a great option!

Pärnu is known for its 19th Century timber villas, its Christmas village and fair as well as its sandy beach. In fact, Pärnu is known as Estonia’s summer capital. Other great things to do in Pärnu, Estonia is to enjoy delicious local food, learn about the city’s history at the Pärnu Museum, admire art at Maarja-Magdaleena Gild and more!


A woman at the Tallinn Christmas movie
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best things to do with 2 days in Tallinn, Estonia at Christmas and reading about my time at L’Ermitage. It truly is one of the best Christmas destinations! If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

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4 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on December 22, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Wow, this beautiful city looks like Nana’s Christmas village ~ reading this blog and looking at the beautiful photos, made everything you saw come to life for us ~ I feel like I just visited the most beautiful Christmas markets, with all the amazing architecture! Really enjoyed this blog, especially around this time of the year ~ the most wwonderful time of the year! Awesome blog of beautiful Tallinn! Love you, mom 👩♥️ Merry Christmas to all ~ ♥️🎄💚🎅

    • Taylor Deer on December 23, 2021 at 4:59 pm

      Tallinn truly was a beautiful Christmas market. I loved it so much! Thank you mom!

  2. Alex on January 7, 2022 at 12:50 am

    This amazing. Prior to the pandemic, I traveled often to Europe and fell in love with the Christmas market in Vienna. I can only imagine how much I would love this city. Thank you for sharing

    • Taylor Deer on January 12, 2022 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you Alex! It’s truly a magical city to visit during Christmas time. You would love it. I also visited Vienna in 2018 and it was one of the best I’ve experienced! 🙂

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A woman at the Tallinn Christmas market
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

Tallinn, Estonia at Christmas is one of the most magical places to experience. Between the city’s beautiful gothic architecture, the magical Christmas markets, its stunning historical sites and wonderful restaurants, there is so much to enjoy during 2 days in Tallinn during Christmas in Estonia. Plus, there is always a high chance of there being a winter wonderland during the Tallinn holidays.

Visiting Europe during the month of December is magical. Every year, I enjoy doing a Christmas market trip to dreamy European cities. There is something special about all the beautiful wooden stalls that brighten up an Old Town’s square along with all the mulled wine and sweet treats that you can get from them; all of the happy faces that wander through the charming streets and the magic that fills the air.

Tallinn Christmas market during the day

I started traveling to Europe during the holiday season in December 2017 when I visited Lapland, Finland with Crawford Concierge.

In 2018, I visited Munich and Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria; Salzburg and Hallstatt, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia and Vienna, Austria. This was my very first solo trip to Europe!

During December 2019, I started my Christmas trip in Kraków, Poland and then made my way to Prague and Česky Krumlov, Czechia; Nuremberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria along with Frankfurt and Cologne in Germany. I also did this trip solo!

A woman having mulled wine at the Tallinn Christmas market
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

The Christmas season of 2020 had me participating in all the magical New York City activities in December.

In 2021, I enjoyed the Christmas season in the Baltic’s on a solo adventure. I visited the Christmas markets in Tallinn, Estonia; experienced a winter wonderland in Riga, Latvia and enjoyed the holiday magic in Vilnius, Lithuania.

In this article, discover the best things to do with 2 days in Tallinn, Estonia at Christmas.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Tallinn, L’Ermitage Tallinn hosted me for two nights. From now until 3/31/22, L’Ermitage in Tallinn is offering 10% off all their packages and accommodations (excluding New Year’s Eve). Use code TAYLOR when you send an email to [email protected].


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2 days in Tallinn, Estonia at Christmas

Traveling to the Tallinn Christmas Market:

The Christmas tree in Tallinn

Getting to the Talinn Christmas market in 2021 had me taking a flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport in Estonia with a layover in Helsinki. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner!

(If you have ample time during your Baltic’s Christmas market trip, I recommend adding a day trip to Helsinki, Finland from Tallinn. You can take a ferry from both cities and it’s only a few hours. The Tallinn-Helsinki ferry operators are Tallink Silja, Viking Line and Eckero Line and it’s around 40 euros, round trip. The Helsinki Christmas market is beautiful and worth seeing!)

A woman exploring Old Town Tallinn
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

Once you arrive in Tallinn, I recommend downloading the app Bolt. It is the Baltic’s version of Uber and it is fairly cheap to use and get around. Once you’re in Old Town Tallinn, which is where the city’s Christmas market is situated, it is easiest to get around by walking. The city is small enough to get everywhere by foot and cars aren’t allowed within the fortified walls anyway. Plus, you’re going to want to walk everywhere once you’re in Tallinn. It is beautiful!

The best ways to get around the Baltic States is via bus through the Lux Express. (The bus station in Tallinn is Tallinna Bussijaam.) Whenever I travel around Europe through public transport, I always use Omio to get the best price for train and bus tickets. If you’re looking to explore beyond the big cities in the Baltic’s, I recommend renting a car. I flew home from Vilnius International Airport back to JFK with a layover in Frankfurt.

Where to Stay during Christmas in Tallinn:

A woman staying in the Christmas room at L'Ermitage Tallinn

One of the best parts about visiting the Christmas markets in Tallinn, Estonia was staying at L’Ermitage during my two days. It is a stunning and modern hotel that is situated in Tallinn City Center, just steps outside of the Old Town. From now until 3/31/22, L’Ermitage in Tallinn is offering 10% off all their packages and accommodations (excluding New Year’s Eve). Use code TAYLOR when you send an email to [email protected].

Staying at L’Ermitage Tallinn:
The Christmas room at L'Ermitage Hotel

Overall, L’Ermitage hotel is the best place to stay in the city of Tallinn at Christmas. I was hosted in their iconic Christmas room, which was decorated festively for the holiday! It set the magical and comforting mood for this entire trip! (The Christmas room is the Superior Room at L’Ermitage.)

My spacious room included a double bed with an en-suite bathroom along with Christmas lights, a mini Christmas tree, a gnome Santa, decorative holiday pillows and homemade gingerbread cookies to enjoy! It was the best! The room also included a mini-bar, safe, flat-screen television, desk and more.

A gingerbread cookie and Elf movie at L'Ermitage Tallinn

I loved warming up in my room after a day out in the cold and admiring the snow falling outside from my window while watching one of my favorite Christmas movies!

In addition to my room, there is also a Single Room; Double, Twin and Family Rooms; Standard Premium Room; Business Room; Superior Romantic Room; Superior Sauna Room; Superior Family Room; Junior Suite; a Suite with a Sauna; the Suite L’Ermitage and a Suite Loft. All rooms feature a contemporary design.

Dining at L’Ermitage:
The lobby at L'Ermitage Tallinn

During Christmas in Tallinn, L’Ermitage hosts a lovely 3-course Christmas dinner at their onsite restaurant – Restaurant L’Ermitage. It is a cozy restaurant that serves classical European dishes and features a great wine, beer and cocktail menu.

The 3-course Christmas dinner at L’Ermitage hotel includes three different options for you to choose from. The course I chose included scallops with lemon, tomato, avocado, mint and crème fraiche as an appetizer; duck with celery, carrots, orange, kumquats and honey wine with mashed potatoes for my main meal and chocolate pear cake for dessert. Everything was incredible and I savored my dinner with an Apulian red wine. It felt like I was experiencing Christmas Day in Tallinn!

A scallop appetizer
A roasted duck dinner
Chocolate and pear cake for dessert

Also included with a stay at L’Ermitage during 2 days in Tallinn is a complimentary continental breakfast at the hotel’s Restaurant Katze! During breakfast at L’Ermitage, you can savor typical European breakfast items like croissants, pastries, smoked salmon and local fish, grain and rye breads with berry spreads (lingonberry is popular in the Baltic’s), fresh fruit and veggies, eggs, sausages and more.

Overall, L’Ermitage is a cozy hotel to stay at during Christmas. It has a Christmas tree and a fireplace in its lobby and there is also a bar to grab a drink at.

Tallinn at Christmas Time – One of the Best Christmas Markets in Europe

A woman experiencing the magical at the Tallinn Christmas market in Estonia
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

Enjoy the Tallinn Christmas Market:

One of the best parts about visiting Tallinn during winter is the Christmas market. Tallinn was named the Best Christmas Market in Europe for 2019. It also remained a top Estonia Christmas market in 2021 and it remains one of the safest in Europe.

A woman getting mulled wine from a Christmas market stall
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

Estonia Christmas traditions are important and date back to the pagan times. At the Tallinn Christmas market, you can enjoy glögg, which is a traditional Nordic spiced and alcoholic mulled wine that will sometimes include berries. It’s heartwarming!

Other foodie and drink staples you can enjoy at the Tallinn Christmas market are blood pudding, which is a type of sausage; potatoes; gingerbread cookies, hot cocoa and local beer.

The Tallinn Christmas market during the day.

In addition to food and drinks, these wooden stalls also sell toys, hand knit and wool clothing, wooden trinkets, Christmas village houses and more!

The Tallinn Christmas market is situated in the Town Hall Square of Tallinn. Surrounding the market is the Tallinn Town Hall, which is the oldest town hall in the Baltic region and Scandinavia.

The Tallinn Christmas market during nighttime

Also located in the Town Hall Square, in the middle of the Christmas market, is the beautiful Christmas tree. It’s been in the Town Hall Square since 1441 and it is considered the most important Christmas tree in Estonia.

Overall, the Tallinn Christmas market is free for all and the hours that it operates are from noon to 7pm. There is a carousel, concert stage and more. Also located near the Christmas market are beautiful decorations to admire within the Old Town. It starts at the end of November and goes until the first week in January!

Savor Delicious Estonian Food during Your 2 Days in Tallinn:

Christmas market food

During your 2 days in Tallinn at Christmas, there are a plethora of great restaurants to check out within the Old Town. Estonian cuisine consists of a lot of great fish dishes, tender meats and comforting soups to enjoy.

In addition to my incredible Christmas meal at L’Ermitage, I visited the three restaurants below:

Kompressor:

A pancake from Kompressor in Tallinn

Situated in Old Town Tallinn, just steps from the Town Hall Square, is Kompressor, which is a legendary Estonian pancake pub. It is a great spot to enjoy awesome food portions at a low cost.

When you first enter Kompressor, you get seated on a first come-first-serve basis. So, you have to wait for a table to open and then you seat yourself. Once you’re seated, you must go up to the bar to order your food and drinks.

Since Kompressor is known for its pancakes, there are over 29 different pancakes to choose from, including other non-pancake options. The pancakes in Estonia are more like Westernized crepes and they include sweet or savory fillings.

You can savor pancakes with seafood, meats, cheeses and veggies along with berry fillings, chocolate, fruit, cream and even ice cream at Kompressor!

Because Estonia, Northern and Eastern Europe in general is known for its beer, I got a local ale and it was awesome! I also savored the pancake with raspberries and condensed milk (since Estonia is known for its berries) and it was delicious.

I loved the vibe at Kompressor! It is a chill place to meet with friends and cozy up while watching the snow fall outside the windows.

Olde Hansa:

A medieval dinner from Olde Hansa in Tallinn

One of the best places to go back several centuries ago during Tallinn at Christmas time is at Olde Hansa. Situated steps from the Christmas market, Olde Hansa provides diners with an authentic medieval experience that is created through a combination of mouthwatering dishes that are made from 700-year-old recipes.

Olde Hansa is known for its game meat dishes such as bear stew in a wild berry sauce. The restaurant uses fresh and country-grown ingredients that come from local farmers and hunters. They also use a lot of spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, saffron, etc. in their meals.

For my dinner, I enjoyed a local beer with the salmon that came in a mushroom sauce with farro, lentils, an Estonian cheesecake and veggies. It was incredible!

There is also a Christmas feast served at Olde Hansa too!

Kohvik Must Puudel:

Truffle mushroom rice balls from Tallinn

For lunch during my 2 days in Tallinn, I visited Kohvik Must Puudel for a light meal and hot cacao. This great café is known for its vegetarian and vegan options in Tallinn and it is an awesome spot to get work done and even bring your dog!

I savored a delicious truffle mushroom rice ball dish and it was amazing!

Have Fun Ice-Skating during Christmas in Tallinn:

A woman ice skating in Tallinn at Christmas

In addition to wandering around the Christmas market during your 2 days in Tallinn, another fun thing to do is to go ice skating on Harju Street, which is situated at the historic St. Nicholas Church.

This pop-up ice rink opens at the beginning of December and closes either at the end of March or beginning of April, depending on the weather. I decided to go ice skating at this spot for around an hour and it felt like I was placed in a fairytale snow globe since it was snowing!

The rink is open everyday from 10am to 10pm. It costs 9 euros for an adult to skate and 7 euros for a child to enjoy the rink. You can also rent ice skates at this spot for a few extra euros, which is what I did since I didn’t bring my own with me on this trip.

During my skating session, I admired all the beautiful architecture Tallinn boasts in its Old Town and enjoyed listening to all the Christmas music being played.

Go on a Tallinn Holiday City Tour:

The city of Tallinn during winter

Some basic facts about Estonia is that it was once a country under the Soviet Union until it became independent in 1991. A lot of people in Estonia don’t identify under a specific religion, but most of the population are either Eastern Orthodox or Lutheran.

A woman enjoying Christmas time in Tallinn
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

Tallinn is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited in Europe and the medieval Old Town is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you stroll through the city, you will see why it is amazing!

A woman admiring the view of Toompea Hill in Tallinn
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

There are two parts to the Old Town of Tallinn – the upper and lower cities and it is on the coast of the Baltic Sea. As you make your way around Old Town Tallinn, you will notice all the hills. Glacier erratic boulders of Estonia are large boulders of rock that were formed during the Ice Age and moved by glacial action. To this day, the city of Tallinn is getting bigger. It is also growing technology wise as it is expected to become the next Silicon Valley. Estonia is also one of the most sustainable countries in the world!

Tallinn, Estonia during a winter wonderland

Between 800-1200 AD, the Estonian Vikings came in via the Baltic Sea and then in the 13th Century, the country was taken over by the Germans. Current day Estonia and Latvia became Medieval Livonia and became part of the Holy Roman Empire. To this day, there is a lot of Medieval and German influence in the city. Later on, Tallinn, Estonia was granted city rights by the Danish king. The Danish, Swedish and Russian tsar governed the city till the end of the 19th Century.

Old Town Tallinn during Christmas

The Republic of Estonia became independent in 1918. Shortly after, the country became occupied under Soviet rule. It restored its independence in 1991. Every year, Estonia celebrates The Singing Revolution for its independence. Tallinn is the current-day capital city of Estonia!

A woman in the Baltic's during winter
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

During your 2 days in Tallinn at Christmas, I recommend taking a city tour. I chose to do a city and photoshoot tour with Tallinn Photo where I got to learn all the above in more detail. Since I was traveling alone, it was a great way for me to get photos of myself in Old Town Tallinn.

A woman near the Tallinn City Walls
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

I also recommend getting the Tallinn Card that gets you free access to numerous attractions in the capital city and it also allows you access to public transportation without having to pay! (All Tallinn residents can use the city’s public transport for free anytime! Unless you have the Tallinn Card, visitors will need to pay.) You can get a Tallinn Card at the tourist information center.

Some of the best spots to check out on a Tallinn city tour during the winter are below:

Toompea Castle in Tallinn
  • Tallinn’s Town Wall – Tallinn’s city wall was established in the 13th Century to help protect the city. It was known as one of the largest and strongest fortified walls in Northern Europe. They are now a great place to walk and enjoy beautiful views of Tallinn.
  • Toompea Hill and Castle – Located at the upper part of Old Town Tallinn is Toompea Castle, which has been the seat power of Estonia. Today, it is Estonia’s Parliament. It is a beautiful pink, Baroque palace that dates to Catherine the Great. You can tour Toompea Castle for free and explore the inside of it. (Guided tours are offered in Estonian, Russian or English.) In addition, Toompea Hill, near the castle, offers some of the most magical views of Tallinn (especially during a winter wonderland). Another one of the best Tallinn viewpoints to visit is Khotuotsa Viewing Platform, which features The Times We Had Wall. (It’s a mystery as to why that wall is there.)
  • Aleksander Nevski Katedraali: Another beautiful landmark to check out in Tallinn at Christmas is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. It is situated on Toompea Hill and it is Estonia’s main Russian Orthodox cathedral that was built in 1900 under the tsarist Russian empire. It is known to be the grandest Orthodox church in the capital city.
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali in Tallinn, Estonia

Visit Kadriorg Palace during Tallinn at Christmas Time:

2 days in Tallinn is not complete without visiting and taking a tour around Kadriorg Palace. This beautiful Baroque palace was founded by Russian Tsar Peter I in 1718. It got its name in honor of his wife Catherine I.

Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn during winter

The palace houses the Estonian Art Museum’s collection of foreign art and it features stunning Italian architecture.

Kadriorg Palace is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. On Wednesdays, it is open until 8pm. It costs 8 euros for one adult, 16 euros for a family ticket, 6 euros for a senior citizen and 6 euros for a student.

Optional – Do a Day Trip to Pärnu:

Parnu during winter

If you’re looking for a great day trip to explore another Estonian city outside of Tallinn, Pärnu is a great option!

Pärnu is known for its 19th Century timber villas, its Christmas village and fair as well as its sandy beach. In fact, Pärnu is known as Estonia’s summer capital. Other great things to do in Pärnu, Estonia is to enjoy delicious local food, learn about the city’s history at the Pärnu Museum, admire art at Maarja-Magdaleena Gild and more!


A woman at the Tallinn Christmas movie
Photo by Ernest of Tallinn Photo

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best things to do with 2 days in Tallinn, Estonia at Christmas and reading about my time at L’Ermitage. It truly is one of the best Christmas destinations! If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

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4 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on December 22, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Wow, this beautiful city looks like Nana’s Christmas village ~ reading this blog and looking at the beautiful photos, made everything you saw come to life for us ~ I feel like I just visited the most beautiful Christmas markets, with all the amazing architecture! Really enjoyed this blog, especially around this time of the year ~ the most wwonderful time of the year! Awesome blog of beautiful Tallinn! Love you, mom 👩♥️ Merry Christmas to all ~ ♥️🎄💚🎅

    • Taylor Deer on December 23, 2021 at 4:59 pm

      Tallinn truly was a beautiful Christmas market. I loved it so much! Thank you mom!

  2. Alex on January 7, 2022 at 12:50 am

    This amazing. Prior to the pandemic, I traveled often to Europe and fell in love with the Christmas market in Vienna. I can only imagine how much I would love this city. Thank you for sharing

    • Taylor Deer on January 12, 2022 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you Alex! It’s truly a magical city to visit during Christmas time. You would love it. I also visited Vienna in 2018 and it was one of the best I’ve experienced! 🙂

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