Guide to Winter in Tallinn

Winter in typically sparkling snowy Tallinn is a magical time and the month of December is undoubtedly one of the most fairy tale like months of the year due to Christmas markets and festive lights starting to appear all over.

As a home to the world´s first Christmas tree, Tallinn medieval Town Hall Square lives up to its legendary past as good as ever each and every year. Traditional Christmas Market on the square opened this year with the first snow and lots of it! Stalls resembling a Santa’s village are bright and beautiful filled with goodies, the tree is adorn in the middle of the square and early dusk has filled the streets with a warm winters light.

Guide to Winter in Tallinn, Estonia

The irresistible atmosphere in town somehow makes one try to be nicer to one another, celebrate the festive mood and stroll around in the freshly fallen white snow until its time to warm up with a cup of mulled wine. What more could you ask for?

The days are not long now, but they sure are enchanting.

Sightseeing & Private Tours

Discover the secret courtyards and captivating legends strolling along the cobbled streets of Old Tallinn on our Winter Walking Tour in Tallinn Old Town. There is time for the little ones or those with a sweet tooth to discover the amazing Gingerbread Art exhibition, be delighted by the Marzipan Museum room or mulled wine at the Christmas Market while being entertained by great stories and tales of Tallinn by your private tour guide.  Bundle up and come discover the reason we are in love with this enchanting town on our Tallinn Tours.

Christmas Market in Tallinn


Good Food

Check out these Old Town restaurants & cafés for a cozy meal in a unique setting with a good value and an unforgettably delicious experience.

Lunch or Dinner

Rataskaevu 16 – Great service, honest quality food & raved about by locals.

Rataskaevu 16 restaurant


Leib Resto & Aed – Soulful, casual & old school Estonian black bread.

Ribe– Quality, seasonal classics, inviting setting.

Beer & Afternoon Delights

Hell Hunt– legendary amongst locals & visitors alike

III Draakon– more medieval is impossible, located in the Town Hall

Chocolats de Pierre – Chocolates lovers heaven located in the hidden artisan street of Master´s Courtyard.

Master´s Courtyard- Handicrafts, Design & Delights


Maiasmokk Café – A classic amongst classics since 1864 with a certain Viennese charm and Marzipan Museum next door.

Christmas Shopping

There are more than a few delightful places to ”Shop `Til You Drop” in Tallinn. Being a consumer friendly city, both the quirky & artsy small shops of the Old Town and mainstream brands at the department stores are open 7 days a week.

St. Catherine´s Passage artist studios Leather studio & shop Glass studio & shop Woolen mittens in Old Town Tallinn

Must have for an adventurous shopper are the St.Catherine´s Passage & Katariina Guild´s jewelry, ceramics, and leather and quilt studios and Müürivahe Street outdoor wool & knitwear market.

Christmas Markets on Town Hall Square & Rotermanni Quarter

Christmas Weather in Tallinn

Average December temperature: -3ºC / 27ºF

December average high: 0ºC / 32ºF

December average low: -5C / 23ºF

Don’t forget to pack:

Good-quality coat, warm footwear

Scarf, warm gloves and a hat

Christmas Events Calendar in Tallinn

Click here to find out about events happening in Tallinn during the Christmas Season