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Enjoy Christmas Market - Tallinn Estonia
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The Tallinn Christmas market has long since become a tradition !

The Tallinn Christmas market will open on 26 November 2013 and close on 8 January 2014. It will operate every day from 10:00-19:00.

The Christmas Market in Tallinn Estonia is exceptional with fun and excitement for the whole family - check it out today !

For more information about all the the Christmas markets in Tallinn 

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-The Tallinn Christmas Market is scheduled to open on 26 November  more info
Tallinn Christmas Market Ranked "top of the List" by the UK's newspaper The Times
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Tallinn's Christmas market became a yearly tradition in 2001; but, it has already established itself as amongst the best-visited Christmas markets in Europe. Certainly what it lacks in tradition it makes up for in atmosphere and ambiance.

Starting on the first day of the advent (normally last weekend in November), Tallinn's Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats) becomes busy with more than 50 merchant stalls where visitors and locals admire and purchase products by artisans from all over Estonia. Surrounding an enormous Christmas tree decorated with with lights and colorful decorations, these vendors sell a variety of original products including felted wool hats and slippers, buckwheat pillows, wooden bowls, wickerwork, elaborate quilts, ceramic and glassware, little sea-grass animals (so Estonian), homemade candles, wreaths and other decorations. 

Traditional Estonian folklore groups put on shows featuring singing and dancing and are common on the cobble stoned square daily especially on the the weekends. Traditional Estonian holiday food is also served: pork, sauerkraut and blood sausages, hot soups, stir-fries. Other traditional treats include gingerbread, marzipan, various local honeys, cookies, nuts and sweets. Hot mulled wine poured from large wooden barrels keeps the crowds warm as well as the children friendly Santa Claus who wanders by stirring up his own brand of Christmas cheer - ho ho ho!

Estonia's medieval capital is inherently festive, particularly under the blanket of snow that the northern latitude brings each December. Although the outside temperature does drop quite drastically (into the 10's and even lower below 0) this time of year, the city's carnival atmosphere and hot wine tends to hide the chill. 

All in all, it's a glorious spectacle worth experiencing, with so much Christmas spirit for the whole family.

Lots of gifts abound and you are sure to find something for everyone.

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You may also consider visiting the Home of Santa Claus in Lapland Finland or Track Santa's journey on the NORAD site.

 
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When searching for the historical beginning of the first Christmas tree, one must go very deep into the past. Just like Santa Claus one finds that the first Christmas tree was combination of many different facts, legends and customs. No one know for certain who lays claim to the first Christmas tree but few dispute that it was in the area which is now Northern Europe.

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