Tallinn Christmas Market 2016
18.11.2016 – 07.01.2017

Dates: 18th Nov 2016 – 07. Jan 2017
Open every day 10:00 – 19:00
Hot Christmas drinks till 23:00
Christmas program On Fridays 17:00 – 19:00
On Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 – 14:00

Tallinn Christmas Market on the Town Hall Square is to open this Friday, 18 November, at 16:55

For many years residents and guests of Tallinn are enchanted by the annual Tallinn Christmas Market. It is a true fairy-tale land – there is a tall Christmas tree on the historic town square surrounded by little houses shining with lights that sell Christmas delicacies and folk craft products. Children will be happy to see merry-go-rounds and Santa Claus, the main stage will feature hundreds of singers and dancers performing, and amazing aromas of gingerbread and mulled wine will spread all over the square. Tallinn Christmas Market is recognized as one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe by many foreign media, including CNN, Elle UK and Vogue Italia.

This year the opening ceremony of the Christmas Market will take place on 18 November at 16:55. The speech at the opening ceremony will be delivered by the Elder of the City Center Alar Nääme. (NB! After the opening ceremony journalists will be able to interview the speaker!)

Tallinn Christmas Market will be open from 18 November 2016 until 7 January 2017, daily from 10:00 to 19:00.

Each year Tallinn Christmas Market changes a little. This year Christmas lights decorating the square are replaced with new ones. Their warm light makes the market even more cozy than before. The Christmas tree this year is especially rich and beautiful, with many new decorations: new LED lights as well as red and gold Christmas baubles of different sizes. The stage is decorated with over 600 Christmas stars. There will be over 40,000 lights lit for the Christmas Market on the Town Hall Square. This is a great way to celebrate 575 years since the first Christmas tree was displayed in Tallinn (and probably in the world, too) – in 1441 it was brought to the Town Hall Square by members of the Brotherhood of Blackheads.

Traditionally, the Tallinn Christmas Market offers a wide selection of gifts and delicacies, most of which are made in Estonia.

Here you can also have a meal and various refreshments. Selection is large: from well-known Christmas dishes, such as sauerkraut and blood sausages, to fish and duck. Hot and heating drinks are offered by many sellers on Sun.-Thu. until 22:00 and on Fri. and Sat. until 23:00.

Visitors will enjoy the cultural program on Fridays and Saturdays from 17:00 to 19:00 and on Sundays from 12:00 to 14:00. Explore the schedule at www.ChristmasMarket.ee. This year approximately 1,700 artists will perform on the Town Hall Square stage: folk dance groups Sõleke and Viisuveeretajad, folk dance groups of Märt Agu Tallinn Dance Academy, the nine-time winner of school dance competitions Carolina dance studio, the winner of Estonian Golden Cup and high awards on European and World Championships Free Flow dance club, and many other.

On the New Year’s Eve there will be a special program featuring performances by the Latin dance group Pantrid, cabaret group Dance Wonderland with their special Moulin Rouge program and La La Ladies band.

On Sundays advent candles will be lit. On the First Advent, on 27 November at 14:10 everyone will be greeted by Provost of Tallinn Jaan Tamsalu and Tallinn Vice-Mayor Taavi Aas. Church choirs will perform.

Santa Claus can be found in his house, where every day from 12:00 to 18:00 children will be able to read him poems and ask for Christmas gifts. The best poem readers will receive sweets!

Tallinn Christmas Market welcomes everyone to the Town Hall Square to participate in Christmas celebration!

 

CULTURAL PROGRAMME

 

FRIDAY, 18.11.2016
16:55 Opening ceremony of the Christmas Market 2016/2017. Opening speech by the Elder of Tallinn City Center Alar Nääme
17:00 Folk dance groups of Tallinn Dance Academy
17:45 Carolina Dance Studio
18:30 Folk Dance Group Viisuveeretajad
18:55 Artists of Mystical Fire Show

SATURDAY, 19.11.2016
16:00 Folk Dance Group Kiilitar ja Kiili Keerulised
16:45 Dance Troupe Alhambra
17:30 Irish Dance Troupe Solas
18:15 Free Flow Dance Studio

SUNDAY, 20.11.2016
12:00 Dance Troupe Mustad Kassid
12:45 Dance Ensemble Sõleke (Tallinn Hobby Center Kullo)
13:30 Dancing Girls of Tallinn University / Kalev and Dancing Kids from Tallinn Järveotsa Upper Secondary School

FRIDAY, 25.11.2016
17:00 Tantsugeen Dance Studio
17:45 Dance Troupe Kõku
18:30 AS-SA Dance Society

SATURDAY, 26.11.2016
16:00 Dance Studio Black & White Dance
16:30 Pelgulinna Community Center Folk Dance Group Pelgulinna Memmed
16:45 Dance Ensemble Kullaketrajad
17:30 Dance Troupe Asmarah
18:15 Folklore Society Leigarid

SUNDAY, 27.11.2016
I ADVENT
12:00 Santa’s arrival
12:15 Dance Club Koit
12:30 Folk Dance Group Kuu
14:00 Choirs of St. John’s Church, St. Kaarli Congregation, the Holy Ghost Church, Bethel Congregation, Dome Cathedral Congregation, Nõmme Rahu Congregation, Viimsi Congregation and the German Congregation of Tallinn Deanery
14:10 Greetings from Tallinn Vice-Mayor Taavi Aas and Provost of Tallinn Jaan Tamsalu. First Advent candle is lit on the Christmas tree.

FRIDAY, 2.12.2016
17:00 V.A.T Stuudio Dance Studio
17:45 Students of the Fine Arts Class of Tallinn Rahumäe Basic School
18:15 Dance troupe Up With People
18:30 Latin Dance Group Pantrid

SATURDAY, 3.12.2016
15:00 Theatre Festival Muinasjutt
16:00 Folk Dance Group Tantsusarvikud
16:45 Desiree Dance Studio
17:00 Dance Group Kolga Lainerid
17:30 Järva-Jaani dance groups Jürid-Marid, Tuttuued naised and Ei me ette tea. Vocals by Janeli Ait

SUNDAY, 4.12.2016
II ADVENT
12:00 Handbell Studio Kellaring
12:45 Folk Dance Society Pääsuke – I mixed group and a younger female group
13:30 Dance Troupe Modus
13:50 Christmas greetings by the pastor of Tallinn Methodist Church Joel Aulis
14:00 The pastor of Tallinn Methodist Church Joel Aulis lights the second Advent candle. Music by Matri Joosua and Karl Saamuel Hollman

FRIDAY, 9.12.2016
16:30 Tallinn Hobby Center Kullo KT Stuudio
17:00 Folk Dance Society Pääsuke II mixed group and II female group
17:30 Free Flow Dance Studio

SATURDAY, 10.12.2016
16:00 Mixed folk dance group Tammed ja Toomed and female group Harku Harakad
16:45 Dance studio of Nõmme Youth Center
17:30 Dance Troupe Happy Feet Sakust ning Kate & Lana
17:45 Dance Studio The Art of Dance

SUNDAY, 11.12.2016
III ADVENT
12:00 Tallinn City Transport Brass Band, conductors R.Sild, A.Avarand, T.Kaljuver
12:45 Folk Dance Group Tuisuline
13:30 Song Studio Minimuusikal, students of 5th-9th forms
13:50 Christmas greetings by the pastor of Toompea Congregation of Estonian Christian Pentecostal Church Ivo Unt. Music by Anneli Rand, Tobias Rannut and Ahti Lohk
14:00 The pastor of Toompea Congregation of Estonian Christian Pentecostal Church Ivo Unt lights the third Advent candle

FRIDAY, 16.12.2016
16:30 Song Studio Minimuusikal, students of 1st-3rd forms
17:00 Tallinn Hobby Center Kullo KT Stuudio
17:30 Dance Ensemble Sõleke (Tallinn Hobby Center Kullo)

SATURDAY, 17.12.2016
16:00 Latin Dance Group Pantrid
16:10 Irish Dance Troupe Solas
16:45 Tantsugeen Dance Studio
17:30 Dance Club Rosa Verde

SUNDAY, 18.12.2016
IV ADVENT
12:00 Siki Dance Studio
12:45 Taisi Singing Kids
13:40 Miina, Marta, Paula ja Uku Madis
13:50 Christmas greetings by the pastor of Tallinn St. Olaf’s Church Ülo Niinemägi. Songs by intra-congregation children chorus Juhhei, conductors Varje Soon and Annika Soon
14:00 The pastor of Tallinn St. Olaf’s Church Ülo Niinemägi lights the fourth Advent candle

FRIDAY, 23.12.2016
12:00 Christmas concert by Heli Song Studio
13:10 Karjamaa Basic School Group Võluflööt and Tallinn Kadaka Basic School

SATURDAY, 24.12.2016
CHRISTMAS EVE
12:00 Mayor of Tallinn announces Christmas peace

SUNDAY, 25.12.2016
12:00 Girl Group of the English College and folk dance group Leesikad of the French Lyceum
12:45 GAG 385 LIVE – Talented students of Gustav Adolf upper secondary school

FRIDAY, 30.12.2016
17:00 Kristiina Kalle, Valeria Nikolajeva, Maia Grjaboi and Inna Litvin
17:45 Dance Troupe Isar Dance
18:30 Dance Club Rosa Verde

SATURDAY, 31.12.2016
NEW YEAR’S EVE
22:00 Latin Dance Group
22:30 Girl Band La La Ladies
23:30 Cabaret Troupe Dance Wonderland “Moulin Rouge”
0:00 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
0:20 Girl Band La La Ladies
01.00 Festive music by DJ Aivar Havi
The program hosted by Santa Claus Äffy

FRIDAY, 6.01.2017
16:00 Dance Troupe Modus
16:45 Performance of Bõliina Ensemble
17:30 V.A.T Stuudio Dance Studio
18:15 Roosi II female group of Riisipere Community Center
18:30 Folk Dance Group Soveldaja

SATURDAY, 7.01.2017
16:00 Folk dancers of Saku municipality
16:45 Dance Troupe Red Roses
17:30 Performance of Juri Zaljubovski
18:15 Dancing performance of mixed group Vöör ja Ahter and female group of the Estonian Maritime Administration
18:45 Artists of Mystical Fire Show